Getting the right rating system for your online community can make the difference between an average user experience and a great one! If you are looking for the right BuddyPress Rating Plugin or bbPress Rating Plugin, you’ve come to the right place. Here, I’ll show you exactly how our new and improved Rating-Widget WordPress Plugin works and why it blows the competition out of the water.
With over 2.4 million combined downloads, BuddyPress and bbPress are the two most popular community plugins for WordPress. Unlike the bloated and slow community software that was used pre-WordPress, these plugins feature integration and ease of use as their main attributes. Most of all, users love them because they have an amazing developers community.
Even though using these plugins is great in and of themselves, you can always look for that edge that makes your forum or social network better than your competition. This is where a BuddyPress or bbPress Star Rating System comes into play. But first, what are reputation and rating systems and why are they even important for web communities?
A forum or social network is what its members contribute towards it. The quality of content is the most important reason why anybody signs up to be a part of your community. Therefore it makes sense to have a system of rewards to regulate the quality of the content. A reputation and rating system is a self-policing mechanism where members rate the quality of the content posted by other members.
Additionally, in online communities there is a possibility of trolls who can disrupt the community with heated exchanges or unhelpful activity. A star rating system discourages unhelpful, negative content and encourages helpful, positive and relevant content. A star rating system creates a more positive atmosphere between members rather than if there were no rating system in place. Consequently, this heavily reduces the moderator’s work.
There are several WordPress plugins for rating systems on the market which support bbPress ratings and BuddyPress ratings. While they provide basic functionality like activity and forum-topics ratings, they fall short in calculating the aggregated user rating. We have diligently worked to create an all-inclusive rating system to fill this exact gap.
From this day forward, your BuddyPress and bbPress communities members’ ratings can be intelligent! Our new Rating-Widget Plugin premium release takes a combined rating of all user’s activity (status-updates, activity-replies, forum-posts, forum-replies etc.) and aggregates it. So for example, let’s say a brand new forum member, John Smith, publishes a forum post and user A gives it 5 stars, while user B gives it 4 stars – the combined average rating would come out to 4.5 stars and this would be reflected on John Smith’s user-profile. While that is a simplified example it shows exactly how our new user reputation support works.
We’re very proud of the latest stand-out addition to our WordPress Plugin premium version. No other bbPress nor BuddyPress Star Rating plugins on the market include this unique functionality. If you use BuddyPress and/or bbPress communities, this is your time to make your community smarter.
Download the Rating-Widget WordPress Plugin today. You will be amazed to see how quickly the quality of your community’s content improves.