Post Voting Plugin

Bring the power of Digg to your site and gauge the popularity of your content with user voting.

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Visitors to your site can quickly vote on what content they like and don't like.
Post Voting Plugin includes advanced settings.
Customize the look and feel of how users vote with different icon sets.
Shortcodes allow you to add further customizations to your site.
View your voting stats in your WordPress dashboard.
Custom widgets allow you to display popular posts.


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post voting plugin allows visitors to your site to have their say and vote on your content.


Bring the power of Digg to your WordPress site and give your users the power to vote.

Post Voting Plugin

Not sure whether visitors to your site like your posts? Let your users vote on what they like and don’t like.

A Simple Plugin Packed With Features

Post Voting Plugin isn’t just a basic voting solution. It’s has many powerful features:

  • View your voting statistics in your WordPress dashboard, including a network stats screen in the Network Admin Dashboard when using Multisite
  • Custom widgets allow you to display your top posts by popular vote, most popular posts across your Multisite network
  • Allow voting for unregistered visitors
  • Built in IP check to help prevent multiple post voting
  • Five built-in voting icon sets
  • Customizable positioning of the voting box
  • Shortcodes for advanced customization
  • Enable daily voting with an add-on
  • Template tags for further customization

Quick and Easy to Get Up and Running

Post Voting Plugin works straight out of the box. Simply install and activate the plugin.

You choose where to position the voting icons – above or below posts or in a custom location using shortcodes.

Your readers can start voting – and engaging with your site –  immediately.


Start by reading Installing plugins section in our comprehensive
WordPress and WordPress Multisite Manual
if you are new to WordPress.

To install:

1.  Download the plugin file
2.  Unzip the file into a folder on your hard drive
3.  Upload /wpmu-dev-post-votes/ folder to /wp-content/plugins/ folder on your site
4.  Login to your admin panel for WordPress or Multisite and activate the plugin:

  • On regular WordPress installs – visit Plugins and Activate the plugin.
  • For WordPress Multisite installs – Activate it blog-by-blog (say if you wanted to make it a Pro Sites premium plugin), or visit Network Admin -> Plugins and Network Activate the plugin.

To Use:

Once activated, the default voting options are added to your posts.

1.  To customize the location of the voting icons, their appearance and who can vote simply visit Settings > Post Voting.

Configuring the Post Voting plugin

2.  Voting Stats for all posts can be checked in Dashboard > Voting Stats in the site admin dashboard.

The Voting Stats page

3.  Top Rated Posts widget, Top Voted posts on network widget and Voting Widget can be added via Appearance > Widgets.

The Top rated post widget

4. Instructions for using the extensive shortcodes and template tags are located at the bottom of Settings > Post Voting in your site’s admin.

But to help get you started, here are a few usage examples. The following shortcodes can be used in any post, page or text widget:

  • wdpv_vote – will display all parts of voting gadget – “Vote up” link, “Vote down” link and results.
  • wdpv_vote_up – will display just the “Vote up” link.
  • wdpv_vote_down – will display just the “Vote down” link.
  • wdpv_vote_result – will display just the voting results.

You can include the post_id parameter in the above shortcodes if you want to display the voting widget for a particular post. For example, to prompt your users to vote for a post with an ID of 25, simply add a text widget to your sidebar with this in it:

Vote for this post!
wdpv_vote post_id=25

The following shortcode can also be used to display a list of posts with highest number of votes.


There are 2 parameters that can used with this one: limit and network. For example:

  • wdpv_popular – will display the 5 highest rated posts on the current blog.
  • wdpv_popular limit=”3″ – will display the 3 highest rated posts on the current blog.
  • wdpv_popular network=”yes” – will display the 5 highest rated posts on the entire network.
  • wdpv_popular limit=”10″ network=”yes” – will display the 10 highest rated posts on the entire network.

Note that any shortcodes you use must be wrapped in square brackets “[ ]“. We simply omitted them here to prevent the shortcodes from executing on this page. :)

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