Visitors are the most valuable asset to any blog. One way in which you can increase visitor count is by identifying the type of content that they favor and by providing it to them on a regular basis. However, how do we know what type of content they like? Simple—just ask them. Those small buttons that you see on many websites—thumbs, emoticons, likes, upvotes—can help you find out what visitors are looking for. There are many WordPress voting plugins that can help you gather feedback based on visitor reaction. You can use them generously on your website to gauge and understand what visitors like. Then, you can steer your website in that direction.
Sure, analytics can help you with data, but feedback based on votes can help you understand the reasons behind the patterns and trends. With plugins, you can collect the data rather efficiently without being overly intrusive to the reader. When you put it all together, the emerging picture will help you provide the kind of content that keeps bringing the reader back to your webpages.
Some site admins prefer using standard contact forms to collect feedback. While that may actually serve your purpose, a dedicated plugin can persuade a reader to leave feedback more effectively. Not many readers will take the trouble to open a form and fill in feedback. At the same time, they may not hesitate to click a like button. A voting plugin can make data collation and presentation standard and easy.
A good rating is particularly important for businesses like restaurants, salons, or e-commerce stores. If you’re running a review website, these WordPress review themes may interest you. You can ask your readers to leave feedback in many ways—rate, vote, thumbs, like button, emoticons, and more. Let’s see what the WordPress voting plugins can do for us.
There are numerous quality free plugins that you can enable on your site to persuade readers to leave feedback. Many of them have pro versions that you can upgrade to should you feel the need for additional features later.
WP-PostRatings offers many ways to display votes, such as stars, thumbs up/down, ticks/crosses, hearts, and numbers. Right at the start, though, you should know that this plugin needs a bit of technical configuration to get it to work on your site.
You can select the rating images you want for display on the settings page of the plugin. Using code, you can set the rating option to show up on all posts or selectively on some. You can view the ratings from the Manage Ratings option.
Using a filter, it’s possible to change the image type from GIF to PNG. The plugin has the ability to show the highest rated posts, most rated posts, lowest rating, and highest rating. These stats can display in a widget in the sidebar. You can drag the widget to any widget area and customize it to show the title, the number of posts, and more. The plugin is regularly updated and enjoys a 100,000+ active installs.More info / Download
WP-Polls can help you add a polling module to your webpages. It’s powered by AJAX and is easy to install. The plugin is highly customizable, offering tons of options to get it to work the way you want. Participants get to choose from multiple answers.
You can display or embed random or specific polls and show poll results using code snippets. The plugin allows you to customize using templates or CSS.More info / Download
kk Star Ratings
kk Star Ratings includes a widget that you can place in your sidebar to highlight your most popular posts. From the plugin’s settings page, you can choose to display the ratings in the homepage, archives, posts, or pages. You can also select the placement of the ratings within the pages. A ratings column is available on your admin screen to view the ratings. The default number of stars is five, but you can change that as well and restrict the number of votes from a unique IP. Besides, you can add images and attach tooltips that show up on hover.
There are two features that you’re sure to like in this plugin. One is the Google Rich Snippets, which means that the ratings are likely to show up in a Google search result. The second is a visual button in the editor that helps you add ratings without having to mess with code.More info / Download
Poll, Survey, Quiz, Slideshow & Form Builder
Poll, Survey, Quiz, SlideShow & Form Builder allows you to run both simple and advanced polls. You can conduct an online quiz, take surveys, create forms using the form builder, and post polls. Social media integration is allowed, and users can log in with their social profiles.
The polls and surveys can be interactive on account of the easy-to-use interface and many design elements. The plugin offers a number of customization options, integrates with social media, and is responsive. It supports 42 languages and is ready for translation.More info / Download
With YOP Poll, it’s possible to conduct any number of polls and to keep track of all polls, answers, and results. Every poll has a unique ID, so it’s easier to manage them, and you can even share the results with participants.
There’s a lot you can do from within your WordPress dashboard. Allow multiple answers, sort poll information in the manner you want, manage results, and choose which results to display and which to retain as private. You can schedule posts to run concurrently or one after another. You can edit, clone, or delete existing polls.
