Spent time recently looking for a WordPress plugin that I could use to solicit reader opinions on behalf of a client of mine. While dozens of survey-taking plugins for WordPress exist, I sought one that was relatively inexpensive, easy to configure, and could display poll results along a narrow sidebar measuring 200 pixels. It was latter criteria that was the most challenging to fulfill.
The free versions of Polldaddy and SurveyMonkey are two tools I’ve used in the past to set up online polls. While SurveyMonkey is easy to configure and there are lots of helpful templates on its website, the width of its survey window is way too wide to fit in a typical WordPress sidebar. On the other hand, I would have no problem using SurveyMonkey on a WordPress post or page.
During my research, I wanted to see I could find a plugin that was comparable or superior to Polldaddy. After rejecting several candidates that I thought were too difficult to configure, I located a promising plugin called Pinnion that’s currently available as a beta product.
Setup was simple and straighforward. All I had to do was register for a free user account on Pinnion’s website and enter my poll questions and suggested answers in the tabbed configuration windows.
I found Pinnion’s tech support to be exemplary. During my testing phase, I submitted several requests for help by clicking the Need Assistance tab located in the WordPress administration sidebar and received prompt replies every time.
Despite Pinnion’s best efforts at providing assistance, I could not get the poll results to display the descriptive text associated with each answer along my client’s WordPress sidebar.
In the end, I installed the Polldaddy plugin on my client’s website. Nevertheless, I believe Pinnion has great potential, and will definitely keep them in mind, the next time I need to add a poll to a WordPress site.