Reaction Buttons

Reaction Buttons | Jakob Lenfers | button,comment,feedback,polls,widget


This addon adds buttons below your posts (or somewhere else) to make it easy to get reactions to the post, but without the hassle of writing a whole comment. It makes it easier for the reader to interact with you. The buttons are configurable (how many, what text, position) and simply are counters to how often they were clicked. There is also a widget and a shortcode to show the top x posts with the most clicks for each button.

The idea is inspired by a blogger feature and since it’s been my first addon, I borrowed the structure from sociable.


  • When using plugins to cache the pages, the buttons won’t be up to date. They will increment through the javascript, but when the page reloads the old count will show again, until the cache is deleted. Check the FAQ on possibilities how to change that.


Nothing fancy, just like any wordpress addon:

  1. Upload and unzip the plugin to the /wp-content/plugins/ directory
  2. Activate the plugin through the ‘Plugins’ menu in WordPress
  3. Optionally configure the plugin in the settings tab
  • You can also use the widget to show the top x posts with the most clicks for each button in your sidebar. Or alternatively you can use the shortcode [reaction_buttons_most_clicks] to insert the same information somewhere in your post. The default is [reaction_buttons_most_clicks limit_posts=3]. It takes the following arguments:
    • limit_posts: specify the number of posts to show per button. (default 3)
    • excerpt_length: number of words of the article to show as an excerpt. 0 deactivates the excerpt. (default deactivated)
    • only_buttons: comma separated list of buttons to show. Default is to show all
    • show_post_thumb: if the widget should try to display a post thumbnail, true or false (default)
  • There is another shortcode for the reaction summary. Engage with your users by including the most clicked button in a summary, e.g. “Most people found this post interesting!” while “interesting” is the most clicked button. Activate it in the options or place it anywhere with the shortcode [reaction_buttons_reaction_summary], which takes summary_text as an argument. In the summary text you can use %s as a place holder for the most clicked button, e.g. [reaction_buttons_reaction_summary summary_text=”Most people found this post %s!”] for the example above.

Plugin author

Jakob Lenfers

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If you encounter problems in using the Reaction Buttons plugin, you can comment below, and I will try my best to help you solve the problem

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