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Crowdsignal Polls & Ratings plugin allows you to:

  1. Create and manage polls inside your site dashboard.
  2. Display ratings above or below posts, pages and comments.  Ratings enables your readers to vote on content shared on your site.

About Crowdsignal polls

Crowdsignal polls is an easy way to gather opinions, votes, and see and share results immediately.  Polls are also a great way to engage readers.

Here’s what a Crowdsignal poll looks like:

About Crowdsignal Ratings

Crowdsignal ratings can be displayed above or below posts, pages and comments.  Ratings enables your readers to vote on content shared on your site.

Reader click on the Rating icons to share their vote.

Here is what Crowdsignal ratings look like:

Ratings

Set up Crowdsignal

Once you have activated Polldaddy Polls & Ratings plugin in Plugins > All you need to link it to your Crowdsignal account as follows:

1.  Log into your Crowdsignal account (or sign up for an account).

2.  Go to your Crowdsignal API account page.

3.  Add your API key name and click Generate API Key.

Generate API Key

4.  Copy your new API key.

API key

5. Go to Crowdsignal > Poll Settings.

Crowdsignal poll settings

6. Paste your API key into Crowdsignal.com API key field and click Link Account.

Paste API

Create New Poll

How you create and add a new Poll depends on if you are using the classic editor or block editor.  

Classic Editor 

The following section explains how to create and add a new poll using the classic editor.  If you are using the block editor, refer to add poll using block editor section.  

You create a new poll as follows:

1. Go to Posts > Add New (or Pages > Add New)

2.  Click on the Add Poll icon above the editor.

Add poll

3. The Add Poll window will launch where you’ll see your existing polls and an option to create a new poll.

4.  Click on Add New.

Add New

5.  You may see a message that says “You are not allowed to edit this post”.  You just ignore this message.

polls81

6. Add your questions and configure the poll options to suit your needs.

Add questions

7.  Click Save Poll.

Click Save Poll

8.  A message will appear at the top letting you know your poll has been created.  Click on Embed in Post to insert it into your post or page.

Embed in Post

9.  The Crowdsignal shortcode will be inserted into your post.

Crowdsignal shortcode

10.  When you view your published post or page you’ll see your new poll.

To insert a poll you’ve already created you click on the Add Poll icon above your editor when creating/editing a post or page.

Add poll

The Add Poll window will launch where you’ll see your existing polls.

Click on the Embed in Post button underneath the existing poll to add it to your post/page.

Embed poll

Block Editor

The following section explains how to create and add a new poll using the block editor.  If you are using the classic editor, refer to add new poll using classic editor section.  

You create a new poll as follows:

1. Go to Crowdsignal > Polls.

Go to Crowdsignal > Polls

2. Click on Add New.

Click on Add New

3. Add your questions and configure the poll options to suit your needs.

Create the new poll

4. Click Save Poll.

5. Click Embed Poll in New Post.

Embed Poll in new post

6. A new post opens with your crowdsignal poll shortcode added to a classic block. Add your post title, any post content and then click Publish.

Shortcode in classic block

To insert a poll you’ve already created you go to Crowdsignal > Polls and Embed & Link underneath the poll you want to add.

Embed and link

Copy the direct URL.

Copy the direct URL

Add a Crowdsignal block to your post and paste the direct URL into the block,

Crowdsignal block

Paste the direct URL into the Crowdsignal block and click Embed.

Paste the direct URL into the block

A preview of your poll will load in the post editor.

Poll in post editor

Add Poll to Sidebar

You add a Crowdsignal poll to your sidebar by pasting the embed code into a text widget as follows:

1. Go to Crowdsignal > Polls.

Go to Crowdsignal > Polls

2.  Click on Embed & Link under the poll you want to add.


3.  Copy the Javascript code.

Copy the code

4. Go to Appearance > Widgets in your dashboard.

Widgets

5.  Add a text widget to the desired sidebar.

6.  Click on the text tab, paste the code into the text widget and then click Save.

Text widget

Configure Ratings

You enable ratings as follows:

1. Go to Crowdsignal > Rating Settings.

Crowdsignal rating settings

2.  Select where you want to display ratings on, i.e posts, pages or comments, and where you want the rating displayed and then click Save Changes.

Configure ratings

3.  Once configured you should see the ratings option on your content.

Add Ratings to Sidebar

You can display your top-rated content by adding the Top Rated widget to the desired sidebar.

Once you add the widget to your sidebar in Appearance > Widgets, you’ll see that the widget settings look like this:

Top Rated Widget
  • Title:  Allows you to add your own custom title.
  • Show for Posts, pages, comments: allows you to control which content is displayed.
  • Number: Controls the number of items that are listed.