The plugin maintains proper records, so you have access to older information at any time. Besides, you can insist on voting permissions like registration for guests or banning specific users. Custom fields are available to customize your polls and to edit even existing polls. Result display options include vertical and horizontal displays, but you can customize the result bar in the HTML or visual mode.More info / Download
To add a poll to any kind of content, you should try the Rating-Widget. The star review system of this plugin allows you to embed star and thumb ratings in posts, pages, and comments. The plugin does not need any configuration, and you can create and manage ratings from your WordPress dashboard. You can set up as many ratings as you want and place them wherever you like. A sidebar widget displays the top-rated post on your blog.
The free version of this plugin is good for one million page views, and comes with branding. To remove branding, you’ll need to purchase premium plans. These plans offer a secure connection to prevent fraud, Google rich snippets, email support, and identification of visitors by IP. Voting can be based on multiple criteria, and the plugin integrates with WPML and Polylang.More info / Download
WTI Like Post
WTI Like Post adds the simple functionality of placing a Thumbs Up or Thumbs Down option to any post or page. At the same time, it lets you choose between a variety of settings, such as showing a list of most liked post or page. Once cast, participants can change their votes as well. At any time, it’s possible to restore all the settings to default. Two widgets are available—one to show the Most Liked Posts and the other to show Recently Liked Posts. The plugin includes three voting styles with images and allows you to hide the +/- symbols before the thumbs. You can exclude select posts from this plugin’s action, as well as bar guests from voting.
The pro plugin allows reward points for voting, display of user avatars against the voters, and BuddyPress activity integration. Three action hooks allow you to send a message to participants who vote successfully and to customize the message that appears on the page load and Ajax call. The Like/Unlike counts of individual posts is visible on the admin screen. If you enable the option of allowing only logged-in users to vote, you can see how each member has voted. There’s an option to highlight the chosen thumb icon on click after successful voting to redirect the user.More info / Download
YASR — Yet Another Stars Rating
YASR offers a powerful star rating system for WordPress that will help users rate the content on your site. It allows you to make your own review (vote from a reviewer) or lets your visitors vote. Both review scores and visitor ratings are likely to be indexed by Google on account of rich snippets. You can also create multiple sets of stars based on multiple criteria for a page or post. Installing the plugin does get a bit technical, but there are detailed instructions in the WordPress plugin repository.
A metabox appears upon installation of the plugin, and you can fill it up to place the overall review rating at the beginning or at the end of the post. Using a shortcode in the visual editor, you can place it anywhere. For visitor votes, you can place a shortcode wherever you want the stars to appear. While the plugin is free, YASR does offer premium extensions for user reviews, custom rankings, and customization options for the stars.More info / Download
With clean designs and neat styles, WP ULike attempts to fulfill all your needs in a rating system. It supports BuddyPress and bbPress and allows users to record their likes on beautiful Ajax buttons for multiple content types like posts, forum topics and replies, comments, and activity updates. There is support for Google Rich Snippets, reward points for votes, and statistical tools. Users do not have to register to Like, and the Ajax feature enables updating without reloading the page.
You need to simply install the plugin and activate “automatic display” in the plugin configuration panel. WP ULike has four auto options for posts, comments, BuddyPress activities, and bbPress topics. It’s possible to customize the Like/Unlike button with custom fields and change colors with color picker settings. The plugin supports shortcodes, different logging methods, custom templates, a Likes log, RTL, advanced widgets, and a simple box form for a user avatar.More info / Download
A Few More Free WordPress Voting Plugins
- Polldaddy Polls and Ratings from Automattic allows you to totally manage polls from within your WordPress dashboard. The polls are fully customizable. You can set up your own custom poll and embed the polls on other websites, too.
- With Like Button Rating, you can add the voting feature to WordPress posts and pages, custom post types, WooCommerce products, BuddyPress activities, and bbPress posts. The most popular content can display in a widget.
- Post Ratings allows you to create your own rating formulas. It is developer-friendly and logs votes after checking the IP and user meta records through cookies.
- Universal Star Rating uses two shortcodes to embed the classic star rating system. It’s an easy-to-install and use plugin and does not need any configuration.
- Multi Rating is a good fit, especially if you want to rate based on multiple criteria. Users can rate by clicking on a star, selecting from a drop-down, or choosing radio buttons. A pro version is also available.
