After having been working with WordPress for the last couple of weeks, I just thought, wait a minute, why not write about one of its various functions? I mean, I know the basic steps for publishing an article and making it look “nice” but there is so much more interesting stuff to explore. And I told myself that having a closer look at one of the fancy additional functions could certainly be useful at some point.
That is exactly when the Poll function caught my eye. I did not know much about it before but as I am interested in finding out about other people’s opinions, I wanted to give it a try.
By clicking on the icon, I found out that I had to install a plugin called Polldaddy (yup, no joke) in order to create a poll on our WordPress blog. So I clicked the box and then went on to “create a poll now”. Then a window appeared where I could enter my poll question as well as the answers and other customizing aspects such as on how the results should be displayed etc.
Simultaneously, I got an email from Polldaddy providing me with a password which I could use together with my email address in order to have direct access to their site. I would recommend creating the poll directly on their site since you can also choose from template options and other possibilities there which I did not see when I first set up the poll questions in WordPress.
So, I tried logging in and found the poll I had created under “All contents”. But how could I make it appear on our blog?
By putting the mouse on the poll title, I could chose from several options such as “Edit”, “Embed”, “Preview”, “Reports”, “Actions”. I chose “Embed” and a high number of possibilities appeared AGAIN. It is incredible: You can post your poll to almost anywhere! I chose WordPress (after fuddling around for some time) and then the following window appeared:
I copied the code and inserted it into my WordPress post. After having had a look at the draft, I saw that it had worked out nicely. Here you can have a look at my final result, you are most welcome to vote:
This exercise showed me that setting up a poll is not as difficult as I would have thought. (Of course it sounds faster than it was since I just skipped telling you about the couple of times I had to go back and change things and then try again and so on…) I feel proud of myself for having overcome any moment where the possibility of quitting and just working on another topic crossed my mind. I can recommend the Polldaddy’s support section which is the one I consulted when I got stuck. For recap, you can have a look at this support video.
I am amazed by the final result and I think that I will definitely make use of my newly acquired poll-skills throughout both my further studies and my professional life. I imagine that this function comes in handy when it comes to marketing and customer inquiries. Now I understand how some of the website-banners are created and I see that there is not such a mystery to them.