How to Create a Wordpress Poll

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How to Create a Wordpress Poll

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Hi! For this tutorial we're going to take a look at how to create a poll in your Wordpress page. This is going to allow you to get information from your readers, whether it's their opinions on your site, or on the topic you're discussing, or pretty much anything. So let's go ahead and take a look at how to install a poll. I'm going to go to plugins, because like everything else in Wordpress, pretty much everything has a plug-in. And I'm going to go in and type "create a poll" and I'm going to scroll down and just install this "WP-polls". Install it now. Activate it. And you can see now on the left hand side we have "polls". So I'm going to click on that, and it's going to give us our poll stats, our poll logs, and I had gone in and made a poll called "how's my site". Te answers for this are good, excellent, bad, can be improved, no comments, or I can delete any of these or add even more. And over here to the right, you'll see that it shows how many votes each of these answers gets. You can choose whether you want the users to select more than one answer and the maximum number of selected answers they're allowed. We also have a start date and time and an end date and time, or you can click on "do not expire this poll". Click on edit poll, and you're ready to go. Now I'm going to go into poll options. And the poll options allow me to choose the colors I want my poll to be, the Ajax style, how the answers are going to be sorted. You can do that from ascending or descending, showing the poll results, and how you want to sort the poll results, how you want them to be allowed to vote, including registered guests, guests only, or both; the logging method, and you can log of this by cookie and IP, the expiry time for each time for the cookie and log, the number of polls for page, open polls only, our poll archive URL, and it automatically save that for us; Whether you want the poll archived the below the poll, and I'm going to click "yes". The current active poll, if you want to display it, don't display it, or display it randomly, and decide when the polls close, if you want to display the results or not. And click on changes. Next, I'm going to go into poll templates. And this allows us to look at all the variables and we can put in our voting form header this information, restore the default template, you can change the voting form body, and the form footer, and you also have the results templates. Now if you are not sure how to write this type of code, just leave this alone and let it go, because you don't want to mess it up. Scroll all the way to the bottom; you can also choose your miscellaneous templates if the polls are disabled, or if there's a poll error, and click "save changes". You can also uninstalled WP Polls right here. So let's go ahead into my plugins, and scroll down, and here are my WP Polls. Now, and appearance, I'm going to go into my widgets. Once that is done, we're going to go head into the developer's page for this, which is Wordpress.org\extend\plugins\WP -- polls\installation. And right here, he has code that he would like us to enter into our side bar. So I'm going to go back into my dashboard, into my appearance, into my editor, and then I'm going to scroll down until I find the sidebar.PHP, which is right here. And I'm going to go right down to where I want this to appear, which is before the end of the page, and I'm going to click control or command V to paste it, and I'm going to click on "update file". I'm going to go into my Wordpress tutorial page and do a refresh, and then I'm going to scroll down until I see WP Polls. Open up my "footer area 1", and I'm going to click on "polls" and drag it up. And it's going to give me some options here. Whether I want to display the poll's archive below the poll, which I said yes, and I want to display the latest poll and click "save". Now I'm going to go into my page, refresh it, and here it is. My poll is at the bottom of the page, so they can choose whether they want to vote on it, click a vote, and they can view the results. So that's how it works. This is a great way to learn what your readers think about your site or whatever it is you want to talk to them about. So thanks for watching, I hope you enjoyed it, and I'll see you at the next tutorial.

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