When you start thinking about engaging your readers, there are some things you can do to help. WordPress comes packed with plenty of plugins that will help you engage your readers. One of the ways to do this is with post reactions, which allow the reader to rate the post after reading it.
This is found on the Blogger platform, so when users switch from Blogger to WordPress, they want to continue using post reactions. However, even for regular WordPress users, post reactions can help you engage readers. Here is how it works.
Using the Reaction Buttons Plugin for WordPress
Before you go any further, you will need to install and activate the Reaction Buttons WordPress Plugin. This plugin will allow you to add reaction buttons and help engage readers.
Once installed and activated, you can access the plugin from Settings>>Reaction Buttons in your WordPress dashboard.
The default settings will provide the reaction buttons and will put them after each post. However, you can change the options to put the buttons before the post or to use the shortcode to put them where you prefer.
Along with changing the placement, you can customize the tagline and the actual buttons.
You can also adjust many other settings to show the results of the vote, only allow one vote, add a summary and more. Towards the bottom of the page, you can exclude specific categories from the buttons and you can even choose pages to display the buttons on.
After you’ve adjusted your settings, make sure to save your changes.
The more advanced WordPress user can also customize the buttons with CSS. This is done by clicking the checkbox in the settings section and creating a child theme stylesheet. If you don’t have much knowledge of CSS, you may not want to attempt customizing the buttons.
By adding the reaction buttons to your WordPress blog, you can better engage readers. This will help you get an idea of what your readers like and don’t like on your blog.