Testimonials Widget Premium – WordPress Testimonials Plugin

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Let others prove you’re a credible business through their own words to help you improve your conversion rates and increase lead generation. Testimonials Widget Premium is the most incredibly full-featured WordPress testimonials plugin with forms, lists, ratings, schema, shortcodes, sliders, widgets, & more.

Testimonials Widget Premium lets you randomly slide or list selected portfolios, quotes, reviews, or text with images or videos on your WordPress site. You can insert Testimonials content via shortcode, theme functions, or widgets with category and tag selections and having multiple display options such as random or specific ordering.

Additionally, Testimonials Widget Premium offers caching, excerpts, ratings, read more links, more selection options, and advanced capabilities like using custom post types as testimonials. Additionally, testimonials support ratings and users can submit their own testimonials via a front-end form shortcode or widget.

Testimonials Widget Premium is Beyond a Simple WordPress Testimonials Slider!

  • Carousel, fade, and slide transitions
  • Filter slideshow content by WordPress’ categories, tags, or post ID
  • Random display
  • Read more and single view compatible
  • Shortcode compatible – slide content that is rendered using shortcodes. e.g. Worpdress Galleries and Gravity Forms
  • Simply styled for easy theme adaption
  • Slide images – responsive image slideshow
  • Slide mixed content – responsively slide images, text, and video together
  • Slide text – useful for rotating testimonials
  • Slide videos – video slideshow
  • User submitted content compatible
  • Widget and shortcode ready

Introduction to Testimonials Widget Premium plugin for WordPress

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General Information

More than one testimonials shortcode or widget instance can be displayed at a time on a page. Additionally, with shortcodes and theme functions, you can display a short or long list or rotation of testimonials anywhere you need.

Through categories and tagging, you can create organizational structures. Using categories for products, projects and services you can then apply tagging for further classification.

As an example, create a Portfolio category and then use tags to identify web, magazine, media, public, enterprise, or other niches. Then configure the Testimonial instance to show only Portfolio testimonials with the public and enterprise tags. In another Testimonial instance, you can also select onlyPortfolio testimonials, but then allow web and media tags.

For easy custom styling, each testimonial widget has its own CSS class identifier.

Widgets display content sans wpautop formatting. This means there’s no forced paragraph breaks unless the content specifically contains them. If needed, you can enable wpautop via the “Keep whitespace?” option.

The single testimonial view supports image, author, title, location, email, company and URL details.

User submitted testimonials are marked as “Pending” in WordPress Admin > Testimonials listing. Testimonials are saved to the testimonials-widgetcustom post type.

As per Google’s quality guidelines, marking up irrelevant or misleading content, such as fake reviews or content unrelated to the focus of a page may lead to review stars removed.

Premium Shortcodes

  • [testimonials] – Testimonials listing with paging
  • [testimonials_archives] – A monthly archive of your site’s testimonials
  • [testimonials_categories] – A list or dropdown of testimonials’ categories
  • [testimonials_count] – Count of testimonials
  • [testimonials_form] – Testimonials entry form
  • [testimonials_links] – List of testimonial author and title linking to full entry
  • [testimonials_recent] – Your site’s most recent testimonials
  • [testimonials_slider] – Displays rotating testimonials or statically
  • [testimonials_tag_cloud] – A cloud of your most used testimonials’ tags

Premium Theme Functions

  • <?php echo testimonials() // Testimonials listing with paging ?>
  • <?php echo testimonials_archives() // A monthly archive of your site’s testimonials ?>
  • <?php echo testimonials_categories() // A list or dropdown of testimonials’ categories ?>
  • <?php echo testimonials_count(); // Count of testimonials ?>
  • <?php echo testimonials_form(); // Testimonials entry form ?>
  • <?php echo testimonials_links(); // List of testimonial author and title linking to full entry ?>
  • <?php echo testimonials_recent() // Your site’s most recent testimonials ?>
  • <?php echo testimonials_slider() // Displays rotating testimonials or statically ?>
  • <?php echo testimonials_tag_cloud() // A cloud of your most used testimonials’ tags ?>

Shortcode Examples

Shortcode and Widget Options

Please keep in mind that inheritance affects options. This means that changes made to Testimonials > Settings will not affect current widget instance options. You must change the widget instance manually. However, if you create a new widget instance, then the global settings will apply.

