This is a legacy document, there is more info in the FAQ

How do I create a new petition

  1. Select “Add New” from the “Email Petitions” menu.
  2. Complete the “Add New Email Petition” form with the options you desire and save your petition by clicking the “Create Petition” button.
  3. Enter the petition’s shortcode into any page or post where you want the petition form to appear.

    [emailpetition id="1"] will display this:

Can I display the petition as a widget?

Yes. Once you’ve created a petition, go to the Widgets screen and drag the “SpeakOut! Email Petitions” widget into a sidebar. In the widget’s options, enter a Title and a Call to Action and then select the petition you wish to display.

Have a look at the widgets on this page.  Go ahead and try it, it doesn’t send anywhere.

Why are some people not receiving the confirmation emails?

Some email services (like AOL, Hotmail, and a few others) do not accept mail sent from the PHP mail() function. So, people who sign your petition with an email address from one of these providers may not be able to receive a confirmation email. To get around this problem, try installing the WP Mail SMTP plugin which will redirect calls to the PHP mail() function through your webserver’s SMTP configuration.

How can I create a custom style for the petition form?

First, select “Custom” as your theme on the Settings screen. Then create a petition.css file in your theme folder. You can use the styles included in the plugin’s CSS folder as a starting point for your custom theme — just copy the contents of theme-standard.css or theme-basic.css into your petition.css file and make any modifications you desire.

Custom styles can also be created for the widget and signature lists by adding petition-widget.css or petition-signaturelist.css to your theme and changing the theme for these items to “Custom”.

The First Name, Last Name or Email fields in the petition form display the name and email of the site administrator. What’s going on?

These fields are filled automatically for logged-in users. You are seeing the name and email info associated with your user account. Other users will see their own information in these fields. Or, if the user is not logged-in, the fields will be empty.

Can the petition message be sent to multiple email addresses?

Yes. In the Target Email field, simply enter a comma-separated list of email addresses.

Is there a way to confirm a user’s email address when they sign a petition?

Yes. Simply select “Confirm signatures” when creating a petition and a confirmation email will be sent to the address used to sign the petition. By clicking the link in the confirmation email, the signer can confirm their email address. The petition message will not be sent until the signer’s email address is confirmed.

Can I run a petition without having it send email?

Yes. when you create a new petition, simply select the checkbox labelled “Do not send email (only collect signatures)” at the top of the Petition box and email will not be sent out when the petition is signed.

Is there a way to publicly display the names of people who have signed my petition?

Yes, simply place the signaturelist shortcode wherever you want the list to appear in your post (be sure to set the id value to match the id number of your petition).

[signaturelist id="1"]

In the signature settings tab you can  choose to only show the first initial of the surname rather than full name.

Can I download a list of my petition’s signatures?

Yes. To download the signatures in CSV format, click the “Download as CSV” button at the top of the Signatures screen. If you do not see a “Download as CSV” button on this screen, you will first need to select your petition from the drop-down list.

I downloaded the CSV file, but when I open it in a spreadsheet application, the values aren’t in the correct columns. Can I fix this?

If the CSV file looks scrambled, try changing its filename extension from .csv to .txt and then re-opening it in your spreadsheet app. The columns should be arranged correctly. (If you wish to keep the .csv extension, once you’ve opened the .txt file, re-save it as a CSV from your spreadsheet app, which will structure the contents of the file in a version of the CSV format that it understands.)