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Adding / Embedding Reviews & Testimonials into WordPress

This post shows you how to embed GatherUp.com the Review Widget into your WordPress based website.


Quick Start Guide

-> If you are using a WordPress Page:

If you are using a “page” that uses the regular “WordPress Page Editor” you will need to use our WordPress Plugin to generate a WordPress shortcode. The shortcode is required since WordPress will strip out vital portions of the embed code if you embed it directly into the WordPress editor.

Download the WordPress Plugin: GatherUp WordPress Plugin – (includes on-screen instructions).

Download a White-labeled version of our WordPress Plugin: White-label WordPress Plugin – (includes no instructions).


The Screenshot below shows an example of a basic reviews page. You can of course add content above and below the Review Widget embed code to explain and encourage customers to leave feedback and reviews.

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Detailed Step-by-Step Guide

STEP ONE: If you have multiple business locations in your account you will need to drill into the one(s) you will be testing the Review Widget on. NOTE: customers with a single business location can skip this step.

STEP TWO: To get to the settings screen navigate: Publish → Review Widget

STEP THREE: Within the General Review Widget box click the Settings button.

Step Three – click the Settings button
Step Three – click the Settings button

STEP FOUR: Make all your desired changes in the Settings (left half) portion of the screen.

STEP FIVE: Now make your changes in the Design Options (right half) portion of the screen. IMPORTANT: make sure to have the All-Inclusive theme set in order to display third party reviews.

STEP SIX: With your changes complete click on the Back to Widget Page button available at the top left or bottom right of the screen.

STEP SEVEN: Click on the Get Embed Code button.

Step Seven – click the Get Embed Code button
Step Seven – click the Get Embed Code button

STEP EIGHT: Click on the Copy Embed code button to capture the code snippet onto your clipboard.

Step Eight – click on the Copy Embed Code button
Step Eight – click on the Copy Embed Code button

STEP NINE: Download the GatherUp WordPress Plugin. The download link can be found below the Review Widget embed code. Or you can Download the Plugin Here.

A white labeled (non branded) plugin is available here. Please note that the White label plugin has no built in Help or Instructions. This version is intended for large Agencies and advanced Users. The functions are the same as found in the regular plugin.

STEP TEN: Log into WordPress and install the Plugin under “Plugins -> Add New -> Upload”

STEP ELEVEN: Click on “Settings” after installing the Plugin.

STEP TWELVE: Follow the Onscreen Instructions in the plugin settings screen and paste the auto generated short code into any Page or Post.


Frequently Asked Questions

Question #1: Why do I need a Plugin? Can I not just paste the Testimonials Code Snippet into my WordPress Page Editor?

Answer #1: WordPress will strip any PHP, Javascript and advanced HTML out of the page and post editor for security reasons. This is a WordPress limitation (for your own safety of your site) and is regardless of what theme or WordPress version you are using.


Question #2: Why is the GatherUp plugin not listed in the WordPress Plugin Directory ?

Answer #2: The plugin itself relies on GatherUp to add any function to WordPress. This makes it a “paid or sponsored” plugin and therefore ineligible to be listed on WordPress.org


Question #3: I don’t like Plugins.

Answer #3: No problem. Simply create a “WordPress Page Template” and you can add the widget code directly into the PHP file. Jump over to WordPress.org to learn about custom page templates.

Updated on August 25, 2018

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