Use Divi testimonial slider plugin and let your client reviews speak

Aug 13, 2020 | Divi Resources

Use the Divi Testimonial Slider Plugin & Let Your Client Reviews Speak

The Divi theme testimonial module allows you to add client reviews on the website. However, those customer testimonials on the website don’t slide. And to make them slide, a user has to take help from custom CSS. But it can be tricky for users who have just started and don’t know anything about custom codes. For them, one thing might work, but another doesn’t.

Therefore, in this article, we’re going to see how we can create Divi theme testimonial slider without any custom CSS.

So, without any further due, let’s get started.


Testimonial Slider after text customizations

For Desktops

Divi testimonials layouts for mobile

For Mobiles

Things Required

So, to create a Divi testimonial slider in Divi theme based website, first, we need to get Divi Testimonial Slider plugin. After that, upload it to your website, then install and activate it. Once activated, it will add 2 Divi testimonial modules in the library.

Divi Testimonial Extended modules

One for to create Divi testimonial slider, and another for to receive client reviews from the front-end. As we have already installed and activated our testimonial slider plugin, let’s get started creating our testimonial sliders.

Step 1: Add Testimonials

Before we start creating Divi testimonial carousel, first, we need to add testimonial in the back-end of WordPress. Similar to the installation and activation of the plugin, this process is simple as that. Moreover, after the plugin installed, it also adds a custom post type in WordPress for the testimonial.

Testimonial custom post type menu in WordPress dashboard

Here, you can add testimonials, edit, modify, and delete them. Plus, you can also define their categories, if any. For this tutorial, I have created 10 testimonials and provided them appropriate categories. Furthermore, after adding the testimonials, the custom post type window would appear like the below screenshot.

Custom post type window of testimonials

Step 2: Add Divi Testimonial Slider Module

We have added customer testimonials to our WordPress back-end, now we can move on to the next step.

First, go to the page or create a new one where you want to display client reviews. For instance, you choose to create a new testimonial page on the website. Once created a new page, click Use The Divi Builder, it will launch the builder.

Testimonial slider plugin page

Once your page opens up in the Divi Builder, choose to Build On The Front End, and then select Build From Scratch. It would deploy the Divi builder on the visual end. So, you can see live changes while you add and design your review sliders using the module of the Divi testimonial slider plugin.

Divi testimonial slider plugin on front end builder

It’s Divi Builder, so it won’t take much time to load itself on the front-end. As soon as the visual builder appears, add the Testimonial Extended module. It’s the module that would help us create Divi theme testimonial sliders.

Testimonial Extended module in Divi Module Library

The module is on the page, we’re ready to create our Divi testimonial sliders.

Step 3: Create Testimonial Sliders & Content Customizations

Once the module inserted on the page, the content settings would appear. Here, you can select how many testimonials you want to display on the slider. If you input 0 or keep the Number of Testimonials field empty, it would display all the reviews. Moreover, it also allows you to set testimonials appearance in Descending and Ascending order by Date & Random manner.

If you have defined categories for the testimonials, then you can also choose which category testimonials you want to display or which not.

Divi testimonial slider plugin and content settings

For this tutorial I have made content customizations as follows,

Number of Testimonials: 5

Order: Desc

Order by: Date

Include Categories: I have selected both the categories, however, if you keep them unchecked, then it will include all the categories by default.

Step 3A: Divi Testimonial Layouts’ Selection & Tweaks

From a total of 6 testimonial slider layouts, I settled with layout 1. The author’s information with star ratings below the review fascinated me enough than the other layouts. Though, you can make your peace with any testimonial layout of your choice.

Testimonial slider with layout settings

Furthermore, we get the option to select the slide effects. But if you don’t enable this option then your client reviews would display in a grid formation.

Client reviews in a grid formation

Therefore, check Enable Slider as YES, and you’d get the Slide Effects, and associate settings.

Enable slider option to get slide effects in testimonial slider plugin

However, if you keep slider disable, then this Divi testimonial module offers an interesting feature under which you can display reviews in masonry format. For instance, look at the below screenshot to see how client testimonials would display in a masonry grid formation.

