My Review Plugin
|Data Import Tool|
|Auto-Generate Ratings & Comments|
|Affiliate Link Management|
|Free Lifetime Upgrades|
|Single Site License||$90|
|Unlimited Site License||$130|
|Return Policy||45 days|
Update: As of early 2013 it appears that many MyReviewPlugin customers have had support questions go unanswered. At this time it is unclear to us if this plugin is still being supported. Please proceed accordingly.
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My Review Plugin is one of the newer entries into the WordPress review plugin space. It’s also one of the best. It comes with 8 themes, a full feature set, and a few nice extras that affiliate marketers will appreciate. In addition to a rich feature set My Review Plugin also offers a generous 45 day money back guarantee and great customer support.
I have written a thorough review of My Review Plugin to help you decide if it is right for you. If you prefer, you can skip to any section in this review by using the links below:
Ease of Use & Customization
Track Record & Outlook
MyReviewPlugin comes with a full set of features that will satisfy the requirements of most review sites. Features include:
- User Reviews
- Editor Reviews – Create distinct editorial reviews.
- Reviews on Posts and/or Pages – Not only can you enable reviews on posts or pages (or both), but you can enable or disable them on a per post or per page basis. This gives you complete control over which elements your users can write reviews.
- Micro Format Support – This is a big one. With a simple button click your reviews will become compatible with Google’s review format and will be indexed in their search engine.
- Google Maps Integration – Easily add google maps to any post or page. Great for local business directories.
- Comparison Charts (like the one seen on the home page of this site). These come with a variety of themes and customization options. You can create either vertical or horizontal charts.
- “Was This Review Helpful To You?” – Allows users to give a positive vote for reviews which they found useful.
- Sidebar Widgets – Show recent and top rated items in your sidebars.
- Control Post Order Settings – WordPress defaults to listing the newest posts first. This isn’t so great when it comes to review sites. With My Review Plugin you can not only list items in order of their ratings, but you can implement bayesian weighting. This simply means that the item that deserves to be at the top will be. An item with one 5 star review will be listed below an item with twenty 4 star reviews. This is key for any legitimate review site.
My Review Plugin definitely keeps the affiliate marketer in mind. In fact, the review plugin ships with 3 FREE additional plugins which are geared specifically for the affiliate marketer:
This free plugin is a powerful affiliate link cloaking and management tool. This plugin makes managing your keywords simple. Instead of adding individual links in each post you can specify links for each keyword. Each instance of that keyword on your site is then given the appropriate link. This is a huge time saver. Especially if you need to change an affiliate link. With this plugin you update it in one spot and it updates everywhere on your site.
Dr. Link also allows you to add professional redirects and cloak your affiliate links.
If you’re excited by the efficiency that Dr. Link brings, then you’ll love Import Man. Import Man can literally populate an entire site in minutes by importing an entire database worth of content. This is great for quickly populating local directory or product review sites.
Import Man gives you a wide variety of options to choose from when importing data. You can build out your site content from databases such as Yellow Pages, Google News, a CSV file, or any RSS feed.
Little Comment Man
Little Comment Man is a plugin that auto generates user reviews and user comments so that you can quickly populate your new review site and make it appear to have a lot of unique user contributed reviews.
In addition to these three powerful plugins you can also auto-populate your site with product images from Thumbshots.com. This allows you to create full product review sites with ease.
Ease of Use & Customization
Installation of MyReviewPlugin is very straight forward. Simply upload the four included plugins (MyReview Plugin & 3 bonus plugins) and 8 themes via FTP. Next, you activate the plugins and enter your license key through your WP dashboard and you’re in business.
MyReviewPlugin strives to be a product that any beginner can pick up and use. I would recommend spending some time reading through the included documentation and watching the video tutorials before getting started. That will give you the foundation you need to get up and running quickly. From there you should be off to the races.
The 8 themes included with MyReviewPlugin are solid, if a bit unspectacular. They do the job, but if you are looking for something a bit flashier then you’ll want to use a 3rd party theme. MyReviewPlugin works with any 3rd party theme. The graphical interface is a nice tool for organizing the order and display of the various review elements on your site:
The settings and customization options are endless. The options can be a bit overwhelming at first and it does take some time to get familiar with the various settings pages. Once you get comfortable then you’ll be impressed with the customization options, even if you have no CSS experience. More advanced developers will love the embed capabilities of the MyReviewPlugin API.
When I was getting started with MyReviewPlugin I submitted multiple questions through the support ticket system. Responses usually came within 24 hours, and they were always thorough. The developer also provides thorough documentation with the download as well as video tutorials which walk you through each feature of the site.
The only thing missing is a support forum. The lack of a forum means that you won’t be able to get immediate answers to any of your questions. That being said, there is a clear commitment to customer service, from their offer of “Free lifetime technical support” to the great support I have received first hand in using this product.
Track Record & Outlook
Launched in December of ’09, MyReviewPlugin is one of the newer entries to the slate of WordPress review plugins. Within the first six months the plugin zipped through 5 substantial updates to land on the current version 6.0 release.
MyReviewPlugin comes with lifetime updates, so you can upgrade to all future releases for free.
And The Verdict Is…
MyReviewPlugin is currently the leader of the pack when it comes to WordPress review plugins. The feature set, customization options, and support are all at the top of the pack. The sometimes cumbersome settings pages make it a bit less user friendly than some of the competitors, but anyone who has put together a WordPress site in the past should get up to speed with relative ease.
There is still room for additional features and I would also like to see some slicker themes. Overall though, if you are looking for a easy to use plugin with great support and a lot of customization options then you can’t go wrong with MyReviewPlugin.
This Plugin is Good For…
- Affiliate Marketers
- Local Directories
- Product Review Sites
- Business Directories
- Just about any review site you can dream up
This Plugin is Not So Good For…
Only the most robust review sites will require a review solution that exceeds the capabilites of MyReviewPlugin.
Remember to use our promo code to get 10% off your purchase:
Simply copy and paste the promo code into the discount code box during the checkout process to receive your MyReviewPlugin discount of 10%. The discount code works on both the single site license and the unlimited license.