Letting Shoppers Have Their Say: Adding Customer Reviews
Updated · May 27, 2008
Five Star Review Script
The Five Star Review Script lets your site visitors read and write reviews for your products or services. It is a PHP/MYSQL/AJAX-based script that uses a layout similar to that of Amazon. Visitors can rate a product on a scale of one to five stars, and also submit a commentary review for others to read. For shoppers, the interface is intuitive and a feature built into the latest version lets them log in without refreshing the page.
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Web shop owners, on the other hand, will be happy that Five Star Review sends instant e-mail notifications as comments come in so they can be approved before being adding to the site. Other administrator options include the ability to delete or edit reviews, approve/un-approve reviews and add new items for review. It also works with Google Base and has administrative controls for managing Google AdSense Sharing. Five Star Reviews can be managed through a single file that controls the entire site layout. Other features of note include a “bad word” filter, which administrators can modify, an option for users to recommend a specific product to their friends and more.
The Five Star Review Script requires PHP4 and MYSQL to run. There are also several types of licenses to choose from, each offering updates and free e-mail and forum support. A leased license lets site owners use the software on one domain name for one year for a $50, one-time fee and $50 yearly. An owned license is a one-domain license that can be run indefinitely for $125, but has only one year of free updates. Additional yearly updates are $30. Five and 10 domain licenses, script installation and branding options that will remove the “Powered by Five Star Review” link are also available for purchase. You can see examples of how the Five Star Review is being used on the Kayak Fishing Stuff.com and Local Business Watch.com Web sites.
Star Rating System PRO
Star Rating System PRO, by GraFX Software Solutions, is a commercial template-based PHP program that you can use on your product pages, community discussion forum, or just about anywhere on your Web site. Since Star Rating System PRO uses templates, it can be easily added to your site and no programming is required to get it up and running.
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Star Rating System PRO lets visitors add a rating using the terms Excellent, Good, Fair, Poor or Very Poor. Fields are provided to enter a name, e-mail address, URL and brief comments. When users visit a page with a rating, they can also see how many times the page was shown, the number of votes and the five-star rating.
For administrators and site owners, Star Rating System PRO utilizes an e-mail system to alert you to reviews, and you can even moderate the comment over e-mail. Other useful tools and features include a security verification image to help prevent spam, the ability to customize the number of reviews per page, the editing of comments and more.
PHP 4.3 and MySQL 3 or higher is required to run Star Rating System PRO. The cost to purchase is $29 and a brief online demo is available. The GraFX Web site also offers a valuable user discussion forum where you can post questions before purchasing or get help on editing the configuration in your own set-up. Examples of how this script is being used can be viewed on the ClickHereFree.com and Librariile Humanitas Web sites.
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