Today we’re going to look at how to use the testimonial segment of Shortcodes Ultimate to add testimonials to your pages.
Here on my real estate website, I already have a nice review segments, and I can click “see all reviews” and I can take a look at the reviews. But one thing I do like to do is drop in reviews into blog posts or web pages or things like that so I want to show you how we do that.
I’m going to go up here to “new” and I’m going to click “post” so I can show you how to get to those shortcodes. Now I believe testimonials is in the upgrade of Shortcodes Ultimate, which is … I hate to say prices but I want to say it was like $60 forever, unlimited sites. So it’s not real expensive. But that’s what I’m using for this. There are other free testimonial widgets as well, so you can do some exploring. But this is what we’re using.
So here, I’ll go to “insert shortcode” and then down here I’m going to go to “testimonial”. Now what I like about this is all the testimonials that I have already created are actually saved right here in my presets. I’ll show you how we do that. Let’s pretend we’re adding a new testimonial. You just can type over whatever is pulling up last, that’s fine. I’m going to pull up “John Smith”. Now, we need a photo of John Smith, so what I usually do is either ask the customer for one or if I know their Facebook profile or something I can get it from there.
Sometimes I have to go to Google, so let’s just say it’s a real estate agent and I might type in “John Smith real estate agent”. Then I’m going to click on images, and I’m going to find a picture and go, “Oh yes, that’s John Smith”.
Let’s just say I find my John Smith. What I can do is right-click on this image, and “copy image address” and then that’s what would be pasted right here. You can do that from anywhere on the web. Watch how it works with Facebook; so I go to my profile picture, let me go to one I can open here real quick. Okay, open my profile picture. Right click on it, and then “copy image address”. So it works for Facebook. Anything like that. Or you can just click on “media manager” and from here you can actually upload the file and load it from there.
One of the things that I do, let’s just say I don’t have a picture of John Smith. I use copyright free stock art and I’ll find a picture that looks like either somebody giving thumbs up or clapping or a happy client. I think I have … Maybe that’s on my other website. Something like that, then I’ll click “insert”.
Here, you can put the company they’re with if that’s applicable, or you just leave it blank. Then you can put their company URL and this would click through on their … If you have something here for the company. You might want to do something like this, “more reviews” and then put in that URL and I’ll show you how that shows up in a minute. Then I just always default this to “open in a new tab”. Then the content of what is the testimonial. “Lori Ballen Team at Keller Williams in Las Vegas is my go-to choice for real estate services”. You don’t actually need the quote.
Then we’re going to click “live preview” and then you see how that works? There’s that guy, Lori Ballen Team at Keller Williams in Las Vegas is my go-to choice. See how instead of his company it says “more reviews here”? That’s one way to do it.
I also want to show that actually in this content box it is a WYSIWYG editor, even though you can’t see to design this still will take code and shortcode and tags and things like that. How I design, if I want this to have links and things like that in there, instead what I’ll do is I’ll just go over to start another new post. Just go to my website here.
Basically, I want to get to my WYSIWYG editor; “what you see is what you get”, right? This is the WYSIWYG editor, what you see is what you get. What I want to do instead now is I’m going to type that testimonial in here. Now I can include video, I can put whatever I want in there. Let’s just say I want there to be a link. So “Lori Ballen Team at Keller Williams in Las Vegas,” maybe I want that to be a link the person can click. So I’m going to click that, and I’m going to find Lori Ballen Team page on my website, then I’m going to click “okay”. Then if I wanted to, I’ll show you I can still make this bold and italics. I can put a heading on it.
Now I need to click on the text and access the code. If I copied this, the links and stuff would not carry over. But if I copy it from here, I’ll just “copy” go back to “add a new post” and paste that in there. Now watch what happens here. There you go.
One more shortcut I want to show you. If you’re trying to add spaces. Let’s say it’s a really long testimonial. “This is a long testimonial, I want page breaks or line breaks”. Something like that. Now watch; a lot of us instinctively would just click that down, but that actually doesn’t work. What you want to do instead … See how it didn’t work? It’s still there. Put this here, put the letter “P” inside just like that. That’s what you need right there, that’s your little paragraph tag. Then it creates a space for you, a little line in there as if it were starting a new paragraph.
That is how you use testimonials. From here, all you have to do if you’re going to reuse this testimonial go right here to “presets” and click “save current settings as a preset” and then type what you want in there. To drop this into your blog, just click “insert shortcode” or your webpage, then we’ll go ahead and preview this so you can see what it looks like. There it is.
This was done with Shortcodes Ultimate with the testimonial widget. Okay, that’s all for today.