JKL Reviews

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A simple Reviews plugin to review books, music, movies, products, or online courses
with Star Ratings
and links out to related sites.

Author:Aaron Snowberger (profile at wordpress.org)
WordPress version required:3.5
WordPress version tested:4.0
Plugin version:1.2
Added to WordPress repository:05-10-2014
Last updated:10-10-2014
Warning! This plugin has not been updated in over 2 years. It may no longer be maintained or supported and may have compatibility issues when used with more recent versions of WordPress.
Rating, %:90
Rated by:2
Plugin URI:http://www.jekkilekki.com
Total downloads:3 074
Active installs:30+
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As an avid reader myself, I wanted a better way to save the best of the best of what I read on my blog. I wanted a way to quickly and easily save book information, my 5-star rating, and external links out to the book and its resources to save for my own future and personal reference.

The primary functionality of this plugin is to store book (or product) information in a Custom Meta Box beneath your Post editor (in the back-end) that will then be displayed in its own "ratings ID card" at the top of your Post (in the front-end).

Best of all: This plugin allows you to quickly input all the relevant information and links related to your review and have those consistently display in the same (responsive) format in your Posts without you ever needing to worry about styling or formatting the review boxes yourself. This allows you to spend more time writing the review itself and less time worrying about the display of your review.

In short: This plugin makes writing reviews fun and simple as the styling is all taken care of for you.

Requires WordPress 3.5 and PHP 5.

Special Features

  • Multiple Review Types supported
  • FontAwesome icons
  • 8 color choices for the box header
  • Light and Dark display box styles
  • Range slider to select your rating
  • Uses WordPress's native Image Chooser to add a Cover Image
  • Responsive design (front-end and back-end)
  • Affiliate link support
  • WordPress Options page
  • Ability to enable or disable Affiliate link disclaimer on WP Options page
  • Ability to enable or disable Affiliate link disclaimer on individual Posts after enabling that functionality in WP Options

Information Stored by the Plugin

  • The Title
  • Author name
  • Cover image
  • Category
  • Book Series
  • Star-rating
  • Summary
  • External links
    • Affiliate/Product purchase link
    • The Book's homepage
    • The author's homepage
    • The book resources page

Additional Reviews Types supported

  • Book
  • Audio
  • Video
  • Course
  • Product
  • Service
  • Other

Planned Upcoming Features

  • Custom Post Type
  • Custom Taxonomy
  • Shortcode
  • Ability to link between Categories (like WP Tags)
  • Ability to display all of a certain Review Type (like WP Categories)
  • Parameters big and small to change the display box features
  • Override (optional) the Post Featured Image with the Cover Image you choose
  • Overlay Star-ratings over the Featured Image on index pages
  • CSS animations
  • Dropdown menu to select different icons for external links or Review Type
  • Translations
  • (More ideas? Let me know!)


  • English (EN) - default
  • Korean (KO) - upcoming

If you want to help translate the plugin into your language, please have a look at the .pot file which contains all definitions and may be used with a [gettext] editor.

If you have created your own language pack, or have an update of an existing one, you can send your [gettext .po or .mo file] to me so that I can bundle it in the plugin.

Contact Me

If you have questions about, problems with, or suggestions for improving this plugin, please let me know at the WordPress.org support forums

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