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Rating-Widget: Star Rating System

The most popular Five Star Rating System on the web. User-friendly ratings for: posts, pages, comments, WooCommerce, BuddyPress and bbPress forums.

22 reviews
Average Rating
4.4 out of 5 stars
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The Pro version never works, bad support
By , for WP 4.1.1

I have used this plugin for about 3 months and I am always having issues with it. I am using the Pro version to get the google rich snippet. The plugin never worked smoothly and whenever I contact support, I had to wait more than a week to get an answer by email. This review is for the pro version, not sure how the free version works.

My advice save your money and look for other plugins if you are looking to generate star snippet for search engine purposes.

By , for WP 4.1.1

This plugin is nothing but an advertisement! The free version is riddled with ads. You have to sign up for an account to activate the plugin?

This should be reported and removed. What an absolute waste of time.

First review - Just had to let people know how bad this is
By , for WP 4.1.1

So, This 'free' version basically goes against everything on WordPress.org first of all.

These guys have a premium plugin, there's no free version. Their 'free' version is riddled with ads, a powered by stamp and purposely prevents Google from seeing your rating unless you give them money...

Who does this? It's not allowed to give 'free' ad supported versions on this site. I know I'll be reporting this.

Another first - hope someone nulls this and gives out their pro version for free with all their crap removed since they're such greedy / slimy sobs.

Charging For Schema? Rip Off
By , for WP 4.1.1

I've used a number of rating plugins in the past and this has to be one of the worst i've seen.

While it looks great at first, the author has chosen to charge if website owners want to enable schema.

Schema is the reason star ratings show up in search engine result pages and no other author charges for this feature.

On top of that the voting doesn't show as complete until the page has been refreshed.

These are just two of the problems i found within 2 mins of using it so i'll be removing it now.

So Sad
By , for WP 4.1

Doesn't work at all. Also, I noticed that this thing is really just for a 7 day free trial, so I don't know how it gets to stay listed here.


"Calling Home"
By ,

This Plugin calls Javascript and maybe even more from rating-widget.com from the wordpress backend for whatever reason. If noscript blocks those requests, the plugin does nothing except showing "You are 30 Seconds away from …whatever". This harms any developers as well as any users privacy to death. Zero tolerance!

No thanks to pop-up adverts!
By , for WP 4.0.1

A plugin that introduces pop-up adverts to your website visitors just feels spammy and too high a price to pay when free alternatives exist. A plugin should do it's job and fulfill its own business model without soliciting the user's visitors.

Furthermore, the transmitting of admin details (name, email etc.) over an insecure connection to a third party seems more complicated than it should be. It's presented as "we save you the trouble of requiring database tables" but it reads to me as "we want to push the monetization of this plugin even at a risk to our users". The sharing policy of the transmitted information feels a little aggressive too.

The web tracking by this plugin and other parties go so far as to monitor your browsing activity and checking what emails you've read.

On principle and in the spirit of open-source, I'll opt for an alternative plugin that doesn't elevate monetary gain above my privacy and security.

Currently breaks my site
By , for WP 4.0.1

Don't think I'm doing anything wrong as I was prompted to click the update button. After it finished updating it constantly crashes my site and causes a fatal error.

Any helps?

Blocked Country
By , for WP 3.9.1

1) This plugin impossible to use in Turkey (from legal ways) because we are blocked. You can try with 88.252.*.* IP mask.

Marketing approach, no free version
By , for WP 3.9.1


Great software but the marketing documentation says that there is a free version, which is wrong. You get to use a beginning version for a few days, then the reporting function is turned off. Which makes the product unusable. It stays this way until you pay.

I feel that I was misled by the publicity. They author sees it differently, but I’m the client, I guess that makes me right. So, great product, but the marketing approach is wrong.

I'm writing this to avoid other people to be misled.


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