Switch Off Reviews

Allows you to switch off the review feature for the Vantage theme.

It’s super easy to use, just install and activate the plugin – the review feature will be gone!

If you want the review feature back at any time – just deactivate the plugin.

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Will this work with other themes?

Answer: No it won’t. This plugin was built specifically for the Vantage theme.

Is this plugin compatible with the Directory child theme for Vantage?

Answer: Yes it is!

Install through WordPress – administration dashboard

  1. Click ‘Plugins’
  2. Click ‘Add New’
  3. Click ‘Upload Plugin’
  4. Click ‘Browse’ and navigate to the location where you saved the zipped plugin package, click on the package: switch-off-reviews.zip
  5. Click ‘Install Now’
  6. Click ‘Activate Plugin’

Install manually using FTP

  1. Extract folder and files from the zipped archive: switch-off-reviews.zip
  2. Upload the folder to your website directory, placing it in the plugins folder: wp-content/plugins
  3. Activate the plugin in the ‘Installed Plugins’ section of the administration dashboard

We offer customer support through a dedicated section on the AppThemes forum:

http://forums.appthemes.com/switch-off-reviews/

We’ll be notified of any new posts in the support area and will respond as soon as possible (we’re based in Australia, the time zone is: UTC/GMT +11 hours).

August 2015

  • Minor fix to force the removal of review-related items from the dropdown menu (when the plugin is activated). Issue encountered when using the Coloured child theme for Vantage
  • Updated to make use of the AppThemes API for updates

May 2015

  • Fixed an issue where the sort dropdown menu would still display review-related options when viewed on smaller screen sizes

December 2014

  • Version 1.0 (first release)

4 reviews of “Switch Off Reviews

5 stars
Great plugin and best support!
By -

This plugin works exactly as described and the support by the plugin creators is above and beyond! Thanks!

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5 stars
Fantastic, Thank You
By -

Worked beautifully with my Successweb Vantage Child Theme (which isn’t even in the appthemes marketplace anymore). Instantly turned off the reviews feature, removed the tab, and cleaned up the appearance of the listing.

As soon as we switched themes from another directory system to Vantage, our reviews by visitors dropped to ZERO. We had been getting several each week. Why did they stop? Because the vantage system is too convoluted with multiple steps required to register, log in, and review. No one wanted to do that for our niche directory.

We installed a star-rating plug-in which only requies visitors to click 1-5 stars to rate,and everyone uses that because it’s simple and fast.

The problem remained with the Vantage Reviews system remaining behind like a useless limb. It had a tab that showed no reviews, and just invited the question of “why doesn’t anyone review these businesses” making it look like our directory wasn’t valuable or indeed even used.

One of more popular listings received 93 5-star clicks on the ratings system, but has ZERO reviews. It just looks odd.

By using this plug in and removing the reviews tab and the “add your review” language, we now only see the real-time star rating system votes, the listings look very clean, and we are MUCH happier.

If we knew how to write the code to eliminate this feature without mucking everything up, we would have — so as an alternative to that, this was the best plug in purchase made in a long time.

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5 stars
Very helpful for specific sites
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I am publishing listings for churches, where reviews are not really appropriate. Even if I switch off reviews in Vantage in a post, the listing still shows a row of zero-rated stars and the comment at the bottom reviews are not open for this listing or something similar, instead of disappearing altogether. As the previous reviewer said, maybe we could switch reviews ON for specific posts in future?

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5 stars
Nice little plugin
By -

Works as decribed – simple and working. Using it under Directory without problems.

Like mentioned under comments: would recommend to build/extend this plugin getting a switch for listing owners to shut on/off reviews for their listings – should be a client’s decision because they pay for listings – currently we could be shut on/off on review in backend for each listing – maybe in future your plugin could solve that task as well

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 Comments (18)

  • enrique_traun

    Hi,

    will buy this plugin – since it is a nice function – but would recommend to build a Switch with could be shut on/off on Client backend – today I could set in backend whether a listing allows Reviews or not – user can’t influence that Setting – but it would be nice if listing owner could decide themselves – whether to allow Reviews or not for their listing.

    regards,

    Enrique

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      demonoid

      Hi Enrique,

      Thanks for the suggestions, much appreciated. I’ll certainly keep those ideas in mind for future releases.

