How to embed Yelp reviews with WP Social Ninja on WordPress website

How to Embed Yelp Reviews on WordPress Website in 5 Minutes


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Have you ever thought of embedding Yelp reviews on your WordPress website?

Yelp is a dedicated social review platform with 176.46 million monthly active visitors. The stat alone shows how many people trust this platform and go through Yelp reviews before conducting business online.

If someone wants to be sure about the quality of your business, he/she will likely check your Yelp reviews. In that case, wouldn’t it be a great user experience for your website visitors if they could directly see the Yelp reviews without having to search manually through the platform?

If you agree with us, then this article will be your messiah! We will show you the easiest way to embed Yelp reviews on your WordPress website.

Let’s start.

Why should you embed Yelp reviews on your WordPress website?

Social media reviews are like recommendations from friends and are crucial to online businesses. Every single person who goes through Yelp reviews is a potential customer that you don’t want to lose.

Here are some interesting statistics from Yelp and Statista:

  • Yelp has 5.8 million businesses in more than 1500 categories
  • 54% of Yelp users value customer service as a basis for their reviews
  • Reviews are more relevant to 79% of Yelp users
  • Yelp’s organic traffic has reached 133.9 million

Now, if you embed Yelp reviews on your site, and whenever a visitor lands on your site and sees them, he/she will surely have a good impression of your business and the quality of your services.

On a special note, all the numbers and their impacts mentioned above might be tempting, but whatever the situation is do not buy Yelp reviews. This will severely damage your business.
You can check our blog for some effective, professional, and clever ways to ask for reviews.

What is the easiest way to embed Yelp reviews on WordPress?

Using a WordPress Yelp review plugin would be the easiest way to embed Yelp reviews. There are many plugins on the WordPress repository. However, going through the trial and error process to find the most suitable plugin to embed Yelp reviews can be quite challenging.

In that case, let us introduce you to WP Social Ninja, an all-in-one social media solution for WordPress websites.

WP Social Ninja, an all-in-one social media plugin

Let’s look at some of its features for Yelp review integration:

  • Connect multiple accounts
  • Customize the review box down to each element
  • Choose from multiple templates and layouts
  • Show/hide specific reviews based on the particular word/s
  • Shortcode supported

With WP Social Ninja, it’s not just straight integration. You can build your own Yelp review templates and make them match your brand voice.

But that’s not all! Like Yelp, you can collaborate with 10+ social review platforms including Google Business Profile, Amazon, WooCommerce, and more.

Moreover, you can integrate Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, and TikTok feeds, create chat widgets with 15+ platforms, build custom testimonial widgets, and add notification popups.
You can check the Feature Page for more detailed information.

How to embed Yelp reviews with WP Social Ninja

When you talk about a plugin, the first thing that comes to anyone’s mind is- Is it a user-friendly tool? Well, WP Social Ninja is a simple and sturdy plugin with diverse useful features.

Install and activate WP Social Ninja

The first step is the installation of WP Social Ninja. The process is simple and the same as Installing a WordPress plugin. You can do that in two ways:

  • From your Dashboard
  • From the WordPress Repository

Here’s how to install it from your Dashboard:

  • Navigate to the WordPress Admin panel. From the WordPress Dashboard, go to Plugins > Add New
  • Next, on the search input field, type WP Social Ninja and wait for a moment for it to come up
  • Now click on the Install Now button
  • Then Activate
WP Social Ninja in WordPress repository

If you decide to install from the WordPress Repository:

  • Search WP Social Ninja in the WordPress Repository, and it will appear on the top. Once you click it, hit the Download button
  • Now go to the Dashboard and go to Plugins > Add New > Upload Plugin > Choose the zip file
  • After that, click the Install Now button and then Activate

Configure your account to embed Yelp Reviews

First of all, go to the dashboard of WP Social Ninja. Then click on the Yelp under the Social Reviews section. After that, you need to obtain a Yelp API Key and Place ID.

