StarStruck

StarStruck is a fast, lightweight, and elegant star rating system. It works with any WordPress site and is a breeze to setup. Your visitors can then rate a comment, post, or page with a click of a star.

It’s a great way to engage with your visitors and see which comments/posts/pages are most popular. Then take action based on overall data collected. It’s so good, we use it on AppThemes.com (See example here. Scroll to the bottom).

New in 2.0!

  • Added support for rating bbPress Forums/Topics/Replies
  • Added support for rating WooCommerce products/taxonomies/authors
  • New top ratings widget for post types
  • Use shortcodes for displaying ratings
  • Rate Authors
  • Rate Taxonomies (including Clipper stores)
  • Half star ratings

Feature Highlights

  • Simple interface and options page
  • Instant AJAX rating feature (no page reload)
  • Works with any WordPress theme
  • Supports pages, posts, comments
  • No code or theme template files to edit
  • Allows anonymous and logged in user voting
  • Adds a “Votes” column to wp-admin comments, pages, and posts screens
  • Supports any language (text translation and .pot file required)

Advanced Features

  • Supports custom post types
  • Works with WordPress Multisite
  • Works on WordPress.com
  • Works with nested comments
  • Supports both http and https websites
  • Portability. WordPress export includes all data
  • Clean, professional, well commented code
  • Built with rich snippet microdata for Google compliance & awesome SEO results
  • Includes several hooks and filters
  • Uses the WordPress API for quick processing
  • No hardcoded select statements or custom database tables
  • Uses WordPress post and comment meta tables

More features coming soon!

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How do I verify my website is configured correctly?

Use the Google Structured Data Testing Tool to verify that your markup is well-formed and can be processed by Google.

How can I preview what my site will look like in Google?

It usually takes a few weeks before Google will show the star ratings in their search results. If you’d like to confirm everything is working correctly, you can Fetch your Website as Google. This is a tool that allows you to test how Google views your website which should show you the star ratings in action.

Before you can use the tool, you must have your website verified and setup in Google Webmaster Tools. Here’s a good tutorial on how to use the tool.

How long does it take for rich snippets to be visible?

Once you’ve installed the plugin, Google will discover it the next time they crawl your site (although it may take some time for rich snippets to appear in search results, if they do choose to display rich snippets for your site).

The star ratings don’t show up in Google

It takes time for Google to re-crawl your site and for rich snippets to appear in their search results. If it’s already been a few weeks and you tested your site’s markup and ran the Fetch as Google tool per above and they still don’t show up, read their FAQ.

Are there any filters or hooks?

Yes. There are several filters built into the plugin. These allows developers to modify the StarStruck content before it’s returned to the browser.

starstruck_content – executes before StarStruck is displayed on the post/page.
starstruck_comment – executes before StarStruck is displayed on each comment.
starstruck_mini – executes before StarStruck is displayed as read-only values.
starstruck_sidebar – executes before StarStruck is displayed in the sidebar.
startruck_template – executes before a StarStruck template (top ratings or content) is displayed.

The best way to figure out how filters work is by looking at the source code. You’ll be able to see the exact parameters and how the function works.

For example:

function your_filter( $content, $data ) {

    if ( $data = maybe_unserialize( $data ) ) {
        // do something with the data if you wish
    }

    // more importantly, do something with the content
    // look at starstruck-content.php for an example

    // always make sure to return the content!
    return $content;
}
add_filter( 'starstruck_content', 'your_filter', 10, 2 );

For more information on how filters work, see the WordPress Codex.

Have a suggestion for a new filter or action? Let us know in the comments below or our support forum.

Installation Guide

It’s easy to install the plugin. Just follow the steps below. What’s most important is to verify that your theme has microdata setup correctly. Once you’ve done that, see the FAQ tab for more guidelines.

  • Download the plugin from your customer dashboard
  • Login to your WordPress site and visit “Plugins” => “Add New” in the sidebar
  • Click on “Upload” and then “Choose File”. Browse to the starstruck.zip.
  • Click on the “Install Now” button
  • On the plugins page, scroll down and find “StarStruck. Click on the “Activate” link.
  • You’ll then be redirected to the options page
  • Visit your site and view a blog post. At the bottom, you should see the star ratings

Setting up the Microdata

If you site has already been configured with microdata, StarStruck will automatically work once you accumulate ratings.

Google provides a free testing tool to see if everything is configured properly. If so, you’ll see the star ratings in the results.

If not, chances are you need to add microdata tags to your WordPress theme. The exact tags depend on the content StarStruck is displayed on. For this example, we’ll use the BlogPosting item type.

If you’re familiar with editing theme code this will be easy to do. You’ll need to modify your theme’s single.php (or possibly content.php or loop.php) file. There might even be a plugin that does this for you without having to edit the theme files.

The key pieces we need to add are:

  • itemscope itemtype=”http://schema.org/BlogPosting”
  • itemprop=”name”
<div itemscope itemtype="http://schema.org/BlogPosting">

    <h2 itemprop="name"><?php the_title(); ?></h2>

    <?php the_content(); ?>

</div>

For different microdata item types such as products, restaurants, etc, see the Schema AggregateRating page.

Please visit the dedicated support forum.

Changelog

2.4 – Feb 12, 2016

  • fixed microdata structure (provides rich snippets for reviews on google search)
  • fixed duplicate microdata issues
  • updated raty.js lib from 2.4.5 to 2.7.0
  • added web fonts instead of images to easily change color and for retina/hdpi support
  • added a color picker option for the star color
  • cleaned up admin options
  • cleaned up sidebar function
  • fixed shortcodes bug and created separate new shortcodes
  • added new read-only mini rating function ‘starstruck_mini_ratings()’ for within post loop
  • fixed singular bug where “1 vote” showed as “1 votes”
  • removed the images folder since we use web fonts
  • merged all front-end dynamic js into scripts.js
  • minimize all js and css to improve page load performance
  • converted spaces to tabs
  • fixed PHP7 incompatibility issues

2.3 – Jan 30, 2015

  • fixes issues with YOAST plugin

2.2 – Jan 05, 2015

  • fixed ratings being displayed on user listings (should only be displayed with posts listings)

2.1 – Nov 21, 2014

  • fixed ratings not showing correctly on front page and other non-singular pages

2.0 – Oct 23, 2014

  • added top ratings widget for post types
  • display ratings using shortcodes
  • allow rating bbPress Forums/Topics/Replies
  • allow rating WooCommerce products/taxonomies/authors
  • allow rating authors
  • allow rating taxonomies
  • allow half star ratings
  • fixed CSS issue with coupon codes success bar in Clipper
  • moved styles into separate file
  • added two new sidebar filters to control read only mode

1.1 – Dec 12, 2012

  • added more instructions on options page
  • fixed css issue where stars inherit theme styles
  • fixed issue where https wasn’t working
  • added raty MIT license.txt file

1.0 – Oct 22, 2012

  • initial release

4 reviews of “StarStruck

5 stars
so difficult to install and too much time wasted
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and doesn´t work… waiting for support

1 star
shortcode option doesn't work with custom post types
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Alas, can’t get it to work with a shortcode – both inserting into PHP directly and post body. This is even more misleading since all the necessary settings are present in the admin. Posted a question on the support forum but only silence thus far.

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1 star
Lightweight, and not in a good way
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I would expect to be able to change images, change text, and have a lot more configuration for a paid plugin. A waste of $17 bucks. Next!

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nice plugin……why always the same ugly yellow star option…..why not round and blue?

that’s what i miss

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