Star Rating System with jQuery, Ajax, PHP, and MySQL

Star Rating System with jQuery, Ajax, PHP, and MySQL

Star Rating System is beneficial to get user feedback about the services and products. Therefore, with this system, the user can review and rate the product by selecting the star. So, it helps the service providers to improve their service based on the rating provided by the customer. Usually, there is a five-star rating system that we can use to rate between 1 to 5 for the rating system. Also, the Five-Star rating system helps the buyer to select a quality product based on the rate provided by the other customers.

You can rapidly implement the dynamic 5 Star Rating System with the database using PHP and MySQL. If you want to integrate the review system, star rating adds an extra value to make it user-friendly. With the help of the following tutorial, you can quickly build a rating system with 5 stars using jQuery, Ajax, PHP, and MySQL.

In the sample script, we will make a dynamic star rating system with PHP and unify it into the post details page.

Before starting to build a star rating system, let’s take a look at the file structure.

├── dbConfig.php
├── index.php
├── rating.php
├── js/
│   ├── jquery.min.js
└── css/
    └── style.css

Create Database Tables

You need to store the post and rating information in the database.

1. The following SQL will make a posts table with some necessary fields in the MySQL database.

CREATE TABLE `posts` (
 `title` varchar(255) COLLATE utf8_unicode_ci NOT NULL,
 `content` text COLLATE utf8_unicode_ci NOT NULL,
 `created` datetime NOT NULL,
 `status` tinyint(1) NOT NULL DEFAULT '1' COMMENT '1=Active | 0=Inactive',

2. The following SQL will create a rating table with a parent identifier (post_id) in the MySQL database.

CREATE TABLE `rating` (
 `post_id` int(11) NOT NULL,
 `rating_number` int(11) NOT NULL,
 `user_ip` varchar(20) COLLATE utf8_unicode_ci NOT NULL COMMENT 'User IP Address',
) ENGINE=InnoDB DEFAULT CHARSET=utf8 COLLATE=utf8_unicode_ci;

Database Configuration (dbConfig.php)

You can use the following code to connect the database using PHP and MySQL. Specify the database host ($dbHost), username ($dbUsername), password ($dbPassword), and name ($dbName) as per your database credentials.

// Database configuration 
$dbHost     = "localhost"; 
$dbUsername = "root"; 
$dbPassword = "root"; 
$dbName     = "allsweb"; 
// Create database connection 
$db = new mysqli($dbHost, $dbUsername, $dbPassword, $dbName); 
// Check connection 
if ($db->connect_error) { 
    die("Connection failed: " . $db->connect_error); 

Star Rating System in the Post Page (index.php)

On the posting page, we will display information about the specific post and add a 5 Star rating for the particular post.

// Include the database config file 
include_once 'dbConfig.php'; 
$postID = 1; // It will be changed with dynamic value 
// Fetch the post and rating info from database 
$query = "SELECT p.*, COUNT(r.rating_number) as rating_num, FORMAT((SUM(r.rating_number) / COUNT(r.rating_number)),1) as average_rating FROM posts as p LEFT JOIN rating as r ON r.post_id = WHERE = $postID GROUP BY (r.post_id)"; 
$result = $db->query($query); 
$postData = $result->fetch_assoc(); 

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Submit Rating Number:

Once the user clicks on the star, it will post the rating number to the server-side script via Ajax request.

<div class="container">
    <h1><?php echo $postData['title']; ?></h1>
    <div class="rate">
        <input type="radio" id="star5" name="rating" value="5" <?php echo ($postData['average_rating'] >= 5)?'checked="checked"':''; ?>>
        <label for="star5"></label>
        <input type="radio" id="star4" name="rating" value="4" <?php echo ($postData['average_rating'] >= 4)?'checked="checked"':''; ?>>
        <label for="star4"></label>
        <input type="radio" id="star3" name="rating" value="3" <?php echo ($postData['average_rating'] >= 3)?'checked="checked"':''; ?>>
        <label for="star3"></label>
        <input type="radio" id="star2" name="rating" value="2" <?php echo ($postData['average_rating'] >= 2)?'checked="checked"':''; ?>>
        <label for="star2"></label>
        <input type="radio" id="star1" name="rating" value="1" <?php echo ($postData['average_rating'] >= 1)?'checked="checked"':''; ?>>
        <label for="star1"></label>
    <div class="overall-rating">
        (Average Rating <span id="avgrat"><?php echo $postData['average_rating']; ?></span>
        Based on <span id="totalrat"><?php echo $postData['rating_num']; ?></span> rating)</span>
    <div class="content"><?php echo $postData['content']; ?></div>

Include the jQuery library to use Ajax.

<script src=""></script>

Initiate Ajax request to post the rating number to the server-side script (rating.php) for the database insertion.

$(function() {
    $('.rate input').on('click', function(){
        var postID = <?php echo $postData['id']; ?>;
        var ratingNum = $(this).val();
            type: 'POST',
            url: 'rating.php',
            data: 'postID='+postID+'&ratingNum='+ratingNum,
            dataType: 'json',
            success : function(resp) {
                if(resp.status == 1){
                    alert('Thanks! You have rated '+ratingNum+' to "<?php echo $postData['title']; ?>"');
                }else if(resp.status == 2){
                    alert('You have already rated to "<?php echo $postData['title']; ?>"');
                $( ".rate input" ).each(function() {
                    if($(this).val() <= parseInt({
                        $(this).attr('checked', 'checked');
                        $(this).prop( "checked", false );

Save Rating Data in the Database (rating.php)

The rating.php file is called by the Ajax request to insert the rating number in the database.

// Include the database config file 
include_once 'dbConfig.php'; 
if(!empty($_POST['postID']) && !empty($_POST['ratingNum'])){ 
    // Get posted data 
    $postID = $_POST['postID']; 
    $ratingNum = $_POST['ratingNum']; 
    // Current IP address 
    $userIP = $_SERVER['REMOTE_ADDR']; 
    // Check whether the user already submitted the rating for the same post 
    $query = "SELECT rating_number FROM rating WHERE post_id = $postID AND user_ip = '".$userIP."'"; 
    $result = $db->query($query); 
    if($result->num_rows > 0){ 
        // Status 
        $status = 2; 
        // Insert rating data in the database 
        $query = "INSERT INTO rating (post_id,rating_number,user_ip) VALUES ('".$postID."', '".$ratingNum."', '".$userIP."')"; 
        $insert = $db->query($query); 
        // Status 
        $status = 1; 
    // Fetch rating details from the database 
    $query = "SELECT COUNT(rating_number) as rating_num, FORMAT((SUM(rating_number) / COUNT(rating_number)),1) as average_rating FROM rating WHERE post_id = $postID GROUP BY (post_id)"; 
    $result = $db->query($query); 
    $ratingData = $result->fetch_assoc(); 
    $response = array( 
        'data' => $ratingData, 
        'status' => $status 
    // Return response in JSON format 
    echo json_encode($response); 

SEE ALSO: Confirmation Before Closing of Tab/Browser using JavaScript


Firstly, this rating system will help you to integrate a dynamic rating system on the website. Secondly, you can use this 5 Star Rating system in PHP to permit the user to rate products or services without page refresh using jQuery and Ajax. At last, this feature of this PHP star rating system can be easily enhanced as per your needs.

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