Yelp configuration page.

To get the Yelp API Key, you need to follow this URL as stated on the very first pop-up you see when clicking the gear icon on Yelp reviews. Then, click on the Click here button to get the API Key.

API Key configuration page

Now Log in with your Email and Password to get started, or if you don’t have a Yelp account, you can Sign Up to create one.

Log in to your Yelp account

Once you log in, you need to create a new app. To begin the process, fill in the boxes with relevant information. To get the API Key, you must provide your credentials, such as your App Name, Industry, Contact Email, and Description.

Create new app with Yelp fusion

However, you don’t have to worry about your personal information. Your credentials are absolutely safe with WP Social Ninja. Now, click on Create New App to create the Yelp API.

And there you go! You got your API Key.

API key generated for Yelp account configuration

Copy and paste the API Key into the Yelp Configuration WP Social Ninja form on your WordPress Dashboard.

Next, we need to obtain the Place ID. Click on the Click here button to retrieve the Yelp review Place ID. It’ll take you to

Place ID retrieve from Yelp.

To get your Place ID search your Restaurant from the search bar.

Search business name on Yelp

You can see the URL. Copy the URL from after biz/ and Paste it to insert it. You’ve successfully received your Place ID!

Page ID from URL

Customize your template

With a plugin so full of comprehensive features, it’s okay for a user to get confused sometimes. So in the next part, we’ll guide you through the features and functionalities of Yelp.

To select your platform, click on the Source button from the dashboard, and a drop-down menu will appear.

Yelp reviews source

Here, you can select a platform or multiple platforms. For demonstration, we’ll select Yelp.

Select Yelp from the platforms

As you can see, once you select the platform, all the reviews will come automatically.

Next, click on the Template button, and a drop-down menu will appear. We have three options here at the moment.

Three Types of Layout are available right now: Grid, Slider & Masonry. These layouts have different looks and impressions on your brand.

Yelp reviews layout type

We’ve selected Masonry Layout Type here; you can select any to display Yelp reviews.

Once you’re done, it’s time to adjust the Template Types. WP Social Ninja has nine Template Types.

Yelp reviews template types

Vega, Spica, Sirius, Rigel, Procyon, Pollux, Mimosa, Hadar, and Deneb. Select any Template that suits your brand totally.

The next customization is the Number of Columns. Like the previous features, a drop-down menu will appear once you click.

Number of columns for review template customization with WP Social Ninja

Right now, we have 1 Column to 4 Columns. For demonstration purposes, 3 Columns are selected to display the Amazon reviews. You can choose any column options.

Now that you’ve selected the platforms and templates, we’ll jump into the Filters section. To get started, click on the arrow sign, and you can adjust your Number of Reviews.

Yelp reviews filters

You can select different numbers of reviews for different platforms. However, for Yelp, you can only select three Yelp reviews.

You don’t need every single rating on your website. So filter your ratings and show off the best ones.

Yelp reviews Filters by Minimum Rating

You’ll have six options to choose from No Minimum Rating to Five Star to display your online reviews. Here, we have selected No Minimum Rating; you can pick any.

In the next part, you can arrange your reviews in a particular Order.

Order for reviews selection with WP Social Ninja

You can select the Ascending or Descending option to display your reviews on your website.

If you want to filter your reviews on your website, WP Social Ninja has that option too! In the Filter by Reviews Title, we currently have three options. You can choose to select All Yelp reviews or Include/Exclude any.

Yelp reviews Filter by Reviews Title

If you click on the Include button, a drop-down menu will appear.

Include options in the filter section.

WP Social Ninja allows you to pick specific reviews by the reviewer’s name to display their reviews on your website.

There will be reviews you won’t want to display on your website. Click on the Exclude button; you can eliminate the specific Yelp reviews by their names.

Exclude option in the Filter section

Once finished, click the Save button to preserve the changes.

So now, it’s finally time to adjust your Yelp reviews to WordPress. Let’s start with the Display Rating.

