Five Star Rating

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Five Star Rating WordPress Plugin

By admin in : Plugin, Wordpress // Aug 25 2010

Two quick videos showing how to install, activate, configure and use this plugin are at the bottom.

Please check out the FAQ before you ask for support.

Thanks to some helpful critics and tips from users, we have taken our very first plugin and retooled it to be more flexible and easier to implement into your posts and pages.

If you used our previous plugin (Contestant Rating WordPress Plugin), you will be happy to learn that this new plugin is a great replacement.

  1. Use shortcode to display your  ratings. We have incorporated the use of shortcode into the plugin so you are no longer required to edit your template.
    Because it was our first plugin, we did not have the vision to incorporate this in the first iterations. We have done our homework and thanks to the help of other great WordPress users, we have created methods to display the Five Star Rating plugin, ‘Best of the Month’ and ‘Best of the Moment’ using a simple shortcode.
  2. You set the cookie.
    We did two bad things with the cookie in the first plugin. First we hardcoded it and second we set the expiration for one year in the future. Of course this worked for us, but we realize now that you might have other uses for the plugin. Therefore we have added the ability for you to set your own cookie expiration for as little as 1 minute to 12 hour to 365 days (or more if you like).
  3. Make it your own.
    We originally ported over an existing WordPress plugin and that plugin had more then one look. Unfortunately we did not have the vision to plan for using more then one look. Well not anymore! We have added the ability to theme this plugin as you see fit (more instructions on how to do this will follow). Currently there are two themes, but we have added the flexibility into the plugin to allow you to theme it as you like. It is as simple as adding an attribute to your short code…. like this:

    [five-star-rating star_type="abuse"]

  4. Help us keep improving.
    If you run into an issue, would like to request a feature or just want to tell us what a great plugin this is, be sure to post a note to us. Of course if you run into an issue, please don’t just say ‘It doesn’t work!’ or ‘This plugin sucks’ as 9 times out of 10 the plugin is working fine and as we intended, but the plugin is not being implemented correctly. We like criticism, but please make it constructive.

Here is the plugin in action. Rate this post!

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    About the Author

    admin has written 26 articles for dingobytes.

    Andrew Alba is a Software Engineer who resides in the Minneapolis-St Paul since 2010. Andrew has almost a decade and a half of web development and advertising experience. Andrew is currently employed with The Lacek Group in Minneapolis, MN after spending almost three years with Internet Broadcasting in St Paul, MN and five years with Interive Media Group in Fargo, ND. Andrew enjoys developing solutions using CFML, JavaScript/AJAX, Java, PHP and anything else he can steal from the web.

    108 Responses to "Five Star Rating WordPress Plugin"

    1. Armengol July 27, 2012 9:49 am


      We couldn’t find that plugin. Maybe you were looking for one of these?.

      Direct download???

    2. mike October 24, 2012 8:40 am

      I have the 5 star plugin (now a 12 wine glass) working well, but I’d like to restrict it to logged in users only? Is this easy to do?

    3. bobzyouruncle October 24, 2012 8:56 am

    4. Tammy November 8, 2012 4:20 pm

      How do you clear the rating?

    5. Vernon Horn May 30, 2013 9:30 am

      Is there a way to disable star ratings either at the individual post level, or the category level? We love this plugin, but one our categories of posts are obituaries — and we’d rather not have them rated. If there is a possibility this could be developed, please contact me by email.


    6. admin May 30, 2013 1:40 pm

      You can try removing the rating on a page by excluding by category. I haven’t tried this, but it should work.

      I use the following to only display a widget on pages with a certain category

      < ?php if( in_category( 'food-log' )) { echo wp_pluspoints_total_func(); } ?>

      You should be able to do something similar. Not sure where you want it, but start in the single.php file (assuming you want to display rating at page level) of your theme. Add something like this (this assumes the category name is ‘obituaries’.

      < ?php if( !in_category( 'obituaries' )) { echo five_star_rating_func('star'); } ?>

      That should echo the function unless the category chosen is obituaries.

    7. Bogdan June 4, 2013 4:30 pm


      I am moving my site to a new platform and I will be keeping all my posts and reviews. Is there a way I can export all user reviews to a .cvs document? Can you help me out?

      Thank you!

    8. Amrish May 17, 2014 4:00 am

      Hi, I am looking for a rating plugin Using which I could Insert rating system 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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