We have made a couple of updates to the polls and ratings feature on WordPress.com that you may have already noticed.
Ratings on front page
There is now an option in the ratings settings to allow you to display your posts ratings on the front page.
Usage is very simple – pick whether you want the rating above or below the post, and save.
Your ratings will now appear on your blogs front page… nice!
Poll Options Menu
You may have noticed a new menu option under the polls menu – Options.
Here you can import another PollDaddy account if you wish to access another account from your WordPress dashboard.
Using the default poll settings, you can set your typical poll settings, like a custom style. Then with each new poll created, these default settings are loaded automatically, saving you time and hassle.
Expiration limit on block repeat voting
There is an additional setting in the poll editor that allows you to set a limit on how long to block repeat voters.
Just choose one of the block options, select how long you wish to block repeat voting and save your poll.
We have also made a few minor updates like adding support for right-to-left (RTL) languages, and tightening permissions. The WordPress.org plugin has also been updated with these changes and with a few additional ones detailed on the PollDaddy blog.
You can find out more details on the support page.
- Feb 4, 2010 @ 6:11 pm
Feb 4th at 6:59 pm
I like the new features! Keep going with improving wordpress.com!!!
Feb 4th at 7:06 pm
I had over 2 years worth of posts before the ratings system was implemented and did not see much purpose in adding it with so many posts already be banned to the archives,they would never be rated anyway.
As for the polls, I rarely get much feedback from them, however, as always thx for adding more new features. It is always nice to know that WordPress.com is a dynamic environment in which to blog.:)
Feb 4th at 7:11 pm
Awesome! Haven’t used the ratings yet, but maybe we should start!
Feb 4th at 7:12 pm
I was updating the setting in my blog when I noticed the change. So now I am displaying the rating on the front page. This improvement shows how much you care about us. Thank you.
Feb 4th at 7:18 pm
Feb 4th at 7:38 pm
I like these new features coming about all the time, thanks so much!
Feb 4th at 7:47 pm
Does making a change takes time to propagate? I changed color of stars and the size, the front page is not reacting properly.
Feb 4th at 7:57 pm
I love polls.
I poll people randomly and then I poll them on how annoying it is to be polled.
They love it.
Feb 4th at 8:01 pm
Feb 4th at 8:14 pm
We are all loving WordPress. We love ‘em more & more when watching & using your questions.
Feb 4th at 8:30 pm
I love improvements and options. Thanks wordpress!
Feb 4th at 8:32 pm
Feb 4th at 8:40 pm
This is gr8 news that we can now have the ratings on the front page thank you very much.
Feb 4th at 8:41 pm
Feb 4th at 8:55 pm
Feb 4th at 8:58 pm
Awesome! I love WordPress updates like this!
Feb 4th at 9:03 pm
Cool, just what I’ve been waiting for
Feb 4th at 9:36 pm
Nice, especially the RTL support!
Feb 4th at 10:01 pm
wow i didn’t even know we could have ratings for our posts!
Feb 4th at 10:06 pm
day by day we’re getting richer features. thanks to the wp team for doing so much for us. we luv u wp
Feb 4th at 10:31 pm
thx, that’s great.
Feb 4th at 11:06 pm
This is really gonna be useful to me. Thanks a whole lot
Feb 4th at 11:24 pm
Very nice look, thanks
Feb 4th at 11:25 pm
I haven’t used the poll or rating options yet, but it’s always great to customize. Thank ya kindly wordpress!
Feb 5th at 12:00 am
I think I broke my settings again. Changed the colors of stars back to yellow but now some of the posts are stuck at the older color. Please check.
Feb 5th at 12:07 am
Nice, but If I make this feature from my dashboard (without inserting on my my post).
Where is really the url saved?
Feb 5th at 12:17 am
Wow! So many exciting features. I’ll have to think about what I could do a poll on!! In any case, it’s great to know its possible and that I have lots of options! Thanks so much!!
Feb 5th at 12:17 am
Thanks for the updates and the work done to improve polls and ratings. It’s appreciated.
Feb 5th at 12:25 am
Confused about the feature…will try to figure it out
When will you guys give us a good search engine powered by Google? and a Table of Contents…plus new Newspaper themes
Feb 5th at 12:39 am
cheers to these new improvements!!! WP is getting awesome every month!
Feb 5th at 12:50 am
Very cool – WP.com has these little improvements all the time which makes the blogging life so much better.
Feb 5th at 1:34 am
Ohkk, so the ratings bug has been fixed! I recall I was among the many others who had pointed out that it is not showing on the home page and WP had said it will soon be fixed! It has been, better late than never. Thanks.
Feb 5th at 1:40 am
love the ratings! more more!
Feb 5th at 2:50 am
Great additions. I use polls often. Got a Super Bowl one up now. As I’ve said before, you guys keep it real!
Feb 5th at 4:48 am
Great Work! Can we have more analytic stats?
Feb 5th at 6:29 am
this sweet if only i had more visitors visiting my blog then it would encourage me to write more often and probrably have contests in the future but right now i don’t see that happening for me
Feb 5th at 6:48 am
Great feature. I discovered Ratings feature very lately..
