15 Useful 5 Star Rating Review WordPress Plugins

This article was revised on February 15th, 2013. Discontinued plugins have been replaced while pricing structures for premium products have been updated.

The 5 star rating system, popularized by websites such as Amazon, is by far and away the most used review system on the web. The premise is simple: visitors choose a rating from one to 5 stars to rate a product or service. One star usually denotes the lower end of the scale with 5 stars being the highest rating possible. The website in question then calculates an average score for each product and displays it to visitors to give them a average reader rating (e.g. 3.5 stars).

Whilst WordPress doesn’t come packaged with a 5 star rating system, there are several plugins that add this functionality to your site. The plugins usually work in conjunction with WordPress comments so that a user has to leave a review and a rating.

Today I would like to show you several free 5 star rating WordPress plugins and 3 premium plugins. 5 star functionality can be added to an existing website so you don’t have to customize your website design too much. As with all our plugin reviews, all plugins have been tested to ensure they work with the latest version of WordPress. :)

Free 5 Star Rating Review WordPress Plugins

1. WP-PostRatings

A useful plugin that lets you add an AJAX rating system to any post or page. You can choose from a range of rating images including regular 5 star images, bars, squares, thumbs up and down, numnbers and hearts. You can set the rating value for each rating option and also set who is allowed to submit a rating.

WP-PostRatings WordPress Plugin

WP-PostRatings: Info & Download

2. GD Star Rating

GD Star Rating lets you add ratings to posts, pages and comments. In my opinion it’s the best free rating plugin available for WordPress. It’s packed full of features, is incredibly flexible and is very professional looking.

GD Star Rating WordPress Plugin

The latest ratings and other statistics can be shown in your widget ready areas.

GD Star Rating WordPress Plugin

It supports multi ratings and you can use thumbs up and down too. The plugin is perhaps not as user friendly as some of the more basic plugins available, due to the sheer volume of features GD Star Rating packs. I still think it’s the first plugin you should try when looking for a great free 5 star rating plugin.

GD Star Rating WordPress Plugin

GD Star Rating: Information | Download

3. kk Star Ratings

Lets you add ratings to posts, pages, archives and your home page. Ratings can be hard coded into your templates or added using a shortcode. It’s easy to use but fairly limited compared to some alternatives available.

kk Star Ratings

kk Star Ratings

kk Star Ratings: Info & Download

4. Author Post Ratings

Adds a shortcode so that ratings can be added to your website. It informs you of the code you need to add to your template to add ratings to your site. 6 different image sets are available (mostly stars).

Author Post Ratings

Author Post Ratings: Info & Download

5. Rating Widget

Create and manage ratings directly from your admin WordPress dashboard. You can embed ratings into posts, pages and comments. You can use a thumbs up or down rating system or the traditional 5 star rating system. There are dozens of image sets available so you can replace stars from everything from Christmas trees to footballs.

The plugin supports dozens of languages and it lets you configure ratings in the home page, posts, pages and comments independently.

Rating Widget

Rating Widget: Info & Download

6. WP Customer Reviews

Allows readers to leave reviews and testimonials on your website. You can customise what fields are shown to visitors who submit reviews and set where the reviews should be placed.

WP Customer Reviews

The plugin uses the traditional 5 star rating system that we all know and love :)

WP Customer Reviews

WP Customer Reviews: Info & Download

7. Comment Rating Field

A very basic plugin that uses jQuery to add a 5 star voting option to comments.

Comment Rating Field

Comment Rating Field: Info & Download

8. Evaluate

Adds a number of options for user interaction to your site, including 5 Star Ratings and Polls.

Evaluate

Evaluate: Info & Download

9. Review Ratings

A basic plugin that lets you add ratings to posts and pages uses short codes.

Review Ratings

The default output is stars though you can replace stars with any other unicode character.

Review Ratings

Review Ratings: Info & Download

10. Polldaddy

Polldaddy is known for being the best poll plugin for WordPress however it also has a built in rating systems that lets visitors rate posts, pages and comments.

