Divi Testimonial Extended documentation
Name of plugin file is divi-testimonial-extended.zip. It can be downloaded from the link in order confirmation email. The plugin is also available for download from the My Account area. If the plugin was purchased from any vendor, the download link will be available at their website.
Divi Testimonial Extended can be installed in 2 ways.
- From the WordPress Dashboard (most common and recommended approach).
In order to upload the plugin from the WordPress dashboard, navigate to Plugins >> Add New >> Upload Plugin >> Click on Choose File and browse divi-testimonial-extended.zip from your Computer and finally click Install Now. On the next page, click on Activate Plugin button on next screen to activate Divi Testimonial Extended plugin.
If you are trying to install the plugin by uploading through FTP, you need to extract divi-testimonial-extended.zip on your Computer. Once extracted, there will be a directory created with the name divi-testimonial-extended. Now connect to the server via FTP and navigate to wp-content/plugins/ directory and upload the extracted divi-testimonial-extended directory to it. Then navigate to WordPress dashboard and on Plugins page, click Activate to get started with the plugin.
The plugin creates a custom post type with a name Testimonials which can be seen on the WordPress Dashboard after activating the plugin.
It has the following 3 options:
- Testimonials – It shows all the testimonials available on the website. By default, there will be none.
- Add New – It open WordPress editor for creating a testimonial from the back-end.
- Categories – Use categories and assign testimonials to them if you want to categorize your testimonials. The plugin also works if no category is created or selected. The front end module will show all testimonials in this case. If you do not need categories for your testimonials, you can skip creating a category and skip to adding testimonials.
Adding a testimonial from back-end
Before you use the Divi Testimonial Extended module to show testimonials on your page, you need to add some testimonials first. It can be done from the (1) back-end, as well as (2) front-end. The front end method is useful for allowing visitors to submit testimonials which will be saved as a draft and later approved by the site administrator. We will look at the front-end method after the back-end method in this documentation.
The back-end method is more like the native WordPress approach for creating a page or post using WordPress editor.
- A title for the testimonial
- Testimonial content
- Testimonial Meta information which includes
- Author Name
- Author Email
- Category – This is not mandatory and can be left if there are no categories required.
- Author’s Image
Once there are testimonials added, they can be viewed/edited/deleted like a standard WordPress post. Here is how the list of testimonials appears.
In the next section, we will look at how a testimonial can be added from the front-end in order to create a page for website visitors to leave a review.
Adding a Testimonial from front-end
Divi Testimonial Extended has a sweet module in the Divi library to create a front-end form for capturing testimonials from visitors. Here are the steps:
- Create a new page or edit an existing one.
- Add Divi Testimonial Extended Form module from the list of available modules to the page.
Adding the Divi Testimonial Extended Form module on a page will attach a front-end form to the page. If you add the module to your page and do not make any change to it, it will with have the front-end form with the following default fields (testimonial title, author name, email address, rating and the testimonial text). Here is how the module settings look like.
Here is the list of main settings available in the Divi Testimonial Extended Form module.
- Success Message
- Submit Button Text
- Testimonial Title Field Label
- Author Name Field Label
- Author Email Field Label
- Send Email to Author
- Testimonial Field Label
- Author Company
- Company URL
- Author Designation
- Author Image (5 MB default upload size)
- Rating (1-5)
The Divi Testimonial Extended Form module has more settings which are common to a Divi module and can be used for formatting of text etc.
A typical form will look the following example with full control of formatting. Here all fields are used whereas the plugin has the option to only show selected testimonial input fields.
Once the form is filled, the data is saved as a draft and can be accessed from the WordPress Dashboard by the site admin where it can be moderated and published.
Displaying testimonials on a Page
Testimonials can be displayed on a page using a special module created by the plugin in the Divi library. There are two modules created and the one which displays all the layouts is called Divi Testimonial Extended.
The module once added to the page can be used to create a testimonial slider/view based on available layouts. In the initial release of Divi Testimonial Extended, there are 3 layouts available to chose from and each layout has some common and some distinct features which are listed below along with their purpose and process of configuration.
- Layout 1
- Layout 2
- Layout 3