We, as humans, always tend to be skeptical about things, especially if it is something new to us.
What was your reaction when you first heard that you could earn money online? Of course, you would have been skeptical.
The only way to not be skeptical is to see others tell you that you could do it, and then have them prove it to you. It’s the same with making money online. You probably didn’t start until you saw people like Pat Flynn & Harsh Agrawal sharing their income reports to show you what is possible.
Testimonials help you do the same for your site.
You need it whenever you ask someone to take any action such as signing up to your email list or buying your course.
Displaying your testimonials in a good way isn’t an easy job. In this post, you are going to discover different WordPress plugins you can use to help you streamline the process and make it look good.
But first, let’s go over the importance of testimonials.
3 Reasons Why You Should Use Testimonials
Having testimonials help you have 3 advantages over not having it:
- Social Proof – This is what we were discussing in the intro. Having proof helps you move people from being skeptical to being reassured that what you are sharing is going to work for them, and that they should give it a try
- Conversions – Having people reassured that what you are sharing is going to work will help you get more signups to your email list, more people to buy your course, or more people to buy your products.
- Trustability – Having social proof also demonstrates your credibility, thus, increasing the trust between you and a potential customer. This helps you gain their trust with their hard earned money.
So, having testimonials is very important to your business, but how to add them on your pages in a good way to demonstrate your authority and credibility, that’s what you are going to discover in this post.
Let’s start with the first tool.
Thrive Ovation is a powerful plugin that helps you collect testimonials and share them beautifully on your page.
Created by Thrive Themes(the company behind FocusBlog theme, Thrive Leads, and more), you can expect this plugin to be of high quality.
So what can you do with this plugin?
You can easily get testimonials from various places with the click of a button. You can easily grab testimonials from your social media pages by seamlessly integrating it with your social media accounts. And with the click of a button, you can easily import all the data that you need like their name, their image and display it as you want without the hassle of copying and pasting things.
You can also manage all the testimonials available in one dashboard instead of different platforms. This makes it easier to manage things and to save you time. Not to mention the different designs and templates available and the amount of customization you can apply to help suit your needs.
You can get access to all this for $39 for 1 website, or $47 for 5 licenses, or $97 for 15 licenses. Yes, you pay some money, but it is worth it if you are serious about your testimonials and want to boost your conversions.
A powerful plugin created by Chris Dillon. You can access it for free from the WordPress directory.
This plugin is simple to use if you want just the simple stuff of adding testimonials and customizing it on your own. With over 90k installations, this plugin proves to be a good one to trust.
You can easily create a form to help you collect testimonials with anti-spam measures. You could then notify admins to easily embed the testimonial.
You could also optimize how your testimonials look using the CSS code.
There are pro features you can add like having multiple forms, adding review markup to improve your click-through rate on search engines, assign testimonials to different pages/posts to streamline the process, plus more features.
You get all this for $19 for 1 site, $29 for 5 sites, or $39 for unlimited sites.
A simple plugin created by Hal Gatewood.
This plugin helps you add testimonials and then rotate them as you want. You can change the settings of the rotator as you want.
Star ratings are available to display in search engines to increase your CTR.
You could also make your custom templates to customize the look as you want.
And did I say that you could grab it for free on the WordPress plugin directory?
WP Testimonial Slider & Showcase offers a great way to display the testimonials left by clients. Not only is it mobile friendly and 100% responsive, but it is also very versatile.
It comes with 30 awesome layouts, including grid, slider, isotope, and video. With an unlimited shortcode generator, it allows you to control the rows and columns. It also supports pagination.
The great thing about the plugin is, it offers smooth submissions and control of all fields. The plugin has a free version in WordPress.org.
Testimonials widget is a cool plugin that helps you add testimonials as a widget and embed it anywhere you want with a simple shortcode.
Easily styled based on your theme. You could also customize it.
You can slide text, videos and, images, and you could also mix between text and video.
You can see the slider in action in the plugins page. Not that fancy but does the job really well.
Sold on CodeCanyon by an elite author, this plugin is another one to look into when deciding which plugin to use.