- Thumbs Rating is a simple and light plugin that allows you to add a thumbs up or down rating. The plugin is lean by design with no fancy effects.
- Rating System supports custom post types, BuddyPress, and bbPress and integrates with a points reward system. It allows you to disable the Dislike button.
- Simple Rating allows adjustment of scale of rating and can turn the vote count on and off. The output can be in four shapes and in five colors to fit any theme.
- Reaction Buttons allows you to add buttons anywhere to record reactions. The buttons keep track of the clicks, and you can configure the number of buttons where they should be placed and what text it should contain.
- Feelback Reactions is for you if you want to allow users to record reactions by clicking on emoticons. Five emoticons are available, and it’s possible to recommend appropriate content depending on the mood of the users.
The choice of free plugins is really huge when it comes to WordPress voting plugins. However, if you’re still looking for a premium plugin, here are a few of them.
With a multitude of features packed into it, TotalPoll Pro is compatible with all modern browsers, is extensible, and allows a good amount of customization. The free version makes for a good start, but to fully experience the features, you’ll need to pay up $19 for the more popular premium version.
It supports a number of vote forms, such as text, shortcode, HTML, or media-based options like photos, audios, and videos. Five customization settings enable you to welcome and thank your participants, and five different field types help you collect additional information. Track back every vote right up to the IP details, and keep track of the stats as well.
It allows you to conditionally permit users to vote and to view results based on cookies, IP, user role, date and time, quota, and more. A blind poll where participants have to vote before seeing the results can be set up. You can integrate a poll anywhere with a widget, a shortcode, or a direct link. Many customized templates are available as well as many extensions. The polls are portable, meaning that you can import or export any poll with built-in WordPress tools.
The plugin is responsive, developer-friendly, and SEO-friendly as the polls can be picked up in a Google search.More info / Purchase
A Bootstrap-based plugin, Responsive Poll allows multiple votes on a single page and total customization. You can use seven different chart types, such as pie, bar, doughnut, radar, polar, like, and Bootstrap progress bars, with different animations to display results. From a powerful admin area, all the poll results can be viewed and can be either displayed to or hidden from visitors. You can also set the results to display after a person has voted.
Duplicate voting is cut down almost entirely as it’s possible to track a user by ID, by IP, or even with the help of cookies in the browser. The plugin uses the HTML5 canvas element and supports all modern browsers.More info / Purchase
WP Foto Vote
WP Foto Vote is the plugin you want to use to conduct user-generated photo contests. It allows you to add photo contests, video contests, or even Instagram contests directly from your WordPress dashboard. Once you install this plugin, users can submit content from the front-end, and others can vote on the content. You can choose the order of appearance of the photos and manage everything from the back-end.
Some of the features require premium add-ons. Shortcodes will help you display the poll wherever you like. You can conduct as many competitions at a time as you like. At the same time, you can select from a number of styles or you can opt to totally customize the poll. A drag-and-drop builder can be used to build your own form. All the emails that you receive on your site can be exported to email marketing platforms like MailChimp. There’s support for multiple languages and protection against fraud. Login using social profiles is possible on account of integration with social platforms. The plugin generally helps to boost social activity on your site as well.More info / Purchase
WPeddit plugin will add an up-and-down Reddit style rating system to your posts. It works with almost any WordPress theme and uses an algorithm to select the top posts on your blog. It’s a great plugin to assess your readers’ reaction to posts and to find out the type of content that they like.
Voting is secure with member ID and IP address screening. The top post can be displayed in a widget area. You can set the plugin to rank comments as well so that the more popular comments are carried to the top, and you can award points for voting using a premium add-on.More info / Purchase
Vote Up Down
Vote Up Down comes with 15 different themes to choose from. It allows your users to repeat votes on your site and specifies the time interval after which they can cast a second vote.
A shortcode helps you add a poll wherever you want. Hover animations add to the attractiveness of this plugin.More info / Purchase
This post lists a number of free and premium plugins to persuade readers to leave a rating on your page or post. A review is becoming increasingly important for websites as it can persuade more visitors to interact with the site. If we have left out your favorite plugin, do let us know in the Comments below.