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Rich Reviews by Starfish



Hello, our team at Starfish has now added the same features as Rich Reviews into the flagship Starfish Reviews plugin as “testimonials”! FOR FREE.
You can even migrate all of your Rich Reviews into Starfish Reviews as Testimonials.To learn more about the new Testimonial feature read our Help Documentation.

Rich Reviews will no longer be updated or supported, the Rich Reviews plugin will be removed from the plugin library on 12/31/2023.
We recommend migrating to Starfish Reviews as soon as possible and reporting any issues or questions there so we can continue to strengthen the new Testimonial features in Starfish Reviews.

Rich Reviews empowers you to easily capture user ratings, reviews, and testimonials for your business, website, or individual products/pages and display them on your WordPress page or post with a shortcode.

With Google My Business emphasizing the importance of testimonials, reviews are becoming integral for the success of any business, product, or service online. It includes review schema, also known as structured data, or rich snippets to let Google and other search engines display overall ratings stars in their search results or elsewhere.

Rich Reviews Features

  • Three types of reviews: per-page or per-post, category, or global reviews allow you to customize to your needs. Whether you want users to review products, categories, or your entire website, Rich Reviews gives you the control.
  • Moderated submissions allows you to choose which reviews are added to your site.
  • Built completely around shortcodes, so you can include any of the three key features on any page, post, sidebar, footer, or widget on your site.
  • Simple design allows compatibility across themes.
  • Includes external stylesheet for ease of customization.
  • Shows aggregate reviews microformat (hReview-aggregate) Schema so that site ratings can be displayed in Google results with rich snippets.
  • Minimalist, lightweight, and efficient code means that your site won’t be slowed down, and your users won’t have any trouble leaving a review.

Need More Reviews?

Need to get more reviews on Google, Facebook, TrusPilot, Amazon, TripAdvisor, or any online review platform? Check out our review generation and marketing plugin Starfish Reviews. It even works great with Rich Reviews.

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  • Show any number of reviews for your whole site, for a specific page or post, or for any custom category. Display these reviews in any post, page, sidebar, or widget!
  • A simple shortcode allows you to post an aggregate review score on any page.
  • A simple and clean review submission form can be placed anywhere on your site, and will not bog down your site.
  • Admin menus allow you to approve the submitted reviews, so YOU control what reviews are real, and which reviews are unwarranted (or even spam). You can also view every review you have already approved, and choose to push it back to a "pending" status, or even delete it.
  • Added options allow for you to customize the star color to match our site.
  • One user shows the versatility of Rich Reviews by placing our shortcodes into various tabs on one of his pages.


  1. You can download and install the Rich Reviews plugin through the built-in WordPress plugin installer. Alternately, download the zip file and upload the ‘/rich-reviews/’ folder to your ‘../wp-content/plugins/’ folder.
  2. Activate the plugin through the ‘Plugins’ menu in WordPress
  3. View the instructions page in your the WordPress backend to see detailed explanations and examples of how and where to use the shortcodes which enable reviews to be shown, submitted, or averaged.
  4. Periodically check the Rich Reviews menu in the WordPress control panel to see if there are any pending reviews which need to be approved (or deleted).


മാർച്ച്‌ 17, 2023
There are several reviews plugins available. This one beats them all.I would like to see the developers pay a little more attention to it since they could improve on it and even charge a nominal price.
ഒക്ടോബർ 5, 2021
Very bad plugin. Google doesn't show the snippets. When I ask this to the support, they said that I need to wait more. But I've already waited more than 1 year! And still no Google snippets. Go with much more a better plugin.
സെപ്റ്റംബർ 28, 2021
After a week and no respons i deactivated the plugin. I, and support of Starfish, was not able to activate the license. I need to go on. I have a waiting customer.
ജൂലൈ 14, 2021
This guys will help you everytime! Thanks for such simple and effective tool. Regards, Alex
സെപ്റ്റംബർ 11, 2020
The plugin code contains a bunch of errors. For example, you will never see a warning if you have not rated a review, even if the rating field in the settings is required. Very bad localization. Many text strings in the plugin are not translated at all, as they are hardcoded. Finally, reviews are sent multiple times. Several duplicate records appear in the database and the same number of notifications are sent to e-mail. So, I does NOT recommend this plugin at all!
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Contributors & Developers

“Rich Reviews by Starfish” is open source software. The following people have contributed to this plugin.



