It’s always good to ask what your readers and visitors think so why not have a poll? If I happen across a website with one I tend to vote, it kind of feels good to give your opinion very quickly and also, more often than not, I want to know what others think too so I’d have to vote to see the result (yes, I know, I am way too nosey for my own good 😀 ).
I’ve had a look and a play with a few poll plugins and although there are quite a few to choose from I thought Flash Poll ++ and WP-Polls were pretty cool as they were easy to install and use, although out of the two Flash Poll ++ gets my vote for the look on the site and also ease of use in the admin dashboard and I am unanimous in that!
Oh, I need to mention Democracy Ajax Poll too, apparently it is really good and was the first I tried to install, it didn’t want to work on my personal site so I lost interest – this is probably due to other plugins I have but I’m not one to faff for too long! But by all accounts it is cool to use. Your blogmistress also demanded 😉 asked for ‘simple’ so when it looked like it was conflicting with other plugins I decided it was time to move on!
Both Flash Poll ++ and WP-Polls were quick and easy to install as plugins and pop into the sidebar (loving them both already!) and I would say the only difference between the two is that Flash Poll ++ is better eye candy for your reader and comes with enough easy options to change colours, etc, although both offer this facility and WP-Polls has a lot more options (whether necessary I’m not sure).
Why not try a poll on your site? It might just give you some valuable information, your readers feel like their opinions count and enjoy being a bit more interactive with you without the need to send a ‘why-oh-why’ email or comment 🙂
Thanks to Joseph O’Sullivan for this commissioned guest post