Chapter 15. Using the Polls Component


  • Introducing the Polls Manager

  • Creating and managing polls

  • Displaying polls

Joomla! 1.5.x includes a Polls component that enables you to create and run polls and surveys for your site. The Poll Manager allows for the creation of single question polls with up to 12 answer choices. You can create and run multiple polls and you can view the results from one or more polls in an easy- to- read chart format.

The Polls component works in conjunction with the Polls module. The component handles the creation of the Poll content, while the module handles the actual display of the polls. You control the placement of the polls on the page by assigning the module to the desired module position.

Introducing the Poll Manager

The Poll Manager is the interface to the component. You can use the Poll Manager to create and manage all the polls on your web site. To access the manager, go to the Components menu and select the Polls option. The Poll Manager interface loads in your browser. Figure 15.1 shows the Poll Manager as it appears with the Joomla! sample data installed.


joomla! 1.6

There is no Polls component in Joomla! 1.6.

The Poll Manager interface in Joomla! 1.5.

Figure 15.1. The Poll Manager interface in Joomla! 1.5.

The toolbar at the top of the Poll Manager provides quick access to the following functions:

  • Publish: Select one or more polls from the list and then click this icon to publish ...

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