      Thanks,

      Luke

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  • tradeamillion

    has of today it is impossible to import listings with reviews unable.
    can your plugin unable reviews to all listings in one click?

    same for making listing claimable

    if we import 500 listings we have to manually switch on those 2 features

    and regarding the first comment
    you should hive the option to charge client if they don t want user to review them

    • author
      demonoid

      Hi tradeamillion,

      Thanks for your questions.

      This plugin has no impact on the import process and it has no relationship with the review settings for each individual listing.

      Our plugin has been deliberately designed so that the review feature is switched off site-wide, regardless of the settings in individual listings, regardless of imported listing details etc.

      With our plugin – you won’t have to do anything to the review settings in individual listings and you won’t have to manually change the review settings following a large import.

      Thanks,

      Luke

  • reservestudydotorg

    I would probably purchase this for more money if there was an option for the client to turn on or turn off the reviews. What happens to existing reviews if they are turned off? Do the reviews disappear? Saved?

    On a second note, it would be nice to have a way to change the color of the vantage stars. Some way to differentiate them from the “Starstruck Stars” would be beneficial.

    • author
      Luke

      Hi reservestudydotorg,

      Thanks for the comments.

      To answer your question about existing reviews: this plugin has a very deliberate ‘zero footprint’, that is it will have no lasting impact on existing listings/reviews etc.

      When the plugin is activated, all existing reviews will be hidden. If it’s deactivated – all reviews will return.

      Thanks for the feature suggestions, I’ll consider these for future updates.

  • simedia

    What a fantastic feature — dislike the mandatory reviews tab, which no one uses and looks bad to have zero reviews. We have Vantage using Successweb child theme. I don’t see it in the marketplace anymore, but it was developed by an Appthemes seller and is an actual Vantage child theme. Will this work with that child theme of Vantage, as well?

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    • author
      Luke

      Thanks for the positive feedback, much appreciated! 😀

      The plugin should work with any child theme. There hasn’t been any issues with the child themes on the Marketplace to date, but if you have any troubles, please let me know.

      Cheers,

      Luke

      • simedia

        This simple plug in has MADE MY DAY. Finally, a pesky problem eliminated.

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  • tradeamillion

    can this plugin switch on all listing reviews too?

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    Luke

    Hi,

    The plugin is not designed to turn on or off the review settings for each listing. The aim of the plugin is to switch off the entire review feature, site-wide. Bringing the feature back is as simple as deactivating the plugin.

    Just to be clear, the plugin has no relationship with the review settings for each individual listing, it simply hides all aspects relating to reviews site-wide. The plugin has been deliberately designed so that the review feature is switched off regardless of the settings in individual listings.

    The plugin also has a very deliberate ‘zero footprint’, that is it will have no lasting impact on existing listings/reviews etc. When the plugin is activated, all existing reviews will be hidden. If it’s deactivated – all reviews will return.

    Cheers,

    Luke

  • anuraagv

    Hi tradeamillion

    My site using a vantage plugin (VT Tabber) which add new tabs to listing. But the problem is that it had “add a review” under each tab. This needed to be removed but I still need the “review” tab for listing. Is it possible to have actual Review tab working and all other review functions removed? Or will your plugin remove every Review feature from the site.

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  • author
    Luke

    Hi anuraagv,

    If a plugin created by another Marketplace author is duplicating the review areas on additional tabs, I recommend raising this with them (i.e. to get the bug fixed). I wouldn’t suggest using our plugin as an attempt to correct an issue with a separate plugin, sold by a different author.

    Our plugin switches off all elements related to reviews, it does that very easily and effectively 😀

    Cheers,

    Luke

  • guiadelamujer

    Hi buddy, i bought your plugin but its not working, do you what happens?

    guiamujer.mx

  • guiadelamujer

    Hi, why your switch off review plugin is no working in my site? are you going to answer this message?

  • guiadelamujer

    Hi Luke, its already working very fine, it was a mistake in my end, best regards

  • author
    Luke

    Hi,

    Thanks for the update. I’m pleased to hear that it’s working fine for you.

    I would have responded sooner, but I’m on holiday and was hiking in the wilderness (no internet!).

    Thanks for buying the plugin.

    Cheers,

    Luke

  • malkie

    Are there any updates for this plugin ?

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