Blogging Tips: How To Use Jetpack's Star Ratings (And Give Half Star Marks!)

Hello Lovelies,

If you’re like me, maybe sometimes you like to write a cheeky little review for something or somewhere and you want to throw in a star rating to give your review that all-important reviewer feel. If you know how to add them then great, but if not, the process is very simple:

Provided you have the Jetpack plugin enabled, simply Add New Block > Search for a block > Enter ‘Star Rating’ > Click Star Rating and select however many stars you want to give. Easy!

Now, let’s say you and some friends went to watch a new flick and you’ve written up a review. It was okay, but it wasn’t great and you want to give it half marks. This is where a lot of bloggers (myself included, until yesterday!) get stymied;

Currently, you have two options. First of all, you can award it 3 out of 5 stars, which you don’t really want to do because that’s not the half marks you advocate. Secondly, you can set the blocks star count to the full 10 and then highlight half of them. Nightmare!

So what is a reviewer to do? Well my friends, have have no fear, Helen is here with her handy dandy reviewer guide to star ratings.

To give half star scores, simply pick the number of stars to the nearest whole number. In this case, 3 stars.

Now, click the last full star. In this case, the third star. Ta da! That star is now only half filled in!

WordPress (or Jetpack) really needed to take the time to create a wee pop-up tutorial or something to tell you how this works because honestly, had I not clicked a star by accident then I never would have known and I’ve seen many other bloggers tripped up by this also (just ask Google). If you write reviews like I do, it can help keep your reviews looking smoother. I now have to go back through all of my reviews and tweak my star ratings to be closer to the truth because somebody didn’t take the time to write out a few lines which would have told me what to do!

There you have it folks. I hope this article helps you if you use star ratings for anything!

Over and out until next time,

Helen xx

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