Article Reactions

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Here’s some of the code features:

  • Vanilla JavaScript (ES6) with event delegation for faster script evaluation
  • PHP 7+ compatibility
  • Eficient and performant code

There are several WordPress reactions plugins, but nothing up to date (I found 4 or 5 not updated for at least one year) or lightweight.


How to display reactions in the loop:

// Sample loop and arguments
$args = [
    'post_status' => 'publish',
    'post_type' => 'post',
    'posts_per_page' => 18
$blogQuery = new WP_Query($args);

$data = '';

if ($blogQuery->have_posts()) {
    while ($blogQuery->have_posts()) {
        $postID = get_the_ID();

        if (function_exists('article_reactions') && (int) get_post_meta($postID, 'article_reaction_total_liked', true) > 0) {
            $data .= get_post_meta($postID, 'article_reaction_total_liked', true) . ' reactions | ';

return $data;
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