Thumbs Rating


I needed a simple and light plugin to add Thumbs Rating, I couldn’t find any so I built my own.

This plugin allows you to add a thumb up/down rating to your content. You can set it up to show anywhere you want, check out the Installation instructions.

The output is very basic, no images, no fonts, no fancy CSS. Customize the ouput overriding the CSS classes in your style.css file.


  • No output printed by default, check the Installation instructions.
  • Stores the votes values for each content in the current post table (no new database tables are created).
  • Uses HTML5 LocalStorage to prevent the users from voting twice.
  • Easy to customize the output using CSS.
  • Show the most voted (positive/negative) items using shortcodes.
  • Show the buttons using shortcodes.


  • Arabic: ar (by iFlendra)
  • Catalan: ca
  • Chinese (China): zh_CN (by suifengtec)
  • Czech: cs_CZ (by togur)
  • Danish dk_DK (by BJARNE)
  • Dutch nl_NL (by Thijs)
  • English
  • French: fr_FR (by Arnaud)
  • German: de_DE (by webserviceXXL)
  • Italian: it_IT (by marcochiesi)
  • Japanese: ja (by heySister721)
  • Lithuanian: lt_LT (by Andrius)
  • Persian: fa_IR (by Hamed.T)
  • Portuguese: pt_BR (by Felipe)
  • Polish: pl_PL (by Fafu)
  • Romanian: ro_RO by (by AlexCruz1989)
  • Russian: ru_RU (by anatolt)
  • Serbian: sr_RS (by Andrijana Nikolic)
  • Spanish: es_ES
  • Turkish: tr_TR (by CrimsonIdol)

Give me a hand and translate the plugin in your language, it’s just a few words.


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  • Basic output with the default CSS with the TwentyThirteen theme.
  • This text is shown if you try to vote again.


First of all activate the Plugin, then:

A) Add the shortcode to the posts or pages you want the Thumb Rating buttons to appear:


B) If you want to show the thumbs after all your content (posts, pages, custom post types) paste this snippet at the end of your functions.php file of your theme:

function thumbs_rating_print($content)
  return $content.thumbs_rating_getlink();
add_filter('the_content', 'thumbs_rating_print');

C) Alternatively you can print the buttons only in certain parts of your theme. Paste the following snippet wherever you want them to show:

<?=function_exists('thumbs_rating_getlink') ? thumbs_rating_getlink() : ''?>


I activated the plugin and I don’t see the buttons

You must specify where do you want to show the thumbs within your theme, check out the Installation instructions.

Can I customize the colors?

Absolutely. Check out the CSS within the plugin (thumbs-rating/css/style.css) and override the classes from your theme’s style.css file.

When I sort the admin columns some posts disappear

If the post/page has 0 votes for the column your trying to sort, WordPress hides it.
It only shows the posts/pages with at least +1 or -1 votes.

How do I show the number of votes in other parts of my theme?

Paste the following snippets inside the loop:

<?=function_exists('thumbs_rating_show_up_votes') ? thumbs_rating_show_up_votes() : ''?>

<?=function_exists('thumbs_rating_show_down_votes') ? thumbs_rating_show_down_votes() : ''?>

(Both functions accept the post ID as a parameter in case you need it)


The shortcode [thumbs_rating_top] accept the following parameters:

  • type: positive (default) / negative
  • posts_per_page: 5 (default)
  • category: ID (default = all)
  • show_votes: yes (default) / no
  • post_type: any (default) / post / page / books
  • show_both: no (default) / yes
  • order: DESC (default) / ASC
  • orderby: DESC (default)
  • exclude_posts: “133,2,54,234” (ID of posts separated by commas)
  • include_posts: “133,2,54,234” (ID of posts separated by commas)

Here’s an example using some parameters:

[thumbs_rating_top type="positive" posts_per_page="10" post_type="post" show_votes="no" order="DESC"]
The shortcode in Widgets or Comments doesn’t work

You might need to allow shortcodes in that sections, here’s how.


ފެބްރުއަރީ 1, 2020
Very Simple and useful 🙂 But one question to the develooper: Is it possible to use the buttons several times per page? For example: If I want to do a table with ten rows and each of the row contains content, the user could vote for. So that every button has an individual rating. Currently if i use several buttons in one table (per row), all buttons take the same vote. Is there something to change that? Hope the develooper replies and understood my bad english 😉
ސެޕްޓެމްބަރ 2, 2019
Hi Thumbs, Thank you for your super lightweight plugin. It works like a charm! No issue whatsoever and Simple and Effective. If able to have the stars symbols would be nice too. We can have options by NUMBERS OR STARS. Then again, with star symbols might pull higher CPU resource? So that's not good after all... I'm not picky overall, it works for me and very nice designed. Giving 5 stars for your plugin. Way2Go!!! Thanks so much for your wonderful job...
އޯގަސްޓް 17, 2019
Great little plugin, easy to modify. I was having difficulties making my own function but then I found your plugin. I just changed the text and remove the down vote button. Thanks!
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Contributors & Developers

“Thumbs Rating” is open source software. The following people have contributed to this plugin.


“Thumbs Rating” has been translated into 3 locales. Thank you to the translators for their contributions.

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  • Fixes critial bug with the shortcode not showing results.


  • Fixes critial bug with the shortcode not showing results.


  • Add include_posts parameter in shortcode.


  • Add orderby option in shortcode


  • Add exclude_posts option in shortcode (props @hpd2311)


  • Author column should not be removed from admin (spotted by sosojni)


  • Added Arabic translation ar