Build a Photo Vote Contest in 10 Minutes/10 Easy Steps

Posted by Dana Kilroy on 15 Oct 2014 / 0 Comment

ShortStack offers templates that make it easy to create beautiful Campaigns you can use to engage with people and collect leads. In this Quick Start Guide we’ll take you through the 10 steps it takes to set up a basic photo vote contest (our most popular type of Campaign). It should take you about 10 minutes.

 When you’re ready to build Campaigns with more advanced features, we’ve got the resources to help listed on the last page of this document.

Ready? Let’s get started! 

Step 1

Log in to your ShortStack account and choose “Create Campaign from Template.”

from template

 Step 2

Choose the “Photo Vote Contest” template.

Photo Vote Template

Step 3

Choose “Make Campaign.”

Make Campaign

Step 4

The Photo Vote Contest template will open in ShortStack’s Campaign Builder. In the INSTRUCTIONS panel you’ll see details for the default features included in your Campaign.  You can delete the entire panel now by hovering over the panel and then clicking on the trash can icon in the upper right-hand corner. Of course, if you want to learn more about how to use these features, go for it!


Note: The Add Widgets Panel may be open by default in Campaign Builder but can be closed by clicking the gray x in the upper right-hand corner.

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Step 5

Add your own header image. Hover over the default image and click on the pencil icon in the upper left-hand corner. Select your own image. Save and exit.


 Step 6

Edit the rules of your contest. Click on the Edit Widgets Panel [add icon] (if it’s not already open) and hover the widget labeled OFFICIAL RULES. Click on the pencil icon. Write your contest rules. Save and exit. (An example of the rules we use is at the bottom of the post linked to here; please write your own rules to reflect the details of your contest and the laws of your region.)

Official Rules

Step 7

Hover over the next panel where you see “Win a Prize.” Click on the pencil icon in the upper left-hand corner. Edit the text to reflect the details you want people to know about your contest. Save and exit.


Woohoo! You’re almost done!!

Step 8

Test your Campaign. Click on the blue “Test your Campaign” button. This will show you what your Campaign will look like to your audience. Make sure you see “Live Data Off” before you do a test submission. Fill out the form, select a test photo, select the “I have read” checkbox and click “Submit.” Note: You may need to refresh the page in order to see your test entry.

Test your campaign

Step 9

If you like the way everything works, select “Publish Campaign.”


 Step 10

Choose “Publish to the Web & Facebook” (our recommendation), “Publish to the Web only” or “Publish to Facebook only” and follow the publishing steps.

Publish to both

And there you have it. A ShortStack Photo Vote Contest Campaign in 10 easy steps!

Next Steps…..

Promote Your Campaign

For tips on how to promote your Campaign, check out 40 Ways to Promote Your Campaign.

Advanced Features, Help & Resources

Now that you’ve built your first ShortStack Campaign, you might be ready to get fancy with your next one. Here are a few of the resources that can help:


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