Looking for a WordPress voting plugin you can rely on? Create a voting system on your WordPress website the easy way with a drag and drop form builder!
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If you want to build a voting system on your WordPress site, you'll need a WP voting & poll plugin. But with so many choices on the WordPress.org plugin directory, how do you know which one is best?
The best WordPress plugins are usually the ones with the features you want. But when it comes to voting plugins, it's complicated.
Before we show you the best voting plugin for WordPress, let's figure out if you actually need a voting plugin. To find out, we need to look at the difference between elections (voting) & polls.
The difference between voters & poll-takers
The truth is there are several plugins you can find that allow you to collect people's opinions very easily.
There's only one problem. A vote is not an opinion. It's an endorsement.
Votes require registered users. Otherwise, you're just running a poll. Not that there is anything wrong with polls - they are just different than elections.
If we take the example of democracy, polls only give us a clue about who might win an upcoming election. They don't decide who wins in the same way that a democratic vote does.
With all that in mind, if you are looking for a WordPress election voting plugin, it needs to have user registration features. That means you need to create a registration form, verify the users' identity, and give them the right to vote. After they prove they meet the voting criteria, of course.
To be clear, elections and polls are not interchangeable concepts! But most WordPress poll plugins don't treat voters and poll-takers differently. Want a WP poll plugin that can collect poll results? That's easy.
Want a voting plugin? That takes a bit more.
Are there exceptions?
If we pause for a moment and stop being so picky, there's maybe a couple of exceptions. For example, you probably don't need voters to register: photo contests. All you need is a place where users can vote on their favorite photos? Then it might not matter if they are registered or not.
In that case, you'd just be qualifying voters based on how you direct traffic. Still, there would be issues like voter fraud for example. If users aren't required to register before voting, there are many ways that a single person could vote multiple times.
Another issue: most WordPress voting plugins don't have systems where users can upload images or photos by default. So if you wanted to fully manage a photo contest, you'd need a plugin with a few more options. More on that later ?
Another example where people use the word vote: mobile voting (voting by SMS text message). When you vote via text for your favorite singer on American Idol, your text vote goes to an app like Twilio. A great WordPress voting plugin can connect to Twilio to send and receive votes by SMS text messages.
Now that we know the difference between votes and polls, let's look at the key features of a WordPress voting plugin. Then we'll show you a plugin that can do it all!
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Key features of a WordPress voting plugin
If you are looking to collect votes on your WordPress site, you'll want a plugin with the following features:
- User registration: If website visitors can't properly register to vote, then you are only collecting poll entries.
- Form building: You want to be able to create registration forms. Plus, all the other supporting forms needed to host a proper vote on your site.
- Visual form styling: If your voting forms can't match your website style, your vote might be over before it begins.
- Email notifications: Giving voters the confidence that their vote has been received and counted goes a long way. This can be achieved with a confirmation email.
- Integrations: When you host a vote on your WordPress site, you can integrate with platforms. For example, MailChimp and ActiveCampaign to fully track and store user data.
The WordPress voting plugin you can trust
By now you probably realize that a "one trick pony" sort of plugin isn't going to do much. Want an election plugin that can also create responsive polls, surveys, and any kind of form you need? You need Formidable Forms.
Formidable is a form plugin that works with all versions of WordPress (especially the most updated one). It is compatible with any WordPress theme. It integrates with popular platforms (like WooCommerce) and it even has a free version you can try out.
The thing about Formidable? It's an all-in-one plugin. It's your WordPress idea voting plugin, your image voting plugin, your election plugin, and of course, your form building plugin!
There's a lot that goes into many any voting process run flawlessly. Let's run down the reasons why Formidable really is the best voting plugin for WordPress:
To make your election or voting process official, you'll need to register voters. Formidable Forms has a user registration add-on that turns adds everything you need to let users register on your site. After users register, you decide what level of access they have to your site.
The beauty of Formidable is that everything revolving around users can happen on the front-end of your site. If you use the default WordPress user system, this isn't possible. Once a user is registered via your registration form, they will be able to log in.
Then, users can submit their vote. Simple.
? Learn more: How to Add a Registration Form in WordPress
This one might not be obvious, but if you are running a vote... it will happen on a form! An online ballot is, after all, the same thing as a form. A similar system is at the core of its user experience.
You can bet that a form builder is great for builder forms. Formidable is no exception. Our drag and drop form builder is one of the best out there. You'll be able to create your voting forms, registration forms, and everything else you need for your site.
Formidable also has a lot of additional form fields that make anything possible. Add a star rating field to collect reviews. Replace radio buttons with images to create an emoji rating scale. The possibilities are endless!
? Learn more: How to Create a Form
Visual form styling
If you are running any kind of serious website, design matters. Ever seen a website that looks great - except for their online forms? Yikes!