= 1.9.19 2023-07-28
* Updated end of life message to reference correct link to Help Docs of Starfish Reviews Testimonial features.

= 1.9.17 2023-06-15
* Rich Reviews End-of-life notification and announcement of now supporting Rich Reviews features as Testimonials in the Starfish Reviews plugin.

= 1.9.16 2023-03-10
* Fixes:
* General: Resolved output escaping

= 1.9.15 2023-08-03
* Fixes:
* Admin: Security vulnerability resolved regarding deleting reviews

= 1.9.14 2022-05-30
* Fixes:
* General: Missing rating stars

= 1.9.13 2022-05-06
* General: Compatibility with WordPress 6.0
* Settings: New Community Bar for participating in Starfish roadmap, feedback, ideas, etc.

= 1.9.12 2022-03-14
* Fixes:
* Error when activating due to unexpected syntax in options when using PHP version < 8

= 1.9.11 2022-01-22
* Fixes:
* Error returned in WP_DEBUG mode failing to catch database exception when no reviews are available yet.
* Reviews: Showing reviews with Source Post Title option disabled failing to actually hide the post title.

  • Enhancements:
    • Snippet: New shortcode parameter for hiding the snippet if no reviews are available.

= 1.9.10 2022-01-05
* Fixes:
* Repaired html not rendering when showing review widget

= 1.9.9 2021-12-17
* Fixes:
* Incorrect reference to return-to-form option. (Thank you @jannesmannes)

= 1.9.8 2021-11-27
* Fixes:
* Incorrect reference to return-to-form option. (Thank you @jannesmannes)

= 1.9.7 2021-11-07
* Fixes
* cleaned up data sanitixation and escaping according to WP standards/requirements

= 1.9.6 2021-10-28
* Fixes
* Fixed vulnerability where a URL parameter was not being validated properly

= 1.9.5 2020-13-03
* Fixes
* Update “Tested up to” value for WP 5.7.

= 1.9.4 2020-11-06
* Fixes
* Reviews: Admin tables failing to sort list of reviews by selected column

= 1.9.3 2020-28-09
* Fixes
* Site Icon: updated schema snippet to reflect itemprop image outside of a wrapping div itemprop

= 1.9.2 2020-28-09
* Enhancements
* Added Honey-pot protection on the review form to combat bot submissions.
* Fixes
* Site Icon: Removed the tag in favor of tag to support AMP usage.

= 1.9.1 2020-14-08
* Fixes
* Update Readme.

= 1.9.0 2020-27-04
* Fixes
* Fixed Content Breaking.

= 1.8.9 2020-22-04
* Fixes
* Fixed Pending Review issue.

= 1.8.8 2020-07-04
* Fixes
* Added Translation Strings.

= 1.8.7 2020-20-03
* Fixes
* Added Product option for Structured(Schema) in snippet shortcode and Individual reviews.

= 1.8.6 2020-17-01
* Fixes
* Fixed Post/page title link showing when option is unchecked
* Resolved security vulnerabilities
* Fixed third-party email sending issue

= 1.8.5 2019-12-07
* Fixes
* Fixed notices for Structured(Schema) fields in snippet shortcode

= 1.8.4 2019-12-04
* Fixes
* Fixed Errors in Structured (Schema) Data
* Fixed Reviews not Display in Widget
* Fixed Failing to Edit Approved Reviews

= 1.8.3 2019-10-23
* Fixes
* Saving User option admin data
* Show review star rating
* Fixed Security issue

= 1.8.2 2019-10-10
* Enhancements
* None
* Fixes
* Failing to return all reviews when content excerpt was set to more than 0
* Administration Approved Reviews failing to fully load/return all reviews (see issue above)
* Saving User options where all options were unchecked

= 1.8.1 2019-10-08
* Enhancements
* None
* Fixes
* Fixed existing installs from working with new version’s option management (cleaned up old options so the new ones could be loaded, requires administrators to reset their option selections)

