GD Rating System

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Powerful, highly customizable and versatile ratings plugin to allow your users to vote for anything you want.

Author:Milan Petrovic (profile at
WordPress version required:4.9
WordPress version tested:5.5
Plugin version:3.2
Added to WordPress repository:25-12-2015
Last updated:20-06-2020
Rating, %:84
Rated by:22
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Total downloads:98 069
Active installs:3 000+
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GD Rating System is the successor to GD Star Rating plugin, but it has nothing in common with the old plugin. GD Rating System uses modular structure with most features split into addons and rating methods. For front end display plugin uses templates similar to WordPress theme templates and allows you to override existing templates or add new ones.

Version 3.0 Upgrade

Make sure to follow the instructions provided on the plugin Update screen that will be displayed when you update the plugin. If you don’t upgrade the database, you will not be able to use the plugin or receive votes, and any existing votes and ratings will be hidden until the upgrade is completed.

Overview of plugin features

With GD Rating System you can rate anything. Plugin supports several basic rating entities and for each one you can have more than one rating type. This includes posts with all default and custom post types, comments, users, terms for default or custom taxonomies.

Here is the list of most important plugin features:

  • Rating Method: Stars Rating
  • Rating Method: Like This (3.0)
  • Addon: Shortcodes Builder (3.1)
  • Addon: Rich Snippets Support
  • Addon: Posts Integration
  • Addon: Comments Integration
  • Addon: Dynamic Load
  • Addon: Feeds Support (v1.3)
  • Addon: Shortcake UI Plugin Support (v1.4 – now deprecated)
  • Widget: Rating block
  • Widget: Rating list
  • Shortcodes: Rating block and list
  • Shortcodes: Rating values
  • Shortcodes: Rating conditions
  • Presentation: Default set of templates
  • Posts Addon: Sort by rating (v1.2)
  • Posts Addon: Auto sort by rating (v3.0)
  • Comments Addon: Sort by rating (v1.2)
  • Stars Rating: 20 icons in a font
  • Stars Rating: 6 image based sets
  • Like This Rating: 2 font icons sets in a font
  • Like This Rating: 1 image based set
  • Administration: Rating objects log
  • Administration: Votes log
  • Administration: Custom rating rules
  • List Shortcodes and Widgets: additional object filters (v3.0)
  • Data Transfer: Import from GD Star Rating
  • Data Transfer: Import from WP PostRatings
  • Data Transfer: Import from Yet Another Stars Rating
  • Data Transfer: Import from KK Star Ratings (v1.3)

Upgrade to GD Rating System Pro

Pro version contains many more great features:

  • Rating Method: Slider Rating (v3.0)
  • Rating Method: Slider Review (v3.0)
  • Rating Method: Emote This (v1.4)
  • Rating Method: Stars Review
  • Rating Method: Thumbs Rating
  • Addon: Sync To Meta (v3.1)
  • Addon: Instant Notifications (v3.0)
  • Addon: BuddyPress Integration (v2.0)
  • Addon: BuddyPress Notifications (v3.5)
  • Addon: BuddyPress Activities (v3.5)
  • Addon: Tooltip (v2.0)
  • Addon: Client Detection (v1.3)
  • Addon: bbPress Integration (v1.1)
  • Addon: Bayesian Calculation (v1.1)
  • Addon: WP REST API Plugin Support
  • Addon: Dummy Ratings
  • Addon: Edit Rating Votes
  • Addon: GEO Location for Votes
  • Addon: Admin Enhancer
  • Published date can be used in queries (v3.0)
  • Date based period queries (v2.2)
  • Date based voting limiters (v4.0)
  • Aggregate ratings (v2.2)
  • Posts Addon: Auto sort by rating (v1.2)
  • bbPress Addon: Rating topics views (v1.2)
  • Font Icons: FontAwesome 4.7 support (v1.3)
  • Presentation: Additional Templates
  • Presentation: Additional Widgets

With more features on the roadmap exclusively for Pro version.

Premium addons:

  • Multi Rating Addon (4 new rating methods)
  • User Reviews Addon
  • Analytics Addon
  • myCRED Integration Addon
  • myCRED Simple Integration Addon (free with GD Rating System Pro license)
  • Recipe Rich Snippet Addon (free with GD Rating System Pro license)
  • Book Rich Snippet Addon (free with GD Rating System Pro license)
  • Code Builder Addon (free with GD Rating System Pro license)
  • Comments Form Addon (free with GD Rating System Pro license)

Premium graphics packs:

  • Halloween Pack
  • Christmas Pack
  • Emoji Pack (free with GD Rating System Pro license)

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