Feb 5th at 7:17 am
This is totally awesome!!!
Feb 5th at 8:25 am
good work, keep it up
Feb 5th at 9:05 am
yes… i like this feature..!
Feb 5th at 9:06 am
That’s really useful…..tahk you!!!!
Feb 5th at 9:18 am
PollDaddy doesn´t seem to work on my blog. I have created a custom style, but it won´t display on my front page.
Feb 5th at 2:13 pm
Yeah really happy abt the ratings thing…thanks a lot!:-)
Feb 5th at 3:16 pm
Thanks, but i still don’t see that it’s translated into Hebrew.
Feb 5th at 4:35 pm
like this. will use sometime soon.
Feb 5th at 5:19 pm
mmmm , I feel that is gonna be GOOD idea ,
Feb 5th at 10:10 pm
This is a good idea, especially as I tend to review a lot of TV and other media. Means I can ask readers to vote too. Thanks.
Feb 5th at 11:35 pm
ha! i just put up a poll today regarding a ridiculous fashion trend before i saw this. Thanks WP and I’ll use it next time…
Feb 6th at 5:36 am
Shame no one reads my blog otherwise I might be a wee bit excited about these here updates…
Feb 6th at 4:22 pm
Nice guys. I will definitely use it.
Feb 6th at 5:31 pm
cool. I like it.
Feb 6th at 7:07 pm
Thank you so much!
Feb 7th at 1:43 am
looks really nice!
Feb 7th at 8:35 am
nice one. cool.
Feb 7th at 10:19 am
Just tried to add the Ratings and – nowt!!!
Feb 7th at 10:25 am
Sorry, folks. It’s fine now. Sorry.
Feb 7th at 11:47 am
This looks useful
Feb 7th at 1:20 pm
Awesome, keep it up!
Feb 7th at 2:29 pm
My blog is an example of how the poll and rating update should be used effectively. Thanks for this update guys, it will definitely make WordPress more interactive.
Feb 7th at 3:30 pm
I’ve just made my simple blog but I don’t know what people will think about it.
Feb 7th at 3:51 pm
I love the ratings. I am very happy with the new option to feature the ratings in the home page. It’s just a little improvement that could be made considering the ratings – It should have the block the voter option. I’ve noticed some voting abusing on my blog and I wish to do something about it…
Feb 7th at 4:01 pm
very good so I can gauge public opinion of the people
Feb 7th at 4:37 pm
I had ratings on my blog… obviously not on the front page though.
However, today the ratings that had been previously entered were gone. Don’t know when they disappeared or were reset, but it was recently. As one five star rating was left only a couple days previously.
Feb 8th at 4:29 am
I have just started my blog, and now reading all this I don’t even think I know what it all means. Then again my blog is pretty much the same. I suppose this means though to get a rating people need to be reading your blog. God help me. I’ll be stuffed.
Feb 8th at 6:59 am
very good.. yesss
Feb 8th at 8:13 am
Hey is it possible to download an app or something so that I can see where my blog viewers are viewing from? Like New York, San Fran, Dallas etc?
Feb 8th at 12:00 pm
Im just starting out here….will continue….will add various things to make it interesting…God knows what I will add………………should be a trip.
Feb 8th at 2:31 pm
Thanks for the changes to the poll options menu. I am really interested in publishing a number of new polls in the next few days on my blog. I appreciate the new options!
Feb 8th at 4:50 pm
thanks for the new changes that i am using now ! I like it very much . keep up improving !
Feb 8th at 10:45 pm
Feb 9th at 2:11 am
I haven’t tried the new changes, but I am sure they are helpful to all of us, who have a permanent residence at wordpress.com Thank you
Feb 9th at 4:57 pm
Great features…loving it.
Feb 9th at 6:52 pm
Please could we have more detail about how to make a custom rating symbol? I have had a go and the results are a bit . . . unexpected.
My image of a little elephant is 16px wide by 8px high and this has produced a double row of images with 5 elephants stacked on top of another five.
I thought that I would need to produce a coloured image but having done so there is no gradation when I hover over the rating scale. Should the images be greyscale? Transparent?
Feb 9th at 8:12 pm
Awesome features! I just started using WordPress (a few months ago) , and I must say that you guys keep improving and adding nice features. This has to be the best blog site ever
Feb 9th at 8:32 pm
Fantastic features !
Feb 10th at 1:17 pm
Great features, however I do agree with another writer that I’m not sure how well used polls are. If anyone knows different, let me know !
Feb 10th at 8:14 pm
a great improvement, I was actually considering to take screenshots of the ratings in order to share them with my readers. Now they’re one click away and they’re permanently updated. Thanks wordpress, you rock
Feb 11th at 1:49 pm
well thanks , but I don’t think that I am gonna use it for now
Feb 11th at 3:20 pm
Thanks Eoin – I had a look on Polldaddy before I posted but I didn’t find that page Will have another go
Feb 11th at 3:41 pm
I like it a lot. Would be great if it comes with more different type of fonts and colours to match the theme. As at the moment, such a pity the font type doesn’t match with my page design.