If you’d want to make money with your blog or corprate website you’ll probably want the testimonials of your happy customers appear on your website. A testimonial plugin for wordpress is a great way to display customer quotes and their personal foto along with a company name on your site. As soon as you have got a couple of real testimonials to display you might want to make the management of testimonials as easy as possible.
If you’d like to add testimonial content on your site, you’ll probably happy to see that it’s easily done within your WordPress-installation using both freely available and paid (aka premium) plugins. Most testimonial plugins use a shortcode to insert the customer quotes or testimonials into literally any part of your site with the benefit of not having to cade a single line in order to get the job done. Some of the paid plugins even have their own editors (like Thrive Ovation). By using them you can easily preview the testimonial before publishing it.
I have tested these plugins with a sharp look on these criteria:
- easy of use of the plugins – esp. for beginners
- a good testimonial should habe a shortcode alongside with its installation
- at least one widget should be available (if no shortcode is present)
- the average rating of the plugin should be 4,0 or above (out of 5 stars)
- the installed base should be at least a few thousand downloads for free plugins and a few hundreds (sold) for paid plugins
- the plugin should be updated within the last 3-6 months to catch up with the latest wordpress.org updates and to ensure you’ll have support available in case you need it
There are really a lot of plugins for this task. The ones I have chosen are most commonly best-rated plugins from either WordPress.org or Codecanyon and all plugins have been updated to this year (2017 by the time of this writing).
In order to make your selection a lot easier I have tested the actual state of the art plugins for displaying customer quotes and testimonials.
Free testimonial plugins for your wordpress site
Testimonials Widget — WordPress Plugins
Testimonials Widget — WordPress Plugins Testimonials Widget lets you randomly slide or list selected portfolios, quotes, reviews, or text with images or videos on your WordPress site. You can insert Testimonials content via shortcode, theme functions, or widgets with category and tag selections and having multiple display options such as random or specific ordering. Also, Review schema for improved search engine results is built-in.
Testimonial Widget and Plugin is probably the best plugin from wordpress.org with the benefit of being freely available.
Testimonials Plugin: Easy Testimonials — WordPress Plugins
Testimonials Plugin: Easy Testimonials — WordPress Plugins You’ll be able to add an image to your Testimonials, which can greatly increase the impact of your Testimonials. We’ll then show the image next to your testimonial when its displayed, giving your customer a face to go with the kind words. Showing an Image next to a Testimonial is a great tool for social proofing!
Handsome Testimonials — WordPress Plugins
Handsome Testimonials — WordPress Plugins Handsome Testimonials by Ristretto Apps lets you easily display attractive and eye catching testimonials on your site that evoke your customer’s trust, made easy with Handsome Testimonials by Ristretto Apps. Handsome Testimonials by Ristretto Apps gives you, the WordPress user, super-powers with the ability to magically create great looking testimonials right from the get-go. The plugin comes with modern testimonial designs that can be highly customized.
Please note that there is a free version of Handsome Testimonials on Wordpres.org and a pro version on ristrettoapps.com . It’s sold for 29 US-$ for a single site or 79 US-$ for 5 sites.
Testimonial Basics — WordPress Plugins
Testimonial Basics — WordPress Plugins Testimonial Basics is a full featured testimonial management plugin.
backup and restore testimonials
setup input forms in content or widget areas
Author,Email,Testimonial are required input fields
Testimonial Title,Location,Website are optional input fields
two additional customizable input fields
show testimonials in content or widget areas
group testimonials for separate display
use 5 star rating system
use sliders and excerpts
optionally use schema/google snippet markup
black and white or color captcha built in
customize text color and background color
4 layouts for content display, 6 for widget
use one of nine web friendly fonts
easily edit and approve testimonials in the admin panel
pagination available in 3, 5, or 10 testimonials per page
help available in admin panels
GS Testimonial Slider — WordPress Plugins
GS Testimonial Slider — WordPress Plugins If you are looking for a more visual way to display your testimonials you’d want to go with the plugin “GS Testimonial Slider” for wordpress.
GS Testimonial Slider is a WordPress plugin which create custom post type to add client’s testimonials / recommendations to display anywhere of your site using shortcode.
Rich Reviews — WordPress Plugins
Rich Reviews — WordPress Plugins Not a review plugin in the classical way – rather a plugin to enrich your existing customer testimonials:
The Rich Reviews plugin does the work for you to make it possible for your ratings/reviews to be showcased as rich snippets in SERPs. In case you were wondering what rich snippets look like, look at the example in the screenshots tab.
WP Customer Reviews — WordPress Plugins
WP Customer Reviews — WordPress Plugins Like Rich Reviews “WP Customer Reviews” focuses on the ability to show content in the search engine results page of Google alongside with stars and short comments.
As the designer says: There are many sites that are crawling for user-generated reviews now, including Google Places and Google Local Search. WP Customer Reviews allows you to setup a specific page on your blog to receive customer testimonials for your business/service OR to write reviews about a product.
