Review: Free Testimonials Widgets Plugin
With the free WordPress testimonials widget plugin, you can easily add professional testimonials to your website. Testimonials serve as great social proof for your products and services and help build the trust needed to convert visitors into customers. Having said that, it is important to use testimonials with caution as ruthless online marketers commonly abuse them. Testimonials simply need to be real and trustworthy to avoid negative reactions.
In this review, I am taking a closer look at using the Testimonials Widgets plugin and show you how it is configures and how it works. The plugins allows you to quickly set up and display random or pre-selected portfolio comments, quotes, reviews text with images right on your WordPress site. It displays your testimonals shortcode, theme function or widgets. With these options, you can also post short or long lists or a rotation of testimonials on your site. It also has options to display your content’s comments in random or specific order. Multiple Testimonial widgets can be displayed because of the testimonials-widget custom post type. This plugin also works with its own CSS identifier for more custom styling. Let’s dive into details about this plugin.
After installing the plugin, a Testimonials tab will appear on your Dashboard.
Testimonials Settings Page > General Options
Use these plugin options to change some settings for your testimonials: General, Selection, Ordering, Post Type and Compatibility & Reset. The number of settings availble is amazing and it makes it a very powerful solution for adding testimonials to your site.
General Options mostly have Hide Options for information you’d like to keep private.
Selection Options focuses on filtering Categories, Tags and IDs.
Sequence your testimonials randomly, by Testimonial ID, meta_key or Ascending-Descending order.
You can adjust default widget settings of the plugin in Widget Options In Testimonials Settings. This however, can be overridden when the widget is added to a sidebar.
Widget Options in Testimonial Settings
Testimonials Widget Options in Appearance > Widgets> Sidebar Area
You can see testimonials in your Testimonials Admin Page.
Testimonials can also be added in 2 ways. First by manually adding the testimonial quote, testimonial owner’s picture and details about where this testimonial was given. This can be done in Add New Testimonial Post in Testimonial Dashboard.
Second is to use Testimonial Widget and editing its details in Sidebar or Widgets area.
Whichever way you choose, the result will be like this. Multiple widgets can make multiple testimonials appear. You also have an option to make a testimonial page and fill it with your testimonials with this widget but you have to use a short code to add them to it.
Testimonial on page.
Adding pictures with the testimony makes it possible to put a real face in the statement to build more trust. (do not use emotions as I did below for the test!).
To sum this all up, Testimonial Widget Plugin is a useful and well design testimonial solution for WordPress. However, there is a few points to consider before selecting this plugin. First, the plugin have many settings and may seem advanced for just adding a few testimonials. Some user will find it annoying to start with and may be overwhelmed. Editing the Testimonial Posts can be lengthy since the edits are divided into different Options but at the same time you have a lot of possibilities available without diving into code level.
Second, you have to do editing on both Adding Testimonials’ Option in Testimonials widget AND on the Widget Page. This is to ensure that your testimonials show correctly on the page. Editing the testimonial on only one of the two options will cause your testimonial to display incorrectly or at times not appear at all. Third, do not view the testimonial in the “Edit Testimonial” Page, it will route you to a “Page Not Found” page. Instead, view your site to check if it is there. It will appear in your sidebar area instead of in the post. Enabling testimonials on a page will have to resort to shortcode provided in the excellent and frequently updated documentation and Support Area of this plugin’s page.