Polldaddy

You can configure independently for pages, posts and comments. A top rated widget is also available so you can place the highest rated items in your sidebar or footer.

Polldaddy

Polldaddy: Information | Download

11. Rate

A simple plugin that adds a rating option to your comment area. You can also add the rating elsewhere manually if you wish.

Rate

Rate: Info & Download

12. Rate This Page

A good plugin that lets registered users rate posts and pages.

Rate This Page

The plugin also lets you generate reports of the ratings that have been submitted to your website.

Rate This Page

Rate This Page: Info & Download

13. Easy Review Builder for WordPress

A useful plugin that lets you insert ratings and reviews into your website.

Easy Review Builder for WordPress

The plugin supports multi-ratings, making it easier for visitors to give accurate ratings with their reviews.

Easy Review Builder for WordPress

Easy Review Builder for WordPress: Info & Download

Premium 5 Star Rating Review WordPress Plugins

14. MyReviewPlugin – From $90

One of the most feature rich rating plugins available for WordPress, MyReviewPlugin is perfect for those who want to add ratings to comments, posts or pages or those who want to integrate ratings into all parts of their website for a dedicated review website.

MyReviewPlugin

The plugin includes rating tables, Google maps integration, automatic thumbnails, themes and widgets too. Editor ratings can also be included too!

MyReviewPlugin

MyReviewPlugin: Info & Download

15. Simple Star Rating System – $17

A simple plugin that integrates star ratings into posts and pages.

Simple Star Rating

Simple Star Rating: Info & Download

* Another premium plugin you should check out is Review Rating System. It retails for $67 though the main website doesn’t give too much information about how the plugin works :)

In my opinion, GD Star Rating is by far the best free option available if you are looking for a 5 star rating system, though there are some good alternatives if you are looking for something more user friendly.

What’s your favourite rating plugin for WordPress?

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Kevin Muldoon is a professional blogger with a love of travel. He writes regularly about topics such as WordPress, Blogging, Productivity, Internet Marketing and Social Media on his personal blog and and provides technical support at Rise Forums. He can also be found on Twitter: @KevinMuldoon and Google+.

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  • Nice recopilation, but i’m trying to find a rating plugin with one thing that any plugin of this list can’t do :(, this thing is:

    - The registered user must have the possibility of change his own vote, can do re-vote/re-rate and overwrite his own vote, like IMDb.

    I don’t understand why the programmers don’t implement this simple option, in a serious rating is a must-have option…

    Do you know any plugin with this option?

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  • Nice recopilation, but i’m trying to find a rating plugin with one thing that any plugin of this list can’t do :(, this thing is:

    - The registered user must have the possibility of change his own vote, can do re-vote/re-rate and overwrite his own vote, like IMDb.

    I don’t understand why the programmers don’t implement this simple option, in a serious rating is a must-have option…

    Do you know any plugin with this option?

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  • Nice recopilation, but i’m trying to find a rating plugin with one thing that any plugin of this list can’t do :(, this thing is:

    - The registered user must have the possibility of change his own vote, can do re-vote/re-rate and overwrite his own vote, like IMDb.

    I don’t understand why the programmers don’t implement this simple option, in a serious rating is a must-have option…

    Do you know any plugin with this option?

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  • Nice recopilation, but i’m trying to find a rating plugin with one thing that any plugin of this list can’t do :(, this thing is:

    - The registered user must have the possibility of change his own vote, can do re-vote/re-rate and overwrite his own vote, like IMDb.

    I don’t understand why the programmers don’t implement this simple option, in a serious rating is a must-have option…

    Do you know any plugin with this option?

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  • Nice recopilation, but i’m trying to find a rating plugin with one thing that any plugin of this list can’t do :(, this thing is:

    - The registered user must have the possibility of change his own vote, can do re-vote/re-rate and overwrite his own vote, like IMDb.

