Recencio Book Reviews

Description

Recencio Book Reviews is a powerful and very flexible tool for managing your blog’s book review collection. It was designed with the book reviewer in mind and was built to be fast, easy and customizable.
The plugin even provides book reviewers the opportunity of earning residual income via adding their own book purchase affiliate links.
This plugin basically adds a custom post type for book reviews to your site. You can publish book reviews as standalone posts or include them in your normal posts and pages.
Organize your book reviews in any way you like. The plugin comes with some basic predefined taxonomies such as book author, genre, series, and publisher. As creating new book taxonomies is easy it’s up to
you which and how many taxonomies you want. Use listings embedded in pages to make your book reviews accessible by title or taxonomy name. Or use one of
the custom widgets to create tag clouds or top ten lists.
Of course you can use all the WordPress goodies you know from posts on book reviews as well: images, videos and comments.
Despite it’s simplicity, it’s giving book reviewer, administrators, designers and developers all the freedom to adapt the plugin to their needs. Features you don’t
need can be deactivated and are hidden from the UI. You can even create your own book review template files to gain complete control the look and feel of book reviews.

And, all of the above is SEO friendly by way of validated JSON+LD metadata for the ‘Book’ and ‘Review’ schema markup.

Features

  • custom post type for book reviews
  • 100% WordPress theme compatibility
  • automatically fetch book details via its ISBN, or enter manually
  • custom backend to enter book reviews fast
  • your choice of a 5 star rating or a criteria-based scoring system
  • builtin book taxonomies such as, Author, Genre, Series and Publisher come predefined, but you can create whatever taxonomy you like.
  • use default post categories and tags on book reviews as well, or disable them if you want to
  • access reviews by alphabetical indices of review title or taxonomy entries such as book author or book publisher
  • include book reviews in your normal posts or pages using shortcodes
  • search engine friendly book review output using schema.org‘s review and book metadata as JSON+LD
  • choose between 4 different templates to determine how your book review should look or create your own custom layout
  • 5 custom widgets such as a book cover slider and book cover grid
  • site visitor rating system via the builtin comment form, or disable it if you want to
  • basic support of the new WP REST API system
  • extendable 3rd party extension/module system for easy creation of new features
  • have you book reviews show up in your site’s RSS feed
  • create book purchase links using your own affiliate code
  • have your site visitors/reader leave a 5 rating via the comment form
  • translation ready

Screenshots

  • Choose from a choice of 4 builtin book review templates, or create your own inside your current theme
  • Enable or disable the user comment rating feature. Also an option to disable each custom widget
  • Remove or add your own list of stores to purchase books from
  • New book review admin page
  • Custom WordPress widgets
  • Book authors index page
  • Book reviews index page
  • Book review post using the default template
  • Book review post showing the criteria-based review score box

Installation

  1. Upload rcno-reviews folder to your website’s /wp-content/plugins/ folder
  2. Activate the plugin through the ‘Plugins’ menu in WordPress
  3. Add new book reviews via the new ‘Reviews’ option on your site’s admin menu

FAQ

Installation Instructions
  1. Upload rcno-reviews folder to your website’s /wp-content/plugins/ folder
  2. Activate the plugin through the ‘Plugins’ menu in WordPress
  3. Add new book reviews via the new ‘Reviews’ option on your site’s admin menu
I am getting a 404 page when I visit a book review

Try flushing your permalink settings. Visit Settings -> Permalinks and just save without changing anything.

How can I get support for this plugin

Please open a new topic on the plugin’s WordPress.org support page

Reviews

Great Little Tool

I just started an author page and wanted a book review plug-in. This does everything I need. Pulls info on books from Google Books or Goodreads, so I don’t have to input all the bibliographic info. Finds the book cover for inclusion. Has a star rating system. And looks so professional when it’s completed. Makes book reviews a breeze…now if it could just read the books and write the reviews for me! Just kidding. Great support also. Totally responsive. Thanks for developing this.

Great plugin

This plugin is exactly what i was looking for to use in my site and the support the author gives is 5 stars also.

Amazing support!

First, this is by far the best book review plugin for WordPress I could find, and I’ve tested quite a few.
Having said that, I had some issues with Hebrew as an RTL language, and the author was kind and helpful.
And I know the author is working on adjusting the plugin for Gutenberg, which means – it’s here for the long run!

Thank you very much for this plugin!

Above & Beyond

This is a really great plugin. The creator has been so helpful to help me learn how to use it with other plugins I have on my site. I really appreciate it! They have truly went above and beyond to provide support!

If you want to take your book reviews to the next level, install today!

Awesome

I’ve been trying all the most popular book review plug-ins and this is the one that I found suited my needs the best.
It has all the featurs I needed, has a nice design and support was far beyond expectations.

Thank you!

Great plugin and excellent support

I’ve been testing a lot of plugins to manage my book reviews collection and Recencio is the best of them. You can simply add many custom taxonomies, create many beautiful widgets and even fetch data from GoogleBooks or Goodreads. And what is most important – when I had a problem with the plugin I wrote to the developer and he answered me quickly with some solutions.
Great plugin!

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Contributors & Developers

“Recencio Book Reviews” is open source software. The following people have contributed to this plugin.

