Strong Testimonials

Description

In just a few steps, you will be collecting and publishing your testimonials or reviews. Beginners and pros alike will appreciate the wealth of flexible features refined over 4 years from user feedback and requests. Keep moving forward with quick and thorough support to help you with configuration and customization.

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Primary Features

  • No complicated shortcodes
  • A front-end form
  • Custom fields
  • Star ratings
  • Slider with several navigation options
  • Grids and Masonry
  • Ready for translation with WPML, Polylang, and WPGlobus

More Features

  • Sort by oldest, newest, random, or menu order (drag-and-drop)
  • Categories
  • Excerpts and “Read more” links
  • Featured Images (thumbnails) and Gravatars
  • Pagination
  • Embeds (YouTube, Twitter, Instagram, Facebook)
  • Custom capabilities
  • Developer-friendly (actions, filters, templates)

Style

This plugin provides a few designs with only basic style options for background color and font color. Everything else will be inherited from your theme.

Some templates have light & dark versions and other options. If you want to customize things like fonts, margins and borders, you will need custom CSS.

I will help with theme conflicts and a few tweaks. Otherwise, consider learning enough CSS to be dangerous or hiring a developer for a couple hours.

Testimonial Submission Form

This plugin provides one form with custom fields. Customize the form by adding or removing fields and changing properties like the order, label, and placeholder.

Anti-spam measures include honeypots and Captcha via these plugins:

Send custom notification emails to multiple admins.

Submit the form via Ajax for use with plugins like Popup Maker.

Free Add-on

Use the Country Selector plugin to add a country selector to your form. See the demo.

Displaying Testimonials

Everything happens in a View. Instead of learning multiple shortcodes with dozens of options, a View contains all the options in a simple, intuitive editor that no other testimonial plugin has.

Create unlimited views. For example, one view for a form, another for a static grid, another for a slideshow, and so on.

Display a view using a shortcode or the widget.

A variety of templates are included that work well in most themes.

For ultimate control and seamless integration, copy any template to your theme and customize it.

The template function will add a view to your custome theme templates:

<?php if ( function_exists( 'strong_testimonials_view' ) ) {
    strong_testimonials_view( $id );
} ?>

Privacy and GDPR

By default, this plugin:

  • does not store any user or visitor data,
  • does not send any data to remote servers, act as a service or embed content,
  • does not edit the comments form in any way.

The plugin also prevents displaying email addresses in your testimonials on the front end.

However, this plugin provides features that may involve private data.

  • If you use the testimonial submission form, the data collected on that form will be stored in your database.
  • If you enable the administrator notification email upon new testimonial submission, the data collected on your form, at your selection, may be included in that notification email.
  • If you enable comments on testimonials, the plugin will use your theme’s single post template and comment form.
  • If you embed third-party posts such as Twitter, YouTube and FaceBook in your testimonials, you will be agreeing to the Terms of Use of those third-party sites.

Pro Add-ons

Assignment

Assign testimonials to any object (posts, pages, media or custom content types) with features designed to simplify your workflow. Works well with portfolio, directory and service business themes. Learn more

Review Markup

Testimonials are essentially five-star reviews. Adding review markup will improve search results and encourage search engines to display rich snippets (the stars). Learn more

Multiple Forms

Create unlimited forms, each with their own custom fields, to tailor testimonials for different products, services and markets. Learn more

Properties

Want to rebrand “testimonials” as “reviews”, “customer stories” or something else? Want to change the permalink structure? Control every aspect front and back. Learn more

Documentation

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Screenshots

  • Slideshow
  • Default template
  • Default form
  • Admin list table
  • General settings
  • Form settings
  • Fields editor
  • View editor

Installation

  1. Go to Plugins > Add New.
  2. Search for “strong testimonials”.
  3. Click “Install Now”.

or

  1. Download the zip file.
  2. Upload the zip file via Plugins > Add New > Upload.

Activate the plugin. Look for “Testimonials” in the admin menu.

