How do I create a star rating?

Here are some step-by-step instructions on how to create a star rating using Polldaddy.

To get started, log in to your Polldaddy dashboard. Click on the big blue Create a new… dropdown and select Rating:

Give your rating a name:

Select the 5-Star Rating radio button in the Rating Type box:

Now, under Edit Styles, you can customize the size and color of your five star rating. In this example, we’ve changed the size to large, and selected blue for the star color:

Notice that the live preview on the right-hand side of the screen will update as you make selections, so that you can see what your rating will look like:

Customize rating fonts and default text

Under Edit Styles, you can set your text in bold or italic, change the size of your text, choose a typeface, select a color, set the line height (the space between the text and the stars), align the text left, right, or center, relative to the stars, and choose whether you want the text to appear on top, to the right, or beneath the rating.

You can customize all the default phrases associated with the rating. Additionally, you can change the text to a different language, by entering the phrases in the language of your choice:

Click on the blue Save Rating Widget button to save your rating widget. Clicking on this button brings up a pop-up from which you can copy code that you can paste into your website:

Placing a widget on your website

Now, all you need to do is embed your nifty widget. Click on Collect Votes to do this. There’s an option to copy and paste JavaScript if that suits your fancy, or you can copy the handy shortcode as shown in the example below, and paste into your WordPress site post. Note that if you have a WordPress.org site, you’ll need to download and install the Polldaddy plugin, first.

If you have a WordPress.com site, you can embed the rating using the WordPress.com shortcode. Click on the WordPress option, copy the shortcode we supply, paste it into the location you’d like to see it on your website:

ratings-share-wordpress

To embed using the JavaScript option, click on it, copy the JavaScript code we supply, paste it into the location you’d like to see it on your website:

ratings-share-javascript

Here’s what it looks like on your site:

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