Plugin Reviews

Achievements for WordPress

Achievements gamifies your WordPress site with challenges, badges, and points.

21 reviews
Average Rating
3.6 out of 5 stars
By , for WP 4.2.2

it's a nice plugin verry usefull thx man :)

Super versatile!
By , for WP 4.2.1

All those people complaining and giving 1 star are just plain dumbs. No offence, but simply because you can't figure it out in two seconds doesn't mean this plugin sucks. It's a gold mine, you just can't see it.

For translation just download Poedit, translate the pot file, add the language sufix -de_DE or -fr_FR (ex. dpa-de_DE.pot) then put the files in wp-content/language/plugins. Change the one star review to five, you dumb morons. Because people like you developers quit updating plugins.

Paul, you should add to FAQ how easy is to translate the plugin, as i see most of complains are about translation plus few other frequently asked questions. I'm guessing this will avoid many one star reviews. And... add a banner? :)

Don't give up on this awesome plugin!

needs updates
By , for WP 4.0.1

Plugin is great, if you know a lot about PHP it can do everything you need, out of the box many features are missing. The author has commented that he would like to add them but there have not been any updates, nor is the support community very active

Very good but need updates
By , for WP 4.0

Translations are working very well, I think people just don't know how to use it.
The plugin was working perfectly until now with WP 4.0, so I hope there will be an update. (see my post in support forum)
The best and free achievements plugin out there, just missing some option (example: creating giveaways) to spend karma points on :)

By , for WP 4.0

Works wonderfully for my gamification needs. It does exactly what it claims and is extremely flexible.

Cool little add on
By , for WP 3.8.1

Nice little way to get members to participate.

Great Support, great idea
By ,

Love this plugin. The author also replies in time to questions and helps with advices. For a free plugin not taken for granted.

By , for WP 3.6

great for every comunity

Highly recommended
By , for WP 3.6

Really good plugin, very easy to use. Also has a support forum where the author is serious about answering every question, which is much appreciated. Definitely recommend it to everyone who wants to apply gamification techniques in their websites or blogs.

Also, if ideas or wishlist are accepted, I would like to propose a new feature for this plugin: Rankigs or user levels depending on karma points, maybe accompanied by a progress bar that shows how much remains to reach the next level, that would be fantastic. Something similar to the system used in google forums.

So thank you very much for this plugin.


Brilliant ideas, but not for everyone
By , for WP 3.5.2

After playing around with this plugin since one of the earliest versions, i believe i can now write a balanced review. Let me start by saying that my 3 star rating is meant for what i consider the average wordpress user. Add one star if you have a firm grasp of wordpress/css. Add another if you are a veteran php coder.


WordPress achievements offers a lot (and i do mean a lot!) of functions to offer your users rewards for nearly anything they do on your site. Is this a good thing? In general...yes. The downside is that the plugin often feels like it's struggling to decide on it's target audience. Is it meant for e-learning? Is it a loyalty reward system? Well, it's a little bit of both and master of neither.


The plugin was originaly designed around use with buddypress. After the 3.0 update/rebuild it will now also function without. One thing missing from the new versions is the ability to reward users based on activity in specific groups. From a loyalty reward perspective this is not a big deal, but it cripples it's purpose for e-learning environments. It is also about the only thing missing, so if you don't need it and use buddypress you will be happy with the plugin.

Without Buddypress

Without Buddypress a few functions will likely feel missing, foremost the lack of ability to view the achievements of other users (or even your own without the wordpress admin bar, although this is easily fixed with a minor code change). Users like to show of their earned rewards...and they can't.


Support is fast and good (if sometimes touchy) and the plugin is unlikely to be deserted. A lot of support issues actualy deal with customization (which is sometimes neccecary to implement funtions that should be present in the plugin to start with), and Paul is always willing to point users in the right direction. That direction often requires a hefty amount of coding knowledge on the side of the user.


Out of the box the plugin looks ok (not great). It will require some styling to fit your site. This styling will need to be done in css, the plugin does not provide dashboard styling options.

Is it for you?

Well, that's a tough one to asnwer. If you need something that works out of the box and is easy to style/customize...no, it's not for you. If you need a robust framework that can do nearly anything(and you are willing to learn coding / hire someone else to do it)...yes, this plugin is for you (don't look any further, you will find none better).

If you are coming from a customer/user reward perspective...maybe, it will suffice (but there are other specialist plugins to consider). If you are coming from an online learning perspective...another maybe (you will find a lot of needed functionality missing without complex customization, but there are no real alternatives for use with wordpress).

Final thoughts; personal experience

My personal experience with the plugin has been bitter-sweet and outright frustrating. It places my very ideal of a wordpress based learning environment at my fingertips...but due to the believe of the plugin's author places in the technical emancipation of it's users the realisation of my vision continues to linger just outside my reach.

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