Using WP-PostRatings in "submit your opinion" part of WordPress site

Hi Folks,

Ok...I know I'm not the sharpest tool in the shed--that being said, I'm working on a Wordpress site where I want users to:
*post an opinion/review of a business
*rate the business using a five star rating system.

I've activated WP-Postratings. How do I make it so the rating mechanism is available when a person writes a review? Because each post is different....

Thanks
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dlewis61Asked:
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Jason C. LevineDon't talk to me.Commented:
>> How do I make it so the rating mechanism is available when a person writes a review?

According to that plugin's instructions you can do it one of two ways:

1) Edit your theme's single.php template and add the following code where you want the ratings to show up:

<?php if(function_exists('the_ratings')) { the_ratings(); } ?>

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2) In the visual editor, use the shortcode [ratings]
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dlewis61Author Commented:
Thanks. I'll give this a try, but  I can't conceptualize that each time someone creates a new review, this code would be there. I won't know til I get in there though.
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Jason C. LevineDon't talk to me.Commented:
>> I can't conceptualize that each time someone creates a new review, this code would be there

How so?

The way WordPress (and all CMS platforms) works is that there is a single template file that controls the display of data.  It's not like Web 1.0 where you have:

page1.html
page2.html
page3.html
etc.

where each file has the content.  Instead, all of your content is stored in a database and the single display file queries the database with the parameters selected by the user (the item they click on) and returns the relevant content.  This plugin works off the same system.  It stores the ratings and reviews in a database table of its own and uses the same post ID to reference the entries.  When you click on a specific post, the plugin queries its database and returns all of the matching reviews for that post in whatever format it supports.

Does this help or did you mean something else?
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dlewis61Author Commented:
You rock!! This concept was never explained to me like that. I used the [ratings] in visual editor and it works!! I will close this question but if I have more questions I will just post again.
Thanks so much!
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dlewis61Author Commented:
very informative and gives background explanation to resolution.
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