It helps you display your testimonials in a grid or as a slider, and you can customize it as you want. There is also a star rating system.
You could also create a front-end submission form to make it easy for users to submit their testimonials.
Created by the Gold Plugins team, this is yet another great tool.
As the name states, they try to make it easy to add testimonials.
You could easily add random testimonials to places like the sidebar or any page. You could also make the testimonials fade or appear in a slider and easily organize themes in categories.
WP Testimonials With Rotator Widget was created by the team at WP Online Support.
The plugin helps you have a front-end submission form, various customizable options (20 slider designs and 20 grid designs), and you could even add your custom CSS code.
The tool is a great one to have.
Although, I won’t suggest you get it if you won’t use the other plugins available at WP Online Support as you will need to pay for all the plugins there. It is available at a low fee of $89 for 1 site, but it’s something to consider if you won’t use all the tools available there.
GS Testimonial Slider is provided by the team at GS Plugins.
There is a free version available, but I won’t recommend it as it lacks many of the necessary features you can find in other free plugins listed here.
The premium plugin, however, is a different story. You have all the main features like front-end form submission, various styles to choose from, star rating system, order options and so more.
Priced at $30 for 1 site, but it is pricey when buying it for multiple sites. The 5-site license is at $135 compared to $49 for Thrive Ovation which has more features.
DP Testimonials Slider created by the team at Divi Cake, which as you guessed only work with the Divi Page Builder.
And if by any means you are using it, then look nowhere else and pick up this tool. Since you are already using the tool to edit your pages, then this tool will help you create the perfect testimonials with the Divi page builder.
The only problem may be the price tag, which is $50. But if you use the Divi page builder, then use this tool with it.
You can check out the 50 available styles by visiting this demo page here to know what I mean.
This is my new favorite plugin created by the Elementor team. And as you guessed it, it only works with the Elementor page builder.
But you don’t need to pay extra for it like the DP testimonials slider.
It is already available in the package when you purchase the Elementor page builder.
When it comes to design, no tool can come close to it.
With the customization you can do with the page builder, you are guaranteed to make it suit your site.
And you can grab it with the page builder for 50 bucks only. If you are planning on getting the page builder, then look no further and use the tool available with it for free.
If you want a premium tool that’s simple to use, then this tool might be what you are looking for.
Advocated by Bill Erickson (a famous WP developer) and Mark Jaquith (a lead developer in the WordPress team), then you know this tool is up to something.
It is a simple drag-and-drop design style that makes it easy to add and remove what you want from the slider. You could use it on specific pages or posts as you specify, so you don’t need to add it to every post. Just check out the ones you want it to appear at, and that is it.
You could also use it as a slider to automatically display your images from Instagram or Pinterest, or you can add your own. Everyone raves about their responsive carousel.
Check out their post, How to Create a Customer Testimonial Slider in WordPress, to see how you can create testimonials using their plugin.
This is not a testimonials plugin, but you could use it to simplify the process.
You could use this popular tool to create forms to help your customers submit their testimonials. This is very good if your plugin doesn’t support front-end form submission.
Don’t sweat if it is not available. Just use this tool, and you are good to go since it is already available on your site to create your contact forms 🙂
Conclusion: Which One to Choose
Testimonials are very important to grow your blog and your business.
There are many tools available to help you create those good-looking testimonials. This post showed you the top ones.
If you are looking for the best tool to use overall, then go with Thrive Ovation. You can have all the features you need, and it is not priced so high.
If you already use the Divi page builder, then use the DP Testimonials Slider.
If you use Elementor or are planning to use it, then look no further from their awesome Testimonial Carousel Widget.
If you are looking for the best free tools, there are many to choose from in this post, so it will be a little subjective based on what you need and what feels best for you and your business.
But for me, I’d go with the Strong Testimonials plugin, since I find it easy to use, and it has many of the features available in other plugins.
Tell us in the comments below which one you are going with and why. Also, tell us if you have any experience with other plugins we didn’t mention in the post.