Reviews and Rating – Google My Business


Do you have a Google My Business listing and would like to show your current customer reviews and rating within your website?

This plugin will collect this data using your unique Google Place ID and display a well-formatted list or column/blocks of reviews, and some associated links to reviews and Google map listing, plus point customers to post their own review and rating on Google. Don’t worry: there are no restrictions to the reviews collection and plenty of options to display it perfectly in your website.

People love this plugin:

This. Plugin. Is. OUTSTANDING
This is easily the best plugin out there for showing Google reviews on a WordPress site. I’ve tried everything, and nothing out there provides the flexibility that this one’s shortcode system uses. All in an easy to use package. Very impressed!
★★★★★npierno, Feb 2021

This Is The Best Google Business Reviews Plugin Out There
I’ve used all the Google Business Reviews plugins out there and this is the best. … Love the presentation of the reviews. … The plugin author is VERY responsive. Answers all questions and quickly.
★★★★★minks32578, Jan 2020

Excellent Plugin
Very impressed with the functionality of this plugin. Manual HTML import worked smooth and took less than a minute. … This is an amazing plugin. Looking forward to seeing what else this rockstar dev releases.
★★★★★sterlingokura, Nov 2019


  • Shortcode and Widget for customer reviews on Google
  • Very high level of customization with more added on request
  • Insert a list of customers’ reviews with ratings range, review length range, offset, [unrestricted] limit, sorting, language and individual review(s) selection
  • Fully responsive design with light styling to allow for your customizations; show/hide any element using shortcode parameters
  • Customize appearance with columns, customize ordering within review items, hide or overwrite avatars, date formatting, name formatting, and much more
  • Designed with SVG vector graphics for a crisp appearance across all devices
  • 96 designs/themes including:
    • support for light/dark backgrounds,
    • fonts similar to those used by Google,
    • badge themes with standard and small versions,
    • bubble themes, outlined and filled,
    • responsive 2, 3 and 4 columns layouts for wider spaces,
    • a center aligned version,
    • a narrow version for smaller spaces,
    • 14 additional color schemes,
    • plus options to load compressed CSS or remove it entirely
  • Additional shortcodes for:
    • Link to reviews and current rating on Google, with optional Google icon
    • Link for customers to leave their rating and write a review on Google, with optional Google icon
    • Link to the business place/location with Google Maps, with optional Google icon
    • Display the current rating as a number
    • Display the total number of reviews
  • Right To Left (RTL) language support
  • Live preview in Dashboard→Settings
  • Select your choice icon to replace Google’s generic icons
  • Structured Data ( support to present clear business and review data to search engines to assist with SEO
  • Demo mode to help create your website before it goes live; without requiring Google API credentials
  • Manage all retrieved reviews and selectively hide reviews
  • See the latest formatted JSON data from Google’s API
  • Retrieves reviews in the background, collecting more through Google’s API over time with a snapshot of valid data for stability
  • Clear cache, reset retrieved reviews and overall reset to clear all plugin data
  • Advanced capability to import all review data from Google’s review popup HTML or consolidated reviews HTML (inspecting the live HTML)
  • A comprehensive and free plugin with no upgrades for additional functionality


We have a comprehensive showcase of the shortcode’s design and functionality on our Demonstration Website.



This is my first public plugin, so all comments are very welcome. I would also like to see your usage so I can introduce new themes. There is a sister plugin: We’re Open! which retrieves current opening hours from Google My Business.

Getting started with Google API

In order to run this plugin, you will need a Google API Key and to locate your Place ID


  • Examples of the reviews listings with Light/Dark themes, badges, multiple columns and bubble themes
  • Examples of Shortcodes and their results, all visible on the Demonstration Website
  • Dashboard view with general review display settings and preview of a bubble theme
  • Shortcodes with some examples of the parameters
  • Details of the many shortcode parameters available to customise the display
  • Dashboard view of all retrieved reviews, with more added over time from Google
  • Dashboard view of current retrieved data using the Google API
  • Widget with extensive customization in the Dashboard
  • Dashboard view of advanced HTML import, custom styles, cache clearing and plugin reset
  • Dashboard view of advanced import with 3 new reviews


  1. Upload the plugin files to the /wp-content/plugins/g-business-reviews-rating directory, or install the plugin through the WordPress plugins screen directly.
  2. Activate the plugin through the ‘Plugins’ screen in WordPress
  3. Use the SettingsReviews and Rating – Google My Business screen to configure the plugin with your Google API Key and the business’ Place ID. Here is a copy of the same instructions:
    a. Create a new project or open an existing project in Google Developer’s Console;
    b. Check the API: Places API is enabled in your account;
    c. In the Console, go to: Credentials;
    d. Click “+ Create Credentials”;
    e. Select “API Key”;
    f. Click “Restrict Key”;
    g. Set “Application restrictions” to “IP addresses” and enter your IP;
    h. Under the heading: “API restrictions”, select “Restrict Key” and select: “Places API”;
    i. Click “Save”;
    j. Finally for regular requests, please enable billing for your project to receive your substantial and free API request allocation.
  4. Once the Google Credentials are set, available shortcodes will be available to place in any page, post or use the widget


How do I get a Google API Key?

