We’ve started to ramp up the reviews at WPCandy—both for themes, plugins, books, and services—since we think there’s a need for it within the community. It’s a lot of fun, too, to get to try out so many fun and innovative WordPress products.
That said, it’s important that you understand how we review things, what we prioritize, and what our mint review scale means. Let’s get right to it.
How reviews happen
First of all, we don’t take paid reviews. We spend our time reviewing things which we judge to be the most important and interesting to you, the WPCandy reader. Money can’t buy a review here.
We do take review copies of the products we review, though it’s typically the case we turn around and give them out in a giveaway of some sort.
Objective vs. subjective reviews
There are a number of ways to approach reviews. Rather than try to reach some objective judgement in our reviews, we keep them entirely subjective and share our individual experiences. Sometimes we disagree internally on the “proper” review to give something, which you would expect.
Having said that, we approach our mint rating system (our version of a five star system) in the same way. Each mint is used to denote another level of recommendation from the reviewer. Here’s what each means:
- 1 mint: Don’t bother with this, it’s terrible.
- 2 mints: Not very good. Try it out only if you absolutely have to.
- 3 mints: This is acceptable. Give this one a spin, it gets the job done.
- 4 mints: Above average item. You should have this in your collection.
- 5 mints: This is a must-have in its category.
That’s how our WordPress reviews happen. If you have a WordPress product of some sort that you would like added to our queue, just get in touch.
What do you think?
All of our policies are permanently improving; nothing is set in stone. What do you think about our review methods? Is there something we could do better?
Or, better yet, how do you review products on your blog?