In some cases it is useful to have smaller badge showing rating only, instead of whole rating block. This can be achieved relatively easy with use of T2 templates for both standard and multi ratings. All this involves, is a template, an image for background and a bit of CSS for styling.
Since there are many ways to integrate into comment form and comments to add review system that allows submittal of ratings/reviews with the comments, I decided to put on new tutorial that shows different scenarios for this, and solutions for each one of them.
If you use page caching for your website with some cache plugin, ratings may not be always up to date because most visitors will get cached version of the page with outdated rating. But, there is a way to fix this and allow display of actual ratings using dynamic loading.
This is sort of a part 2 of the existing tutorial on how to set up review system using comment form. Previous tutorial was made for normal comment form, but this one will show same thing for comment form that is created new comment_form function added in WordPress 3.0.
One of the most important uses of GD Star Rating plugin is to allow adding ratings for a post through comments form for a user/visitor reviews of the post. But, due to restrictions posed by WP and most themes, this is not auto plugin feature, it requires manual integration.
GD Star Rating supports expanding of WordPress Query with several variables allowing you to sort posts using ratings. It works with all types of ratings, and it’s easy to set up. But regular method can be problematic for some uses, so here is the advanced method to do same thing.