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4 Awesome Plugins for Adding Polls to Your Blog Posts

4 Awesome Plugins for Adding Polls to Your Blog Posts

Do you use polls in your blog posts? Thanks to technology we can add online polls to our blogs and chart the results in style. Polls are great for improving user engagement as well as getting feedback. Polls make great additions to blog posts concerning a product or service because you can find out what your readers think of it. While some may think that adding a poll to blog posts is difficult, it’s really not.

If you’re using a plugin adding a poll is easy takes only a few minutes. Years ago your best option may have been to use an outside source to create a poll and then insert the code into your blog post. Things are now much easier and often just require the click of a button from your blog editor, a minute or two of customization and then clicking another button to insert a poll. Other methods usually require a shortcode given to you by the plugin, which is just as easy.

So let’s take a look at 4 awesome plugins that make adding polls to your easy and worthwhile.

Social Polls

If you’re looking to create two-sided polls, Social Polls is the perfect solution. You can use it to find out which products, services, brands, etc are favored by your users. i.e. Apple vs Microsoft, Android vs iOS, Facebook vs Twitter. Inserting a poll into your blog posts is done by clicking a button in your blog editor and customizing it as you like.

Social Polls WordPress Plugin

Social Polls is great because it allows users to vote using their Facebook or Twitter accounts, but users can also voice anonymously if they prefer. Social Polls creates a mini social networking within your blog allowing users to follow other poll participants. All poll participants will get a profile displaying their activity and opinions along with their influence, followers and other useful information.

WP-Polls

This AJAX poll system can be used in your blog sidebar or in a post (via a shortcode); it’s really easy to setup. For starters, you can allow users to select only one or multiple answers. If you choose multiple, you can choose the maximum amount of answers that can be selected.

WP-Polls WordPress Plugin

Managing polls is a cinch with WP-Polls’ log. You can see at a glance how many users have voted on a poll along with other useful information. If the styling of your poll is important to you, you’ll love WP-Polls because it gives you the ability to customize your polls – you can even create templates.

Polldaddy Polls & Ratings

Polldaddy is a popular choice among bloggers. You could create a poll on the Polldaddy website and then insert the code into your blog post, but it makes more sense to use the WordPress plugin. It allows you to create and manage polls and ratings as well, all from your dashboard.

Polldaddy Polls and Ratings WordPress Plugin

There are 20 different poll styles to choose from, so you won’t have to use the same style each time. There are many great features enabled for your polls like multiple choice, randomized answer order, allow other answers (user can fill in an answer), and “Share This” link (users can share your polls on the Web).

Although the ratings system is separate from the polling system, it’s a cool feature that you may want to try as well. Your visitors will be able to rate your blog posts and comments. It’s another great way to see what your visitors like and don’t like.

Colored Vote Polls

This is definitely a unique polling system for WordPress. You can create polls with as many questions and answers as you’d like. Each answer can have a different color associated with it, which is where the name of the plugin comes from.

Colored Votes Polls WordPress Plugin

You can make questions mandatory or optional, it’s up to you. You can also customize how results are displayed: questions with most positive answers first, questions with most negative answers first, or original order of questions. Polls can be treated as their own posts or you can insert them into a current post via a shortcode.

Which Poll is For You?

Do you use any of the above poll systems for your blog? If so, which one do you use and how is it working out for you? If not, feel free to share with us your poll plugin or tool of choice.

Creative Commons image courtesy Alan Cleaver

Charnita Fance

Charnita is a part-time freelance writer and blogger, and the owner of Social Web Tools. As an early adopter, she enjoys trying out new social media and Internet tools along with WordPress plugins and Web apps. You can find her at various social networks such as Facebook, Twitter and Google+

8 Comments

  1. spantherius

    Hello,

    Recently we developed a WordPress Premium Survey plugin, called Modal Survey.
    However, the plugins in the lists are fantastic, Modal Survey can offer wide range of features, like export, animated charts, open text answers, embed and popup style and much more.
    If you are interested, read more here: http://codecanyon.net/item/modal-survey-wordpress-feedbacks-polls-plugin/6533863

  2. Aakash Agarwal

    Although, Polldaddy is a good option for WordPress sites when it comes to polls, but there is still lack of a ‘Good’ poll & survey plugin for WP. I hope someone comes up with a good one soon.

  3. vipin kumar

    helo is there any plugin that provide images instead of text in polls..??

  4. Review Center India

    Hello,

    We are also looking for adding polls to our site and your article helped a lot in choosing those options. I still have one doubt, is there any impact on web page loading after embedding polldaddy polls to articles?

  5. Akash Tanwar

    Hi guys Can you Help me to let choose the poll plugin compatible with the current visual theme of my website, that doesn’t look odd.
    Website: http://HackingPlus.com

    Thank You

  6. jennifer

    Thanks for this! I have tried using YOP Polls. I’ve tried using all of these, but using them as I’d ideally like them to function is hard [okay, impossible] for me! If you had extra time and felt like publishing some youtube videos on how to use them, I bet that’d be really popular; at least I would watch and subscribe! i find almost everything related to wordpress really confusing/not intuitive. Or, maybe I’m’ trying to customize “too much”! But, I know I’d love any youtube videos showing how to use these, thanks again for this summary! :)

  7. Trishan@Aff Runner

    Of all the Plugins, I liked the Colored Vote Poll the plugin the most as it stands out from the rest which are more or less similar looking.

    1. Charnita Fance

      I agree, it’s very unique.

      Thanks for the comment!

      ~Charnita

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