During last couple of years, GD Star Rating plugin was dominating the competition among its kind of plugins and was being used widely by WordPress users to display star ratings in posts and in Google search results. The plugin was providing several features for managing ratings on posts and pages, but during past few months, GD Star Rating plugin is at its worst performance and several bloggers have discontinued using the plugin. In my review of GD Star Ratings, I have mentioned why the plugin isn’t usable anymore.
So for now, there are four top and feature-rich star rating plugins in the market which allow you to enable star rating for posts and pages on your WordPress blog. If you are running a review blog, then need of such a plugin gets important. Any of below listed plugins will solve your issue in enabling star based rating for your WordPress blog.
4 Top Rating Plugins for WP
1# KK Star Rating Plugin
KK Star Rating Plugin (developed by Kamal Khan of WPApis.com) is one of the best free rating plugins available for WordPress blogs these days. The plugin is a great alternative to GD Star Rating plugin which hasn’t left useful as it was before. The plugin is totally free. Some features of this plugin include its simple admin interface, flexible options for either enabling or disabling ratings on posts, pages, categories and other archives, star appearance customization, customizable tool tips, easy integration of rating in posts and pages using short codes, sidebar widget for showing top rated posts and Google rich snippet support.
2# WP SEO Booster Plugin
WP SEO Booster (developed by WPSocial.com) isn’t a rating plugin only, but it enables several other Google Rich Snippet features for your blog also which help you in gaining a noticeable appearance in Google search. The rating system of WP SEO Booster plugin works with author rating together and the cool star rating lets you display ratings for particular content on your blog and in Google search results.
WP SEO Booster comes in a premium version also. Pro version of the plugin comes at an annual price of $37 USD and provides following pro features:
- Open graphs from Twitter and Facebook
- Supports all Twitter cards
- Sharing buttons
- Integrates the Google Itemprop meta tags with your blog content
- Flexible customization and much more
3# Purple Heart Rating Plugin (Pro)
Purple Heart Rating plugin is yet another rating plugin for WordPress which is declared as the best rating plugin for WordPress`by several webmasters. This plugin also comes in a pro version which offers more advanced features and several useful features are disabled in free version. Still the free version offers enough features to manage rating systems on your blog posts and pages effectively, if you can’t afford to buy the pro version of the plugin which comes at a onetime fee of €19.
Uniqueness of this plugins is, it lets you import rating data from GD Star Rating plugin if you were using it previously. In addition, it implements data from Schema.org into your blog content and the micro data from Schema.org is thought to be helpful in improving SERP rankings. Comparison of features of the two versions are listed in below table.
|Features||Free Version||Pro Version|
|Rating on posts and pages||Yes||Yes|
|Schema.org micro data implementation||Yes||Yes|
|GD Star Rating data import||Yes||Yes|
|Shortcode for embedding plugin||No||Yes|
|Top-10 widget for sidebar||No||Yes|
|Feedback input after rating||No||Yes|
|Rating on comments||No||Yes|
|Comment sorting based on rating||No||Yes|
#4 WordPress Rating Widget
My last recommendation is WordPress Rating Widget which is yet another brilliant and feature-rich plugin for enabling ratings on a WordPress blog. The free version of the plugin comes with flexible rating management system, customizable layouts, sidebar widget for top-rated content and email support but it may contain ads in popup rating overviews.
Pro version of WordPress Rating Widget comes in two packages, first is standard plan which is charged as $3.99/domain monthly. Second package is branded as Premium and it costs $8.99/domain monthly. Premium version of the plugin, which is charged as $8.99/month, provides SSL support, advanced analytics, Schema.org data implementation and priority email support in addition to other pro features which are provided with Standard pro version of the plugin.
So these were top-rated rating plugins which are used at most review blogs these days. Do you know about any other similar plugin which can be among top rating plugins for WordPress? Don’t forget to share in comments.