All the details for collecting your Google API Key can be found at: Google API Key Guidelines.

Once your Project is set, you will need a new API Key with access to the Places API. As a restriction, set your host’s IP Address (not your website’s URL). Details of this value are listed in the Settings→Reviews and Rating page.

The Google API is required for this plugin to load the data from the Google API.

How do I find my Place ID?

You can location your unique Place ID using Google’s: Place ID Finder

I have more than 5 reviews, why can I only see 5 in this plugin?

The Google API only offers a maximum of 5 relevant reviews at a time. Fortunately, this plugin will collect more reviews over time giving you more options to display your own selection of reviews from a larger pool. If you feel comfortable with the HTML Inspector in your browser, you can import all the reviews showing in the Google reviews popup.

Why can’t I see any reviews on the website?

Your first place to check is the Retrieved Data tab in Dashboard→Settings. If there is an error here, follow the advice offered by the Google API. If you can see some reviews listed, check for restrictions in your settings or shortcode that may limit the results. You can use the parameter: errors=1 to report back potential issues in the front-end.

I retrieved some reviews, but now an error message is asking for an “active billing account”. What can I do to see my reviews again?

To use this plugin over time, you’ll need multiple requests to the Place API. Accounts without billing details have a tiny initial allocation. So, please enable billing to receive your substantial and free API request allocation.

Why does this require a Google Billing Account if it’s free?

The link to a Google Billing Account is Google’s way of preventing overuse of its APIs – prolific users will be billed according. Fortunately, this plugin will use a tiny fraction of your inclusive free allowance; so it is free to use.

Can I limit my API requests to keep it within my free allowance?

Individually, this plugin will only use a fraction of your free allowance. However, for piece of mind you can limit the request to ensure it stays within your free allowance. Go to Google Maps Platform: Quotas; select Places API from the dropdown at the top; in the first Requests section, set the “Requests per day” to 100 and click Save.

Getting my own Google API is annoying; can’t I just load my reviews from somewhere else?

This is possible; however it would involve sharing your data with a third-party provider. We believe that it is much better to source your reviews direct from Google. Additionally, relying on anyone other than Google will result in slower updates and/or fewer reviews with the possibility of being cut-off their service goes down or if they decide to limit their service to reduce costs.

When setting up the Google API Credentials, I cannot see Places API listed. Where is it?

Some people don’t appear to have the Places API enabled in their account. Go to your Places API page and click to Enable this API.

I can see my reviews in Google, but nothing is appearing in the plugin. The Google API and Place ID are valid. What is happening?

Google does not send data for all places; only those currently found using the Place ID Finder. Some people who have service or coverage areas that aren’t a specific area may receive an error message: Not Found when attempting to retrieve data. This may occur after a period of time has passed. Unfortunately, there is nothing to remedy this issue for the time-being, other than to ensure your business uses a specific location as its Place ID.

I don’t have any reviews yet, how can I develop my new website without any data to preview?

There’s a demo mode that will populate some reviews for you and allow for testing prior to going live.

I want to load a compressed version of the script and/or CSS, is this possible?

Yes, you can edit the respective options for each to: compress to load the minified version of the JavaScript file and the style sheet file.

Where can I find some examples of the shortcodes?

There’s a comprehensive list in the Shortcodes tab in Dashboard→Settings. To view a showcase of many of these shortcodes with various parameters and some suggestions for CSS, please have a look at our Demonstration Website.


