nopCommerce 101: How to Take a Poll in nopCommerce

At the heart of e-commerce, there is one basic truth; you always want to provide products and services that your customers want. A simple way to get feedback from your customers is to ask for information; nopCommerce provides an easy-to-use poll feature that will let your users respond quickly and efficiently.

To add a poll to your nopCommerce-enabled website: start by logging into your nopCommerce site as an admin, then navigating to the Administration area. Under “Content Management”, select “Polls”.

Click the “Add New” button; fill in the information on the first tab, and then click “Save and Continue Edit” (this keeps you in the same input area, instead of having to navigate back to your poll in progress). Some tips about these fields:

  • Give the poll a unique “systemkeyword”, so that you don’t have any clashes with any other elements in the system.
  • “Poll Name” is actually the question the poll is asking – the labeling is a bit confusing, so keep this in mind.
  • If you’re not ready for this poll to be displayed, be sure to uncheck the “Published” checkbox.

Now you’re ready to add your response selections on the second tab, labeled “Poll Answers”. Click “Add New Record”, enter your value, and then “Insert”. Repeat this for as many times as there are options you wish to add to your poll. Try to keep your options to 3-5 choices; otherwise, your visitors may become too confused, and avoid your poll entirely.

When you’re finished with your entries, click “Save and Continue Edit”, and then return to the first tab. Select the dates you want your poll to be available, and then check “Published”. Your poll will appear during the date range you’ve scheduled, and your site visitors will be able to provide you with valuable feedback!

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