Quick Fix to sort Reviews by highest rating on home page
Until Vantage can release a cleaner way of doing this, the following method will serve as a good quick fix to allow for sorting from highest rating (or alphabetical) on the home page.
1. Go to your sidebar.php in the editor (preferably in a child theme but doesnt have to be);
2. Delete "<?php if ( is_search() ) : ?>" at the very top of the page
3. Delete "<?php else: ?>" Near the bottom of the page
4. Delete "<?php endif; ?>" At the very bottom of the page
What this essentially does is it takes the check off of the refine search to only be displayed on the search page. Im not sure why vanatge did this because this function can easily be used for sorting the home page as well. You can change the location this shows up in your sidebar by changing the order of the code in this file as well. For example, I do not want to show the categories on my home page so I just commented those out.
Also, if you want the "Listings found for... " to not show up, go to the archive-listing.php page and comment that article out of the code as well. You could just delete it but I prefer to comment out instead.
Please PM me if you are having trouble.
Again, I advise doing this on a child theme so that when Vantage comes out with it, you can integrate it into your file and replace this method. Im sure Vantage's method will be nicer looking. I cant sit around and wait though!
Hope this helps people as much as it helped me!