GD Rating System



GD Rating System is the successor to GD Star Rating plugin, but it has nothing in common with the old plugin. GD Rating System uses modular structure with most features split into addons and rating methods. For front end display plugin uses templates similar to WordPress theme templates and allows you to override existing templates or add new ones.

Overview of plugin features

With GD Rating System you can rate anything. Plugin supports several basic rating entities and for each one you can have more than one rating type. This includes posts with all default and custom post types, comments, users, terms for default or custom taxonomies.

Here is the list of most important plugin features:

  • Rating Method: Stars Rating
  • Rating Method: Like This (3.0)
  • Addon: Shortcodes Builder (3.1)
  • Addon: Rich Snippets Support
  • Addon: Posts Integration
  • Addon: Comments Integration
  • Addon: Dynamic Load
  • Addon: Feeds Support (v1.3)
  • Widget: Rating block
  • Widget: Rating list
  • Shortcodes: Rating block and list
  • Shortcodes: Rating values
  • Shortcodes: Rating conditions
  • Presentation: Default set of templates
  • Posts Addon: Sort by rating (v1.2)
  • Posts Addon: Auto sort by rating (v3.0)
  • Comments Addon: Sort by rating (v1.2)
  • Stars Rating: 20 icons in a font
  • Stars Rating: 6 image based sets
  • Like This Rating: 2 font icons sets in a font
  • Like This Rating: 1 image based set
  • Administration: Rating objects log
  • Administration: Votes log
  • Administration: Custom rating rules
  • List Shortcodes and Widgets: additional object filters (v3.0)
  • Data Transfer: Import from GD Star Rating
  • Data Transfer: Import from WP PostRatings
  • Data Transfer: Import from Yet Another Stars Rating
  • Data Transfer: Import from KK Star Ratings (v1.3)

Upgrade to GD Rating System Pro

Pro version contains many more great features:

  • Rating Method: Slider Rating (v3.0)
  • Rating Method: Slider Review (v3.0)
  • Rating Method: Emote This (v1.4)
  • Rating Method: Stars Review
  • Rating Method: Thumbs Rating
  • Addon: Sync To Meta (v3.1)
  • Addon: Instant Notifications (v3.0)
  • Addon: BuddyPress Integration (v2.0)
  • Addon: BuddyPress Notifications (v3.5)
  • Addon: BuddyPress Activities (v3.5)
  • Addon: Tooltip (v2.0)
  • Addon: Client Detection (v1.3)
  • Addon: bbPress Integration (v1.1)
  • Addon: Bayesian Calculation (v1.1)
  • Addon: WP REST API Plugin Support
  • Addon: Dummy Ratings
  • Addon: Edit Rating Votes
  • Addon: GEO Location for Votes
  • Addon: Admin Enhancer
  • Published date can be used in queries (v3.0)
  • Date based period queries (v2.2)
  • Date based voting limiters (v4.0)
  • Aggregate ratings (v2.2)
  • Posts Addon: Auto sort by rating (v1.2)
  • bbPress Addon: Rating topics views (v1.2)
  • Font Icons: FontAwesome 4.7 support (v1.3)
  • Presentation: Additional Templates
  • Presentation: Additional Widgets

With more features on the roadmap exclusively for Pro version.

Premium addons:
* Multi Rating Addon (4 new rating methods)
* User Reviews Addon
* Analytics Addon
* myCRED Integration Addon
* myCRED Simple Integration Addon (free with GD Rating System Pro license)
* Recipe Rich Snippet Addon (free with GD Rating System Pro license)
* Book Rich Snippet Addon (free with GD Rating System Pro license)
* Code Builder Addon (free with GD Rating System Pro license)
* Comments Form Addon (free with GD Rating System Pro license)

Premium graphics packs:
* Halloween Pack (free with GD Rating System Pro license)
* Christmas Pack (free with GD Rating System Pro license)
* Emoji Pack (free with GD Rating System Pro license)

Documentation and Support

You need to register for free account on Dev4Press:


  • English



General Requirements

  • PHP: 7.0 or newer

PHP Notice

  • Plugin should work with PHP 5.4, 5.5, and 5.6, but these versions are no longer used for testing, and they are no longer supported.
  • Plugin doesnt work with PHP 5.3 or older versions.

WordPress Requirements

  • WordPress: 5.0 or newer

WordPress Notice

  • Plugin should work with WordPress 4.5 to 4.9, but these versions are no longer used for testing, and they are no longer supported.
  • Plugin doesnt work with WordPress 4.4 or older versions.

Basic Installation

  • Plugin folder in the WordPress plugins folder must be gd-rating-system.
  • Upload gd-rating-system folder to the /wp-content/plugins/ directory.
  • Activate the plugin through the Plugins menu in WordPress.
  • Plugin adds top level menu Rating System where you can start using it.


No. GD Rating System is completely new and different plugin, that has nothing in common with old GD Star Rating plugin. You can transfer data from GD Star Rating to the GD Rating System.

You need to buy Pro plugin license from plugin home page, and download Pro plugin and replace free plugin with Pro plugin. All data and settings will be used by Pro version, no data will be lost.

Yes. Plugin includes Dynamic Load addon that will load rating blocks through AJAX. This addon is disabled by default, and if you use cache plugins, just enable this addon from plugin Settings -> Extensions panel.

Make sure to read this tutorial: Setup rich snippets for rating items and the linked user guide about rich snippets.

Yes. There are several shortcodes available, and you can use Shortcodes Builder (plugin menu, panel Shortcodes) to generate every supported shortcode.

Yes. GD Rating System supports import of rating data from: GD Star Rating, WP PostRatings, Yet Another Stars Rating, KK Star Ratings. PRO version of GD Rating System can import thumbs and review ratings too.

Yes. Each website in network can activate and use plugin on its on.

Yes. POT file is provided as a base for translation. Translation files should go into Languages directory. You can join WordPress Translation project and translate online: GD Rating System Translations.

Find more FAQ here: Frequently Asked Questions.

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