As the name suggests, WordPress Review Plugins enables you to quickly and effortlessly put good looking reviews on your wordpress enabled websites. In this review we are going to compare two of the best wordpress review plugins providers out there wpReviewSite and wpReviewEngine. (ReviewOfWeb tried contacting MyReviewPlugin folks but the queries went unanswered, hence it is not included in the review]
As always, we will try to bring an unbiased opinion for the two products so that readers can take an informed decision before choosing to purchase a wordpress review plugin.
Here is a detailed comparison and review for both these plugins
|Ease of Install||Quick. You need to upload the first 3 folders above and activate them and then upload the themes folder||Quick. Need to upload wpReviewSite, theme folder and optionally wprs-my-ratings plugin|
|Ease Of Use||Good for noobs. Easy to follow instructions available.||Good for noobs. Easy to follow instructions available. (They hand hold you with detailed screenshots to install the plugin)|
|Quick images Feature||Simply include the URL of the site under review and you get thumbnail from Thumbshots.com.||Not really. You can insert a link to an image which you have already uploaded on your server.|
|Affiliate Link||Dedicated box to provide an affiliate link for site under review. Thumbshot and “visit site” link is automatically linked if you fill this box.||Dedicated box to provide an affiliate link for site under review.“Visit Site” link is automatically linked if you fill this box.|
|Rating Categories – You can create your own rating categories.|
They can be applied per “wordpress category” or for all posts/pages
Good to have feature to “stand out” in Google results.
|Post Sorting Options|
|3rd party theme support||Yes, using “Auto embedding” option.||Yes, using plugin settings|
|Auto comment generation – Allows you to automatically generate comments(Well, personally we stay clear of using such features on our sites.)||Yes.||Not Available|
|Affiliate URL cloaking – Use this to hide those ugly looking affiliate links||Support included with Linkcloaker plugin ( at no extra cost)||Not Available|
|CSV To WordPress – Use this to quickly fill your site with entries from your database||Support included with CSV2WP plugin ( at no extra cost)||Not Available|
|Google Maps Support – In case reviewing a business, you can show its location using Google Maps|
Yes. Goes one level up to include a US zip code radius search
|Discount? Follow these exact steps to avail discount.||Not Available|
Both plugins are just fine if you are looking for a basic review system in your wordpress enabled website.
However, we see wpReviewEngine folks have done a great job of including many helpful features to make reviewers life easy. Also, wpReviewEngine plugin has many more customization options available when compared to wpReviewSite. Given the good set of features, ease of customizations and nearly the same cost our vote goes to wpReviewEngine plugin
Over to readers, have you tried any of the plugins listed above? How would you rate them?