Testimonial Rotator — WordPress Plugins
Testimonial Rotator — WordPress Plugins Testimonial Rotator not just lets you collect testimonials. IT comes with a shortcode and widget and a cool way to display your customer experiences on your website.
The plugin creates a testimonial and a testimonial rotator custom post type, complete with WordPress admin fields for adding testimonials and assigning them to rotators for display. It includes a Widget and Shortcode to display the testimonials.
Strong Testimonials — WordPress Plugins
Strong Testimonials — WordPress Plugins
Strong Testimonials Plugin has one of the best ratings among the free testimonial plugins on wordpress.org. It clearly focuses
It’s important to understand this plugin’s intended use case: A small business with up to a few hundred testimonials, maybe organized into multiple categories, and displaying them a few different ways like a full page of testimonials and a slideshow widget, plus a form for accepting new testimonials.
You can customize the form to your needs by adding or removing fields, or changing properties like the order, the text before or after, and the placeholder text.
BNE Testimonials — WordPress Plugins
BNE Testimonials — WordPress Plugins BNE Testimonials plugin adds Testimonials on your website as a list or slider (flexslider). Each testimonial includes a title, featured image, tagline, website, message, and includes a custom taxonomy to separate your testimonials into different groups (categories). Supports multiple uses on any page or post.
BNE Testtimonials comes both as a free version and an enhanced paid version which you can purchase for 20 US-$ here.
If none of the free testimonial plugins covers your need for a testimonial plugin, you might check one of the paid or pro plugins to display customer quotes, reviews or testimonials:
Paid Plugins or Widgets for Testimonials
Testimonials Showcase – WordPress Plugin by cmoreira on CodeCanyon
Testimonials Showcase – WordPress Plugin by cmoreira | CodeCanyon Testimonial Showcase is a paid plugin from cmoreira available on codecanyon. With an incredably high scoring of 4.91 out of 5 stars it sells for just 16 US-$. You can add any sort of testimonial and style it to your need using css.
And of course it has any imaginable way to be display throughout your blog or website. It comes with a widget area and testimonials can even be displayed in a stylish slider.
AB Testimonial WordPress Plugin by ab-themes | CodeCanyon
AB Testimonial WordPress Plugin by ab-themes | CodeCanyon AB Testimonial Plugin is another paid plugin from CodeCanyon.
The plugin is a great tool to show your clients testimonials. You can display testimonials in any post or page content, or Text Widget simply by pasting shortcode in it. Testimonials will be displayed as slider with several sliding effects. Autoplay is supported by default and there are two different testimonial styles to choose from. You can select testimonial category to show and also limit number of displayed testimonials.
Please note that despite the criteria above the plugin has not been updated for a while – though keeping a good quality ranking (thus the reason why I have added it to the plugins list)
Handsome Testimonials Pro – Ristretto Apps
Handsome Testimonials Pro – Ristretto Apps The paid version of “handsome testomonials” for WordPress covers every aspect of testimonial that you might come across: You can use built in Testimonial Creator Interface to make website testimonials look the way you want them to be!
Testimonials are able to drag new potential customers. The more neat and friendly they are, the more trust they inspire to website visitors. That’s why we focus on creation of really beautiful testimonials made by powerful wordpress testimonials plugin.
Testimonials Pro by Handsome Apps has advanced features that help gathering, managing, and showing wordpress testimonials widget on your website. Check out all our features and become a member!
Thrive Ovation: The All-in-one Testimonial Management Plugin
Thrive Ovation: The All-in-one Testimonial Management Plugin Thrive Ovation is a bit different: It’s not just a testionials display plugin and widget. It’s rather a complete suite to automate the process of collecting, organizing and displaying customer testimonials, quotes and even their comments on your website.
Though thrive ovation is the most expensive plugin ( 39 (single site ) to 97 US-$ for unlimited sites) among the paid testimonial plugins it offers some outstanding and unique features:
It allows you to visually design a custom entry form to collect testimonials. Futhermore you’ll be able to visually style the widget to display comments and quotes in your blog or website.
The best thing: You can grab testimonials from comments your visitors left on your website or even from twitter.
Note: I’ve licensed an unlimited version of thrive ovation and felt in love with it just a few clicks after using it. It’s simply outstanding. You can see the plugin in action here.
Testimonials Plugins Summary
There is already a bunch of good testimonial plugins available at wordpress.org. If you don’t want to spend money on a testimonial plugin you’ll probably want to go give Testimonial Basics a try. It even allows you to let your clients give testimonials directly on your site.
If you don’t mind spending a few bucks I’d suggest to try Thrive Ovation as your personal testimonial plugin. Upon purchase you’ll receive a bunch of instructions and small tutorials from Shane Melaugh which will help you to manage the plugin with ease.
What plugins do you use on your website to display testimonials? Leave a comment or your suggestion below.
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