Testimonial layouts in masonry grid formation

Well, to create sliding Divi testimonials, we have to enable the slider effects. Therefore, I have selected the Coverflow slide effect and kept the following settings as they are. But if you enable Slide Shadow, then layouts would have a shade of color on the nonfocused testimonials. Similar to the below image.

Testimonial slider slide shadow effect

But for this tutorial, we’re not going to apply this effect. Therefore, apply layout customization on the testimonial slider as follows,

Testimonial slider layout settings

Testimonial Layout: Layout 1

Enable Slider: Check as YES

Slide Effect: Coverflow

Enable Slide Shadow: Keep as default (NO)

Coverflow Rotate: Keep as default (41)

Coverflow Depth: Keep as default (100)

Step 3B: Testimonial Slider Display Settings

Some users left long versed reviews, so some tend to write adverbs like Great, Awesome, Wonderful, Highly Recommended, etc. However, this can cause a very uneven display of our testimonials on the slider. You can look at that scenario in the below image.

Testimonials without equalize height

Did you notice that some reviews were long in the height than others? Therefore, to avoid this situation, the Divi Testimonial Extended module offers, Equalize Testimonials Height option in the display settings. It would set all the testimonials at the same height.

Well, it’s not a thing that a user doesn’t need entirely because there are multiple instances when you might want your testimonials in this way. And because of that, this plugin gives you a choice to equalize the height of the testimonials or not. Because if all the other reviews are short, then it would make them look like the below image.

Testimonials with equalize height

See, how annoying it is. But it’s nobody’s fault. Sometimes clients are more generous than we think of. Therefore, it’s essential to have this feature and give users/designers the choice to select whether they want to equalize testimonials height or not. And to do that, all you have to do is toggle the equalize testimonials height as “Yes.”

Equalize testimonial height checked as yes

In addition to the equalize testimonials height, this setting of the slider module also provides other tweaks. Such as show author image or not, choose author image layout from round & square. Plus, if your review authors have an image on their gravatar account, then this plugin can also reflect the image from there. And last using this particular content tab’s settings, you can also select to display author designation and company name.

Testimonial slider and its display settings

Apply tweaks in the testimonial slider’s display settings as follows,

Equalize Testimonials Height: YES

Show Author Image: Yes

Author Image Layout: From Rounded & Square option, for this tutorial I’ve selected rounded.

Use Gravatar: As there are no testimonials associated with the Gravatar account, I left it as it is. Though, you can check the toggle as YES if your client reviews contain accounts associated with Gravatar.

Show Designation: YES

Show Company Name: YES

Step 4: Testimonial Slider Design Customizations

We’ve added our client reviews to the website using the Divi testimonial slider plugin offered by Divi Extended. Now, it’s time to run our hands on their visual appearance. And to do that, switch yourself from the Content tab to the Design of the testimonial extended module. Here, you’d find various options to customize the look & feel of the testimonial slider.

Design tab of the Divi testimonial slider plugin

The very first setting of this tab, allows us to add Background Color & Image at the top section of the testimonial. And background color for the bottom section of the testimonial layouts.

Single testimonial slider settings of the testimonial extended module

Moreover, using this particular setting, you can also add borders and apply rounded corners to the testimonial layout. Yet, for this tutorial, I have only applied color to the top and bottom area of the single testimonial layouts.

Testimonials with top and bottom color

Apply single testimonial design tweaks as follows,

Top: Choose Color from available options Image & Color.

Top Color: #1A4F72

Bottom Color: #A4C4C3

And leave other settings as they are.

Step 4A: Slider Control Customizations

Till now, most of the screenshots or almost every screenshot in this tutorial don’t have slider arrows on them. But using the slider content settings, you can bring them in. For example, look at the below image.

Divi testimonial slider plugin with slider arrows

And when you choose to display slider arrows on the review slider, you get many options to make them look impressive and highly interactive. The available options are Show Arrow On Hover, multiple Arrow Styles, change Arrow Font Size, and apply Arrow Font Color.

Testimonial arrow slider extra settings

In addition to that, you can also apply paginations on your testimonial sliders. But what’s interesting with paginations is that they come in with 6 different styles. You get Solid Dot, Transparent Dot, Stretched Dot, Line, Rounded Line, and Squared Dot. Furthermore, you can also apply separate colors for Active & Inactive paginations.

