Site Reviews


Site Reviews requires PHP v5.6 or higher!

Site Reviews allows your visitors to submit reviews with a 1-5 star rating on your website, similar to the way you would on TripAdvisor or Yelp.

The plugin provides blocks, shortcodes, and widgets, along with full documentation.

You can pin your best reviews so that they are always shown first, require approval before new review submissions are published, require visitors to be logged-in in order to write a review, send custom notifications on a new submission, and much more.

Follow plugin development on Github.

Current Features

  • Actively developed and supported
  • Asian language support
  • Avatars: Provided by the WordPress Gravatar service
  • Backup and restore your plugin settings as needed
  • Bayesian Ranking: Easily sort pages with assigned reviews by rank (using the bayesian algorithm) in your custom WP_Query
  • Blacklist words, phrases, IP addresses, names, and emails
  • Blockchain Validation: Verify your reviews on the Blockchain with Rebusify
  • Categories: Add your own categories and assign reviews to them.
  • Developer Friendly: Designed for WordPress developers with over 100 filter hooks and convenient functions
  • Documentation: FAQ and documenation for hooks and all shortcodes and functions
  • Easy setup and implementation
  • Editor Blocks that allow full customisation
  • JSON-LD Schema: Display your reviews and ratings in search results
  • Multilingual: Integrates with Polylang and WPML and provides easy search/replace translation
  • Multisite Support
  • Notifications: Send notifications to one or more emails when a review is submitted
  • Page Assignment: Assign reviews to Posts, Pages, and Custom Post Types (i.e. Products)
  • Pagination: Display a set number of reviews per-page with AJAX
  • Relative dates
  • Responses: Write responses to reviews
  • Restrictions: Require approval before publishing reviews, restrict review submissions to registered users, and limit review submissions by email address, IP address, or username
  • Review Summaries: Display a summary of your review ratings from high to low.
  • Shortcodes: Configurable shortcodes complete with full documentation
  • Slack Integration: Receive notifications in Slack when a review is submitted
  • SPAM Protection: Built-in Honeypot protection; integrate with Invisible reCAPTCHA and Akismet
  • Styles: Change the submission form style to match popular themes and form plugins
  • Support: Free premium-level support included on the support forum
  • Templates: Use the Site Reviews templates in your theme for full control over the HTML
  • Widgets: Configurable widgets for your sidebars


  • The "All Reviews" page.

  • The "Edit Review" page.

  • Site Reviews has full support for the new Blocks Editor and includes custom blocks for each of the shortcodes.

  • If you are still using the Classic Editor, Site Reviews adds a dropdown to easily add any of the shortcodes.

  • Site Reviews also provides three custom widgets.

  • Site Reviews provides a Help page with answers to frequently asked questions and complete documentation for all available shortcode options.

  • The "General" settings page.

  • The "Reviews" settings page.

  • The "Submissions" settings page.

  • The "Schema" settings page.

  • The "Translations" settings page, here you can easily add a custom translation for any text in the plugin.

  • The "General" tools page. This is where you can export/import the plugin settings, and perform a recalculation of your reviews rating counts (used in the summary).

  • The "Console" tools page. If you experience any issues with the plugin, the console logger is the first pace to look.

  • The "System Info" tools page. This provides information about the configuration of your server, your website, and the Site Reviews plugin.

  • This is what the Slack notifications look like.


Minimum plugin requirements

If your server and website does not meet the minimum requirements shown below, the plugin will automatically deactivate and a notice will appear explaining why.

  • WordPress 4.7.0
  • PHP 5.6

Automatic installation

Log in to your WordPress dashboard, navigate to the Plugins menu and click “Add New”.

In the search field type “Site Reviews” and click Search Plugins. Once you have found the plugin you can view details about it such as the point release, rating and description. You can install it by simply clicking “Install Now”.

Manual installation

Download the Site Reviews plugin and upload it to your server with your favorite FTP application. The WordPress codex contains instructions on how to do this here.


How do I use Site Reviews?

Use the provided shortcodes, widgets, and blocks on your website. Make sure to view the screenshots above and read the Documentation page included in the plugin menu (once installed).

I need help with something else

All documentation can be found in the “Documentation” page of the plugin. If your question is not answered there, please create a new topic in the WordPress support forum.


