How to build a review site with WordPress? WPReviewEngine Plugin

As we always mention, WordPress is not just a platform for blogs, but its multifunctional features can make it a CMS, or a single niche based website-like blog. It is basically a content management system but you can play with it and tweak it to your comfort and the availability of plugins has made things pretty easier and WordPress has become the best platform due to that.

The plugin that am going to share today is WPReviewEngine which is a plugin designed to make a review site with ratings within each review post, ratings from users as well as editors. This plugin has loads of options and so is the price, which is worth all those features that you see on the site as well as on the backend.
Starting off with the basic information, the WPReviewEngine plugin can be used to make a review site about any type of product like web hosts, gadgets, services, hotels etc.

Moreover, this plugin is totally easy to use and every part of it can be controlled from the admin panel. Here is an example of what you basically call a post in a blog, after being customized looks in this way for a particular product which you review –

As i installed the plugin in a web hosting review website, the fields that i could create are –
Features of the hosting like Bandwidth, the disk space, pricing and availability of free domain etc. along with a thumbnail to the web host’s site. Apart from that, there is a summary of the review and a big button for the link to the web host site(where you can place the affiliate link which can be cloaked).
All the above were the editor’s section, and beside this is a Ratings table, where the average of all the ratings given by the visitors and commentators is calculated and automatically displayed there in the Ratings section. And you can have your own fields in there like Reliability, Support, Features and Overall rating.

Installing the plugin and setting up the features –

This part has been quite challenging for me always with any big plugin that i try to use or review, but the installation documentation available along was quite helpful to show step-by-step details of how to install the plugin, set each and every option and make the plugin totally functional to setup the web hosting review site.

After ordering the plugin, i received a mail with a specific license key for my account, which i have to add into the config file to validate the plugin for my blog. After you follow the steps in the installation guide, you would see the wordpress admin sidebar with 3 new sections –

  1. CSV 2 WP – To import any wordpress database, which can be downloaded from the cpanel in CSV format.
  2. Link Cloaker – To hide the original affiliate links and replace them by decent links like the etc. You can add new links or edit the present links.
  3. ReviewEngine – This section has the main settings, auto generation of comments, integration of google maps and also comparison tables along with the settings of positive/negative ratings of the products.

ReviewEngine Settings –

There are a lot of options you can play with, in the settings page and these include –

Content Ordering: Order and sort the reviews in accordance to the rating, or the number of comments or in the default way as wordpress does. And you can sort order the post in ascending or descending order with the ratings or comments.
wpreviewengine settings
Automatic embedding features: This is to embed certain things in various themes without having to add specific codes to them. These include –

  • Auto Embed Star Ratings In Posted Comments
  • Auto Embed AJAX Star Rater In Comment Form
  • Auto Embed Custom Fields Table In Posts
  • Auto Embed Rating Table In Posts
  • Auto Embed Post Icon/Visit Site Link In Posts
  • Force Visit Site Links To Open In New Window

Extra features –

Google Maps: One of the interesting feature of this WPReviewEngine plugin is integration and embedding of Google maps of the office locations of the companies which you are reviewing. This makes the review look more genuine and better. Just include the location and the plugin automatically pulls the map with the location in the center.

google maps wpreviewengine

Importing comments: Comments with random names, random text and dates would be pulled in if you wish to get your reviews seem more active. This is helpful when your site is still new, and people just don’t trust that your site is worth commenting on, and sharing thoughts with other readers, until they see some already posted comments.
This is the comment section for any visitor to the site, where he can post review and ratings for the products –
post comment review
Comparison table: This setting is to show a table comparing the best products which got the highest reviews or positive/negative ratings and this table can be shown on the top of the wordpress loop or on the top of each category.

Cloaking the affiliate links: Direct affiliate links look odd and usually people install separate plugin to cloak the affiliate links and share them in their posts, but the WPReviewEngine plugin has it within its panel and you can add unlimited number of links, edit them anytime. The cloaked links go to any sub folder under the root of your directory.

wpreviewengine link cloaking

Free themes: The plugin comes with 2 beautiful clean themes which work pretty well with the plugin and makes the site look far professional, but still the plugin is not limited to work with just these themes but it can get well working with any other 3rd party theme that you install.

While writing a new post, you would see below the content box, a list of fields like Post Icon URL field, Affiliate link URL field, and rating of the editor field. You would also see this text –

WPReviewEngine uses the built-in WordPress Custom Fields feature, which is probably below this box. To have a custom field detected by WPReviewEngine, precede the name with two dashes. For example, if you want a custom field called Price, enter –Price into the box.

Go to the Custom Fields section and use it for the Ratings section as explained in the beginning of this post.

Final words –

The WPReviewEngine plugin is a paid plugin which costs $80 for a lifetime license for single website with lifetime support, but it actually is worth more than the price. Setup a web host review website and you can easily earn with the affiliate links and you get the money back for your plugin but you keep earning in future.

I am not sure already but the website says that the plugin works well with the All in One SEO Pack plugin and so its totally SEO friendly and would work totally great for niche affiliate bloggers.

There is also a money-back guarantee within 30 days if you are not satisfied, but i feel you won’t have a chance to go with any complaints as it works great and integration with the theme given makes it look perfect.

Pricing –

It costs $79.95 for lifetime license for a single website, and the same for unlimited number of websites costs $149.95. For a limited there, there is a coupon code which you can use to get 20% discount during checkout and that’s “v2release“. Check the demo of the plugin at web hosting review site.

Check the website at WPReviewEngine!


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