5 Best WordPress Poll Plugins Compared (2018)

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Are you looking for the best WordPress poll plugins for your site? Online polls are highly engaging and can be used to boost user engagement on your website. In this article, we will compare the best WordPress poll plugins.

Best WordPress Poll Plugins

What to look for in a WordPress Poll Plugin?

Online polls offer a fun and easy way to keep your audience engaged. That’s why popular websites like BuzzFeed regularly use them to create viral content and increase the time users spend on their website.

There are many WordPress poll plugins that can help you add online polls to your website. Here are a few things we will be looking for in a WordPress poll plugin:

  • It should be easy to use, so that you can quickly create polls
  • Polls should look nice and can be easily added anywhere including posts, pages, or sidebar widgets
  • Your poll plugin should be fast and shouldn’t affect website speed or user experience
  • Should be able to display poll results with graphs and charts

That being said, let’s take a look at the best WordPress poll plugins and how they stack up against each other.

1. WPForms

WPForms Poll

WPForms is the best WordPress contact form plugin, and their pro plan includes a powerful surveys and polls addon. It allows you to easily create online polls, embed them anywhere on your site, and display results with beautiful charts.

You can drag and drop multiple form fields allowing users to select multiple or single answers. WPForms allows you to use images as poll choice along with text.

Poll results can be displayed automatically on the same page after getting the vote from users. You can also show poll results anywhere on your site. WPForms offer you the ability to export poll results a later date to include in your powerpoint presentation or other offline modes.

For detailed instructions, see our article on how to create an interactive poll in WordPress.

2. YOP Poll

YOP Plugin

YOP poll is a WordPress plugin that allows you to add online polls and surveys to your website. It is free and easy to install in WordPress.

You can schedule polls, display poll on multiple pages, show poll results in numbers and percentages, reset poll anytime, and more. It helps in limiting the poll to guest / registered users and block users by cookie, IP or username.

YOP poll can display results in different styles. Their archive feature allows you to show previous poll results sorted by the start and end date of the poll.

3. WP-Polls

WP-Polls

WP-Polls is a simple, easy, and free poll solution for your WordPress site. It allows you to add online polls in your WordPress pages, posts, and widget areas.

Users can select multiple options in the poll. WP-Polls automatically shows results after the users select their choices. If you want to customize the look of your poll and know a little coding, then you can change the theme and add custom CSS style to your poll.

4. Polldaddy Polls and Ratings

Polldaddy

Polldaddy polls and ratings is another popular WordPress polls plugin. It allows you to create and manage polls from your WordPress dashboard.

You can create a multiple choice poll, set a close date for the poll, display / hide poll results on your site, customize your poll styling, and more. Polldaddy allows you to embed your polls on other WordPress sites.

It prevents multiple responses from same users with basic IP filtering. It is a free plugin. However, you’ll need a WordPress.com account to generate an API key.

5. Responsive Poll

Responsive Poll

Responsive poll is another WordPress poll plugin. It allows you to create simple polls on your site. You can add multiple polls on same page, create multiple choice polls, show poll results with animation effects, set the start and end date for the poll, and more.

Responsive poll allows you to add an image for each option in your poll. It also lets you clone the poll and create duplicate polls. The free version of the plugin is quite limited in terms of features.

We hope this article helped you find the best WordPress poll plugins to use on your website. You may also want to see our expert pick of the best WordPress survey plugins to create online surveys on your site.

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How to Create an Interactive Poll in WordPress (Step by Step)

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Do you want to run an online poll on your WordPress site? Polls are an interactive way to engage your audience, while getting useful information from them. In this article, we will show you how to easily create and add a poll in your WordPress website.

How to create an online poll in WordPress

Which Tool to Choose for Adding a Poll in WordPress?

There are plenty of WordPress plugins and online tools that allow you to embed polls on your WordPress site. Many of them require you to create an account, some store data on their own servers, and others have terrible user experience.

If you are looking for a good user experience, with full control on poll data, then you’ll need WPForms. It is the best WordPress form builder plugin and their pro plan includes powerful surveys and polls addon.

With WPForms, you’ll be able to do the following:

  • Create polls in WordPress using a drag and drop form builder
  • Gather poll results on your own websites
  • Show votes count when user submit their vote
  • Display poll anywhere on your website
  • Show poll results anywhere on your website

Having said that, let’s take a look at how to easily create online polls in WordPress using WPForms.