Further, global settings are the baseline for shortcodes. If you want to alter the shortcode appearance, then alter the shortcode options directly.

Details on the Shortcode Attributes tab at WordPress Admin > Testimonials > Settings. Alternately, read OPTIONS.

Testimonials RSS Feed URLs

URL slug ‘testimonials’ is the default, but is customizable otherwise.

Testimonials Widget Premium Migration Helpers

100+ Premium Features

  • Sticky testimonials option to stick testimonials to the top
  • “Read more” link column on testimonial posts admin page
  • Email-based support with responses and resolution within 1- and 3-business days respectively
  • Adjustable animation speed
  • Admin interface to add, edit and manage testimonials
  • Admin mode only anti-spam debug help text
  • Akismet, math-based CAPTCHA, and many anti-spam traps
  • Alternate destinations for “Read more” links
  • Alternating .even and .odd CSS classes for styling testimonial list entries
  • API to manipulate testimonials output and selection
  • Archive Page URL and Testimonial Page URL are prevented from being the same or matching existing pages.
  • Author field can override testimonial title
  • Auto rotate testimonials by page
  • Auto-suggest for category and tag options
  • Automatic linking of email and URL fields via author or company fields
  • Built-in update notification
  • Cache per page when you use custom testimonials instance per page
  • Caching of testimonials queries and content to decrease server load time improve page loading speed by 1/10 to 1/2 a second
  • Capable of handling multiple widgets per page or post
  • Carousel mode for rotating multiple testimonials at the same time
  • Clear cache when WP Super Cache, FlexiCache, Hyper Cache, DB Cache Reloaded Fix does
  • Clickable widget titles
  • Collapse and expand long testimonials using Readmore.js “Read more” and “Close” links.
  • Commenting on testimonial single-view pages
  • Compatible with WordPress multisite
  • Configuration based validation for easy extending or overriding
  • Content truncation respects HTML tags
  • CSS based testimonials submissions form layout
  • Custom CSS in footer for HTML validation
  • Custom text or HTML for bottom of widgets
  • Custom widget bottom text
  • Customizable archive and testimonial URLs
  • Customizable testimonial data field testimonial_extra
  • Default post author, category, and status options for user testimonial submissions
  • Deletes old and related testimonial cache entries automatically
  • Deletes testimonials-widget custom post type entries and settings on uninstall
  • Disable caching for widget, shortcode or theme functions
  • Disable donate and purchase related text and links
  • Disable self-generated quotation marks
  • Displays ratings to grant testimonials more emphasis!
  • Easy to configure Next and Previous page indicators
  • Edit page columns are sortable for custom fields
  • Editors and admins can edit testimonial publisher
  • Email notification for user submitted testimonials
  • Excerpts for widget view, with read more link to complete testimonial
  • Fields for author, testimonial, image, title, location, email, company and URL details
  • Fields for rating, item reviewed, and item URL per testimonial
  • Filters for caching and more link control, text replacement, and more
  • Flush URLs on deactivation
  • Form “Testimonial” header text is customizable to “Specials” or other terms
  • Front-end entry form for user supplied testimonials. Live form demo
  • Gravatars saved as featured images
  • IDs column shown in testimonials edit page
  • IE7 CSS hacks for quotes and join parts
  • Image, email based Gravatar, category and tag enabled
  • Internal version tracking for compatibility checks and automatic settings update
  • Localizable via languages/testimonials-widget.pot
  • Minimalist CSS styling for easier theming
  • Multiple paging options for testimonials listings
  • Multiple user-entry forms on same page are allowed
  • On testimonial submission error, focus on first required field
  • Optional commenting on testimonial single-view pages
  • Performance optimizations
  • Plugin version tracking to ensure compatibility
  • Premium tab on settings screen for site-wide option defaults
  • Ratings can be set to no, minimal, or maximal values
  • Read more links for testimonials exceeding the character limit
  • Require minimumal testimonial rating for display
  • Respects meta capabilities
  • Right Now Dashboard widget displays “Pending Testimonials” counts
  • Rotation JavaScript in footer than body
  • Search for testimonials by title, excerpt, content, or meta fields
  • Select only testimonials with excerpts, images or of arbitrary maximum and minimum length
  • Select post, page and other custom post types for content rotations slider
  • Settings and URL based cache clearing
  • Settings export/import
  • Settings page contextual help
  • Settings screen for site-wide option defaults
  • Shortcode helpers on category and tag admin screens
  • Shortcodes allowed inside of testimonials content
  • Shortcodes and theme functions for listings and rotation
  • Shortcodes and theme functions for testimonials count and testimonial link list
  • Shortcodes, theme functions, and widget user testimonial submission form
  • Show excerpts with list and single views
  • Show unique testimonials when displaying multiple testimonial instances
  • Simple, single rating per testimonials
  • Single testimonial view includes image, author, title, location, email, company and URL details
  • Supports WP-PageNavi
  • Testimonial content supports HTML
  • Testimonial links listing with image, author, title, location, company, and URL fields
  • Testimonial, email, and URL fields are clickable – URL requires http:// or https:// prefix
  • Testimonials archive view
  • Testimonials output is completely customizable via filters
  • Testimonials specific RSS feed via customizable URL slug
  • Testimonials support styling based upon CSS classes for category, tags and post id
  • Testimonials widget displays static and rotating testimonials
  • Unique CSS class per widget
  • Upload images by browsing or URL
  • URLs can be opened in new windows
  • Use custom taxonomy or WordPress’s own for categories and tags
  • Uses bxSlider for transitions
  • WordPress Admin > Testimonials > Clear Cache menu link
  • WordPress Multilingual enabled WPML
  • WPML compatible