20. november, 2021
I use this plug-in to import Google reviews into a web page. The plugin has many options to align the page with your website design. On top of that, very well supported! Five stars only because I can’t give six. 😉
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  • Added no preference for retrieval language (Thanks to @mcian)
  • Added remote retrieval fields for Places API as an option


  • Added Shortcode instance counter
  • Added carousel navigation HTML
  • Fixed incorrect review key name


  • Added compressed/minified versions of JavaScript and CSS activated through respective options: compress
  • Added new parameters to handle future carousel/slider functionality


  • Improved readability and grammar in some text strings within Dashboard→Settings
  • Updated Structured Data output to support author field (Thanks to @geroroe)


  • Improved handling of themes and classes within class attribute
  • Improved consistency of star styling


  • Updated fonts theme to more closely reflect reviews in Google
  • Fixed review filtering issue across multiple Widget instances
  • Added new set of SVG stars in yellow
  • Added two HTML classes to support sets of star colors
  • Optimised inline SVG in CSS


  • Readded list of languages to Widget


  • Added Right To Left (RTL) language support
  • Improved positioning of some elements


  • Added informative error messages in cache clear
  • Improved core data handling


  • Improved layout in preview for column themes
  • Fixed unexpected review filtering behaviour in some cases
  • Fixed multibyte character issue in review text
  • Fixed missing Widget


  • Improved review limit handling in Dashboard→Settings
  • Minor improvements to styling in Dashboard→Settings
  • Minor improvements to HTML Import functionality
  • Tested with WordPress 5.8


  • Minor improvements for smaller screens
  • Improvements to HTML Import (Thanks to @aitsatur and Allandora)


  • Fixed disabled avatar images: no longer appearing in HTML (Thanks to @hsntgm)
  • Improved HTML Import to support additional structure (Thanks to Allandora)


  • Improved HTML Import for hotels and accommodation review listing (Thanks to @ralphgl)
  • Fixed overall review count singular/plural word in some instances (Thanks to @hitec4ever)
  • Added new Shortcode parameter to disable links (Thanks to @hsntgm)


  • Added an option to skip JavaScript enqueue


  • Improved Polish language support (Thanks to Tomek)
  • Moved billing account mention from Updates to API Key setup in Dashboard→Settings


  • Fixed display issue in HTML Import when errors are highlighted
  • Added manual translations for relative times in Dutch and Polish


  • Added additional translatable strings
  • Tested with WordPress 5.7


  • Improved layout of Shortcode tab with more examples
  • Added link to Demonstration website within Shortcode tab


  • Added the basic shortcode string to Setup tab
  • Further improvements to Dashboard→Settings interface


  • Reinserted missing wrapping element for settings


  • Added week update interval for synchronization
  • Improved handling of non-plugin notices within plugin’s settings


  • Improved processing of review text in HTML import


  • Improved handling of the first, type parameter in shortcodes
  • Improved name formatting to support lowercase, uppercase and title case
  • Improved consistency of styling for dates
  • Added more themes
  • Added color schemes
  • Fixed first parameter as an alias of type


  • Fixed sort argument in reviews filtering


  • Corrected a some possible warnings in unset array elements
  • Improved appearance of some notices on settings page load
  • Improved sorting functionality for random shuffle to give more consistency
  • Added new review sorting option for shuffle


  • Corrected a some possible warnings in unset array elements


  • Fixed place information in Reviews tab
  • Fixed review sorting in preview
  • Fixed name of a theme
  • Fixed relevance sorting as a parameter option
  • Improved listing of theme options in Shortcode tab
  • Improved output of review text when none exists
  • Added bubble themes with outline and fill variants


  • Fixed upgrade method
  • Fixed overall rating and review count for places with less than 5 reviews (Thanks to @santaklaus805)
  • Improved review delete functionality (Thanks to @thor_a)
  • Improved setting and sorting of review relevance (Thanks to @scartwright)
  • Improved fidelity of HTML Import with Place ID check
  • Checking and setting of Custom Style on upgrade (Thanks to @prometheusppc)


  • Improved update for relative times (Thanks to @prometheusppc)
  • Improved functionality and corrected theme name in Widget Dashboard


  • Improved Widget functionality in Dashboard
  • Corrected translation variable in HTML Import
  • Set image selection on Media Library selection; not close


  • Hidden review count display when not included in summary list
  • Altered Dashboard notification styling to affect just the plugin
  • Added manual translations for relative times in German, Spanish, French and Italian


  • Fixed Update input in Setup tab so it doesn’t always set to “Never”
  • Added HTML classes for outline and padding
  • Added week update interval for synchronization


  • Added a check for language value for the setup process in Dashboard→Settings


  • Improved setting of existing API Key and Place ID
  • Improved visuals in Dashboard→Settings
  • Added a new welcome page when plugin is individually activated
  • Added new parameter values for name_format to support only first and last names


  • Improved localization and language support in Widget
  • Improved positioning of rating number and stars
  • Improved support of stars_gray parameter
  • Fixed HTML entity star animation when rating number contains a comma character


  • Structured Data now accepts a page ID value as an alternative to the front page
  • Corrected synchronization time checks for each time interval
  • Fixed shortcode display option to hide rating number


