WordPress.com – in cooperation with Polldaddy – has made it easy to include polls on your site. Polls offer you an opportunity to get feedback on a particular topic, program or feature. It doesn’t cost you anything to create polls but you will need to create a free account with Polldaddy to do this. Visit the Settings > Polls section of your Dashboard to complete the account setup.
Here you see a sample poll. Choose your preferred option then click the Vote button. Next, click View Results to see what others think.
Because they only ask one question, polls are easier to design and build than surveys. And, because they are embedded in a post, there’s plenty of room to explain the purpose of the poll and the available answers. For example, in the sample poll the first choice has $$ after it and the second has $ after it. You could use the text of the post to provide more detailed information about those options – like how much extra members would have to pay for those publishing options.
To get started, open a new post and click the Add Poll button just above the formatting toolbar.
If you don’t already have a Polldaddy account, you’ll be directed to create an account there. It will cost you nothing. Once your account is created and linked to your blog, you’ll see a screen similar to the one above. In this example, I’ve already created one poll and it appears in my list of polls until I delete it. Note that the commands related to a specific poll are hidden until you mouse over that poll in the list.
To create a new poll, click the Add New button at the top of the panel. The Edit Pole panel appears with fields for the poll’s question and answers.
In this example, I am only using four answers for this question. If I had more, I could add boxes for them by clicking the Add New Answer button. I can also delete unwanted answers by clicking the “x” icon to the right of the answer. The blue arrow icons to the left of each answer are used to reorder your answers. Click on the arrow icon and drag that answer to the location you want it.
The Poll Style panel provides options for the appearance of your poll on the page and the sidebar panels have options to further customize the answers, determine if visitors can vote repeatedly, set the length of time the poll will remain active and show the poll results to your visitors. When you are ready, click the Save Poll option to save your poll. Click the Embed in Post button to add the poll to your post or page.
In addition to embedding your poll in a page or post, you can also use the text widget to put it in you site’s sidebar.
From the Polls list, mouse over your poll to display the menu and click on Results. The screen you see here is displayed.
Be aware that you don’t control who can participate in the poll. If your site is open to the public, you can request that only members vote, but you can’t enforce that.
Self-hosted WordPress users can install the Polldaddy plugin to create their own polls.