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  • Am I missing something or is there no documentation on the filters available with this plugin?

    • You’re right. I started the API documentation, but never finish or published it.

      See API.

  • Ewan Colin

    Hi, I just updated this plugin for first time in two months. Now the testimonials are no longer working in my WPML site. Did you recently remove WordPress Multi Lingual support for the free version of this plugin?

    • Did you read or search the FAQ?

      I’m sorry about that response, I hadn’t realized WP admin cutoff the comment when I replied.

      WPML is still in place in free and paid Testimonials Widget. You probably have to go through the WPML troubleshooting process again to get TW’s custom post type picked up.

  • nathan winners

    is this premium plugin compliant with schema?

    • I don’t have micro-schema enabled yet as I haven’t figured out which to use. The problem is that there’s the reviews, quote, and testimonials point of views to this, plus who’s the actual author beyond other niggling details.

      If you can present some clear guidance on how to best proceed, I’d be happy to code it in soon.

    • The testimonials widget plugins are now Review schema compliant.

      • Rick

        Is the premium or standard version complaint with the review schema?

        • Yes, the Review schema generated passes the microdata tests from Google. See the demo links in the features listing.

          • Hi

            Does the free version allow the testimonail giver to spcity the rating (5 stars etc.) or is that only available in the premium version?

            I see http://www.jandmhomes.com/about-jm-homes/testimonials/ has nice 5 star reviews. Does that feature of being able to add 5 star reviews come with the free version or only eith the premium version?

            looking forward to your reply.

          • Matt, ratings are a premium feature.

  • Had someone else set up my testimonials but they used free version and features aren’t working so now I have purchased premium. However, I have no idea how/where to activate the new version and am afraid of losing 45 testimonials I already set up. Please advise.

  • Gretchen Duffin

    Hi Michael,

    I installed and set up the Testimonial Widget which was working fine on my multilingual site.