= 1.8.0 2019-09-27
* Enhancements
* Updated plugin option management to use WordPress Settings API
* Updated Google Schema integration for pulling in external reviews
* Fixes
* Resolved security vulnerabilities


  • hotfix: removed obsolete support for 1.0 – 1.2 version updates
  • Added Rich Markup options for author and subject fallbacks
  • Fixed minor overlooked bugs


  • hotfix: global post for snippet query
  • hotfix: Fixed non-categorized item reviewed schema, and item reviewed and author defaults
  • hotfix: Widget dependency on deprecated code.
  • Added “all” value for both snippet and show shortcodes
  • Altered and fixed aggregate category query
  • Uppdated Rich Snippet output for markup
  • Fixed random order bug
  • Added dynamic response message for name field dependency and approval requirement.
  • Refactored file structure and option handling
  • Refactored i18n string formatting


  • hotfix: fixing longstanding global reviews show issue
  • added option for email notifications, and accompanying field for admin emaail
  • added option for scroll back to form after submission


  • hotfix: scroll after submission
  • updated rich formatting


  • Updated layout of user opttions
  • Made form fields editable
  • Added Rounding for Aggregate Rating


  • Updated rich snippet format to microdata
  • Added option to display reviews at full width
  • Added option to display date along with reviews


  • Correcting star display issue.


  • Fixing issue with stars not displaying.


  • Fixing issue with extra div creation.
  • Adding link to new plugins website on dashboard.


  • Hot fix: Correcting the correspondence with Google Rich Snippets.


  • Hotfix


  • Added options admin page.
  • Option to edit the color of stars.
  • Option to edit form input title of previous “Review Title” input.
  • Option to allow various user roles to manage reviews.
  • Option to display stars in snippet instead of numerical value.
  • Option controlling the order in which reviews are displayed.
  • Option to skip the pending process for reviews.
  • Adding the ability to add and edit reviews from the WordPress dashboard.
  • Fixed minor css issues.


  • Removing a debug dump function that was accidentally left it.


  • Correcting admin page errors.


  • Removing foxytech links


  • Bug fix: correcting popular display issue


  • Introducing new dashboard styles


  • Database bug fix correcting possible site crashes
  • Added option for credit line


  • Big update! Complete rewrite of plugin to make it easier to update in the future, and to add more features
  • We are now branching to add Nuanced Media as a developer of this plugin
  • Everything about the plugin should function better, and with the rewrite and addition of Nuanced Media as a contributer, the updates should come much faster


  • Hotfix: vertical-align: top on the review submission form


  • Changed display order so that reviews are displayed newest-first
  • Changed version numbering, and changed version checking function to compensate


  • Some much needed tweaks, such as better displaying data from the database (no more “rnrn”!)
  • VASTLY improved admin menus – now the tried and true WordPress menus you know and love are in Rich Reviews! This means that now you can approve/delete bulk items with much greater ease!
  • Added scss files for easier css maintenance
  • Much better css! I am no longer providing the majority of the styles – instead I will allow whatever theme you currently have installed to do the leg work (as it should be!)
  • Much better javascript!


  • Added the much-requested feature of per-page/per-product reviews, as well as adding optional review categories to go along with it
  • Revamped the backend instructions page to be more pretty and to be much more informative, and to give detailed examples and explanations for each shortcode
  • Cleaned up the CSS pretty much everywhere
  • The stars in ratings are now orange/yellow when reviews are displayed


  • Fixed a large bug where the MySQL database was not created properly if plugin was installed fresh, and hence no reviews could be sent, stored, approved, nor displayed! (Thanks, Mik!)


  • Altered CSS to make the reviews and the review form more pretty (Thanks, Andrew!)
  • New, altered CSS allows reviews to properly be displayed and stacked vertically (for example, in a sidebar)
  • Integrated/fixed support for non-English characters (Thanks, IvicaD!)
  • Split menu up into three parts: instructions, pending reviews, and approved reviews
  • New “Approved Reviews” admin menu allows you to view every review you have ever previously approved, and change its status (to pending, or mark it for deletion) at will


  • Initial release