Review Process

I’m going to go into a little detail about how I review WordPress products and services on LayerWP. I think it’s important you know how I do things.

Why I review WordPress products

Before I give you how I review WordPress themes/plugins, let me tell you the why. I’ve been around the block many times and purchased themes, plugins, and hell even used services before based on reviews from blogs.

That said, I’ve had my fingers burnt numerous times, as it turns out the reviews were, well, quite frankly crap.

I’m tired of reading reviews of WordPress products on other blogs, and I don’t understand why people read them anymore. Half of them are misleading, and the other half are “salesy.”

Don’t get me wrong; some do it properly, but they’re few and far between.

So thinking about it logically, why not review themes, plugins, and services myself?

That way, I can share my thoughts and verdict with you, helping you decide on whether to purchase/download a theme or plugin or use a service.

I can be as honest as the day is long, give you all the information you need on whether or not a WordPress theme/plugin is worth buying if it’s premium or using if it’s free.

LayerWP is a place for those looking for products and wants a reliable source for information and reviews, not making a quick buck from affiliate links, which funnily enough leads me to.

Affiliate links in reviews

The big mistake a lot of blogs make is pushing for affiliate income, I mean, really selling a plugin/theme or service to make money.

Nah, not for me.

Personally? I don’t like it, and each to its own; I understand the need to make money from a blog, but misleading readers to get some affiliate coin.

Will I use them? Sure, here’s why

If a WordPress product has an affiliate scheme, sure I’m going to use it, why wouldn’t I? Don’t let that put you off reading my reviews, I’ll tell you why.

I spend a great deal of time compiling a review of a product, hell probably more than most. I think it’s important to share my findings, the positives, and the negatives.

I want you to make the right choice when it comes to a product, not fall foul of spammy affiliate nonsense so that I can make a quick buck. Great care goes into every review I write. I test and retest, share my experience, and give my verdict.

Using affiliate links means I can earn some revenue from your purchase (if the product is premium) it helps me keep the lights on and pay the occasional bill.

If I spend 3-4 hours on a review, install a theme/plugin (believe it or not some blogs don’t even do that) test the living hell out of it, I think I’m entirely within my rights to use affiliate links.

Review criteria

Criteria can change with each review. Each product will more than likely be for a specific need.

It makes sense to base the review criteria to the product at hand and the need it aims to address.

Take a look at the example; this is of a review of the Novashare plugin I performed. You’ll notice the criteria, covering elements I think people would be interested in reading.

I score everything out of 5, give a summary, and a link block to the product.

This review process is lengthy for me, as I look to cover as much as I can. But if it gives you enough information to make a purchase or download, install and use a theme or plugin, then my job is done.

Novashare WordPress Plugin Review Verdict

If you’re looking for a no bloat social media sharing plugin for WordPress, relax, you’ve just found it. Thoroughly impressed and blazingly quick.

Functionality5
Ease of use5
Speed5
Cost5
Compatibility4
Final Review Score4.8

Summary

I’ve had to mark Novashare down on compatibility, mainly due to the issue with WooCommerce. I can’t test it with every single permutation or plugin built for WordPress over the annals of time!

What I will say, and if you get a chance to look at the roadmap and changelog for Novashare, they’re incredibly receptive.

Would I recommend Novashare? 100% Yes, it’s a joy to use, and personally, I love it.