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If you’re trying to sell anything on your website, testimonials are a great way to add social proof to your site and convince your visitors that they can trust you. For example, WikiJob was able to boost its conversion rate by 34% just by adding customer testimonials to its homepage. And that’s not the only example – there’s plenty more data about the power of testimonials. But if you want to display stylish testimonials or reviews on your WordPress site without custom code, you’re going to need a third-party tool to do it. And that’s why I’ve rounded up some of the best WordPress testimonial plugins to help you do just that.

Let’s jump right in!

6 Best WordPress Testimonial Plugins

1. Easy Testimonials

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Easy Testimonials is a freemium WordPress testimonial plugin listed at WordPress.org.

In the free version, you can display testimonials on your WordPress website in a variety of different formats.

All the testimonials that you add are responsive. And you can add testimonials either to your sidebar with a widget or directly to your content with a shortcode.

Additionally, the plugin gives you a new Testimonials post type that you can use to add and manage all of your testimonials.

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Other neat features of the free version include:

  • Display testimonials in a random order (if you want)
  • Proper schema.org markup for Google Rich Snippets star ratings
  • Testimonial categories to manage large numbers of testimonials
  • Linking testimonials to a specific page

In the free version, you’ll need to manually add all of your testimonials to WordPress. But if you purchase the Pro version, you’ll get access to front-end forms that allow users to submit their own testimonials. You can even create multiple forms and route each form to a specific testimonial category.

You’ll also get additional themes for displaying your testimonials, as well as a neat testimonial carousel feature to display slides with multiple testimonials.

Price: Free version or Pro starts at $59

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2. Testimonials Showcase

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Testimonials Showcase is a popular testimonial plugin for sale at Code Canyon. At the time of writing this post, it has an impressive 4.92-star rating on 249 ratings and over 4,600 sales, which is about as good as it gets at Code Canyon.

Though there’s no free version, it gives you a bunch of helpful features like:

  • Grid and slider displays
  • 5 built-in theme styles
  • Front-end submission forms to collect testimonials
  • Support for schema markup to get those coveted Google Rich Snippets
  • Shortcode generator
  • Widget for sidebar display

Additionally, the testimonials just plain look good. My gripe with a lot of the free WordPress testimonial plugins is that the designs are usually pretty basic.

Testimonials Showcase changes that by offering designs that actually look good, as well as plenty of functionality to power those designs. Other than Thrive Ovation (which I’ll feature later), I think this one has the best designs.

Price: $16

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3. Strong Testimonials

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Strong Testimonials is another free option listed at WordPress.org. While the core plugin is 100% free, there are also a few Pro add-ons that you might want to purchase depending on your needs.

The plugin lets you display your testimonials using a few different style options. And you can also display those testimonials using either shortcodes or a widget.

Strong Testimonials also includes its own “view” builder so that you can choose how your testimonials look using a user-friendly interface, rather than needing to directly use shortcode parameters or work in the widget interface.

One neat thing about Strong Testimonials is that it includes a front-end submission form in the free version of the plugin. You can even add honeypots and/or CAPTCHAs to stop spam.

Other helpful free features include:

  • Grid, column, and masonry display options
  • Testimonial sliders
  • Star ratings
  • Multiple sorting options
  • Testimonial categories
  • Pagination

The free version is pretty dang feature rich. But if you find yourself needing even more functionality, you can also purchase pro add-ons to:

  • Add review schema markup
  • Display multiple front-end forms (you only get one in the free version)
  • Change “properties” like text strings and permalink structures

Strong Testimonials has great reviews and a developer who actively supports the plugin. For that reason, and the stellar feature list, it’s definitely a good option if you’re looking for a free testimonial plugin.

Price: Free. Pro add-ons cost $19 each, or $39 for a bundle of all add-ons.

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4. Testimonial Rotator

Testimonial Rotator is a 100% free core plugin. Rather than monetizing the plugin with premium features, the developer sells premium themes that add additional styling. There aren’t any restricted features, though.

Despite the name, Testimonial Rotator lets you display your testimonials as both rotators and lists. For your rotators, you can have them automatically rotate based on timing that you input.

Your testimonials can include:

  • Star ratings
  • Author information, including pictures
  • Excerpts

Like many of the other WordPress testimonial plugins, you can use both shortcodes and widgets to display your testimonials. And you’ll manage them all on the back-end using a new custom post type.

The only thing that you’re lacking is any type of front-end submission form.

Price: Free. Premium themes cost ~$10 each.

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5. Thrive Ovation

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Thrive Ovation is a WordPress testimonial plugin on steroids. That is, it has pretty much everything that the other plugins offer, with a bunch more thrown in on top. You’ll pay for these features, though, – which makes it overkill for simple uses.

