WordPress Yelp plugin

Customers take Yelp, Facebook, and Google reviews very seriously – and so should you. Not only do reviews give you credibility, but they’re also helpful for getting feedback from customers. Better yet – if you’d like to add Yelp reviews to your website, all you need is a WordPress Yelp plugin!

In this post, we’ll share 3 great Yelp review plugins. Then, we’ll show you step-by-step how to use a free WordPress Yelp plugin to add real Yelp reviews to your WordPress site.

Three well-rated WordPress Yelp plugins

Surprisingly, there aren’t that many quality WordPress Yelp plugin options to choose from. However, there are a few that pull Yelp reviews and place them neatly on your website.

1. Yelp Widget Pro

This is the WordPress Yelp plugin we’ll use in the step-by-step tutorial below. It has a wonderful free version that extracts and displays three recent Yelp reviews on your site.

It works through a widget so you can have your reviews shown in a sidebar or footer if you’d like. The developers also offer a premium version to show Yelp, Facebook, and Google reviews for $99 per year.

2. Yelp Reviews Widget

Yelp Reviews Pro is similar to the previous plugin since it has a free version. This allows for three Yelp reviews and some information about your business, all in widget form. The Pro Version is $45.

3. Yelp Reviews Pro by NinjaTeam

The yelp reviews pro WordPress Yelp plugin

The final respectable WordPress Yelp plugin is sold on CodeCanyon without any free version. It sells for $29 and provides a solid widget for reviews. You also receive some extra tools for featuring several business listings and guiding customers to your contact information.

Tutorial: How to use a WordPress Yelp plugin to add reviews to your website

For this tutorial, we’ll use the Yelp Widget Pro plugin. The reasons for this are because:

  • It has the most features
  • It offers a free plan (to show up to three Yelp reviews)
  • You have the option to upgrade if you need more features

Here’s how to use this plugin to add Yelp reviews to your WordPress site…

Step 1: Create your own Yelp app

The first step is to install the free Yelp Widget Pro plugin from WordPress.org. Feel free to check out our guide on installing WordPress plugins if you need help with how to install a WordPress plugin.

Once the plugin is installed and activated, go to Settings -> Yelp Reviews in your WordPress dashboard:

yelp reviews

This reveals three steps you need to take in order to get your business Yelp reviews on your website. Click on the link that reads create your own Yelp app.

create app link

This sends you to Yelp, where you’ll be required to log in to your Yelp account or create a new account. It doesn’t have to be your business account or even linked to your Yelp business account. A regular Yelp consumer user account works just fine.

The next screen asks you to create a new app in Yelp:

  • Make a simple name for your app
  • Select your industry
  • Type in your contact email.

You can also type in a description for your own reference.

Then, check the box to confirm that you’ve read the API Terms of Use and that you’re not a robot. Then, click on the Create New App button.

create new app

Step 2: Copy your API Key and add it to WordPress

Yelp then reveals a Client ID and API Key for your app. The only item you need is the API key. Copy that value to your clipboard and go back to your WordPress dashboard.

api key

Make sure you’re still in the Yelp Widget Pro Settings area in your WordPress dashboard.

Towards the bottom of the page, you should find a field called Yelp API Key. Paste in the key you copied from the previous step.

Don’t forget to click the Update button after you’ve added the API key.

api key paste

Step 3: Add the WordPress Yelp plugin widget

Next, go to Appearance -> Widgets:

widgets

Scroll through the available widgets until you locate the one called Yelp Widget Pro.

Drag this widget to the location of your choice. Widget locations depend on your WordPress theme, but for this tutorial, I’m placing it in the blog sidebar. Feel free to play around with the locations to see which one looks best.

Next, open the widget settings and add a title for that widget. Leave the Business Method radio box selected.

The most important part of this process is finding your Yelp Business ID. For this guide I’m simply choosing a business I like in Chicago, but you would want to find your own company’s page on Yelp. The business ID is everything after the /biz/ in your Yelp URL.

For example, if the URL to your Yelp page is:

https://www.yelp.com/biz/uncle-dans-chicago-2

Then the Business ID is:

uncle-dans-chicago-2

Once you have it, paste it into the Business ID field.

business id widget
Below that, you can also adjust the display and advanced options, but most of them can be left as the defaults.

The only elements that you might change include the profile image size, business address, phone number, and opening links in new windows. But all of these settings are completely up to you. Click on the Save button when done.

display options

Step 4: View your Yelp reviews on the frontend

Congratulations! You can now see Yelp reviews on your website. By default, the widget shows three recent customer reviews, along with a photo, your overall rating, and links for people to read more reviews.

Example of Yelp reviews on the frontend

With the free plugin, it will display the most recent three reviews, no matter what a review’s rating is. However, if you upgrade to the Pro version, you’ll be able to add minimum filter ratings to only display positive reviews.

Conclusion

From building trust with customers to directing customers to write reviews, utilizing a WordPress Yelp plugin can improve your online presence quite a bit.

If you have any questions about how to add a WordPress Yelp plugin to your site, let us know in the comments below.
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