February 16, 2020
The plugin Site Reviews has great functionality. It's flexible and easy to use for a non-tech users as well as gives me a lot of opportunity to customize on the website development level. The plugin's author provides good and quick support. I had a case to check that. P.S. Ukrainian. Між іншим мені було необхідно аби плагін працював на сайті з українською мовою, тож я вирішив перекласти плагін цілком аби мовний пакет був доступним кожному. Отже, Site Reviews це чудовий вибір для функціоналу відгуків та оцінок на українському сайті. P.P.S. Russian Не смотря на то, что плагин частично был переведён на русский язык, этой части было недостаточно для релиза языкового пакета. Поскольку я использовал плагин на двуязычном сайте (украинский основной, русский второй), решил дополнить перевод. Теперь плагин Site Reviews полностью доступен и на русском языке, что делает его удобным вариантом для отзывов и рейтинга на сайте.
January 29, 2020
Site reviews is really easy to use plugin for reviews. Can be adjusted as desired. And especially - very nice support from developer of Site Reviews. Answers almost immediately, actually tries to help and even launched new patch after i sent him my problem.
January 11, 2020
I like the way the reviews appear on a site, simple for users. Installed the plugin and discovered that it requires way to much involvement with coding to setup. I am trying to move away from coding and focus on business. Not for me.
December 28, 2019
Outstanding plugin that delivers what it promises. Very good support by Paul. He has helped me whenever I have needed it. Totally worth it !
December 28, 2019
This plugin is exactly what i was looking for, i have tried many other plugins and none of them met my needs except for this one ! It works perfectly !
December 22, 2019
The developer of this plugin is really amazing. He offers the best support I have ever experienced for a free plugin. Other than that, the plugin is really fantastic and offers more than other paid plugins!
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Contributors & Developers

“Site Reviews” is open source software. The following people have contributed to this plugin.


“Site Reviews” has been translated into 3 locales. Thank you to the translators for their contributions.

Translate “Site Reviews” into your language.

Interested in development?

Browse the code, check out the SVN repository, or subscribe to the development log by RSS.

Change log

4.4.0 (2020-02-12)

  • Added an invitation to try the unreleased beta version of the Images add-on
  • Added custom capabilities which can be added to your user roles
  • Fixed compatibility with Fusion Builder
  • Fixed plugin migrations
  • Updated the Common Problems and Solutions section on the Help page
  • Updated the FAQ page

4.3.8 (2020-02-07)

  • Fixed a possible cross-site scripting vulnerability in the submission form

4.3.7 (2020-01-31)

  • Added permission validation to the submission form
  • Fixed schema to not show if there are no reviews or ratings

4.3.2 (2020-01-28)

  • Added migration tool for cases when auto-migration is not triggered when upgrading to version 4

4.3.1 (2020-01-14)

  • Fixed summary percentage bars when rating count is empty

4.3.0 (2020-01-11)

  • Added update functionality for add-ons
  • Fixed assigned_to links
  • Fixed avatar regeneration
  • Fixed review helper functions
  • Fixed shortcode defaults
  • Fixed stars when MAX_RATING is greater than 5
  • Fixed summary rating calculation
  • Fixed validation of multi-value fields
  • Updated the version requirement checks

4.2.9 (2019-12-06)

  • Added “site-reviews/review-limits/validate” filter hook
  • Updated the “Translations” settings page

4.2.8 (2019-12-05)

  • Fixed generated ID attribute used in forms to adhere to the HTML5 spec
  • Fixed WPML integration
  • Fixed PHP warning thrown when searching reviews in wp-admin

4.2.7 (2019-11-15)

  • Changed “site-reviews/rating/average” hook
  • Fixed review limits by email and IP address

4.2.5 (2019-11-13)

  • Fixed documentation for glsr_create_review()
  • Fixed pagination when WordPress is installed in a subdirectory

4.2.4 (2019-11-10)

  • Added “glsr-is-valid” class to form fields on successful validation
  • Fixed CSS conflicts in the WordPress Admin
  • Fixed IE11 compatibility
  • Fixed plugin settings
  • Fixed upgrade migrations from version 2

4.2.3 (2019-11-01)

  • Improved the javascript used with the submission form

4.2.2 (2019-10-31)