Changelog

1.14.0

  • Added new “Extensions” feature to allow the easier addition of new features by 3rd party developers
  • Added new “Author Box” extension. More extensions coming soon, e.g., Social media share buttons
  • New social media profile fields added to WordPress user profile page

1.12.1

  • Caught an error with non-object being returned in taxonomy list with sortable grid page
  • Update translation files with new strings

1.12.0

  • Added sortable grid of book reviews via the Isotope JS library
  • Store book cover attachment ID to review meta for improved performance
  • Added a new Upgrader class to handle post-update functions
  • Normalized the minimum rating a book can receive as per the Google Rich Snippets spec
  • Re-worked the book cover upload modal to only allow image upload or media gallery select
  • Settings page color picker now supports RGBA colors for transparency
  • Moved aggregate rating item to inside reviewed item schema
  • Added setting to disable the book or review JSON-LD schema markups from book reviews

1.11.2

  • Fixed display bug in review calendar widget (an extra cell padding was being added to 1st week of March)

1.11.1

  • Fixed a debug issue with flush_rewrite_rules
  • Fixed a issue with fetch book data from remote API

1.11.0

  • Users are now able to select and reorder the book metadata they want displayed on reviews
  • We are now using a better function to handle the display of review excerpts

1.10.1

  • Updated admin translation strings

1.10.0

  • Made some adjustments to the way custom taxonomies are auto-generated. This may break custom taxonomies with custom slugs
  • Added the correct name formatting for translation files
  • Added an option to add new articles for the sorting of titles alphabetically, useful for foreign languages
  • Fixed the potential of a fatal PHP error if shortcode is included twice on a page

1.9.1

  • Added a new option to use clickable title links when reviews are embedded in regular posts

1.9.0

  • Added an option to import and export plugin settings
  • Added an option to define custom taxonomy labels separate from the slug
  • The 5 star rating box now provides an option half-star review scores e.g., 3.5 of out 5 stars
  • It is now possible to disable the automatic pluralization of words used in the plugin
  • Fixed an issue with the review calendar display on months with 7 days in week 4
  • Fixed an issue with 3rd party plugins displaying twice when using the ‘the_content’ filter

1.8.2

  • Added an “after review” action to use for tying in the use of additional 3rd party content below reviews

1.8.1

  • Fixed an issue in how best and worst ratings are calculated for the “Reviews” schema; thanks @kimoves

1.8.0

  • Added 3 new shortcodes: [rcno-book-list], [rcno-review-box] and [rcno-purchase-links]

1.7.1

  • Fixed a bug with CPT slug not taking a pluralized form in some foreign languages

1.7.0

  • Added new “Books in this Series” feature
  • Redesigned the taxonomy index pages to use use book covers
  • Moved index page setting to their own section on option page
  • Refactored the book description to use a filter
  • Added the post type slug to the custom taxonomy URLS
  • Removed comment rating scripts and styles from posts that are not reviews

1.6.3

  • Redesigned the progress bar on the currently reading widget
  • Refactored the home page content to take into consideration the ‘read more’ tag

1.6.2

  • Fixed a bug in last update that was remove content on homepage,
    see: https://wordpress.org/support/topic/strange-issue-after-new-update/

1.6.1

  • Refactored the custom template functions
  • Cleaned up various classes

1.6.0

  • Added a book review grid index page, via MacyJS for a masonary layout
  • Merged Owl Carousel theme file with main file, for reduced file load
  • Book cover now uses book title meta, as most users don’t provide one on file upload
  • Fixed the styling of headers on the main review index page

1.5.1

  • Fixed an issue with the incorrect API path for the Currently Reading dashboard widget
  • Set Book Grid widget to default to 9 book for a balanced layout
  • Set Recent Reviews widget to sort reviews by most recent and fixed review count option

1.5.0

  • Add a new review calendar widget

1.4.0

  • Add book covers to the review posts admin column
  • Fixed an issue with removing custom taxonomies from the review posts admin column

1.3.0

  • Added an option to ignore articles when sorting titles

1.2.11

  • Added an new “currently reading” widget
  • Added an setting page option to list ‘uncountable’ words in users native language. These words wont be singularized or pluralized by the plugin

1.1.10

  • Added an option to display book covers on the book reviews index page

1.0.10

  • Fixed regression from last patch

1.0.9

  • Fixed an error in the review shortcodes file cause by the differences between Windows and Unix use of ‘/’

1.0.8

  • Moved all admin scripts to footer and added version numbers

1.0.7

  • Fixed issue with comments not showing when comment ratings is disabled

1.0.6

  • Moved flush rewrite rule function to better handle plugin activation.
  • Added flush rewrite rule function to run on plugin deactivation.
  • Better handle taxonomy slugs.
  • Better handle multiple user added taxonomies.
  • Adjusted the styling of the recent book review widget

1.0.5

  • fixed an error when fetching a taxonomy with an error, updated to v1.0.5

1.0.3

  • Generate a book author’s URL if one is not provided by site owner
  • Cleaned up the ‘Rcno_Reviews_Rest_API’ class

1.0.2

  • Fixed an issue where templates stop working before plugin folder name got changed

1.0.1

  • Fixed an issue with white color stars on a white background on initial install

1.0.0

  • Initial plugin release