This easy to use plugin pulls in testimonials for specific formatted areas in WooThemes, as well as other areas using a shortcode.
In this tutorial you will learn how to add testimonials and about the different options that come with the plugin, and how this plugin works depending on the WooTheme you are using.
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Although this plugin can be used in any WooTheme with the addition of a shortcode placed into a page, or by using the widget, several WooThemes have a specific spot on the homepage that uses this plugin. Typically, if you don’t add the plugin and activate it, that part of the homepage will not show.
Once you have activated the plugin, you can add a new testimonial and this page will give you your list of all that you had added.
To add a testimonial is almost the same as adding a post, except with a few custom post types.
1. The title will be the customer or clients name.
2. This is where you add their testimonial. Before you do any formatting such as bold or italics, I recommend you keep it simple text to see what the output on the homepage will look like.
3. If the person has a gravatar associated with their email, it will automatically pull that image in. You may want to try it out first, as their Gravatar may not be appropriate for the end result. An example, sometimes these images are shown larger than the file they uploaded and can be fuzzy or unclear. Or if all the others are headshots and they have a logo associated with it instead, that might look odd. If they don’t have a gravatar, or you need something different, request a photo from them.
4. An option to give them a byline. This is can be used for a job title, business name, or both.
5. If you would like their name to be linked to their website, you can put their URL in here. This works especially nice for web designers who can create a link directly to the site they designed or developed.
6. As noted, if they don’t have a gravatar, you can upload a photo of them as a featured image. Most WooThemes will tell you the size that will work best for any built-in homepage display of testimonials.
In the next few examples, I show you how this plugin looks on the homepage of some specific WooThemes. Note: the formatting is set so if you want it to look different you will need someone to customize the theme.
Same with number of testimonials displayed. You will likely need to use that number you see in the demo. Any less, and you will have a blank spot. If you want more, they can often be added using a filter if you are comfortable with adding that to your code. But even then some will recommend a limit on how many you can show even via a filter, as it may affect the layout and the responsive design of the theme.
An example of this plugin on the homepage of the For The Cause Theme
An example of this plugin on the homepage of the Upstart Theme
An example of this plugin on the homepage of the Hub Theme
An example of this plugin on the Canvas theme using a shortcode
Here is an example of using a shortcode to add testimonials to a page. You will notice that with the Canvas theme they are added very similar to a blog archive page. So if you want to go this route, I recommend testing it first with the WooTheme are you using.