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How to Add Testimonials to Your WordPress Site

updated on Aug 25, 2016
How to Add Testimonials to Your WordPress Site It's a nature for people to look for others' comments before trying a new thing. Considering this, publishing user testimonials on your WordPress site is important for building trust and making your website credible to the target audience.

Besides, the well-written customer testimonials can help the potential customers know the highlights of your services and products, which will turn more of your visitors into clients and benefit your conversion rates and sales. That's why a lot of large brands nowadays display testimonials on their websites.

There are several ways for adding testimonials to a WordPress site. You can manually code a custom post type to display testimonials, or make use of a plugin. We will discuss the latter in this tutorial since it is the suitable choice for most WordPress users.

The plugin we choose is Testimonial Rotator which makes it easy to add, manage and rotate testimonials on any page of your site. This plugin is free, and it keeps a high rating in the WordPress plugin directory.

Install and Set Up Testimonial Rotator

Since Testimonial Rotator is available in WordPress plugin directory, you can install the plugin from the admin area of your website by going to Plugins > Add New, and searching for it with the search box. Simply having a click on the "Install" button, you can get Testimonial Rotator installed automatically. Just remember to activate it after the installation.

Install Testimonial Rotator

When the plugin is activated, you are able to access it from the "Testimonials" menu item. Now you need to visit the "Settings" submenu to deal with the plugin settings.

Testimonial Rotator doesn't come with tons of settings. So on the settings page, you may only need to deal with the user roles that can access the rotator menu. Hiding the "Add Rotator" menu from the unnecessary users helps prevent some possible troubles in the future.

Configure Plugin Settings

Add a New Rotator

If you want to rotate testimonials, which is adopted by many websites, you need to create a rotator first before adding testimonials to your website because you will have to assign the testimonials to a rotator. Therefore, now you need to click on "Add Rotator". The creation page includes multiple fields to deal with.

First of all, you need to give the new rotator a title. If you have prepared additional custom fields, you can also add them to the rotator.

Add a New Rotator

Next, you have to deal with some rotator options which allow you to customize the display of the testimonials in the rotator. With these options, you can:
  • Select a transition effect from the 6 pre-defined options.
  • Select the image size of your clients' avatars.
  • Set the time interval between different testimonials and the transition speed.
  • Allow displaying random testimonials.
  • Hide the featured image and microdata.
  • And so on.
These choices are yours, so you can handle the options depending on your website design.

Deal with Rotator Options

Scrolling the page down, you will need to select a theme for the rotator. There are two themes available by default, while you can purchase more on this site.

Select Rotator Theme

At last, publish the rotator like you do with any WordPress post or page.

Publish Rotator

Add Your Customer Testimonials

After creating the rotator you want, you can now add testimonials to it by clicking on "Add New" below "All Testimonials". Adding a new testimonial is easy.

Firstly, enter the text that you want to highlight in the title field, and then add all the text of the testimonial in the post editor. You can customize the style of the text as you like.

Add a New Testimonial

Secondly, you need to handle the testimonial options. In this section, you can attach the testimonial to a rotator you have created, select a star rating for the testimonial, and add the author information.

Deal with Testimonial Options

Thirdly, upload an avatar for the author of the testimonial. And at last, select an order for the testimonial. If you want to display your testimonials randomly, then the order is not necessary.

Upload Testimonial Image

After making the testimonials satisfactory, simply publish it to make it available. Then, you can add more testimonials as you want.

Display Your Testimonials and Rotators in WordPress

The Testimonial Rotator plugin provides multiple shortcodes for you to display testimonials and rotators in the way you like. Below are the examples.

Display a single testimonial in a post/page

Each individual testimonial comes with its own shortcode. To get the shortcode of a testimonial, you can view all the available testimonials in "All Testimonials", find the one you need, and then copy its unique shortcode.

Testimonial Shortcode

Then, you can edit a WordPress page, and paste the shortcode in the place you want. The testimonial will display properly.

Display Testimonial

Display a rotator

Just like testimonials, rotators come with their shortcodes, too, so you can insert them into WordPress pages or posts easily. Besides, the shortcodes are customizable depending on how you want the rotator to be displayed.

For example, you can rotate the testimonials in a rotator, or list all the testimonials on a page. Also, you are able to limit the number of the displayed testimonials as you like. All these tasks can be achieved by using the corresponding shortcode.

Rotator Shortcode

If you want to insert a rotator with the default settings, you can also make use of the "Add Rotator" button in the post editor. With the button, you only need to select a rotator and click on "Insert", and the shortcode will be added to the content automatically.

Add Rotator Button