Learning to make an online poll is fun, too. They can also be very helpful. For instance, you may want to know what a certain group of people (such as your blog readers) thinks about a specific subject. A poll can also help you decide what you want to do in many areas.
MakeUseOf has posted many tech-related polls and our readers have participated in them in a wonderful way. Check out some of them either by clicking here or by clicking the “Polls” link in the sidebar under the topics menu.
You too can make your own online poll in the sidebar of your blog or website and MicroPoll makes the process quick and easy.
All it consists of is setting it up, tweaking the design and grabbing the embed code for your site.
Setting Up A Poll With MicroPoll
First things first: you must sign up for an account.
Once you sign up, you can log in and start the process of setting up a poll. Begin by clicking the “Create New MicroPoll” button.
Next enter the question you want answered and the possible answers. You’ll want to hit Enter after each answer.
Notice the preview of the poll showing up next to the fields you are filling out. Once done, hit the “Create New Poll” button. You will then be brought to a list of your published polls. Find the one you are working on, click “Options” and then “edit” from the dropdown menu.
Right off the bat you’ll notice the embedding code which you need in order to embed the poll on your site.
Further down the page you will find the Settings section where you can edit the details of the post.
At this point, if you like the look of the poll (the preview is still off to the right), you are all set to embed it on your site. Just grab the code and go at it. However, if you want to change how it looks, you can.
Tweaking The Design Of Your MicroPoll
Right below the details of the post, you’ll notice the “Theme” drop down menu. You can choose one of the MicroPoll themes or tweak the default theme. There are also some more customizations you can do under the “Customize Poll” menu that aren’t so design related.
You can also customize the results page.
MicroPoll seems to have a lot of modification options for a service that is still really easy to use. Mess around a bit and tweak your poll until you have it how you want it.
Grabbing The Code For Your Site
After making sure you hit the “save changes” button, go back to the top of the page and grab the embed code. Remember that the embed code will only work where HTML is accepted. I used a text widget in my WordPress blog’s sidebar and it works fine.
Notice that you can also grab the link to share if you’d rather not mess with embedding.
There are many polling sites and plugins out there to choose from (MakeUseOf is currently using Polldaddy). The simplicity along with the custom-ability of MicroPoll gives them a leg in the game at least.
What polling site or plugin do you use and why?