FAQ

Installation Instructions
  1. Go to Plugins > Add New.
  2. Search for “strong testimonials”.
  3. Click “Install Now”.

or

  1. Download the zip file.
  2. Upload the zip file via Plugins > Add New > Upload.

Activate the plugin. Look for “Testimonials” in the admin menu.

What are the shortcodes?

[testimonial_view] – To display your testimonials as a list or a slideshow, or to display the form. The first step is to create a view which manages all the options in an easy-to-use (some call it fun!) editor.

[testimonial_view id=1]

[testimonial_count] – To display the number of testimonials you have. For example:

Read some of our [testimonial_count] testimonials!

[testimonial_average_rating] – To display the average rating of all your testimonials. Includes stars! (Documentation coming soon.)

Can I add testimonials from YouTube, Twitter, Instagram and Facebook?

Yes. The plugin supports the WordPress embed feature for inserting testimonials from these sources.

Can I change the fields on the form?

Yes. There is a custom fields editor to add or remove fields, change field details, and drag-and-drop to reorder them.

After the form has been submitted, can I redirect them to another page or display a custom message?

Yes and yes.

Can I set the status of the newly submitted testimonial?

Yes, either pending or published.

Can I reorder my testimonials by drag and drop?

Yes.

Can I change the fields that appear below the testimonial?

Yes. In views, change these custom fields in a few clicks.

Can I display a large version of the featured image in a popup?

Yes. This requires a lightbox so if your theme does not include one, you will need a lightbox plugin.

Will it automatically use my existing testimonials?

No. If you already have testimonials in another plugin or theme, you will have to re-enter them. Why? Because every theme and plugin stores data differently.

Is it true that including a link to my site in my support requests really helps you troubleshoot problems?

Undeniably, yes.

This screenshot shows where I immediately start looking for clues before asking for more information and potentially waiting hours or days for a response (it happens).

I can usually determine what theme you’re using, what plugins are active, whether you’re using any caching/minification/optimization (do you need to clear your cache?), if there are any JavaScript errors in your theme or another plugin (more common than you may think), and somewhat how the testimonial view is configured.

If you prefer, start a private support ticket at support.strongplugins.com.

Reviews

Excellent

I have used this excellent plugin on several customer sites over several years and have never had a problem with it. It just works perfectly. Kudos to Chris Dillon for an intuitive and extremely customisable plugin. Superb job, well done mate!

Best Testimonial Plugin I have seen/used.

Hands down the best testimonial plugin I have used. Being a developer I am use to either having to write one myself or modify one a client likes to suit how they want.

This one out of the box offers just about everything you could need for the free version.

Reason I gave it 4-stars is that almost every client wants stars on the page. This took a little digging to find as I was expecting it to be a option just to turn off/on. This is a custom field that has to be added to the form to display on the testimonial page, widget etc.

Do not let that stop you from giving it a try. Overall, a great plugin and you can tell a lot of effort went into it.

Superb plugin, and just what I was looking for

I’ve been looking for a plugin that would enable me to collect customer feedback, using the star rating system for several areas of work. This plugin provided the functionality and options that I was after, and is so simple to setup and very well documented.

It works flawlessly, and I’m very impressed with it.

If you’re after a testimonial or customer feedback rating plugin, give it a try.

Best testimonial plug-in I’ve ever tested

This is the best testimonial plug-in I’ve ever tested. Easy to use, works seamlessly. It has more functionalities than any other paid testimonial plug-ins.

Best of all is the support of it’s author. I’ve received the best ever support for any free plug-in from this author to customize it for my website. He was very quick to respond and went above and beyond to help me, which was definitely out of the scope for this plugin’s support.

I would like everyone to try this first if you are in need of a testimonial plug-in. It also has some great paid extensions, buying which will support the author to develop it further.

All the best for Strong Testimonials!

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Contributors & Developers

“Strong Testimonials” is open source software. The following people have contributed to this plugin.

Contributors

Translate “Strong Testimonials” into your language.

Interested in development?

Browse the code, check out the SVN repository, or subscribe to the development log by RSS.

