How to add rotating testimonials in WordPress

How to Add Rotating Testimonials in WordPress (3 Ways)


Do you want to add rotating testimonials to your WordPress website?

Testimonials are a great way to show social proof and boost your credibility. That’s why so many online businesses proudly display customer testimonials across their websites.

In this article, we’ll show you how to easily add rotating testimonials in WordPress.

How to add rotating testimonials in WordPress

Why Add Rotating Testimonials to WordPress?

Many businesses use rotating testimonials to help them win new customers, get more sales and signups to their email list, and more.

If you’re running an online store, then testimonials are a powerful form of social proof that can help turn visitors into customers, and boost your conversion rates.

A rotating testimonials section

When it comes to social proof, positive reviews from multiple people are far more credible than a single five-star review. With that in mind, rotating testimonials are a great way to show lots of positive comments in a small space.

Rotating testimonials also add some animation to your WordPress website, which can make your site more eye-catching and engaging.

Positive reviews for WPForms

With that said, let’s see how you can add rotating testimonials to WordPress. Simply use the quick links below to jump to the method you want to use.

Method 1. Adding Rotating Testimonials to WordPress Using WP Testimonials Rotator (Quick and Simple)

If you want to create a simple rotating testimonials section, then you can use a free plugin such as WP Testimonials Rotator.

The first thing you need to do is install and activate the plugin. For more details, see our step-by-step guide on how to install a WordPress plugin.

Upon activation, go to WP Testimonials » Add New in your WordPress dashboard.

Adding a new testimonial using a free plugin

To get started, type in the title that will appear above the testimonial quote.

You can then add the testimonial in the main text editor.

Adding social proof to your WordPress website

To help organize your testimonials, you may want to add some categories, in the same way that you add categories and subcategories in WordPress.

After that, scroll to the ‘Testimonial Details’ box and add information such as the person’s name, job title, and company.

How to add a positive customer review to WordPress

You can also add a featured image, which will appear above the testimonial title. For example, you might use the person’s headshot or the product logo.

When you’re happy with the information you’ve entered, click on ‘Publish’ to make it live.

You can now add more testimonials by repeating the same process described above. Once you’ve created all your customer testimonials, it’s time to show them on your website.

Simply open up the post or page where you want to add your rotating testimonials. Then, click the ‘Plus’ icon to open the WordPress block editor. You can then type in ‘Shortcode’ and select the right block when it appears.

Adding a shortcode block in WordPress

After that, you’ll need to add the following shortcode to the box: [sp_testimonials_slider]

Then, click the ‘Update’ or ‘Publish’ button to save your changes.

Now your visitors can see all your positive customer testimonials. These testimonials will automatically rotate after each one displays for a few seconds.

A rotating customer testimonial created using a free plugin

Method 2. Adding Custom Rotating Testimonials to WordPress Using SeedProd (More Customizable)

If you want to create a beautiful, fully-customizable testimonials section, then we recommend using a page builder plugin.

SeedProd is one of the best drag and drop WordPress page builder in the market used by over 1 million websites.

It comes with ready-made blocks and more than 180 templates that allow you to create custom pages in WordPress and easily add rotating testimonials to your website.

First, just install and activate the plugin. For more details, see our beginner’s guide on how to install a WordPress plugin.

Note: There is a free version of SeedProd available, but we’ll be using the Pro version since it has a ready-made testimonial block. It also integrates with all of the best email marketing services you may already be using to promote your products and services.

Upon activation, you need to visit SeedProd » Settings and enter your license key.

Entering your SeedProd license

You can find this information under your account on the SeedProd website. After entering the key, click on the ‘Verify Key’ button.

After that, go to SeedProd » Pages and then click on the ‘Add New Landing Page’ button.

Creating a new page layout using SeedProd

On the next screen, you’ll be asked to choose a template. SeedProd has dozens of professionally designed templates organized into different campaign types such as ‘lead,’ ‘squeeze,’ and ‘coming soon.’ 

To choose a template, hover over it and then click the ‘Checkmark’ icon.

Choosing a professionally-designed SeedProd template

If you want to start from scratch, then SeedProd also has a blank template that you can use. We’ll be using the ‘Juicy Sales Page’ template in all our images, but you can use any design you want.

Next, go ahead and type in a name for the custom page. SeedProd will automatically create a URL based on the page’s title, but you can change this URL to anything you want.

Creating an SEO-friendly URL

A descriptive URL will help search engines understand what the page is about, so they can show it to the right users. With that in mind, you may want to add some relevant keywords to the URL.

For more information, please see our guide on how to do keyword research for your WordPress blog.

After entering this information, click on the ‘Save and Start Editing the Page’ button.

This will load the SeedProd page builder interface.

The SeedProd page builder plugin

It is a simple drag-and-drop builder that shows a live preview of your page to the right. You will also see block settings on the left.

The left-hand menu has blocks that you can add to your page using drag and drop.

First, we’ll add a customer testimonial block. Simply drag the ‘Testimonials’ block onto the page where you want it to appear.

The ready-made testimonial block

You can now customize the testimonial by adding images, changing the text, adding the customer’s name, and more.

To make these changes, simply click to select the testimonials block and then use the settings in the left-hand menu.

Configuring the SeedProd testimonials block

To create a rotating section, you’ll need to create two or more testimonials by clicking the ‘Add Testimonial’ button.

You can then customize the testimonial. For example, you can type the quote into the text editor or upload an image.

Adding more testimonials to your page layout

Next, you can change how the rotating testimonials will look and act, by clicking on ‘Carousel Settings’ to expand that section.

Here you can change the color scheme, the slider speed, and whether the slider will scroll through the different customer testimonials automatically.

Configuring the rotating testimonials carousel

You can continue to customize the page by adding more blocks and changing the settings in the left-hand menu.

When you’ve finished customizing your page, it’s time to publish it by clicking the dropdown arrow next to ‘Save’ and then selecting the ‘Publish’ option. 

A rotating testimonial with a unique layout

Now if you visit your WordPress blog or website, you’ll see the page with your rotating testimonial live.

Method 3. Adding Rotating Social Media Testimonials to WordPress Using Smash Balloon

If your users are already leaving fantastic reviews on Facebook and Twitter, then you can create a testimonials section using a social media plugin.

Smash Balloon is one of the best WordPress testimonial plugins in the market and supports all of the major social networks. This means you don’t have to copy and paste new testimonials to your WordPress website since they’ll show up automatically.

The Smash Balloon testimonials plugin

For example, Smash Balloon’s Facebook Social Reviews Feed lets you display reviews from your Facebook Page on your site. Visitors can see that these reviews come from real Facebook users, which makes them more credible.

Setting up your social networks is simple, and if you want to add rotating Twitter testimonials to your site, then see our guide on how to embed tweets in WordPress. For Facebook, see our guide on how to create a custom Facebook feed.

Once you activate, set up, and connect your social media accounts, your social media testimonials will update automatically every time you get a new review. This can save you a lot of time and effort, and is a great way to keep your website fresh.

Smash Balloon also has plenty of options for filtering and moderating which reviews show up on your website, so you still have complete control.

Configuring your Facebook feed with Smash Balloon

We hope this article helped you add rotating testimonials to your WordPress website. You may also want to see our expert picks of the best virtual business phone number apps and our beginner’s guide on how to run a giveaway in WordPress.

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