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In the past I have spent days constructing my own polls with JavaScript and PHP. It takes a lot of time developing the database and internal functions without any reference guide. But thankfully we have access to a number of free services dedicated to website polls and surveys.

This gallery includes 15 free plugins, scripts, and externally-hosted services for generating user polls. Almost every major CMS engine has a poll plugin which can save you hours of time reinventing the wheel. Take a peek at the examples below and let us know your thoughts in the comments area below.

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Polls are the most popular way of asking the opinions of users about a specific subject. And, web is the perfect place to use them.

Lately, social polling is being used widely as they require the user to login with a social account, results + data collected can be filtered and sharing of the poll is encouraged.

Opinion Stage, a professional web-based application (with a functional free plan), simplifies creating such social polls so much.

Opinion Stage - Social Polling and Voting

The application has a very nice interface to create a poll in minutes. It is possible to choose between 2 poll types:

  • multiple choice
  • head-to-head

and use images or videos, customize the look + functionality (like enabling users to filter results, sharing options and more).

Opinion Stage supports all the major social networks (Facebook, Twitter and Google+) and offers a rich reporting backend that allows administrators to view results by various social, demographic and behavioral filters.

Although it is also possible to create standard polls with the application, social polls increase the engagement so much and provide much more valuable data.

Once a poll is created, it can be embedded to any web page instantly. Here is a real example (and feel free to vote):

The giveaway

3 * -three month- accounts of this social voting app is being given away and you can comment to this post to join.

Winners will be selected randomly with the query below a week later (11 September 2013).

SELECT * FROM wp_comments WHERE comment_post_id=4529 AND comment_approved=1 AND comment_type='' GROUP BY comment_author_email ORDER BY RAND() LIMIT 3

Good luck to all.

In this tutorial, we'll be creating an Ajax Poll Script that displays the results with colored and animated lines using PHP, MySQL and jQuery.

The script has a pretty easy logic and can be implemented into any website quickly by simply calling a php function like getPoll(2) which brings the second poll.

Ajax Poll Script

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The code has 3 parts: HTML, JavaScript (jQuery) and PHP. Let's start with the easiest one:

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quizzy is an open source PHP-Ajax library for creating online multiple-choice quizzes.

It uses XML files for configuring the questions/answers of every quiz where each question and answer can have a true/false or a point value.

All data is loaded via Ajax which makes it impossible to view the future questions or answers of them inside the source.

quizzy

Questions can have an explanation text once an answer is submitted. And also, images can be used within questions and answers.

After the quiz is completed, it displays your calculated score and grade (optionally, with an image for every grade).

There is also an online quizzy builder, an online form which helps you creating the XML files easily.

quizzy uses jQuery and the jQuery loader plugin for notifying users in every Ajax request.

Flabell is presenting another handy resource for creating Flash-XML based survey with multiple questions.

An unlimited number of questions & a variable number of answers can be added by simply editing the XML file.

When users select an answer, they can pass to the next question & all answers are stored inside the XML file for visualizing them later (not included within the code).

Free Flash XML Survey

P.S. Download requires a free membership.

XML Flash Voting Poll is a free component for creating nice looking Flash-based polls.

It is built with AS3 & supports one active poll with an unlimited number of answers.

Free Flash Poll

Many variables can be controlled in the XML files like:

  • the question’s height, text, color, size
  • background colors used
  • distances between items
  • messages displayed after voting & more

The download package includes images (.AI & .PDF) & fonts used.

P.S. Free membership is required for downloading the component.

Dracon Ajax Poll is a free PHP-MySQL-Ajax poll script which is simply beautiful.

The script is totally skinnable, has multi-language support & can also use XML as the data source rather than MySQL.

Free Ajax Poll Script

Once an option is voted, total votes are displayed with a charming effect.

It records the IPs used in order to prevent repeated-votes as a security measure.

Ajax Poll Admin

At the backend, there is again a totally Ajaxed admin interface which is easy to use.

It is possible to add unlimited polls & unlimited options to any poll, edit & delete them.

P.S. The script is free once a backlink is kept.

Zoki Poll is a free PHP – Ajax poll script that stores data in a XML file.

Free Ajax PHP PollIt has flexible display options for integrating the poll in limited spaces like horizontal scrolling long question & answers or vertical scrolling of answers.

Vote results are displayed with a nice, animated percentage bar & the look of the poll can be easily changed via CSS.

To prevent duplicate voting, Zoki Poll has a cookie-based protection system.

This Ajax poll script does not have an administration interface & it is a nice piece of code if you’re ready to integrate it yourself.

P.S. Downloading the script requires free registration.

LimeSurvey is an open source PHP survey application which has almost every feature you may need.

It enables you to create conditional (questions change depending on the previous answers), open/close group surveys with e-mail invitations, reminders & more.


This PHP survey application is completely multilingual and currently supports 46 languages. Any survey can be created to support more than 1 language.

Templates can be created and any survey can be choosen to work with that template to match the design of the websites.

Some features of LimeSurvey:

  • Unlimited number of surveys at the same time
  • Unlimited number of questions in a survey
  • Unlimited number of participants to a survey
  • Multi-Lingual Surveys
  • User-Management
  • 20 different question types with more to come
  • WYSIWYG HTML Editor
  • Quotas Management
  • Integration of pictures and movies into a survey
  • Creation of a printable survey version
  • Option for participants to buffer answers to continue survey at a later time
  • Survey expiry dates for automation
  • Enhanced import and export functions to text, CSV, PDF, SPSS, queXML and MS Excel format
  • Basic statistical and graphical analysis with export facility
  • Screen Reader Accessiblity
  • W3C compliance

AskPeople is a free PHP survey application that is simple but functional.

It supports most of the entry options with checkboxes, radio buttons, textboxes, textareas &  dropdowns. Using AskPeople, a complicated survey can be created in minutes.

Free PHP Survey

AskPeople has a template system where a new design can be implemented for the surveys to match the look of your website.

Some features of this free PHP survey application:

  • Secure, multi-user admin interface.
  • Unlimited, completely flexible templates.
  • Built in file manager.
  • Multipage surveys using pagebreaks between groups of questions.
  • Make any question ‘required’ to ensure respondents complete it.
  • Optional cookie-based protection against repeated submission of forms.
  • Plain-text questionnaire export.
  • Raw data editor.
  • One-click project backup.

This is a handy application for creating & managing a job application form or making a market research & more.

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