WP-Polls is extremely customizable via templates and css styles and there are tons of options for you to choose to ensure that WP-Polls runs the way you wanted. It now supports multiple selection of answers.




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  • Admin – All Poll
  • Admin – Manage Polls
  • Admin – Poll Options
  • Admin – Poll Templates
  • Admin – Poll Widget
  • Admin – Uninstall Poll
  • Poll – Single Poll Answer
  • Poll – Mutiple Poll Answers
  • Poll – Results
  • Poll – Archive


General Usage (Without Widget)

<?php if ( function_exists( 'vote_poll' ) && ! in_pollarchive() ): ?>
            <li><?php get_poll();?></li>
        <?php display_polls_archive_link(); ?>
<?php endif; ?>
  • To show specific poll, use <?php get_poll(2); ?> where 2 is your poll id.
  • To show random poll, use <?php get_poll(-2); ?>
  • To embed a specific poll in your post, use [poll id="2"] where 2 is your poll id.
  • To embed a random poll in your post, use [poll id="-2"]
  • To embed a specific poll’s result in your post, use [poll id="2" type="result"] where 2 is your poll id.

General Usage (With Widget)

  1. Go to WP-Admin -> Appearance -> Widgets.
  2. You can add the Polls Widget by clicking on the β€˜Add’ link besides it.
  3. After adding, you can configure the Polls Widget by clicking on the β€˜Edit’ link besides it.
  4. Click β€˜Save Changes’.
  5. Scroll down for instructions on how to create a Polls Archive.

How To Add A Polls Archive?

  1. Go to WP-Admin -> Pages -> Add New.
  2. Type any title you like in the post’s title area.
  3. If you ARE using nice permalinks, after typing the title, WordPress will generate the permalink to the page. You will see an β€˜Edit’ link just beside the permalink.
  4. Click β€˜Edit’ and type in pollsarchive in the text field and click β€˜Save’.
  5. Type [page_polls] in the post’s content area.
  6. Click β€˜Publish’.
  • If you ARE NOT using nice permalinks, you need to go to WP-Admin -> Polls -> Poll Options and under Poll Archive -> Polls Archive URL, you need to fill in the URL to the Polls Archive Page you created above.

Why doesn’t my poll’s answers add up to 100%?

  • It is because of rounding issues. To make it always round up to 100%, the last poll’s answer will get the remainding percentage added to it. To enable this feature, add this to your theme’s functions.php: add_filter( 'wp_polls_round_percentage', '__return_true' );

How Does WP-Polls Load CSS?

  • WP-Polls will load polls-css.css from your theme’s directory if it exists.
  • If it doesn’t exists, it will just load the default polls-css.css that comes with WP-Polls.
  • This will allow you to upgrade WP-Polls without worrying about overwriting your polls styles that you have created.

Why In Internet Explorer (IE) The poll’s Text Appear Jagged?

  • To solve this issue, Open poll-css.css
  • Find: /* background-color: #ffffff; */
  • Replace: background-color: #ffffff; (where #ffffff should be your background color for the poll.)

How Do I Have Individual Colors For Each Poll’s Bar?

  • Courtesy Of
  • Open poll-css.css
  • Add to the end of the file:
.wp-polls-ul li:nth-child(01) .pollbar{ background:#8FA0C5}
.wp-polls-ul li:nth-child(02) .pollbar{ background:#FF8}
.wp-polls-ul li:nth-child(03) .pollbar{ background:#ff8a3b}
.wp-polls-ul li:nth-child(04) .pollbar{ background:#a61e2a}
.wp-polls-ul li:nth-child(05) .pollbar{ background:#4ebbff}
.wp-polls-ul li:nth-child(06) .pollbar{ background:#fbca54}
.wp-polls-ul li:nth-child(07) .pollbar{ background:#aad34f}
.wp-polls-ul li:nth-child(08) .pollbar{ background:#66cc9a}
.wp-polls-ul li:nth-child(09) .pollbar{ background:#98CBCB}
.wp-polls-ul li:nth-child(10) .pollbar{ background:#a67c52}
.wp-polls-ul li .pollbar{ transition: background 0.7s ease-in-out }
.wp-polls-ul li .pollbar:hover{ background:#F00 }

To Display Total Polls

<?php if ( function_exists( 'get_pollquestions' ) ): ?>
    <?php get_pollquestions(); ?>
<?php endif; ?> 

To Display Total Poll Answers

<?php if ( function_exists( 'get_pollanswers' ) ): ?>
    <?php get_pollanswers(); ?>
<?php endif; ?> 

To Display Total Poll Votes

<?php if ( function_exists( 'get_pollvotes' ) ): ?>
    <?php get_pollvotes(); ?>
<?php endif; ?> 

To Display Poll Votes by ID

<?php if ( function_exists( 'get_pollvotes_by_id' ) ): ?>
    <?php get_pollvotes_by_id($poll_id); ?>
<?php endif; ?>

To Display Total Poll Voters

<?php if ( function_exists( 'get_pollvoters' ) ): ?>
    <?php get_pollvoters(); ?>
<?php endif; ?> 

To Display Poll Time by ID and date format

<?php if ( function_exists( 'get_polltime' ) ): ?>
    <?php get_polltime( $poll_id, $date_format ); ?>
<?php endif; ?>

Translating the template

The plugin templates can be translated via template variables.
There are these filters for the custom template variables


Add filter to your theme and register custom variable where you will add your translation.
Good practice is to name them for example with prefix STR_ in the example STR_TOTAL_VOTERS.

