It’s time for the second part of the settings explained post. This time I will describe settings on Integration and Posts And Pages panels. You can expect third (and last for now) part tomorrow soon.
First part is settings used to integrate various plugin features into WordPress. Options are divided into several logical sections, and I think that options are self explanatory. Here you can disable dashboard widget, or sidebar widgets. As you can see there is also Comments widget, that will be added in 1.2.0 (finally). Also, comments integration is not working in WP 2.7, hopefully WordPress developers will change this for 2.8. RSS options are interesting, and with them you can add current post rating into feed, and also a small banner.
2. Posts And Pages
This tab has a lot of options, divided into sections also. First section is the most important one, and by default most of the options will be hidden once you install the plugin. Most people don’t need to change any options here, so they don’t need to see them. To see all of the options, you need to go back to administration tabs, and previous article that describes the options.
First line are options to set the stars used for standard rating and number of stars. When you change number of stars, plugin will recalculate all the saved ratings to new value. After that you can specify alignment and placement of rating text. You can enable and set rating header that will be rendered on the top of the rating block. There are also two fields to add custom CSS classes that will be added to rating block and the rating text.
Rating blocks are inserted into posts and pages automatically, and with auto insert options you can control where the block will be added automatically. Plugin will insert it at the bottom of the post. If you don’t like that, disable auto insertion and add rating block using shortcodes or manual integration functions directly into theme.
Now to the default rules and restrictions. By default each new post will use this settings, but you can override them for each post or group of posts. Also, you can prevent post authors to vote, and this option is enabled by default. You can set if the plugin will check for cookies or duplicated IP’s to prevent double voting. This part needs some improving.
Waiting message is displayed when you vote for the post. While the vote is sent back to the server, you will see this waiting message, You can use both text and animations. Preview will show you whatever you set. Some animations look best without any text. So, experiment with them, especially if you use small stars.
Review rating is rating set by the post author, It’s a single rating value and can be set separately from standard ratings. Most of the options are the same as for the rating: There is no rating text and no auto insertion. You need to use shortcodes or function to show review in the posts.
Hopefully, this post will further help you in setting the plugin and use it more efficiently.
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