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Testimonials

The testimonials feature lets you collect positive comments from customers and clients and display them on your site in different ways to add credibility and a professional feel. Here’s an example from the Dara theme:

Testimonials in Dara theme

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Activate Testimonials

If your theme doesn’t have the Testimonial feature active by default, you can turn it on by going to My Site(s) → Settings → Writing → Content Types and turning on the “Testimonials” option.

This will create a new page that automatically shows testimonials you add to your site. To access that page, add /testimonial to the end of your site’s address. For example, yourgroovysite.wordpress.com/testimonial.

Note that the page will not appear until you publish at least one testimonial.


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Set the Number of Testimonials Per Page

Under My Site(s) → Settings → Writing → Content Types, you can choose the number of projects you’d like to display on your testimonial page. Keep in mind that some themes may override this number for design reasons, such as keeping a grid of testimonials even. Your changes should be saved automatically, or use the “Save Settings” button.


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Add and Manage Testimonials

Similar to the way you add new posts, you can add a new testimonial under Testimonials → Add New.

Put the testimonial author’s name in the title field, and if you’d like an author photo or logo displayed, add it as a Featured Image to each testimonial.

Testimonials are ordered by the date they’re created, with the most recent testimonial displayed first. If you wish to change the order, you can adjust the date the testimonial was published.

Testimonials dashboard, with two example testimonials showing.

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View Your Testimonials

There are a few different ways to view your testimonials after they’ve been created.

The following links are created once you add testimonials.

  • Testimonial Archive – yourgroovysite.wordpress.com/testimonial/
  • Single Testimonial Page – yourgroovysite.wordpress.com/testimonial/testimonial-slug/

Be sure to swap the words in bold with your real site address and the appropriate slug. For example, if a testimonial’s title – which acts as the author – is Oprah, your default slug will be oprah and your address for the single testimonial by Oprah will be yourgroovysite.wordpress.com/testimonial/oprah/.


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Testimonial Shortcode

The Testimonial content type comes with a shortcode to let you easily display testimonials on posts and pages. [testimonials] embeds an archive view of your testimonials. See the complete guide.


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Troubleshooting

If any of the Testimonial page links result in a “Page Not Found” error, this can be easily fixed by disabling and re-enabling the Testimonial content type. Go to Settings → Writing → Content Types, uncheck the Testimonials option, save your changes, and then re-check the Testimonials option and save your changes again.

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