You can use Toolset Testimonials to quickly add great-looking testimonials to your website. We’ll go through the steps below that you can follow to have your own customized testimonials in no time at all.
Don’t forget that you can see for yourself exactly how the testimonials look and work on our Toolset modules demo.
Before you start creating your testimonials with Toolset, you will need to download the following plugins:
Depending on what you want to achieve with your testimonials, you might need to download:
- Toolset Module Manager – to install one of our out-of-the-box testimonial designs.
- Toolset Layouts – to create templates using the drag and drop approach.
- Toolset Forms – so that users can fill out a form on the front-end to submit testimonials.
- Toolset Access – to control front-end forms privileges.
To install your Toolset plugins follow our guide on how to install and register Toolset.
Before we start, don’t forget that the fastest way to get testimonials on your website is by using the Toolset Module Manager.
The Toolset Module Manager provides you with out-of-the-box designs for testimonials which you can add to any website. For example, below you can see the three cell slider.
If you prefer to create your testimonials yourself then read on.
Now that we have downloaded the plugins we need to create the post type where we can add all of the information for each testimonial.
Here is how you create the Testimonials post type:
- To start, head to the Toolset Dashboard in the WordPress admin and click Add new post type.
- Enter the following in each box:
- Click Save Post Type and your Testimonials post type is ready.
Now that we have created our Testimonials custom post type we can now add the custom fields which will help us display all of the information we need for each one.
On a page displaying a testimonial, you will generally see the same type of information. There will be an image of the testimonial, the name, the testimonial itself and other data. Just like on our example on the back-end:
Each piece of information is displayed using a custom field.
Let’s create a custom field for the Testimonial author position of the person giving the testimonial as an example.
- On the Toolset Dashboard click on Create field group next to the Testimonials post type.
- Click on the button Create field group and then Add New Field to add fields to the group.
- Now we choose the type of field we want. For our Testimonial author position custom field, we’ll use the Single line option.
- Set the options for the field. We can include the name of the field, the number of values and whether it’s a required field among other variables.
- Click Save Field Group and it will now appear when you edit your Testimonials posts.
To load and display our content from the database we need to create a View for our testimonials. We can then style our View exactly how we want for when it appears on the front-end.
On our Toolset demo site, we have multiple examples of how you can display your testimonials using Views.
You can create a slider, grid, list or any other type of View to display your testimonials.
To create your View, check out our guide on how to display your custom list of content.
Once your View for your testimonials is ready you can display it on the front-end.
You might, of course, prefer to display your testimonials individually on separate post pages. That is how we display our testimonials on toolset.com. Below you can see an example of a testimonial from Lucy Davies.
To design these posts you will need to create a template which you can add to each of your single testimonials. Take a look at our guide to creating templates for displaying custom posts for more information.
Instead of having to insert the content for each testimonial yourself you can simply create a front-end form. All your users will need to do is fill out your form and their testimonial can be instantly published in the same design as the others.
You can see an example of a front-end form for submitting testimonials on our Toolset Modules demo site.
To create a front-end form for testimonial submissions, check out our documentation on building forms for creating content.
If your website has a number of different services or products, you can create a connection between it and relevant testimonials.
For example, if you are selling many different types of home refurbishment services you might have different testimonials about each one. Therefore, a user can leave a testimonial for a specific service, for example, plumbing. Then you can easily display relevant testimonials for each of your services.
Follow our post relationship documentation to see how to create relationships between post types.