If you want to add feature rich and well-presented reviews to your WordPress site you can either install a review plugin or go down the purpose built theme route.
If your site is already up and running and you are happy with your theme then a plugin might be the best option. However for those in the early stages of site development, opting for a purpose built review theme is probably the better solution.
These themes make it easy to post reviews to your blog and present them in an attractive way. Many of them allow your readers to leave ratings and reviews should you so wish.
As this attractive review theme is available from ET, when you purchase it, you also get access to 86 other themes for just $39. Even without this great deal, InReview is still an excellent choice for building a WordPress review site.
Ratings can be given to the products and services you review that cover a number of categories. This makes it ideal for giving well-rounded and informative reviews your readers will love.
User reviews are accepted and there are a number of widgets available for making it easy for your readers to find the reviews from your sidebar.
2. Review It
This theme works with a regular WordPress installation or one with BuddyPress installed. This gives you a good amount of options for building your review and ratings site.
The Review It theme has a great look and is ideal for technology or gaming reviews. However, it does come with two distinct skins, allowing you to cover even more types of products by switching skins.
Readers can also leave their own ratings via a number of methods including commenting or clicking on the posts. Setup is very easy with this theme as it will auto create and install the dummy content to help you get started quickly.
It not only looks the part but has lots of great features thrown in to ensure you can build a professional reviews website in no time at all. Reviews are added to the site using custom post types and there are additional options for categorising your reviews. This makes it even easier for your readers to find the content they are looking for.
There are three different review templates included to make sure your reviews look exactly how you want them to.
This is another BuddyPress compatible review site that also works equally well on a regular WordPress installation. It’s a popular choice over at Theme Forest and has been purchased over 2,000 times.
The appearance is perfect for reviewing tech items such as laptops and gadgets or services and websites. Users can leave their own ratings which are aggregated and displayed alongside the reviewer’s rating (optional). The two design skins give you lots of options related to which types of products this theme is best suited to.
The design is responsive so your WordPress reviews site will work just as well on your reader’s laptops as it does their tablets and smartphones.
Score has a great design which is fairly neutral making it ideal for reviewing any number of product-types and services.
It also works with BuddyPress but this is not a requirement of its use so don’t worry if you are not using this service.
The theme uses the powerful GD Star Rating plugin to manage the ratings left by contributors and readers. Users can sort posts by review date, rating and other options.
Score has also been developed with strong attention to SEO, helping to make sure that your site will rank as well as possible in the search engines.
The SwagMag theme works equally well as a magazine theme as it does a review theme. The theme has been designed to allow you to present your reviews organised into multiple mini-site which is an interesting concept.
Ratings can be left in four ways which include numbers, stars, percentages and letters. This gives you lots of scope for how you decide to rate your reviews and your site can be adapted to many different types of products.
The theme comes with 10 custom widgets for impressive sidebars, 80 shortcodes for easily inserting content and it features 76 background images for customising the look of your review site.
If you want the ability to compare the prices of the products you cover on your site then this theme should definitely be of interest to you.
The Price Compare theme integrates with the Compare+ plugin which when used together, gives you access to a very powerful platform.
This is ideal for not only presenting your reviews, but also providing a useful price comparison service to your readers. This ensures they get the best deals when browsing your site.
Gonzo has a clean design that works on a range of devices thanks to its responsive design. It works just as well for regular content blogs as it does for reviews sites.
There are multiple layout options to give you lot of control over how your sites look. Comments can be left via Facebook or using the standard WordPress commenting system.
The Gonzo theme also comes with a Flex Slider for your homepage or for use in posts and there is also a gallery module which is ideal for showcasing posts, products and reviews.
This is one of my favourite themes at the moment for non-review based sites so it comes highly recommended for anyone looking to make a review site.
The drag and drop homepage builder that comes with these theme is one of its major highlights. Being able to setup your homepage with the ease of a drag and drop editor is a great feature to have to hand.
It also comes bundled with a number of fullscreen backgrounds and you can pick from unlimited colours for the rest of the theme. As well as that there are 35 useful sidebar widgets for making it easy to find your content and there are seven page templates.
The design is fully responsive and it is compatible with the free WooCommerce plugin for creating an eCommerce store using WordPress.
If you are going down the Amazon Associates affiliate route then this theme will be of great interest to you. By installing this review theme you can very easily begin adding products from amazon to your site and then adding your own descriptions and reviews.
The Azon Profits Store theme is packed with features and the finished outcome looks very professional. The theme allows you to easily extend the standard amazon cookie life to 90 days increasing the chances of you making a commission on any visitors you send to the popular eCommerce store.
The theme is also ready for AdSense increasing the ways you can monetise your site. SEO is also well covered with the design and structure of the theme.
We hope you like out look at ten of the best WordPress review themes for building a content rich rating and reviews site. Many of these themes can be used on regular sites, and not just for review sites, so if you like the look of them, feel free to use them for other purposes.
As they are also well-designed and packed with features it’s hard to pick a standout theme from the list. At the end of the day it will come down to how you want your site to look, as to which will be the best choice for you.
If you do pick one and build a review site, please let us know which one you used and show us your finished site.