WP Voting Contest (Buy Votes) Extension

Item Details

  • Current version: 2.1.4 Release Notes
  • Last Update: March 13, 2023
  • First Release: September 11, 2018
  • Author: Ohio Web Technologies
  • Requirements:

    WordPress 5.5 – 6.1.1+
    WP Voting Contest 5.0+
    PHP 7.0 – PHP 8.1+
    Edge, Firefox, Chrome, Safari

  • Demo Link: View Demo

Buy Votes - PayPal, Stripe, PayStack, Coinbase

The WP Voting Contest (Buy Votes) Addon requires the WordPress Voting Contest Plugin Version 5.0+ in order to work.

Please purchase the retail version of the WP Voting Contest Plugin before purchasing this add-on/extension.

The WP Voting Contest (Buy Votes) Addon allows you to charge for votes. The voting fee can be set at the category level so that you can charge a different voting fee for each contest when running multiple contests. You can chose to use PayPal and/or Stripe for buy votes payment options.

Since you can enable the Buy Votes Settings on a per category bases, that means you can also run free to vote contests and paid voting contests at the same time. Optionally, you can select the amount of free votes a user gets before they are prompted to buy votes.

How are purchased votes applied to a contestant?

Currently, a voter has to separately purchase votes for each contestant they want to vote for. This means that you cannot purchase 10 votes and split the 10 votes between different contestants. If you buy 10 votes, all 10 votes will be applied to the contestant in which they purchased the votes for.

There are a few methods you can choose for the quantity of votes the voter can purchase.


Buy Votes Standard Pricing Method

Here are the settings for the standard method:

Here is the popup voters will see using the standard method when choosing both PayPal & Stripe:

Select Buy Votes Payment GatewayBuy Votes Tiered Pricing Method

You can alternatively select a tiered pricing method. Here are the settings for the tiered pricing method:

Here is the popup that voters will see when using the tiered pricing method:


Select PayPal, Stripe and/or PayStack Payments Settings



WordPress Dashboard > Contest > Settings > Buy Votes – Payment Settings

Here are the global settings to connect with PayPal, Stripe or PayStack. Make sure to select LIVE in order to accept payments. Otherwise, you can use sandbox mode for testing purposes. Please be aware that while PayPal and stripe are available for most countries, we can only offer support for countries that PayPal and Stripe support.


While adding the Stripe Secret key make sure to add the full Secret key without ‘****’ or ‘….’. Otherwise, It will cause errors while initiating with the Stripe Payment Gateway.

Here are the details to create the Client ID in the Paypal. Make sure that you create a LIVE APP in order accept payments. PayPal will default you to the Sandbox tab by default in the setup screen so you have to click the LIVE APP tab before creating the api keys. Otherwise, when clicking the “Buy Vote” button within your contest, the PayPal payment popup will open and close indicating that you have not setup everything correctly. This indicates you are trying to use a sandbox api key with the plugin set on live mode or vise versa.

  1. Login to the Paypal Dashboard using the following link https://developer.paypal.com/developer/applications/create
  2. You will be redirected to the app creating page after login and Add the App Name as in the image below
  3. Click on the Create App and you will be redirected to Client ID page

Copy the LIVE Client ID and use it in the Paypal Settings in the plugin


Finally, make sure that you are logged out of PayPal when you test as you cannot buy votes from yourself.

Coinbase CryptoCurrency Integration 

You can buy your votes using the Crypto Currency such as Bitcoin, Ethereum, Dogecoin, Bitcoin Cash, Dai, Litecoin & USD Coin with the Coinbase gateway. You need to register in the Coinbase using this link Coinbase Commerce before using the Crypto Currency Payment gateway.

After completing the registration in the Coinbase Commerce, you need to follow all the steps below to accept the Crypto Currency Payment for the Buy Votes Extension.

WordPress Dashboard > Contest > Settings > Buy Votes – Payment Settings > Coinbase Crypto Currency Gateway Settings

Create the API key in the Coinbase Commerce Dashboard under the Settings Tab as in the screenshot below. Once you create the API, Add in the Coinbase API Key textfield under Buy Votes Settings.

Copy the Webhook URL from the Buy Votes Settings Dashboard and add in the Coinbase Dashboard under Settings > Webhook Subscriptions. Since the Crypto Payment may take some time to confirm the transactions , So we need to add the Webhook where coinbase will return to the confirmations to Buy Votes Extension and the Votes will be added once the payment is confirmed.

Once you add the Webhook URL, Click on the Show Shared Secret from the Webhook subscriptions , Copy the secret code and paste it under the “Coinbase Webhook Share Secret” in the Buy Votes Extension Settings and move to next step.

Finally You need to whitelist your domain URL in the Coinbase Settings. Copy the Domain URL from the Buy Votes Settings and add it in the Coinbase Dashboard under Whitelisted Domains


  • Includes updates and support for 6 months. After 6 months you can continue to use the plugin. Renewal ($23.70) will give you 6 additional months of updates and support. Renewal discounts never expire.

  • Ability to use the plugin on multiple websites. Includes updates and support for 6 months. After 6 months you can continue to use the plugin. Renewal ($44.70) will give you 6 additional months of updates and support. Renewal discounts never expire.

  • Includes updates for life, support for configuring your contest, ability to use the plugin on multiple websites. No renewals necessary.

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Charge A Fee To Vote

In your Contest Category settings you can choose if you wish to enable the Buy Votes option, set the cost, and choose if you want to use PayPal and/or Stripe. As of version 1.5, we have added tiered voting pricing. So you can now set an amount per votes with a range like $1 for 4 votes, or tiered pricing such as $1 per vote for 1-5 votes, .75 per vote for 6-10 votes. You can add unlimited tiers.

Choose The Price Per Vote

You can set how many votes a voter gets for their purchase on a per contest basis.

Choose Your Currency

If PayPal, Stripe or PayStack supports your currency then it will be available as a currency option. Please note that Paypal, Stripe and PayStack require a minimum purchase amount of $1. So you cannot process payments under $1. Keep this in mind if you are charging $0.25 per vote that the user has to purchase a minimum of 4 to equal $1.