Make a Survey or Poll in WordPress – Now It’s Easy!

When I talk to people about starting a blog, one of the most frequent questions I hear is, “Can I do surveys on my blog and show the results?” In other words, Can I take a poll?

True to form, and their dream of making blogging easy and accessible to everyone, Matt Mullenweg and the team at Automattic have just integrated survey / polling capability into WordPress – at the click of a button. It’s now so easy to create a poll on a WordPress.com site, you hardly need a tutorial!

You can display the results of your poll – or not – as you like. The poll creation and admin user interface absolutely rocks. And there are a bunch of cool display designs to choose from.

Here’s my very first poll on Business Blogging 101 – created in about 2 minutes!

To get started making your own surveys and polls, see the introduction to poll creation using PollDaddy and WordPress.

And send me a comment below to let me know what you think!

Mark McLaren

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6 Responses

  1. Thanks for the info.

  2. cool

  3. thanks for the informative post mate …..

  4. can i put this polls ini the sidebar widget?
    or just in my post?

    • @pramudianti
      For a site like http://jarangdiupdate.wordpress.com/ hosted on WordPress.com, you can’t put a poll in a sidebar, since there is no PollDaddy poll widget that comes with the WordPress.com version of WordPress.

      If you host the site yourself (also called third-party hosted, or full version, or “WordPress.org” version of WordPress – on BlueHost.com, for example), it looks to me like you can put a PollDaddy poll wherever you want, including a sidebar, because PollDaddy.com will generate HTML code that you can then copy and paste into a WordPress text widget. (I haven’t tried this myself, though.) To do this, you need a self-hosted WordPress site and a (free) PollDaddy.com account.

      The reason the same technique won’t work on a WordPress.com site is that the PollDaddy code is not just HTML, it also includes some JavaScript, and WordPress.com text widgets cannot contain JavaScript (mainly for security reasons). If you paste code containing JavaScript into a WordPress.com text widget and try to save it, the JavaScript will automatically be removed.

  5. Thanks for the cool info it helped me

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