Disclosure: WPForms is created by the same team behind WPBeginner. It is one of our premium WordPress plugins.

Creating Online Polls in WordPress

First thing you need to do is install and activate the WPForms plugin. For more details, see our step by step guide on how to install a WordPress plugin.

WPForms survey and polls addon is part of their Pro plan which you’ll have to purchase. WPBeginner users get an additional 10% off by using the WPForms coupon code: WPB10.

Upon activation, you need to visit the WPForms » Settings page to enter your license key. You can find this information from your WPForms account.

WPForms license key

Next, you need to visit WPForms » Addons page and scroll down to the Surveys and Polls addon. Go ahead and click on the Install addon button. Once installed, you need to click the ‘Activate’ button to start using the addon.

Survey and polls addon

Now you are ready to create an online poll.

You can start by going to WPForms » Add New page to create a new form. This will launch the WPForms’ drag and drop form builder interface.

Create a poll form

First you need to provide a title for your poll form and then click on the Poll Form template.

This will load a pre-made poll form template with example fields already added into the form.

Editing your poll form

You can just point and click to edit any field, rearrange them with drag and drop, or remove them. You can also add new form fields from the left column.

Poll results can be collected and displayed for any of the following field types:

  • Dropdown
  • Checkboxes
  • Multiple Choice

Next, you need to click on the settings button from the left menu and then click on Surveys and Polls tab. Here you can enable or disable poll results.

By default, WPForms poll template will display poll results to users after they submit their vote. If you uncheck this option, then users will not see the poll results.

Instead, you can show users a custom message or redirect them to another page or URL. You can configure the confirmation setting by clicking on the ‘Confirmation’ tab.

Select a different confirmation after poll submission

Once you have created the poll form, go ahead and click on the save button to store your form settings. You can now click on the close button to exit the form builder.

Adding The Poll to Your WordPress Website

WPForms makes it quite easy to add your online poll anywhere on your website including posts, pages, custom post types, and sidebar widgets.

Simply edit the post, page, or post type where you want to add the poll. On the post edit screen, click on the ‘Add Form’ button.

Add form button

This will bring up a popup where you can select the poll form you created earlier and click on the insert form button to continue.

You will now see the form shortcode added into the post editor.

You can save or publish your post/page and visit your website to see your poll in action.

Poll in a WordPress blog post

You can also add your poll to a sidebar or widget ready area. To do that, you need to go to Appearance » Widgets page and drag the WPForms widget to a sidebar where you want to display the poll.

Poll widget

In the widget settings, you need to select the poll form you created earlier. You can also provide a title for the widget as well as show form name and description.

Don’t forget to click on the save button to store your widget settings. You can now visit your website to see your online poll displayed in a sidebar or another widget-ready area.

Sidebar poll

Viewing Live Poll Results

If you have enabled poll results, then your users will see the results after submitting their vote.

Poll results displayed for everyone

You can also view poll results at any time without submitting a vote. Simply visit WPForms » All Forms page and click on the ‘Survey Results’ link below your poll form.

View poll results from admin area

This will take you to the poll results page where you will see poll responses in an interactive chart. You can change the charge type and export the results in JPEG, PDF, and print formats.

Poll results page

Embed Poll Results Anywhere in WordPress

WPForms also allows you to easily embed your online poll results anywhere on your website. This is particularly useful if you had disabled poll results and wanted to share them later.

Here is how to embed poll results in WordPress.

First you will need to find out your poll form’s ID. You can do this by going to WPForms » All Forms page and looking for the shortcode next to your poll form.

Find your poll ID

In the shortcode, you will find your poll’s ID number. For example, our test poll’s ID is 171 as shown in the screenshot above.

Next, you need to find out the field ID. This is the field in your form for which you want to show the results.

Simply edit your poll form and click on the poll field. You will find the field ID in the left column.

Field ID

Now that you have both required IDs, you can go ahead and add the poll results shortcode like this:

[wpforms_poll form_id="171" field_id="1" label="true" counts="true"]

Don’t forget to replace the form ID and field ID values with your own. You can use this shortcode in WordPress posts, pages, and text widget.

We hope this article helped you create online poll in WordPress. You may also want to see our guide on how to use contact form to grow your email list in WordPress.

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