Product Reviews FAQs
Why do reviews added by users do not appear on the product page?
We make sure you don’t get your conversion rate crushed with bad reviews by offering you a chance to moderate them first.
The reviews will only be displayed after you accept them in the Moderation section.
Of course, reviews you add yourself from the back-end are published automatically.
You can also allow reviews to be auto-published if you don't find the time or you're not in the mood to filter them.
When a visitor writes a review for your store, we're making it visible instantly for that visitor, even if it's subject to moderation. Even if you decide to delete it, the visitor will continue to see it, believing it's visible for everyone 🙂So, if you left yourself a review and deleted it from moderation, it will continue to show up, but only for you. If you check in an incognito window, you'll see it's not visible for regular users anymore. If you clear your browser cookies, it will also not show up.
Why changes to reviews don't take effect instantly?
Every time a setting is changed in Vitals, we generate a new version of our script, and we clear the cache for the store. However, when updating reviews, like modifying the content or the name or hiding/showing them, there are multiple operations every minute that would trigger in their turn a relatively high number of clear cache operations.
For this reason, when you do an operation in Vitals related to reviews, we're putting it in a queue and only clear the cache 5 minutes after the last operation of this type. The only thing you need to do is wait 5 minutes, and the modifications will show.
How can I translate the "choose file" button?
Unfortunately, you can't translate or customize the button since it's a native browser element and depends on the language you've chosen when you've initially configured your browser. For someone whose browser is in French, the text will appear in French. If the browser's language is German, the text will be in German. Also, see here and here.
It's even rendered differently on different browsers (see below on Chrome and Firefox).
Why are reviews getting published even if they shouldn't?
If you've just posted a test review on your own store, you'll see that the review is instantly published, even if you've chosen not to publish the review automatically and moderate them.
The reason is that we allow the review to be visible on your browser alone and do not show it to anyone else until you moderate it. This way, your angry visitors will be happy seeing their review posted rather than getting even angrier they are ignored and perhaps taking their message to social media.
We've actually learned this from Facebook, if a user comments on your post and you hide their post, they'll still see it, but nobody else will. This strategy is called "shadow banning."
How to upload your logo for the Request Reviews email template?
You can upload your store's Logo for the Request Reviews email template by following the steps below:
- Upload your Logo to Shopify files.
- Once the image is uploaded, copy the URL.
- Paste the URL in the Logo URL field from the Template Customization section.
You can also choose to position your logo at either the top (header) or the bottom (footer) of the email.
Please keep in mind that you can always check how the Request Reviews email looks by sending yourself a preview of the email.
What timezone is the Request Reviews app's email sent count based in?
The Request Reviews app timezone is GMT.
Why did the reviews disappear after the product was unpublished?
The reviews you have imported or added for your products in the Product Reviews app will only be visible in the list as long as the product is published.
If you are unpublishing a product from Shopify (say you're making changes, duplicating it, etc.), the reviews will not show anymore in the app.
Please keep in mind that the Product Reviews app will save your reviews for unpublished products, and therefore if you publish the product again, the reviews will be visible again.
If you are testing out products or making changes and find yourself needing to unpublish them, please save a backup copy of your reviews by exporting your reviews. With the backup reviews saved in a CSV file, you will be able to re-import your reviews to a new product by manually adjusting the product_handle inside of the CSV to match your new product and import your reviews to it. Click here to know more about importing product reviews manually via CSV.
Is there a limit to how many reviews I can import?
No, there is no limit to the number of reviews you can import! But, for obvious performance reasons, we have to max out the number of reviews that's displayed on your store to only up to 300.