  • Fixed JavaScript repeat method error in Internet Explorer 11 (Thanks to @compking)
  • Improved timing of retrieval occurrences for 6 and 24 hour intervals
  • Added language option for all reviews containing text
  • Clarified Structured Data business types


  • Significant improvements to review listing in Dashboard→Settings with sorting and language selection


  • Significant improvements to HTML Import (Thanks to @hacaro, @gonab and @thor_a)


  • Improved retrieval of icon and logo image URLs
  • Improved styling for small screens
  • Structured Data price range data set to use only dollar symbol


  • Fixed Structured Data appearances
  • Fixed empty review limit to hide reviews (Thanks to @edlosee)


  • Fixed display issue of reviews for processing HTML import


  • Set more specific styling
  • Set all external links’ rel parameter to nofollow
  • Added 6 hour update interval for synchronization
  • Added no-outline pre-defined class
  • Added rel parameter to set this attribute for all links (Thanks to @zevs3000)
  • Added background fill option to Widget


  • Improvements to collection of retrieved data from Google
  • Changed html_tags parameter to allow single character
  • Extended HTML Import to accept alternative/consolidated review listings for accommodation such as hotels (Thanks to @achillesden)
  • Extended summary parameter
  • Improved icon and logo image selection script
  • Improved Place ID interface when multiple places exists in archive
  • Improved review_word parameter
  • Added HTML classes as a new section in the Shortcodes tab
  • Added language support for parameter descriptions
  • Added tiny theme (Thanks to @humaniza)
  • Added stripe and stripe contrast styling
  • Added author switch layout
  • Added rating parameter
  • Added fill style to add a solid background color
  • Added list of pre-defined HTML classes to Shortcode tab
  • Added further information about places in Dashboard Reviews listing (for multiple places)


  • Improvements to position of rating star animation elements
  • Icon can be displayed without name in heading


  • Added new centered theme


  • Improving reliability of web server’s current IP address
  • Removed empty heading when icon and name parameters are set to hide


  • Improved stability for the storage of retrieved data and reviews
  • Added new setting to strip emoticons from retrieved data
  • Improved language support
  • Improved visibility of animate HTML class when a specific script library exists


  • Added a check for some instances when icon doesn’t exist in data archive
  • Improved notice messages for submissions in Advanced tab in Settings


  • Fixed unset variable error for retrieved data in some instances (Thanks to @joshdraha)


  • Fixed error that sometimes occurred with empty retrieved data array
  • Improvements to the CSS color logic for SVG fills


  • Significant improvements to requests of Google Places API and storage of data
  • Improved handling of other Places with storage of name, icon, vicinity, overall rating and review count
  • Improved stability of stars animation in JavaScript
  • Improved number formatting to use localize formatting style
  • Added color support for overall SVG rating stars with shortcode parameter or style sheet
  • Added parameter to show/hide overall rating stars
  • Added HTML entity version of rating stars
  • Fixed empty review count warning (Thanks to @havin)
  • Fixed missing value for Custom Styles textarea in Advanced tab


  • Discovered a bug with a core WordPress function: maybe_serialize(). Added a work-around.
  • Corrected HTML Import count


  • Improved stability of HTML import with a fall-back on failure
  • Restored message display issue when initiated from JavaScript
  • Improved Google API Key and Place ID help text


  • Improvements to notices in Dashboard→Settings, particularly with external plugin nagging
  • Improved stability when retrieved data is no longer valid (Thanks to @philos1964)
  • Improved log of retrieved data
  • Improved sanity checks for Structured Data
  • Changed maximum review display limit to exceed collected number of reviews
  • Added help as a numbered list for setting the Google API with restrictions
  • Corrected a theme display name
  • Fixed JavaScript error when no style sheet is set (Thanks to @tomaszgasioritdesk)


  • Added new narrow badge theme for narrow spaces to improve position of elements
  • Added hide parameter for review count
  • Improving the switch between demo and non-demo modes
  • Improvements to styling and position of elements


  • Added name format parameter (Thanks to Scott S.)
  • Added overall link parameter (Thanks to @kodendigital and @hamudi)


  • Fixed backwards compatibility for less recent WordPress versions for wp_date() function (Thanks to @Carret and @joshdraha)


  • Fixed JavaScript Ajax call (Thanks to @gradlon)


  • Improvement to JavaScript and style sheet loading
  • Fixed activation error


  • Added custom style sheet
  • Added included and excluded word filter for review text