Formidable's visual styler makes this issue a thing of the past. You don't even need to know how to code CSS. Just select the colors and settings you need and apply the style.
Want to send newly registered users an email to let them know they are registered? A reminder email to let people know it's time to vote? Nice - how about a confirmation email when they place their vote? Even better!
With Formidable's email notifications and automation features, your audience will never be left in the dark. You can trigger immediate email notifications that are automatically populated with form data from the user who filled out the form.
What's more, you are able to trigger a series of emails based on a variety of conditional factors. These include time, date, user data, and more.
If you use another platform for email, CRM, or payments, there's a good chance that Formidable has an add-on integration. Our WordPress plugin is over 10 years old. We listen to our audience. Heck, we even use some of our own add-ons.
Even if we don't have the exact integration you need, we have a flawless Zapier add-on. So you really can connect whatever you want! If you are a developer, we also have a series of webhooks that can help you connect everything together like magic.
So how do you create a poll on WordPress?
Once you install Formidable and are ready to get started, we've got more tutorials ready for you. Next up, learn more about how to create a poll in WordPress.
More than a WordPress voting plugin
The best thing about Formidable is that it can do almost everything you would need to do on a WordPress site. Web forms power every aspect of almost every site.
Contact forms, sign up forms, and all the automation in between - Formidable Forms makes it happen.
Web forms power every aspect of almost every site. Contact forms, sign-up forms, and all the automation in between - Formidable Forms makes it happen.
You don't have to explore tons of plugins to add these features to your site, like YOP Poll or WP-Polls. Formidable covers it with tons of functionality.
With Views, you can automatically display vote form data as soon as forms are submitted. You can show the vote stats on your private dashboard in real-time (or poll data publicly). No manual calculation and editing required!
If you are running any kind of election and need to collect votes, Formidable Forms is ready when you are.
To get started with a risk-free trial for 14-days, visit the pricing page. If you don't love the Formidable Forms plugin, we'll give you 100% of your money back.
Thanks for stopping by - and good luck!
Paul DArcy says
We are a painting festival in Ireland and would like to allow our participating artists to be able to vote / poll through our website each evening; in what we are calling an ‘Artist Choice’ vote for the best paintings of the day.
Each artist needs to be able to input their ID and then input the ID number of the painting they choose and Submit.
This will be done through their own mobile phones.
After which we need to be able to assess the vote and announce the results.
Would your plugin give us this ability?
Look forward to hearing from you soon.
Layout would be something like this :
Poll Name - Artist Choice Vote
Field Name - Your Artist Registration Number
Field - User input ( ID for vote )
Field Name - Choose your Painting
Field - User inputs the Painting Number ( this is the field that will be assessed for the poll / vote)
Yes! This would be a great application. we actually first designed this for a very similar event (a chili cook-off).
Formidable Forms seems to have covered all the bases with a flexible product and add-ons that enabled our non-profit organization to receive and keep track of donations, sell products, and accept membership applications online. The support has been very good. We use Formidable Forms Pro, Pro2PDF, Forms Registration, and Visual Views (which title seems redundant).
I am a designer, not a coder, and the format for Formidable's backend is very user-friendly.
Highly recommend Formidable Forms.
Daveed Flexer says
Coincidentally I was just asked by a client about this functionality. I'll know what i will recommend.
We want to run award page where we have nominees for Businesses and Personal Categories.
That the nominee are able to Register by selecting B or P. Then they add their personal information and have to select to which region they belong to and category.
That their information with a picture of them may be viewed.
And that at this display page voters may select the best for them in any of the categories and vote only once. This voters can initially authenticate through Facebook. Counting will be visual and in real time.
Is this something your plugin may do?
It sounds like Formidable Forms/Views would be a good fit for your application, but it is difficult to say without a more complete understanding of your project details.
I would recommend either contacting our support team so we can get more details, or trying out the plugin to see if it meets all your needs.
Dave LeBlanc says
Hello. I run a website for a non-profit group and once a year they hold an election for officers. The Formidable Forms sounds like what I need, in that it restricts voting to list of voters, the members of the organization.
We currently use a voting plugin, but it's old and creaky and not supported anymore.
Does it allow a voter to select among certain candidate for an office? So for president, choose Joe or Jane, and for vice-president choose on among Bill, Sue and John and tally the votes for the different offices?
The voters need to be able to vote once and not more than once.
This is for one site only, so what plugin would I have to purchase. I also have some other questions, so who can I talk to get them answered.
Thanks for you help.
Hi Dave, It does sound like Formidable Forms would be able to accomplish what you need, but I'd love for you to get in touch with one of our support people so they can better understand your use case and point you in the best direction.
Please create a new ticket from the link below and we'll be happy to help:
Carl Chapman says
How does FF restrict the voting to just one vote per registered voter?
This is easy to do by going to your form settings > Permissions and setting the option to allow only one entry per logged in user.