  • Fixed a potential 503 HTTP error triggered when a shortcode with the schema option enabled is used inside “the_content” hook

4.2.0 (2019-10-29)

  • Added WordPress v5.3 compatibility
  • Changed “site-reviews/support/deprecated” filter hook to “site-reviews/support/deprecated/v4”
  • Fixed pagination of reviews on static front page
  • Fixed performance issues related to IP Address detection
  • Fixed System Info when ini_get() function is disabled
  • Rebuilt the WordPress Editor Blocks

4.1.1 (2019-10-17)

  • Added “site-reviews/support/deprecated/v4” filter hook
  • Fixed potential SSL error when fetching Cloudflare IP ranges
  • Optimised translation usage

4.1.0 (2019-10-16)

  • Added “Email”, “IP Address”, and “Response” columns for the reviews table
  • Changed [site_reviews] “count” option name to “display” (i.e. [site_reviews display=10])
  • Changed glsr_get_reviews() “count” option name to “per_page” (i.e. glsr_get_reviews([‘per_page’ => 10]))
  • Fixed column sorting on the reviews table
  • Fixed pagination links from triggering in the editor block
  • Fixed pagination with hidden review fields
  • Updated the “Common Problems and Solutions” help section

4.0.7 (2019-10-10)

  • Fixed a possible HTML5 validation issue in the plugin settings

4.0.6 (2019-10-09)

  • Changed the parameter order of an internal hook
  • Fixed plugin uninstall
  • Fixed translations for default text that include a HTML link

4.0.5 (2019-10-07)

  • Fixed email template tags

4.0.4 (2019-10-07)

  • Fixed IP address detection for servers that do not support IPv6
  • Fixed pagination when using the default count of 5 reviews per page
  • Fixed plugin migration on update
  • Fixed possible PHP compatibility issues

4.0.0 (2019-10-06)

  • Added Multisite support
  • Added product schema price options
  • Added proxy header support for IP detection
  • Added Rebusify integration to sync reviews to the blockchain
  • Added setting to choose the name format of the review author
  • Added setting to choose which blacklist to use
  • Added setting to limit review submissions
  • Added widget icons in the WordPress customizer
  • Added WPML integration for summary counts
  • Changed category assignment to one-per-review
  • Fixed badge counter in menu when reviews are approved/unapproved
  • Fixed overriding star styles on the “Add plugin” page
  • Fixed per-page limit in the Reviews block
  • Fixed PHP 7.2 support
  • Fixed review counts
  • Fixed review menu counts from changing when approving/unapproving comments
  • Fixed review revert button
  • Fixed star-rating CSS when using the helper function
  • Fixed upgrade process when updating to a major plugin version
  • Improved ajax pagination
  • Improved documentation
  • Improved email failure logging
  • Improved internal console usage
  • Improved system info
  • Removed $_SESSION usage
  • Updated FAQs
  • Updated plugin hooks
  • Updated templates

3.5.4 (2019-03-29)

  • Fixed compatibility with Woocommerce when using the “Product” schema type

3.5.3 (2019-03-27)

  • Fixed activation check for PHP versions < 5.4
  • Fixed possible error when submitting a review where the submission response is never shown

3.5.2 (2019-03-06)

  • Changed supported WP version to 5.1
  • Fixed possible compatibility issues with other plugins
  • Removed ABSPATH from log entries

3.5.1 (2019-03-04)

  • Fixed line-breaks in reviews when the “Enable Excerpts” option is disabled

3.5.0 (2019-02-21)

  • Added a “fallback” option to the [site_reviews] shortcode (see documentation)
  • Added an “Enable Fallback Text” option in the plugin settings that can be shown by default when there are no reviews to display
  • Added informational text to the Site Reviews blocks when all fields are hidden
  • Fixed the “Assigned To” metabox search dropdown

3.4.0 (2019-02-18)

  • Added ability to assign reviews using “parent_id”

3.3.1 (2019-02-17)

  • Fixed bug (introduced in v3.2.6) with submitted reviews incorrectly handling GMT timezones

3.3.0 (2019-02-14)

  • Added “glsr_star_rating” helper function (see documentation)

3.2.6 (2019-02-13)

  • Fixed review date from changing when approved

3.2.5 (2019-02-11)