  • Added responsive multi-column support for review listings
  • Improved theme interface in Dashboard→Settings
  • Added a live preview for smaller screens
  • Improved theme selection dropdown
  • Added justified reviews text when matching class specified as a parameter
  • Switched default heading from H3 back to H2 (correction from 2.1)


  • Added a parameter to overwrite the HTML element tags


  • Added Structured Data ( with supporting functionality
  • Added a live preview of shortcode output in Dashboard→Settings
  • Added icon and logo image selection from Media Library
  • Switching HTML-only rating stars to SVG vector-images to offer a more consistent experience
  • Added support for uploading SVG images
  • Added review translation option for HTML import
  • Reset now available for reviews only
  • Improved language support
  • Improved tab navigation in Dashboard
  • Improved behavior of hide/show reviews in Widget


  • Improved number parse for imported rating numbers
  • Added a js-links fall-back to circumvent conflicts with event tracking of links starting with a hash
  • Improved consistency of review excerpt trimming
  • Added shortcode examples of Google icon to links/buttons


  • Restored no excerpt when non-numeric (or < 20) value is set as a parameter
  • Added review/reviews parameter description in Dashboard→Settings list


  • Fixed empty shortcode attribute error (Thanks to @markima75)
  • Improved styling in Advanced tab in Dashboard→Settings for some screen sizes


  • Added a shortcode parameter to override the review/reviews word in the summary (Thanks to @sebastienrenaudeau)
  • Improved logic for review limits so Dashboard→Settings value is a true fall-back
  • Improved language support in Dashboard and for review/reviews word


  • Improved language filtering in shortcode (Thanks to @niseadel)
  • Added language filtering in widget
  • Improved Badge theme styling – star alignment and spacing


  • Fixed PHP tag closure shortening in Settings template file (Thanks to @indekssolutions)
  • Added inline style for review meta (author name, rating, date)
  • Added date formatting support to override relative time


  • Fixed bug for minimum rating when set to 5 in shortcode


  • Added translatable relative time words (Thanks to @chris-kns)
  • Added option to hide or override business name (Thanks to @chris-kns)


  • Added random shuffle for sorting reviews
  • Added functionality to clear cache and retrieve current Google data
  • Improved Widget customization in Dashboard
  • Added new attribution parameter to force light or dark background version


  • Change to checking of cron task (Thanks to @designermark)


  • Checking for existence of language review text array value


  • Fixed two Safari issues: SVG images not appearing and main rating star width is now wider (Thanks to @sterlingokura and @nouvellessubstances)
  • Fixed specific review ID listing bug (Thanks to @sterlingokura)


  • Change to setting cache to help show reviews after initial setup
  • Added a parameter to show/hide errors and warnings in the shortcode


  • Changed review ordering for IDs
  • Fixed bug with empty attributes (Thanks to @marameodesign)
  • Added a numeric limit check in review filter


  • Added new themes to Widget
  • Added plugin reset functionality
  • Added review sorting for shortcode and widget
  • Set Advanced HTML import to pre-select new reviews


  • Improved Google API Key error notice (Thanks to @minks32578)
  • Improved tab navigation, with last active section visible upon return
  • Added none/some/all reviews to assist with setting the review limit


  • Added a comprehensive list of shortcode parameters
  • Fixed theme shortcode parameter
  • Added language filter
  • Added a checklist for the advanced section (Thanks to @minks32578)
  • Minor fixes, usability and design alterations


  • Added two new themes for a more compact Badge appearance
  • Allowing a zero review limit to intentionally hide all reviews
  • Added new shortcode parameters to handle layout
  • Improvements to styling


  • Checking for existence of array keys in early Google review data
  • Fixed regular expression for customized icon string
  • Removed button class attribute when parameter is set


  • Fixed error in Google write review and view reviews link class attribute


  • Fixed JavaScript context error in handling the HTML import


  • Improvements to navigation menu in Dashboard
  • Refreshing relative times from retrieved data


  • Minor design and functionality changes
  • Added a missing shortcode attribute (Thanks to @conceptio)


  • Advanced – Improved stability of HTML Import functionality
  • Changes to design


  • Advanced – Added import functionality from the HTML in Google Reviews popup
  • Changed default sort order to remain more constant over time
  • Other minor improvements to design and functionality


  • Updated definition of dummy data for Demo Mode


  • Added set of all data prior to displaying Dashboard→Settings


  • Added a refresh of data upon plugin upgrade


  • Improved shortcode customization
  • Improved the switch between modes
  • Added widget with live preview support


  • Added show/hide review functionality


  • Fixed a style issue in Dashboard→Settings


  • Added Demo mode
  • Extended review listing functionality


  • Initial version