    I don’t understand why the programmers don’t implement this simple option, in a serious rating is a must-have option…

    Do you know any plugin with this option?

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  • Nice recopilation, but i’m trying to find a rating plugin with one thing that any plugin of this list can’t do :(, this thing is:

    - The registered user must have the possibility of change his own vote, can do re-vote/re-rate and overwrite his own vote, like IMDb.

    I don’t understand why the programmers don’t implement this simple option, in a serious rating is a must-have option…

    Do you know any plugin with this option?

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  • Nice recopilation, but i’m trying to find a rating plugin with one thing that any plugin of this list can’t do :(, this thing is:

    - The registered user must have the possibility of change his own vote, can do re-vote/re-rate and overwrite his own vote, like IMDb.

    I don’t understand why the programmers don’t implement this simple option, in a serious rating is a must-have option…

    Do you know any plugin with this option?

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  • Nice recopilation, but i’m trying to find a rating plugin with one thing that any plugin of this list can’t do :(, this thing is:

    - The registered user must have the possibility of change his own vote, can do re-vote/re-rate and overwrite his own vote, like IMDb.

    I don’t understand why the programmers don’t implement this simple option, in a serious rating is a must-have option…

    Do you know any plugin with this option?

    REPLY
  • Nice recopilation, but i’m trying to find a rating plugin with one thing that any plugin of this list can’t do :(, this thing is:

    - The registered user must have the possibility of change his own vote, can do re-vote/re-rate and overwrite his own vote, like IMDb.

    I don’t understand why the programmers don’t implement this simple option, in a serious rating is a must-have option…

    Do you know any plugin with this option?

    REPLY
  • Nice recopilation, but i’m trying to find a rating plugin with one thing that any plugin of this list can’t do :(, this thing is:

    - The registered user must have the possibility of change his own vote, can do re-vote/re-rate and overwrite his own vote, like IMDb.

    I don’t understand why the programmers don’t implement this simple option, in a serious rating is a must-have option…

    Do you know any plugin with this option?

    REPLY
  • Nice recopilation, but i’m trying to find a rating plugin with one thing that any plugin of this list can’t do :(, this thing is:

    - The registered user must have the possibility of change his own vote, can do re-vote/re-rate and overwrite his own vote, like IMDb.

    I don’t understand why the programmers don’t implement this simple option, in a serious rating is a must-have option…

    Do you know any plugin with this option?

    REPLY
  • Nice recopilation, but i’m trying to find a rating plugin with one thing that any plugin of this list can’t do :(, this thing is:

    - The registered user must have the possibility of change his own vote, can do re-vote/re-rate and overwrite his own vote, like IMDb.

    I don’t understand why the programmers don’t implement this simple option, in a serious rating is a must-have option…

    Do you know any plugin with this option?

    REPLY
  • Nice recopilation, but i’m trying to find a rating plugin with one thing that any plugin of this list can’t do :(, this thing is:

    - The registered user must have the possibility of change his own vote, can do re-vote/re-rate and overwrite his own vote, like IMDb.

    I don’t understand why the programmers don’t implement this simple option, in a serious rating is a must-have option…

    Do you know any plugin with this option?

    REPLY
  • sdferoz6

     
    Thanks for the helpful list of tools.
     
     
    <a href=”http://www.wptemplate.com/Themes/reviews/ ”>Wordpress Reviews</a>

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  • Hi, I’m the owner of the Rating-Widget and I can tell you that our plugin allow users to change their vote for how many times they wish. Best!

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  • Nice recopilation, but i’m trying to find a rating plugin with one thing that any plugin of this list can’t do :( , this thing is:

    - The registered user must have the possibility of change his own vote, can do re-vote/re-rate and overwrite his own vote, like IMDb.

    I don’t understand why the programmers don’t implement this simple option, in a serious rating is a must-have option…

    Do you know any plugin with this option?

    REPLY
  • Hcg injections

    Hey! Thanks for sharing these 5-star rating plug-ins. I really wanted them for the promotion of my blog.

