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Custom Ratings


Custom Ratings is a fun and creative tool that allows your visitors to interact and rate your site content.

  • Choose from a selection of ‘built in’ rating images or upload your own single image. Custom ratings automatically converts the image to grayscale for disabled ratings, and splits images in half for half values.
  • All text is fully customizable and translateable.
  • WPML compatible with a cumulative tallying system between languages.
  • Use the built in CSS or your own.
  • Fully compatible with caching plugins such as W3C Total Cache and Super Cache.
  • Full control over caching time for AJAX based voting data.
  • Option for manual placement of Custom Ratings components in theme templates.
  • Full support for custom post types.
  • Compatible with WooCommerce products.
  • Control over which templates Custom Ratings appears on.

Add some personality to your website and install Custom Ratings today!

Thanks to the following open source projects which Custom Ratings has utilized:


  • Front end display of rating vote interface (voted)
  • Front end display of rating vote interface (un voted)
  • Front end display of rating tally
  • Admin settings tab 1
  • Admin settings tab 2
  • Admin settings tab 3
  • Admin post listing
  • Admin post edit page


  1. From the plugin managment page in the WordPress admin, search for “Custom Ratings”
  2. Select “Custom Ratings” from the list of results and click on “install”
  3. “Custom Ratings” has now been installed. In the WordPress admin, go to “Settings” > “Custom Ratings”
  4. Choose your star type from the included options, or upload your own image (will be uploaded to media library)
  5. Select which post types “Custom Ratings” should be applied to. Posts are selected by default
  6. Select where the rating tally and vote display positions should be in relation to the content
  7. Select the background color, if desired
  8. Edit the various text snippets, if desired
  9. Configure other Custom Ratings settings to your preference
  10. Take a look at a “single” or “archive” page of a selected post type (or any other page which call the_excerpt or the_content) and you will see the custom ratings components appended


What is a “star”

In Custom Ratings, a “star” is a general term used to describe the rating object. A “star” can be a cupcake, heart, star, smiley face, shoe, etc.

What is a rating tally?

The rating tally is a non-interactive display of the current ratings of a post. This is displayed visually as the number of stars out of a total of 5 stars. This hooks into the “the_excerpt” filter. Where ever that filter is used, the Custom Ratings rating tally will be displayed (unless disabled in the settings).

What is a vote display?

The vote display is an interactive component which allows users to rate a post. This rating can be 1, 2, 3, 4, or 5 stars out of 5. The vote display hooks into “the_content” filter. Where ever that filter is used, the Custom Ratings vote display will be displated (unless disabled in the settings).

Will this work with WPML? How does the cumulative tallying system work?

Custom Ratings has been designed with WPML compatiblity in mind. All of the votes of a specific post are shared amongst the different language versions. One caveat is that a post in the default language must be created in order for Custom Ratings to function. The default language post holds all of the rating information.

Does this work with custom post types?

Yes. You can choose which (if any) custom post types Custom Ratings gets applied to.

How does the caching of AJAX vote data work?

Each time a page loads with Custom Ratings components, an AJAX request is sent to the web server to get the vote information for the posts on that page. The “Expires” and “Cache-Control” values can be specified for this request if desired. CDNs and other caching tools can read these HTTP headers and handle the caching from there.

How can I use Custom Ratings in my custom development?

Custom Ratings has been designed to offer lots of flexibility for custom theme development:

  • Custom_Ratings::get_rating_object_image_src() can be used in your theme to get the ‘star’ (rating object) image
  • echo Custom_Ratings_Public::display() can be used to manually output the rating tally
  • echo Custom_Ratings_Public::vote() can be used to manually output the rating vote interface

If you are creating your own queries, you can order the results in different ways:

  • The post meta key _wpcr_rating_stars_avg can be used to order posts by rating average
  • The post meta key _wpcr_rating_stars_count can be used to order posts by total rating count


September 24, 2017
Hello, your plugin is gr8, almost perfect. Is there any chance to pick different image in different pages ?? For example: one page i have hearts second page i have thumbs third page i have stars fout page i dont want to have rating I managed to change the position to put it into my widget. The ansewer was in internet. For those who need this: put this into yourtheme/function.php <?php add_shortcode( ‘vote’, ‘vote_custom_ratings’ ); function vote_custom_ratings() { $return_text = ”; if ( class_exists( ‘Custom_Ratings_Public’ ) ) { $return_text .= Custom_Ratings_Public::vote(); } return $return_text; } ?> then put [vote] where you want it on page or widget. (Make sure to set the Vote Display Position to None in the Custom Ratings Settings).
October 19, 2016
Just wanted to say this plugin worked perfectly when my client wanted a custom rating image for their site. There was a conflict with the latest Wordpress update and uploading images to posts, I alerted the plugin makers and they fixed the conflict with the next plugin update and wrote back to inform me so I was very pleased with their support.
October 14, 2016
Works great, has all the features I need, easy to customize and use.
September 3, 2016 1 reply
Nice plugin but the images are way to large, couldn’t find a way to reduce them.
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Contributors & Developers

“Custom Ratings” is open source software. The following people have contributed to this plugin.


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  • Fixed issue that prevents featured image selection from working on posts, pages, and other post types
  • Added rating tally and rating vote image width fields
  • Fixed issue with proper caching time output
  • Fixed issue with proper alignment of rating display
  • Added rating column to admin post listing
  • Added controls to hide rating tally on front end
  • Added conditional checks for ‘in the loop’
  • Added conditional checks for ‘front page’, ‘home’, ‘archive’, and ‘search’ templates
  • Code clean up


  • Option to hide Custom Ratings components on front page
  • Fix to ‘money’ image file path
  • Option to disable Custom Ratings CSS
  • Full WPML compatibility
  • Removed ‘post’ as the default post type Custom Ratings is applied to
  • Set default excerpt attachment to none


  • Initial version