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Rating Manager general settings

To start using rating forms on your website you need to select the type of content that will be used in rating system. On a basic installation of WordPress you’ll be able to see only three checkboxes, three types of content (“Post”, “Page” and “Media”). If you select one of these checkboxes, this type of content will be used in the rating system. For example, if you select the checkbox “Post”, all posts will be included into the rating system and your website users will be able to see rating form and can rate posts by using this form (if it’s possible due to the other plugin settings). Keep in mind, that you can exclude individual posts and pages from the rating system; you can also hide the rating form from archive pages, search result pages and more (these options available under General settings › Exclude settings and General settings › Visibility). Some WordPress plugins and WordPress themes generate and utilize custom posts. If you have custom posts on your website, they will be added to this list next to the standard options (“Post”, “Page”, “Media”). Elementous Rating Manager plugin automatically checks the availability of custom posts and includes them to this list automatically; so, if you have any active custom post types, they will appear as a separate line with own checkbox. Check custom post line checkbox and you’ll include those custom posts to the rating system and rating form will be visible in these custom posts and results of rating will be available on rating statistics. For example, if you have installed Jigoshop or WooCommerce plugin, you will see additional custom posts (Product, Variation, Order, Coupon and others). Some of custom posts are used for specific functions and they are not visible for website visitors; so, it’s better to keep them unchecked from the rating system. You can always uncheck any type of the content, if you want to exclude it from the rating system (plugin will keep rating data in the database, in case you will want to activate rating system on this type of the content later). If you need to rate only one or few posts, pages, custom posts or media file attachment pages, you can add them to rating system by adding shortcode.

Rating form location

Rating Manager general settings

This section of General settings allows you to choose the place where you want to put Elementous Rating Manager plugin rating form in your posts, pages or custom posts. There are three options available (before post content, after post content and by using hooks). First two options are very simple. If you select checkbox “Before post content”, the rating form will be placed automatically above the post content. ”After post content” will place the rating form bellow content. Advanced users and developers can use hooks for more precise placement of the rating form. Just enter the hook name which you want to use as a placement point for the rating form and save setting changes. That’s it, the rating form will appear right in the place where you have hooked it up. We recommend you to use only one form per page or post. Just select the best place to insert the rating form; two forms above and below content could mislead users; so, we recommend you to follow the strategy “less is better”. Anyway, if you wish to place the contact form in two places of each post or page, the system will handle it without problems, both forms will be completely synchronized in real time.

Visibility

Rating Manager general settings

There might be cases when you want to hide rating form, because you don’t want or don’t need to show it. We have made few basic options to hide the rating form. There are options to hide rating form in homepage, single post pages, single pages and archive pages. If checkbox is unchecked, the rating form will be hidden. For example, if you uncheck “Homepage” option, the rating form will be hidden in the home page (index page), on the other way, the rating forms will be visible (depends on the active theme) beside every post or page that is included to the home page (for example, blog section, if other settings allows rating form on posts).

Exclusion

Rating Manager general settings

It is possible to exclude individual posts, pages, custom posts and media attachment pages from the rating system. There are two options available for the exclusion. You can exclude the content by posting ID and TAG (works only with WordPress content tags; so, for example, if you have “WooCommerce” plugin, tags of its product will not work with this exclusion, in this case you should use the exclusion by post ID). Exclusion by ID allows you to control the exclusion of all types of the content from the rating system, exclusion by TAG can control only posts with specific tag or tags. If you use exclusion by ID, you can add one or more ID of posts, custom posts and pages to exclude them. If you want to exclude more than one ID just enter ID and separate with a comma, for example: “12,42,358,1359”. If you want to use exclusion by TAG, you need to enter one or more tags which will be used as a trigger for the exclusion of posts and custom posts from the rating system that have at least one tag specified as exclusion tag (you can create your own exclusion tag or tags, also you can use those tags that you already have in your posts). To enter more than one exclusion tag, enter them separated with a comma: “tag1,tag2,tag3”. We recommend you to use own exclusion triggering tags to ensure, that you’ll be able to control exclusion smoothly and without affection to your website content and the content based tags.

Access

Rating Manager general settings

If you need to control the access to the rating form that depends on the type of the user, you can use this option panel. There are three basic strategies to control the access to rating forms: “Guests”, “Registered users” and “Guests and registered users”. Default setting is “Guests and registered users”, in this case, the rating form will be available for all users; if you want to allow the access to the rating form only for registered users, just select the option “Registered users”, unregistered users will be able to see rating information, but unable to use rating forms (and feedback forms either). If you select the option “Guests” rating form will be available for unregistered users only (visible and usable) and unavailable for registered users (visible, but not usable).

Logging

Rating Manager general settings

Logging is a necessary function that is used to control the usage of rating forms. To make sure that your website users will be able to rate the post or any other content just one time Elementous Rating Manager plugin utilizes few strategies to prevent from unlimited rating of the same content like post, custom post, page or media attachment page. The simplest and default strategy is based on the cookies. Keep in mind, that some users can block or delete cookies and this will give them a chance to repeat rating action again and again; so, it’s not the most reliable way to control the quality of rating results. The second strategy is to log user IP address; the only way to repeat the rating action is to change IP address in computer which is used to access your website. The third strategy is a combination of logging IP addresses and writing cookies. And the last strategy is logging the actions that registered users have made, but in this case, the rating form will be available only for registered users. Also, we would like to remind you, that in some countries, usage of cookies or collecting other data like IP addresses, personal data of registered users, requires the website to provide “Cookie Policy” and “Privacy Policy”.

Feedback

Rating Manager general settings

You can extend your rating forms by adding feedback form. If you enable feedback messages on the rating forms, your website visitors will be able to leave short messages right after the rating action. You’ll be able to see those messages in Elementous Rating Manager plugin statistics page right alongside of the rating statistics report; only website administrators can see these messages and they are not published.

Notifications

Rating Manager general settings

If you need to get notice about every new feedback message that was left after the rating of any post or page, you need to mark the checkbox “Notify administrator about new rating” and enter email address which will be used to receive notifications about every new feedback left on your website. You can use any email address, it’s not necessary to use WordPress administrator email address.

Structured data

Rating Manager general settings

Rich snippets allows you to provide structured data for search engines. In this case, your website can provide the rating value as additional structured data and this value (in this case, rating value) will be visible in SERP (Search Engine Result Page) below your website page name. Google and other search systems use standard five point format system to show review and rating values properly (we recommend you to use five point system, as well).

WPML sync

WPML synchronization

This option is available from plugin version 1.02 and it activates rating score data synchronisation between translations of posts and pages made with WPML plugin (this option will be visible only if you have WPML installed on your WordPress website). If this checkbox isn’t selected, all translations of posts and pages are treated as separate posts and pages with their own rating score. If this checkbox is selected, all rating scores of all post or page translations will be summed and synced. So, if you have English post that was rated 5/5 and translation of this post in the French language, that was rated for 1/5, you will see rating average 3/5 in both English and French versions of this post.