Testimonial slider with pagination style

I’ve added reviews slider without arrows. And for pagination, I chose the rounded line pagination style. Plus, for active and inactive colors, I kept them a little similar to the top and bottom colors of the single testimonial layouts.

Testimonial slider without arrows but with pagination

Apply testimonial slider control’s tweak as follows,

Show Arrows: Check as NO

Show Pagination: Check as YES

Pagination Style: Select Rounded Line

Active Pagination Color: #004472

Inactive Pagination Color: #A4C4C3

Step 4B: Customize Testimonial Author Image (Skip this)

This particular setting of the Divi testimonial slider plugin provides you with the option to add rounded corners around author image. However, if you have already chosen the author image layout as Rounded then there’s no extra benefit of adding rounded corners. But under this you can add borders over to the author image.

For this tutorial, I have already selected the rounded layout for the author’s image in Step3B. Therefore, I am not going to add borders, we can skip this and move on to the next settings of the design tab.

Step 4C: Quote Icon Customizations

Here, you can add Quote Icon at the start and end of the author review text. Plus, you can also customize their appearance with further quote icon settings available. Like you can change icon style, color, size, and position. Thus, it gives you complete control over how you want to display your quote icon.

Divi testimonial slider with opening and closing quote icon

Apply Quote Icon customization as follows,

Opening and closing testimonial quote icon setting

Show Quote: Yes

Select Quote Icon: Look in the screenshot above

Quote Size: 35px

Quote Icon Color: #A4C4C3

Enable Custom Position For Quote: Keep as default (NO)

Apply the same for closing quote icon.

Step 4D: Testimonial Slider’s Rating Settings

The best part of client reviews is their ratings. And with the Divi Testimonial Extended module, you can display them in a much better way. It provides you with the options using which you can customize rating size and apply different colors for rated and unrated stars.

Divi client reviews slider with star ratings

For testimonial carousel star rating customizations apply tweaks as follows,

Show Rating: YES

Star Font Size: 44px

Rated Star Color: #1A4F71

Unrated Star Color: #C4C4C4

Step 4E: Testimonial Text Customizations

This provides you with the options to improve the appearance of the text on the testimonials, which include Review, Author Name, and Metas. From text font to color, and from color to text-shadow, under this option, you can do anything to make testimonial text appearance engaging and attractive. See how I did on my testimonial layout.

Testimonial Slider after text customizations

Apply Testimonial Body Text Customizations as follows,

Body Font: amita

Font Weight: Bold

Body Text Color: #FFFFFF

Text Size: 18px

Apply Text Customization for Author Name as follows,

Author Font: Aladin

Font Weight: Bold

Text Color: #FFFFF

Text Size: 34px

Author Letter Spacing: 3.7px

Line Height: 1.3em

Author Text Shadow: Look in the screenshot

Author Text Shadow Color: #1A4F72

Apply Text Customizations for Author Meta as follows,

Author Meta Font: amita

Font Weight: Regular

Text Color: #1A4F72

Letter Spacing: 0.8px

Line Height: 1.6em

Author Meta Text Shadow: Look in the screenshot

Author Meta Text Shadow Color: #000000

Step 4F: Testimonial Slider Animation Effects

Well, we’ve almost created our testimonial slider. However, the only thing remaining is that we apply some animation on it. There are a handful of options available in the Animation setting of the design tab you can apply to the layout. But, for this tutorial apply animation as follows,

Enable Loop: Check as YES

Animation Style: Fade

Animation Speed Curve: Ease

Other than these, keep them as default.

That’s it, we’ve successfully created our beautiful Divi testimonial slider.

Final Look

For Desktops

Testimonial Slider Plugin Working

For Mobiles

Ending Thoughts

The steps were pretty easy and anyone with or without any prior knowledge of designing can add engaging client reviews. Moreover, the controls of the Divi testimonial slider plugin provided by Divi Extended are intuitive. So, nobody gets confused about what to use and what’s not.

So, what do you think about this tutorial and the plugin I used. If you got anything to share, then I’m waiting for your views in the comment section.

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Marshall is creative head at Elicus and works with the team to bring ideas to life. He is strongly focused on delivering a quality experience to clients and customers.


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