The testimonial can be regarded as a critical component if your website is an e-commerce one for online selling. With these positive words, people can have more ideas about your products and services based on the feedbacks of your current customers. To be frank, testimonials are much more convincing for proving the quality of your commodities than purely launching some advertisements or the promotional campaigns.
In the following, we’d like to introduce how to add rotating testimonials in WordPress sites, showcasing these credible words in an ultimately vivid manner.
Add Rotating Testimonials in WordPress
WordPress is supported by a lot of plugins that help you add rotating testimonials with much ease. Here, we sincerely recommend you to try one that is named as Testimonials Widget with Rotator Widget, which is a simple and flexible plugin to automatically rotate the testimonials in both of your sidebar and a special webpage. Here, we have showcased the detailed steps of how to use it.
Note that if you are looking for some alternatives, you can check this how-to tutorial to try another useful plugin.
Step 1 – Decide the Testimonial Design
After you installing this special testimonial plugin in your admin, you need to click the WP Testimonials tab that is newly added and hit the Testimonial Designs from the dropdown. Here, you can find 4 styles for the display of each testimonial, showcasing not only the detailed positive words, but also the head portrait, name, company and occupation of the client.
Here, you can choose one that suits your webpage design the most; then, copy and paste the shortcodes for the future utilization.
Step 2 – Add New Testimonials
Now, you can start to add the testimonials by clicking the Add New button from the WP Testimonials tab. The process is as simple as publishing a blog post.
- Title – The title just summarizes the testimonial briefly. You can enter something like “Great Service”, “Really Helpful” and “Impressive Work”.
- Body – This part requires you to enter the testimonial details. To ensure the appealing display, you’d better control the maximum word count to 50.
- Testimonial Details – Here, you need to enter the client name, job title, company and the blog URL if available to strengthen the truthfulness of the testimonial.
- Author Image – To prove that this testimonial is submitted by a real customer, you’d better upload the head portrait of your client in the Featured Image box.
After filling out these aspects, you can click the Publish button. Besides, in the All Testimonials part, you can check and manage these published testimonials easily.
In addition, if you want to categorize these testimonials for different products and services available on your site, you can also create multiple groups by clicking the Category button. Then, before publishing your testimonials, do not forget to add them into the right groups.
Step 3 – Showcase Rotating Testimonials in Your Webpage
Now, you can display these testimonials in either your webpage or the sidebar. Here, let’s start from the showcase on the webpage.
To begin with, you need to decide the exact webpage that can be used to present these testimonials. As researched among a lot of popular websites, we have found that the homepage and the “About Us” page are the great options.
Then, you need to open it for editing and enter the shortcode you have saved previously. This time, we take the Design-1 as an example.
The first line of shortcode allows you to display all the testimonials in a sticky manner.
As for the second line of shortcode that has the “slider” parameter, it allows you to rotate these testimonials automatically.
In fact, this plugin allows a large number of parameters that can be added into the generated shortcodes, helping you customize the testimonial designs based on your preference. We have listed some useful ones in the following.
- sliders_column – Decides the number of columns showcased for the testimonial rotator. The default value is two.
- slider_scroll – Decides the number of slides for each rotating.
- autoplay_interval – Decides the interval between each rotating based on milliseconds.
- limit – Decides the maximum number of testimonials that can be showcased.
- orderby – Orders your testimonials by ID or posting date.
- category – Display your testimonials by their category ID.
Also, you can choose not to display the client name, job, company, avatar and many more in the testimonials using the parameters listed in this document.
Step 4 – Showcase Rotating Testimonials in Your Sidebar
In fact, this plugin generates a WP Testimonials Slider widget automatically, with which you can showcase the rotating testimonials easily by dragging this special widget in your sidebar section.
As for the settings of this widget, you can decide based on your preference. But personally, we recommend you to set only one column and one slide for each scroll, so that your sidebar will not look weird. Besides, if you do not want to restrict the number of testimonials to be displayed, you can set the value of Limit to “-1”.
That’s it. Now, you can check your front-end sidebar, and the testimonials can be showcased just like the below demo.