     * Localize wp_polls_template_resultfooter_variables.
     * @param array $variables An array of template variables.
     * @return array $variables Modified template variables.
    function wp_polls_template_resultfooter_variables( $variables ) {

        // Add strings.
        $variables['%STR_TOTAL_VOTERS%'] = __( 'Total voters', 'theme-textdomain' );

        return $variables;

// Trigger the filter
add_filter( 'wp_polls_template_resultfooter_variables', 'wp_polls_template_resultfooter_variables' , 10, 1 );

In the admin side just call the custom variable like so and the variable has been translated in the front-end.


🌸5️⃣ 22, 2024
For the ones who know something about HTML and CSS syntax, this plugin is perfect! It does exactly what is needed regarding polls, while the looks can be fully customized. IMHO, a brilliant piece of work!
🌸4️⃣ 29, 2023
Hi there, I’ve been using this plugin and loved it for its simplicity alongside with the ability to customize the look and feel. Somehow, at some point, the admin interface changed and I am now able to see the answers of all users. Before, I was only able to see how many users voted for each answer, not who. This is a major problem for me. Is there any way to hide the usernames from the answers given? I need to see which users voted, but not what answer they gave. The answers should only be seen as a total for each option. Thanks
πŸ‚ πŸ”Ÿ 21, 2022
Love the feature set, easy to use, great to work with, but it fails with my cache setup (standard Cloudflare) setup. Have to remove it a site and move to another solution, sadly this was after my install, setting up on my custom post types, etc. Would love to see it updated in the future.
πŸƒ3️⃣ 9, 2022
Love the simplicity and ease of use. Thank you so much
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Version 2.77.2

  • FIXED: Read from default REMOTE_ADDR unless specified in options

Version 2.77.1

  • FIXED: Support mutex lock for multi-site. Props @yrkmann.

Version 2.77.0

  • NEW: Use mutex lock to prevent race condition.

Version 2.76.0

  • NEW: Supports specifying which header to read the user’s IP from. Props Marc Montpas.

Version 2.75.6

  • NEW: New filter for template variables: wp_polls_template_votebody_variables, wp_polls_template_votefooter, wp_polls_template_resultheader_variables, wp_polls_template_resultbody_variables, wp_polls_template_resultfooter_variables. Props @Liblastic.
  • NEW: composer.json
  • FIXED: Missing space for check_voted_username MySQL query

Version 2.75.5

  • NEW: New filter for templates: wp_polls_template_resultheader_markup, wp_polls_template_resultbody_markup, wp_polls_template_resultbody2_markup, wp_polls_template_resultfooter_markup, wp_polls_template_resultfooter2_markup. Props @Jaska.

Version 2.75.4

  • FIXED: Unable to edit poll because of class-wp-block-parser.php.

Version 2.75.3

  • FIXED: Broken filter for templates
  • FIXED: Divison by 0 by totalvoters
  • FIXED: Add whitelist to sortby poll answers

Versiob 2.75.2

  • FIXED: Missing str_replace for wp_polls_template filter

Version 2.75.1

  • FIXED: Use array() instead of [] as a few users are still on < PHP 5.4. Props @bearlydoug.
  • FIXED: pollq_expiry is now 0 instead of blank string. Props @hpiirainen.

Version 2.75

  • FIXED: Standardize all filters to begin with wp_polls rather than poll
  • NEW: Added wp_polls_ipaddress and wp_polls_hostname to allow user to overwrite it.

Version 2.74.1

  • FIXED: Don’t use PHP 5.4 Short array syntax.
  • FIXED: Division by zero
  • FIXED: Wrong database column type for pollq_expiry

Version 2.74

  • NEW: Hashed IP and anonymize Hostname to make it GDPR compliance
  • NEW: If Do Not Log is set in Poll Options, do not log to DB
  • NEW: Support %POLL_MULTIPLE_ANSWER_PERCENTAGE%. This is total votes divided by total voters.

Version 2.73.8

  • FIXED: Bug fixes and stricter type checking

Version 2.73.7

  • FIXED: Unable to save input HTML tags for footer templates

Version 2.73.6

  • FIXED: Unable to vote for multiple answers
  • FIXED: input HTML tags being removed when saving templates

Version 2.73.5

  • FIXED: Parsed error in SERVER variable.

Version 2.73.4

  • FIXED: sanitize_key on top of intval.

Version 2.73.3

  • NEW: Added sort by votes casted to poll answers.
  • NEW: For polls with mutiple answers, we divided by total votes instead of total voters. Props @ljxprime.
  • FIXED: Do not display poll option is not respected when poll is closed.
  • FIXED: pollip_qid, pollip_aid, pollip_timestamp are now int(10) in pollsip table.
  • FIXED: pollq_expiry is now int(10) in pollsq table.

Version 2.73.2

  • NEW: Bump WordPress 4.7
  • FIXED: Change cron to hourly instead of twice daily.

Version 2.73.1

Version 2.73

  • NEW: Display Poll Questions at the top of the Poll Logs table
  • FIXED: Remove slashes

Version 2.72

  • NEW: Use to translate the plugin
  • FIXED: SQL Injection fixes. Props Jay Dansand
  • FIXED: Use $wpdb->insert(), $wpdb->update() and $wpdb->delete() as much as possible
  • FIXED Remove poll_archive_show option from UI

Version 2.71

  • FIXED: Use wp_kses_post() to get filter always bad tags

Version 2.70

  • NEW: Add wp_polls_vote_poll_success action hook
  • NEW: Add wp_polls_add_poll, wp_polls_update_poll, wp_polls_delete_poll action hooks
  • FIXED: PHP Notices
  • FIXED: Removed not needed wp_print_scripts
  • FIXED: Use esc_attr() and esc_textarea() instead of htmlspecialchars(). Props Govind Singh