Want to change your Display Ratings? Click on the button from your dashboard, and you can control the ratings on your website.

Yelp reviews display rating

Just turn the button on to display the reviews on your website. If you don’t want to display the Yelp reviews, turn off the button to hide the reviews.

Next is Rating Style. Here, you can change your rating style from the three options given.

Rating style from WP Social Ninja

Default, Number Style Rating, and Icon with Number Style Rating are available right now.

To change the look of your website, pick any from the drop-down menu.

Privacy is extremely important for any website. And WP Social Ninja has offered a 100% customized settings panel. Like Rating Style, you can take control of your Display Reviewer Name as well.

Yelp reviews Display Reviewer Name

Here, we have turned on the button. You can turn off the button if you don’t want to display the Reviewer Name on your website.

As we’ve said WP Social Ninja has all the necessary things that can secure users’ privacy.

In the Display Reviewer Image section, you can stop the images being displayed on the website.

Display reviewer's image

Turn on the reviewer image button; the images will be displayed on your site. However, turning off the button will hide the image.

The next feature is the Display Platform Icon. Turn off the filter icon if you want to adjust the platform icon.

Display platform icon button

In order to do that, click the button to enable or disable.

The next filter is Equal Height. Adjust your text height by turning on/off the button.

Yelp reviews equal height

If you turn it on, all the Yelp reviews will be in Equal Height, as you can see in the screenshot.

Moreover, you can adjust the height according to the text. To do that, click on the Plus/Minus button.

After you adjust your Equal Height, you can change your Reviewer Text and Content-Length from your dashboard.

Display review text button

If you disable the Display Reviewer Text button, you won’t be able to display the Content Length.

However, if you want to align in the same horizontal line for your reviews section, then enable the Content-Length button.

We’re not done yet! WP Social Ninja allows you to take full control of your reviews section. Yes, you can control your Display Date too.

Moreover, we have four different options for rearranging the date format on your website.

Date format with WP Social Ninja

However, in case you don’t like to keep the date displayed on the website, turn the button off.

Reviews and ratings are pretty effective marketing strategies when used correctly. Displaying the user’s testimonials praising your product can convince your website visitors to take you seriously. In the next part we’ll discuss Yelp reviews Header Settings.

Yelp reviews Header Settings

In this part, four Layout options are available in the WP Social Ninja dashboard: Display Title, Display Rating, Display Number of Reviews, and Display Write a Review Button.

If you click on the Display Title, the Business name will be displayed on the Front End.

Next is Display Rating. You can tick mark the box to display the rating. However, untick the box if you don’t want to show off your Display Rating. 

If you turn on the Display Number of Reviews button, the total number of reviews will be displayed on your website.

Number of reviews

In this section, a Call To Action button will appear on your website. Your users can give their reviews from the CTA button. Moreover, for multiple platforms, this CTA will be taken to individual sites.

Lists can become too lengthy on your website. Hence, it’s important to display them in smaller portions. Pagination Settings can help here.

Yelp reviews Pagination Settings

Pagination Type has two options currently. You can pick any from None or Load More. If you select the Load More option, it’ll ask you to adjust your Reviews Per Page number.

Pagination type settings

Here, in this Review Per Page, you can adjust the review number for every page on your website from the scroll bar.

Once you’re done, click on the Save button to preserve your settings.

Ending notes

Did you know 76% of consumers say they trust online reviews as much as word-of-mouth marketing?

Embedding Yelp reviews with WP Social Ninja doesn’t take much. It’s easy, time-saving, and user-friendly.

We hope the article was helpful. Now that you know how to manage online reviews on your WordPress website, you can also check out our other resources.

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Piya Choudhury

Being a social media enthusiast, I am passionate about real-life stories that connect with my readers. I mostly deal with social media marketing, user reviews, feeds & communication processes. And when I’m not writing, you’ll find me binge-watching on Netflix.

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