  • Fixed sort-by-author in reviews table

3.2.4 (2019-02-10)

  • Fixed category assignment

3.2.3 (2019-02-08)

  • Fixed conflict with comment moderation

3.2.2 (2019-02-07)

  • Fixed potential issue with star-ratings

3.2.1 (2019-02-05)

  • Added “site-reviews/review/redirect” hook
  • Fixed documentation

3.2.0 (2019-01-26)

  • Added the ability to render reviews that are fetched with the helper functions (see documentation)
  • Fixed a potential PHP error due to plugins or themes incorrectly using apply_filter
  • Updated documentation

3.1.11 (2019-01-24)

  • Changed “submit-button.php” templates for all plugin styles
  • Fixed issue with cloudflare IP detection

3.1.10 (2019-01-22)

  • Fixed plugin styles
  • Fixed potential issue with AJAX requests

3.1.9 (2019-01-21)

  • Changed “submit-button.php” template
  • Fixed button style
  • Fixed documentation for “glsr_create_review” helper function
  • Fixed potential PHP error
  • Removed “No Title” fallback in “/wp-admin” for reviews with no title (WordPress handles this)

3.1.8 (2019-01-17)

  • Changed Translations to allow tags
  • Fixed isolation for Block CSS styles
  • Fixed potential javascript error with pagination

3.1.7 (2019-01-14)

3.1.5 (2019-01-08)

  • Fixed custom templating

3.1.4 (2019-01-07)

  • Changed plugin shortcodes to allow add-on integration
  • Fixed a possible javascript conflict that breaks form validation
  • Fixed error when “Slack webhook URL” setting is empty
  • Fixed multi-checkbox values in plugin settings
  • Fixed possible duplicate star-rating controls
  • Fixed rating counts for review categories
  • Removed internal “site-reviews/shortcode/hidden-keys” hook

3.1.2 (2019-01-03)

  • Fixed compatibility issue with PHP v7.0.x

3.1.1 (2019-01-01)

  • Fixed support for Microsoft IIS

3.1.0 (2018-12-30)

  • Added compatibility for WP Super Cache plugin
  • Added helper function to recalculate ratings
  • Added safe method of using plugin functions without having to use function_exists() (see documentation)
  • Added support for multiple shortcode buttons on the same page (i.e. when using multiple classic wysiwyg editors)
  • Changed “minimum rating” range in the block options to allow a rating of “0” (to show reviews with no rating)
  • Fixed summary counts when the “Require Approval” option is enabled
  • Fixed the “All Reviews” page to update the status counts when a review is approved/unapproved
  • Fixed the “Recalculate rating counts” notice

3.0.5 (2018-12-26)

  • Fixed compatibility with Woocommerce plugin
  • Fixed tinymce button, it should only appear on the primary page editor (classic editor)
  • Fixed WP pointer dismissal

3.0.4 (2018-12-22)

  • Fixed detection of PHP support for IPv6
  • Fixed form submissions

3.0.3 (2018-12-21)

  • Fixed PHP error preventing plugin activation when the PHP multibyte extension is not installed

3.0.2 (2018-12-21)

  • Fixed PHP warning when calculating review counts due to reviews not having their review_type set correctly (possible due to incorrectly importing 3rd-party reviews)

3.0.1 (2018-12-21)

  • Fixed “Contact Form 7” style
  • Fixed category option in shortcodes
  • Updated FAQ

3.0.0 (2018-12-20)

  • !! Complete rewrite of Site Reviews
  • !! Dropped support for legacy web browsers (supports all modern browsers and IE11+)
  • !! Dropped support for the twentyten to twentyfourteen themes
  • !! Requires PHP 5.6 or greater and WordPress 4.7 or greater
  • Added additional avatar options
  • Added Asian language support in excerpt lengths
  • Added configurable WordPress 5.0 blocks for the new Block Editor
  • Added export/import plugin tools
  • Added form styles to match popular themes and form plugins
  • Added multiple notification support
  • Added plugin templates for easy cutomisation of the shortcode and widget HTML
  • Added Polylang support for multilingual websites
  • Fixed star-rating compatibility with Woocommerce themes
  • Improved documentation
  • Improved performance, especially for sites with thousands of reviews
  • Improved reCAPTCHA compatibility with other plugins