But if you want the testimonial plugin with the absolute biggest feature list, this is it.

First, the plugin lets you collect testimonials in a few different ways:

  • With a stylish front-end form
  • By clicking a button to import a WordPress comment
  • By automatically importing Facebook or Twitter posts from a URL

Once you collect your testimonials, you can easily moderate them right from your dashboard to make sure you’re only displaying testimonials that actually boost your business. You can also tag testimonials so that you can display them in different areas.

And one of my favorite features is an option to automatically email someone to get their permission before publicly displaying their testimonial. This is especially important if you want to display a regular WordPress comment as a testimonial because it’s not a great idea to do so without explicit permission.

Finally, when you want to display your testimonials, you can use either shortcodes or the Thrive Architect page builder to put them on the front-end. Of all the WordPress testimonial plugins on this list, Thrive Ovation definitely has the best templates – so your testimonials will always look great.

Like I said, all of these features are overkill if you just want to display a few testimonials that you’ve already collected. But if you want a full-service testimonial suite, Thrive Ovation is a great option.

Price: $39 for a single site license or part of the Thrive Themes Membership

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6. BNE Testimonials

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BNE Testimonials is a testimonial plugin that makes it easy to display basic testimonials using shortcodes or widgets.

The free version is fine for simple testimonials. But the Pro version is the coolest option, I think, because it offers some unique features that not all of the other plugins have.

Those features are:

  • API integration with Yelp, Google Places, and Facebook Reviews
  • Aggregated review badges for Yelp, Google, and Facebook

There are plenty of other premium features – but those social integrations make BNE Testimonials a great option for any sort of local business.

Price: Free. Pro version costs $28

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7. Testimonials Showcase

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My Testimonials is the perfect WordPress plugin build to display and manage your testimonials as a responsive grid or as a dynamic slider. You have multiple special themes and effects that will help you to show your testimonials in so many different ways.

With My Testimonials Plugin for WordPress you can display your testimonials without any line of code. All you need to do is to generate the shortcode selecting your desired options to display, pick a favorite theme and select a predefined color. Choosing the right color scheme for your testimonials section of your website was never easier.

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8. Testimonials Showcase

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Testimonials Showcase is a plugin to display testimonials, reviews or quotes in multiple ways!

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BONUS: Your Favorite Page Builder

If you’re already using a premium page builder plugin, you may already have access to testimonials via that plugin’s element list. For example, both Elementor and Divi offer a dedicated testimonials widgets. Elementor just launched their testimonial carousel widget.

Plenty of other page builders do as well. So, before you go off installing some WordPress testimonial plugins, check if your page builder already offers a testimonial block.

Wrapping Things Up

I hope you enjoyed my list of the best WordPress testimonial plugins. As always, I tried to sift through the many options to only list the best.

But if you know a great testimonial plugin that deserves to be on the list, it would be awesome if you shared in the comments so everyone else can learn about it!

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Colin Newcomer is a freelance writer and long-time Internet marketer. He specializes in digital marketing, WordPress and B2B writing. He lives a life of danger, riding a scooter through the chaos of Hanoi. You can also follow his travel blog.

6 thoughts on “8 Best WordPress Testimonial Plugins for 2017: Boost Social Proof

    • Thanks Patrick.

      Sure, a lot of these plugins help you pull up the bio of those who offer testimonials. That way you can add to the credibility of each testimony.

      I’m not sure about whether it would allow a registered & logged-in user to do the same but of the 30 plugins here, one or two might offer you that facility as well.

      You are welcome to check them out! I’m sure you’ll find what you are looking for. :)

  1. There sure are a ton of great testimonial plugins out there. You may also want to add Intense WordPress Site Builder.

    For testimonials, Intense allows you to customize the layout and includes several predefined layouts. You can also use it with or without Visual Composer.

    Apart from testimonials, Intense has 90+ shortcodes, 15+ custom post types, snippets (reusable content), templates, and more.

    Here are a couple example pages with testimonials:

    http://intenseplugin.com/ – second section and towards the bottom
    http://intenseplugin.com/testimonials/ – entire page
    http://intenseplugin.com/shortcodes/testimonies-shortcode/ – contains a few of the layouts

    I am one of the authors so feel free to contact me with questions. I will definitely keep this article on hand for when we create more testimonial layouts. Thanks!

  2. Hey, Colin,
    Excellent round-up of 8 best testimonial plugins. All these are really great and has lots of features. I want to add 2 more cool plugins, hope that you wouldn’t mind these adding on your list. GS testimonial slider and MI testimonial plugins. Both are free and easy to use. Thanks for sharing a useful post.

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