Do you want to add Facebook like reactions to your WordPress blog posts? Emotional reactions allow users a way to provide quick feedback on your articles. In this article, we will show you how to add Facebook like reactions to your WordPress posts. Facebook recently added more ways for users to show their reaction on posts in their timelines. Aside from just clicking like on the post, they can also show other expressions.
However this Facebook feature is not yet available for WordPress sites. You can still use the old Facebook like button. However there are other WordPress plugins that allow you to engage readers with post reactions or with points system.
We’ve gone ahead and compiled a small list of the best plugins providing similar functions, including all the information you need to choose the best one for your site. Let’s see how they stack up to the original system.
MyEffecto is a plugin designed to help you implement an emotion-based rating system into your WordPress website (which is just a fancy way of referring to the like reactions system). It does this by providing your visitors with a simple menu, which includes multiple emotional responses ranging from the positive to the negative, much like Facebook:
The plugin comes with a solid configuration panel, found under the Settings tab after it’s been activated. By default, the like reactions system will be added to all of your blog posts, but you can pick and choose in which pages it will appear by visiting the Blog Settings tab.
The default menu includes emoticons for awesome, love, like, dislike, and sad. Furthermore, the plugin provides you with the option to create new menus by mixing and matching dozens of emoticons and text labels.
We didn’t find any glaring bugs during testing, and the plugin played nicely with multiple themes – displaying without issue every single time. As an added bonus, the developers behind the plugin seem to be pretty active on their support forum.
DW Reactions is a simple plugin that enables you to include a reaction menu, based on Facebook’s UX design, on your WordPress website. The plugin includes six basic reactions – like, love, laugh, surprise, sadness, and anger – as you can see in the example below:
As far as plugins go, DW Reactions is a newcomer to the field. It enables you to implement the like reactions system in a couple of steps, and select exactly where it should appear. However, the system itself (despite looking pretty nice) lacks configuration options, and it still shows a few kinks as far as compatibility goes with multiple themes. During our testing, it didn’t play nicely with the Divi theme (it worked, but the menu didn’t display properly), but it did support the default WordPress themes without any problems, so your mileage may vary.
Aside from these issues, DW Reactions offers a solid and easy to implement like reactions system, making it perfect for users who want something that doesn’t require in-depth configuration. On top of its ease of use, the plugin’s developers are also pretty active when it comes to answering threads on the plugin’s support forum, which is always a great sign.
A premium version, DW Reactions Pro, is also available for those who desire a more customizable experience. On top of the free version’s regular features, DW Reactions Pro also includes detailed reaction statistics – including historic data from individual users, additional reaction styles, and a widget enabling users to check out your most popular posts as far as reactions are concerned.
Much like our last pick, Feelback Reactions offers you the opportunity of integrating a simple emotional feedback system on your WordPress site. While the plugin includes the basic emoticon-based system we’ve come to expect in this field, it also packs a couple of text-based options among its settings. On top of that, the emoticon options it does offer are plentiful, thus enabling you to look around for an option that fits the look and feel of your site:
The upside of this plugin is that it’s remarkably easy to install, and you’ll have the like reactions system displaying on your site without much tinkering. Furthermore, by installing and setting up the plugin, you gain access to a good analytics tool built around the reactions system. As far as the reactions menu itself, it’s set to be displayed above your comments section by default, and during our testing we didn’t find any glaring compatibility issues.
That said, the plugin does come with its own set of drawbacks.
First of all, the like reactions menu includes an ugly “Powered by VICOMI” announcement on its lower right side, which is a clear violation of WordPress.org’s rules for the plugins it hosts (since users aren’t asked whether they consent to have this displayed). Secondly, in order to customize your menu, the plugin will require you to sign-up to its developer’s platform, and use those login credentials to access its settings and the analytics dashboard.
During our trial run of Feelback Reactions, we couldn’t complete the sign-up process from within the plugin, as it kept returning an undetermined error back to us. In order to fully set it up, we had to make our way to the developer’s site, find the plugin’s specific sign-up option at the bottom of the page, and register there. After completing this registration process, you must return to your WordPress dashboard and use those same credentials to login from the Vicomi option under your settings tab. You will then be asked whether you want to link your Feelback Reactions account to your WordPress site, and only then can you proceed to customize your install.
Hopefully, this sign-up issue will be fixed in a future version – for the time being, however, you’ll have to use this workaround to get the plugin fully set up and running.