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  • mithun

    Hey! Thanks for sharing these 5-star rating plug-ins. I really wanted them for the promotion of my blog.

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  • Great list, that first premium one you listed, although expensive considering the variety of free ones, still sounds to me like the best option because it covers everything.

    Hope this comment doesn’t get repeated a bunch of times like the other ones.

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  • Awesome collection of WordPress plugins. All seems useful and important for us. I give you 5 star for this great post…

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  • Venüsün Dünyası

    kk Star Ratings is the best! Thank you.

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  • Hi Kevin

    i can’t find any rating which i can rate within the bloglist, so i/the user must not click to view the detailpage first :-(
    Thanx 4 any hint!!

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  • Thanks for sharing these plugins. I would consider anyone for my website soon.

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  • Tim

    Hi Kevin,
    Thanks for providing this useful post, I had been farting about installing some of these trying to find one that doesn’t require a degree in physics to make them work.

    I appreciate the work these guys do but some of these plug-ins are ridiculously complex.

    Despite what you say about it the kk Star Ratings is imo the best of the bunch, in ten seconds I had ratings on my page.
    I like things simple, like me :-)

    Nice layout on your blog here but you might want to delete some of those comments from Rick Deckard above you have got 13 of them all the same, that’s going to hurt you dude, are you using auto-approve on your comments?

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  • Tim

    Ah yes, I see you are :-)

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  • I am the owner/ creator of the Social Review Engine. Much more than a Star Rating SYstem, it is a complete Review System which is highly SEO and Social Media Optimized. There is literally nothing else like it out there.

    Check it out here: http://wpsocial.com

    Mike

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  • Hey really all those Start rating plugins are useful. I hope one of these plugins would be on my personal blog after testing all of them. Thanks for introducing some nice plugins.

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  • I have a plugin woocommerce to add products to my site which inbuilt has option for reviews and ratings i want to show the ratings and reviews on my home page as a slider in sidebar which shows desc name rating review in a moving slider.
    is there any plugin who can be integrated with woocooommerce.

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  • I would like to suggest Author post rating..

    http://wordpress.org/plugins/article-difficulty-level/

    This can change the size of the rating symbol

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  • Is there option like user rating? I like to give feedback to WordPress users also like on Ebay.

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  • Hello

    Grate list above, I have looked at some of the plugins and installed some of them onto my site just to try them out and see how they work on my page. I installed the WP customer review plugin, I like the plugin and it features but I don’t like the way it shows my email address and my website below the page. Looking at the setting above and my own settings on my site is different, is there a way I can remove the email and the country, especially its showing USA and I live in the UK?

    I would appreciate any help and suggestions .

    Thanks

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  • Hi, I see you noted a recent update to this article. However you may wish to note wrt GD star rating the following:
    http://www.dev4press.com/2013/blog/announcements/future-of-gd-star-rating/ – no more

    http://tech.graphicline.co.za/gd-star-ratings-alternative-wanted/

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  • Really I need rating wordpress plugins but did not know which one should I use. I think I got an useful list here. Thanks for this blog :)

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  • You might like http://wordpress.org/plugins/facebook-star-rating-light/ to show your Facebook Page Star Rating in your blog.

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  • I’m trying to use Author Post Ratings but when i add the shortcode into a page nothing shows up not sure why.

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  • Ali

    Hi, great article on star ratings (I was looking for one for my new site) – git it here!

    And I was just wondering you could please reveal what exactly you’re doing to show your “find this article useful” box with all that text and social sharing button? Please!

    Thanks and God bless!

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  • Hi, I am looking for a rating plugin that I could Insert In between the post . Any where I want . Currently I am making a blog related to movies so I want to add a rating system between the post . Is their any plugin available that I could use ? I also want one click Integration using the dashboard

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  • Hi, I’ve just made a new rating plugin called Yet Another Stars Rating. You can use shortcode to place it everywhere you want. It’s still beta, I’d love to receive some feedback.
    Regards,
    Dario

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