While there are numerous free services for running polls and surveys, there are many reasons to host and manage your own- primarily knowing for sure how the data collected and used is for the purposes you define. And that the data is firmly under your control.
Your Domain of One’s Own account offers several tools available in your cPanel (look under All Applications in the Surveys and Statistics group), LimeSurvey is one of the most powerful and flexible, with over 28 question types and numerous options for managing your surveys:
LimeSurvey enables surveys to be developed and responses to be collected and analyzed. LimeSurvey includes a wide range of built-in question types, and a range of flexible options. Surveys can include branching, different layouts and designs (using a templating system), and can provide basic statistical analysis of survey results. Surveys can be public, or can be strictly controlled through the use of unique tokens for each survey participant.
As with other web applications, you will want to consider first whether you want to run LimeSurvey in an established subdomain (or create a new one), and then decided if you want the application to sit inside a specific subdirectory. For the example below, we are choosing to install in our sandbox subdomain, and in a subdirectory there named
survey. It’s good to check the URL it will be available at before we install the application.
Note that LimeSurvey requires 400Mb of disk space to install, and with the quota of 500Mb on a StateU account, you might have to delete another application if you lack sufficient disk space to try LimeSurvey.
Keep track of the administrative username and password entered when you install this application; the link under your installed apps will not save this for you. Once installed, your instance of LimeSurvey will be listed in your cPanel area under My Applications. The second links takes you to a login screen.
On your first entry into LimeSurvey, you are provided some basic steps for creating your first survey. Or you can browse the administrative interface to learn how it is organized.
There are many options available, so take some time to browse the LimeSurvey documentation and experiment with setting up your questions. You can create very sophisticated surveys with LimeSurvey.
Example for "Surveys in Your Domain":