If you write product or service review on your blog then you may give rating to that product or services. To show your visitors rating for that review you may use or want to use a rating plugin which shows rating stars on your product review page.
Previously I was also using some rating plugin but I switched to Author hReview Plugin which is far better than other similar WordPress plugins. It’s not just another WordPress rating plugin but it does much more than just giving rating.
The biggest advantage of this review plugin is that search engine pull information from this plugin and shows stars on search results which help attract searchers attention and you can get more hits for your search results.
By using Google Rich snippets this plugin shows “tiny stars” and “review by” on search result page. Snippets are information appears under every search results which give user a sense what that page is about. With Rich snippets search engine can show review starts, price, photo, products or service list. Author hReview Plugin give rating information with rich snippets to search engine and because of that when you review something on your blog and give rating using Author hReview that page on search engine shows star rating which will look attractive in search results.
Author hReview Plugin is available as free and Pro version where Pro version currently cost just $47 for single site license and $67 for multi site license. Pro version comes with many more features compared to free version.
When you install Author hReview Plugin on your blog you will find a rating section under new post page and giving rating for any product is very easy. You have to fill the information as required and rest will be done by plugin itself.
You can add rating box above and under the post which will give basic information and rating for that product or service review. This information box can contain information like Product Name, Rating, Review summery, Author Name, Product price, link to the product page etc. You can add affiliate link on rating box button which is normally “nofollow”.
This plugin comes with Widgets option which offers you to show latest or top reviews in sidebar with rating. This widget can help you to increase page views on your blog as visitors may look for more product review.
Good: Overall what I liked about this review plugin is that it is very easy to use and implement review on your blog is very easy. Author hReview search engine rich snippet which can increase CTR for your SERP result and widget option which implements without any affords. Price is another plus point for this plugin as it do not cost a lot for $67 you get multi site license.
Bad: Author hReview plugin comes with only six months of support and upgrade option. If you need support and upgrade after first six months you have to purchase another six months of support and upgrade which currently cost $29 and if you continuously need support or upgrades you have to renew it every six month which will be $58 per year expenses which is not great. Plugin should always cost onetime fee for lifetime updates and support as many plugin offers onetime investment.