How to Configure Fivestar on Drupal

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How to Configure Fivestar on Drupal
Bloggers who use Drupal can add FiveStar to better engage their readers. (Thinkstock Images/Comstock/Getty Images)

Fivestar for Drupal is a module that allows site members to rate content on a scale of one to five. At present, stable versions of Fivestar are available for Drupal open source content management system versions 5 and 6. There is a development version of the module available for Drupal 7. The module was developed for the Drupal community and it is free of charge. You install this module just as you would install any other Drupal module, and you configure it through the Drupal administration menu.

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Things you need

  • FTP access to your Drupal site
  • FTP client software such as WinZilla
  • Administrator access to your Drupal site
  • Archiving software such as PeaZip

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  1. 1

    Download the Fivestar module and Voting API module archival files for your version of Drupal from the Drupal site. Wait about a minute for the downloads to finish. Use your archiving software to expand the "Fivestar" and "Voting API" archival files by right-clicking on each archival file icon, clicking on "Open with" and then clicking on the name of your archiving software.

  2. 2

    Launch your FTP client software. Enter your server name, login and password in the proper fields and access your server. Open the public_html folder with the "Open" command of your FTP client if your Drupal site is in the root directory, or open the Drupal subdirectory that corresponds to the extension (part of the address after the slash) of the web address of a Drupal site that is located in a subdirectory.

  3. 3

    Open your "Sites" folder in your Drupal files and then open the "All" sub-folder of that folder.

  4. 4

    Click on the names or icons of the expanded "Fivestar" and "Voting API" folders in the local disk window of your FTP client and then click on the "modules" sub-folder in the remote window. Use the transfer or upload function of your FTP client to upload the files from your computer to the folder on your server.

    Allow two to three minutes for the upload to complete.

  5. 5

    Log in to your Drupal site with your administrator login and password. Click on "Administer" in your navigation box to access the administration menu in Drupal 5 or 6; the administration toolbar will appear at the top of your home page once you log in to your Drupal 7 site.

  6. 6

    Open the modules list by clicking on "Modules" in the "Site building" submenu of Drupal 5 or 6 or by clicking on "Modules" on the Drupal 7 administration toolbar. Scroll down to the bottom of the modules list and check the boxes next to the "Fivestar" and "Voting API" entries in the "Voting" module sub-list.

  7. 7

    Open the configuration menu for Fivestar in Drupal 5 or 6 by clicking on "Fivestar" in the "Site configuration" submenu of the administration menu, or by clicking on "Configure" at the far right of the "Fivestar" modules list entry for "Fivestar" in Drupal 7.

  8. 8

    Click on the circle for the star design of your choosing and select the colour you wish to use for your stars. Click on the"Save configuration" button.

  9. 9

    Open the "Content types" menu by clicking on "Content types" in the administration menu for Drupal 5 or 6 or by clicking on "Structure" and then "Content types" in Drupal 7.

  10. 10

    Click on "Edit" for the first type of content that you want your users to be able to rate; typical choices include story, article and blog post. Click on "Enable fivestar rating" in Drupal 5 or 6; in Drupal 7 click on the "Fivestar voting" tab and then check off the "Enable fivestar rating for the vote tag" box.

  11. 11

    Set options for the FiveStar vote display by using the pulldown menus to select your choice for star display style, text display style, teaser display and full node display, and check the appropriate box if you want to allow users to retract their votes.

  12. 12

    Click on the "Save" button. Repeat steps 10 and 11 for any additional types of content that you want your users to be able to rate.

  13. 13

    Click on "Permissions" under "User management" in Drupal 5 or 6; in Drupal 7 click on the "People" tab in the administration toolbar and then on the "Permissions" tab at the right of the "People" page (user list); the modules permission list will appear.

  14. 14

    Scroll down to "Fivestar" on the module permissions list and check off the boxes next to it for each type of user that you want to be able to vote. Scroll down to "voting" and check the same boxes as you did for "Fivestar."

  15. 15

    Click on the "Save permissions" button at the bottom of the list. Exit all administration menus and close your FTP client.

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