Changelog

2.31.9 – July 17, 2018

  • Fix compatbility issue with Gutenberg.
  • Fix bug in average rating calculation.
  • Fix CSS columns for recent browser updates.
  • Fix bug in lazy-loading compatibility option.
  • Improve theme compatibility.
  • Add filter on form submit button CSS class.

2.31.8 – June 16, 2018

  • Fix “wait” spinner in unstyled form template.
  • On forms, only show required symbol if field label is shown.
  • Refactor inline style method.
  • Improve exception handling.

2.31.7 – June 7, 2018

  • Fix JavaScript incompatibility in IE and Edge.

2.31.6 – June 2, 2018

  • Fix bug when adding a custom field in view editor.

2.31.5 – June 1, 2018

  • Fix XSS vulnerablilities reported by DefenseCode using Thunderscan.
  • Add spinner UI element while form is being submitted to deter visitor from navigating away.
  • Minor admin UI improvements.

2.31.4 – May 22, 2018

  • Add integration with WordPress privacy exporter and eraser features.

2.31.3 – May 19, 2018

  • Fix missing submit button.

2.31.2 – May 18, 2018

  • Fix bug in average rating half-star.

2.31.1 – May 15, 2018

  • Fix conflict with Review Markup add-on.

2.31 – May 15, 2018

  • Add [testimonial_average_rating] shortcode.
  • Add compatibility option for script controller.
  • Add compatibility option for lazy loading images.
  • Minor template style tweaks for small screens.
  • Use empty star icon instead of full icon in different color.
  • Change default message “Required field” to “Required”.
  • Improve exception handling.
  • Improve Pjax compatibility.
  • Apply JavaScript coding standard.
  • Add console logging for slider when SCRIPT_DEBUG enabled.
  • Minor admin style tweaks.

2.30.9 – May 6, 2018

  • Fix bug in add-on activation process.

2.30.8 – April 26, 2018

  • Fix incorrect text domains.
  • Fix bug in form validation translation files.
  • Remove obsolete German translation.
  • Update translation files.
  • Refactor the submit buttons on settings pages.

2.30.7 – April 23, 2018

  • Fix bug in front-end controller script.

2.30.6 – April 17, 2018

  • Improve embeds in Masonry layout.
  • Fix [testimonial_count category] shortcode in Properties add-on.
  • Update the EDD license updater class.
  • Improve notification email admin UI.
  • Improve notification email message when custom fields are blank.

2.30.5 – April 9, 2018

  • Fix bug when email field is not required.
  • Fix display of templates in view editor when theme/add-on templates are present.
  • Fix inconsistent use of filter on default view settings.
  • Improve compatibility with themes and thumbnail column in admin list.
  • Improve compatibility with installation scripts (table creation).
  • Improve check for missing add-on license.
  • Add front-end “Nothing found” message for administrators.
  • Add data attribute ‘count’ for found_posts to view container for troubleshooting.
  • Add filter on [testimonial_count] shortcode defaults.
  • Add ability to capture notification email on localhost.
  • Revive a logger class.
  • Minor admin UI tweaks.

2.30.4 – Mar 20, 2018

  • Fix bug in slider in Firefox 59.

2.30.3 – Mar 16, 2018

  • Improve slider script compatibility (event propagation).

2.30.2 – Mar 11, 2018

  • Fix backwards-compatibility for WordPress versions 4.5 and older.

2.30.1 – Mar 6, 2018

  • Fix minor bug in PHP7 compatibility.
  • Improve real-time validation in fields editor.
  • Minor CSS fixes.

2.30.0 – Feb 10, 2018

  • Add option for font color in view editor.
  • Add option for a custom CSS class on the image link for lightboxes.
  • Add shortcode attributes for post_ids, category, order, and count.
  • Use is_email() to validate email addresses.
  • Use number_format_i18n() in testimonial_count shortcode.
  • Refactor template groups into base templates with options.
  • Add option to disable touch swipe navigation in slideshows.
  • Simplify slideshow CSS.
  • Fix bug in slider script in Chrome.

See changelog.txt for previous versions.