    Then I paid for the Premium version in order to slow the transition speed, but after doing so the widget is no longer changing languages (the testimonials stay in English on my French pages).

    I’ve tried so many things with no success…

    Under WPML > Theme and plugins localization, I rescanned the plugin for strings.

    Under WPML > Translation management > ‘Custom fields translation’ > all the ‘testimonials’ related fields were changed to ‘translate’.

    Under WPML > Translation management > Custom posts > Testimonials > I am using ‘different slugs in different languages’

    No change. Any suggestions?

  • Gretchen Duffin

    Dear Michael,

    Thank you for your quick reply. I uninstalled the Premium version and re installed the free version. All is working again and I have the rotation speed as the client requested it.

    That is very kind of you to offer a refund. I will be happy to accept. I will send you a donation as gratitude for your help.

    Have a great day.

  • Sam

    I’m thinking of using your premium plugin but have a couple of questions;

    1) Are you using custom form entry code or a plugin like Contact Form 7 ? I want to style the form I use.

    2) I want to create my own slider so would code a template using the standard wp loop structure with the plugins CPT – is that be possible? Do you have a list of the CPT’s custom field names?

    3) I want to be able to tag specific testimonials as ‘featured’, and be able to display only these – is that possible?

    Looking forward to your reply

    • Sam,

      1. You can customize the form via the API and CSS. Read the FAQ for entries on same.

      2. You can use the API to swap out the slider code, but why as bxSlider is being used. One of the best and most flexible sliders there is.

      2.1. The CPT is `testimonials-widget`.

      3. Yes, read the features and examples above.

  • Gabe

    Hi Michael,
    Fist, I love the plugin. I had a quick question. You said somewhere that each testimonial has its own CSS selector. Right now the stars are coming up on 2 rows, 4 on one, one on another. In firefox I found the solution is changing
    element.style {
    width: 100px;


    element.style {
    width: 110px;

    This doesn’t work adding this to a child theme. How do I do this? The more detailed the more helpful it would be.


  • Hi Michael,

    Just installed the Dec 2014 premium update. I missed it if it was available but would still be interested in seeing what the update included. Can you point me to such a document?

  • George

    When you say:
    “Use custom taxonomy or WordPress’s own for categories and tags”
    Does the “or” mean I can use a custom taxonomy in addition to Post Categories?

    • Testimonials Widget has it’s own built-in custom taxonomy to use. If you like to use any, please put that as a feature request at https://github.com/michael-cannon/testimonials-widget/issues/new.

      • George

        Thanks Michael. Just to further clarify – the Premium version of the plugin has its own custom taxonomy in addition to using WordPress’s Posts Categories (the only taxonomy available with the free version).

  • I’m using your nice plugin but I have a problem: using w3 total cache or optimizepress 2 wordpress plugins the testimonials reviews disappear, how do I fix?
    Many thanks

    • More than likely, you need to ensure that jquery is being loaded before the other JavaScript files are. Further, make sure to not and try to minimize already minimized JavaScript files.

  • Hi There,

    Is there a shortcode for the premium version that allows display of the average star rating?


    • There’s no shortcode for that yet, but it’s possible to add on your own by mixing the shortcode, aggregrate calls, and rating JavaScript to create it. If you’re interested in sponsoring this development, please let me know.

  • Great Plugin. Like it very much.
    Thanks Michael.

  • Hi,
    Our website is currently using the Testimonials Widget Premium, what we did is we create customer’s testimonial in separate pages and have a “Customer” page where all short description of testimonials are listed http://www.foodzaps.com/customers/ and http://www.foodzaps.com/testimonial/sela_restaurant_02/
    We we try to edit and update a previous created testimonial in the wordpress, the testimonial actually shows the error as server not found – “testimonial” found

    • Hello Chelsea, I’m sorry about the troubles. When I visit the two links provided, they and the subsequent Read more links works too. Can you please provide me a specific URL that doesn’t work? Also, have you tried debugging common issues, in particular the 404?