Most of the times we depended on word of mouth of our family and friends before making a decision to purchase any product or service. However this has changed now and people can easily read user reviews online, before going ahead with any purchase.
The only reason why this is possible is because of several review sites that offer user reviews and rating about almost anything for e.g., hotels, restaurants, mobile phones, cars and much more. With introduction of new and better themes and plugins the capabilities of review sites have become almost endless.
These websites not display reviews and ratings but also to generate huge affiliate income, as well as actively create communities in social media.
I have listed down some of the best WordPress themes and plugins for a review site that I have come across. They are sure going to help you create extremely unique as well as profitable review websites.
WP Review is in my choice is one the most powerful plugin that can help you to easily create a brilliant review feature on any WordPress site. This review plugin is not only easy to set up and install but also stuffed with loads of brilliant features such as, compatibility with any of the WordPress 3.1+ versions, fully unencrypted code, bonus affiliate marketing tools and integration of Google maps for business listings.
Some of the other unique features offered by WP Reviews are
- Life time of free updates
- Can be easily located on any part of the website
- Free technical support
- Automatically takes care of spam and moderation
- Easy customizable display options for review window
WEReviews is a plugin that helps you to build a review site immediately with very few efforts. As it is compatible with any WordPress theme, there is no need to worry about any modifications. This plugin also consists of a built in affiliate feature that helps you to earn money with your review site. One disappointing fact about this plugin according to me, is that most of the features and capabilities are not discussed clearly. The documentation is not sufficient to give a complete insight, unless someone downloads this plugin and starts to work on the code.
Some of the unique characteristics of this plugin are
- Full customization facility with fonts, colors, header and lot more
- Special widgets for – top rated reviews and social sharing
- You can use short codes to create new tabs, call-to-action buttons, custom boxes and much more
Social Review provides a powerful as well as rich review engine for your WordPress website. I have found it to be extremely easy to set up and install along with saving time. As the name suggests this plugin helps you to share content through social media such as sharing customer reviews, building community and therefore increasing traffic, as well as sales.
Some of the features provided by Social Review Plugin
- Social Review Engine is Google optimized, therefore rich snippets help to give your reviews a professional look
- Users can easily login with their FaceBook account and leave reviews
- A flexible reward system helps you to reward someone if you like their review
- All reviews on your site can simultaneously reflect on your social media platforms
InReview is an excellent and advanced WordPress theme that allows you to create a perfect review site. This theme helps you to rate any product or services easily with the help of attractive and easy to use, user interface. The features that I found to be very attractive about this theme is its high level of customization without requirement of even to write a single line of code.
Some of the unique features offered by InReview
- Automatic update system helps to keeps the theme updated
- Work perfectly with all the different browsers
- Easy to use user interface, helping users to submit star ratings along with posting comments
- Large collection of short codes provided
- Pre-styled page templates help you to design unique pages
Pro Review is a WordPress theme that helps to create attractive and robust review sites within minutes. This WordPress theme is famous for several reasons such as, easy and intuitive to use, well scripted documentation & instructions with easy customization capabilities.
Some of the features offered by Pro Review is
- Customize reviews and posts easily with the help of short codes
- Advanced WordPress theme admin panel that helps you to change almost anything
- Responsive and as well compatible with all kinds of browsers
- Users can rate the product at the same time comment about it
This is a theme is developed by ‘Templatic’ and helps you to create great WordPress websites that can offer your users to share their opinions about anything that matters to them. This theme helps you by providing loads of custom widgets along with unlimited choice of colors. This theme focuses on modern design and hence seems to go well for gaming, as well as tech websites.
Some of the key features of this theme are
- Responsive as well as unique theme layout
- Reviews can be customized according to the type of product, service etc
- Reviews can be customized to show author ratings as well as user rating at the same time
- Home page is full of helpful widgets for easy customization
The characteristics and features of above mentioned themes and plugins for review sites, not only help us to understand their importance, but also explains how review sites generate better user interaction, helps to increase social media sharing and helping with reputation management etc. I would request to you, to please share your views with us to let us know about any more plugins or themes that you have found helpful to build up your review site.