The Ratings Module allows you to give your users a voice about the listings on your site. They can rate and comment on the listings, search by ratings and use the ratings to decide which businesses are the ones they’re looking for.
You get the ability to require comments with ratings (or not), and to define a threshold to display ratings information on list views and single views.
The files you download are in a ZIP that is a full plugin. The installation instructions are inside of it, and here as well:
Upload the ZIP as a plugin via the MANUAL process. From the WordPress admin panel
- Go to Plugins->Add New,
- Click on the “Upload” link, and then click on Browse Now to locate the ZIP file you just downloaded.
- Click OK once you find it on your local computer
- Click the Install Now button to start the process.
- After the installation completes, click the “Activate Plugin” link to turn on the module
The ratings administration screen looks like this:
The settings are as follows:
Enable ratings: This activates the Ratings module and displays the ratings per the current settings. If you wish to temporarily disable ratings, you can uncheck this box and users will not be able to rate listings.
Ratings threshold: This is the minimum number of ratings that must be recorded before the “Ratings (average)” will display a star value. Default value is 0 (which displays all ratings immediately).
Allow unregistered users to post reviews?: This allows users who haven’t logged in to post a rating. The default is that a user must be registered and logged in to rate a listing. The user’s IP address is recorded to prevent multiple ratings from a single user.
Require rating comment?: If you enable this checkbox, the user must enter some text in their review section in addition to a star rating. If you leave it unchecked, the users can post ratings without further comments.
Display ratings in excerpt view?: This setting controls whether the user sees the ratings in the list of businesses or not. By default, this is enabled. Users can always see the rating in the single listing view.
Here are some screenshots of the ratings module in action. First, the list-based (excerpt) view, with the average displayed:
And here is the rating at the top on the single listing display:
The rating comment form, before rating:
And after ratings have been submitted: