SpeakOut! Email Petitions


SpeakOut! Email Petitions allows you to easily create petition forms on your site.

When visitors to your site submit the petition form, a copy of your message will be sent to the email address you specified e.g. your mayor. They can also choose to have the email BCC’d to themselves (default). The petition message will be signed with the contact information provided by the form submitter. After signing the petition, visitors will have the option of sharing your petition page with their followers on Facebook or Twitter.

Signatures are stored in the database and can be easily exported to CSV format for further analysis. You may set a goal for the number of signatures you hope to collect and then watch as a progress bar tracks your petition’s advance toward it’s goal. Petitions may also be configured to stop accepting new signatures on a specified date.

This plugin is a fork of the speakup plugin that was quite good but needed updates and has been abandoned. Current versions of SpeakOut! include an importer to migrate from speakup.


  • Albanian sq_AL Incomplete
  • Arabic ar_AR (Asem Alzoubi)
  • Czech cs_CZ (Petr Štepán)
  • Danish da_DK (A. L.)
  • Dutch nl_NL (Kris Zanders)
  • Finnish fi_FI
  • French fr_FR
  • German de_DE (Hannes Heller, Armin Vasilico, Andreas Kumlehn, Frank Jermann)
  • Hebrew he_IL (Oren L)
  • Korean ko_KO (Paul Lawley-Jones)
  • Icelandic is_IS (Hildur Sif Thorarensen)
  • Italian it_IT (MacItaly)
  • Norwegian nb_NO
  • Polish pl_PL (Damian Dzieduch)
  • Romanian ro_RO (Web Hosting Geeks)
  • Russian ru_RU (Teplitsa)
  • Slovak sk_SK (@Beata)
  • Slovenian sl_SI (MA-SEO)
  • Spanish es_ES
  • Swedish sv_SE (Susanne Nyman Furugård @sunyfu)

If you would like to request or contribute a specific translation not listed above, visit the SpeakOut! Email Petitions website and use the contact form.


  • Improvement – updated styles, especially for basic theme.
  • Improvement – some UI tweaks in petition and dashboard
  • Improvement – removed .less style sheets


  • Bug fix – prevent saviing values of 0 or blank in settings > admin display tab
  • Improvement – Tidied up petition options right column in admin area


  • Bug fix – setting page not working because I copied the wrong code from my development site to a plugin page :o(


  • Bug fix – when using URL to redirect to specific petition e.g. ?petition=10, the signature count was showing total for the first petition instead.
  • Bug fix – when using URL to redirect to specific petition e.g. ?petition=10, the widget was displaying the first petition


  • Bug fix – custom message wasn’t being displayed after signing – thanks @lucapoe


  • Improvement – better handling of drop down menu on signatures page Thanks @Donna4u2
  • Improvement – better display of signature list. Only the custom field wraps.
  • Improvement – option to hide social media sharing buttons
  • Improvement – removed much of the old changelog to reduce the size of this file. Legacy updates can be found at https://speakout.123host.net.au/changelog


  • Bug fix – «display petition message» checkbox not checked by default
  • Bug fix – database field added to wrong table
  • Improvement – added a -fi.mo language file as well as a -fi_FI.mo – ome day I might understand this whole language file thing.
  • Improvement – update language files.


  • Improvement – petition message can now be displayed (default) or hidden, option located in right column when editing petition. Thanks to people who suggested this.
  • Improvement – if custom field is active, the contents are now displayed in the admin signature list. Thanks @fredygiro
  • Improvement – added support for Anedot.com fundraising form. Enable this in the petition settings page. It adds a tab to the settings page. The donation form is then displayed as part of the success message when someone signs the petition. Thanks @DougJoseph for the idea and the code.
  • Improvement – added de_DE_formal language as it seems to be a thing – I can’t find any info about this.
  • Improvement – updated language files


  • Improvement – Honorific now included in CSV export of signatures – thanks Peter


  • Bug fix – return URL wasn’t saving Thanks @dougjoseph
  • Bug fix – allow + sybmol in email addresses – did you know that if your email is hey@gmail.com, hey+you@gmail.com works and when providing your details doing something like hey+speakout@gmail.com can identify if people are selling your email address (SpeakOut! isn’t).
  • Improvement – tidied up the behaviour when someone clicks confirmation email and returns to site.
  • Improvement – cleaned up some inconstistent text formatting


  • Improvement – tweaked CSS for checkboxes on petition so they lign up more neatly
  • Bug fix – Privacy policy check box was submitting petition even if it wasn’t checked. Thanks @mistercurtain


  • Improvement: fixed incorrect checkbox alignment in basic CSS file – thanks @daymobrew
  • Updated to WordPress 5.2.3


  • Improvement: changed field labels to placeholders, reduces size of petition. Required fields now have no label and a pale red border rather than a red asterisk after the label. The border colour can be adjusted in theme-default.css, find the :required element. Thanks for the pointer @mistercurtain
  • updated widget, sometimes changes to main petition get forgotten in widget


Emailpetition Shortcode Attributes

The following attributes may be applied when using the ‘[emailpetition]’ shortcode


The ID number of your petition (required). To display a basic petition, use this format:
‘[emailpetition id=»1″]’


This sets the width of the wrapper ‘


div>’ that surrounds the petition form. Format as you would a width rule for any standard CSS selector. Values can be denominated in px, pt, em, % etc. The units marker (px, %) must be included.

To set the petition from to display at 100% of it’s container, use:
‘[emailpetition id=»1″ width=»100%»]’

A petition set to display at 500 pixels wide can be achieved using:
‘[emailpetition id=»1″ width=»500px»]’


This sets the height of the petition message box (rather than the height of the entire form). Format as you would a height rule for any standard CSS selector. Values can be denominated in px, pt, em, % etc. The units marker (px, %) must be included.

A few notes on using percentages:
Using a % value only works when the «Allow messages to be edited» feature is turned off—because the petition message will be displayed in a ‘


div>’. When «Allow messages to be edited» is turned on, the petition message is displayed in a », which cannot be styled with % heights. Use px to set the height on petitions that allow message customization.

To set the message box to scale to 100% of the height of the message it contains, use any % value (setting this to 100%, 0%, 200% or any other % value has the same result). Use px if you want the box to scale to a specific height.

‘[emailpetition id=»1″ height=»500px»]’
‘[emailpetition id=»1″ height=»100%»]’


Sets the width of the outer progress bar. The filled area of the progress bar will automatically scale proportionally with the width of the outer prgress bar. Provide a numeric value in pixels only. Do not include the px unit marker.

To display the progress bar at 300 pixels wide, use:
‘[emailpetition id=»1″ progresswidth=»300″]’


Adds an arbitrary class name to the wrapper ‘


div>’ that surrounds the petition form. Typically used to assign the alignright, alignleft or aligncenter classes to the petition in order to float the petition form to one side of its container. To assign multiple classes, separate the class names with spaces.

‘[emailpetition id=»1″ class=»alignright»]’
‘[emailpetition id=»1″ class=»style1 style2″]’

Signaturelist Shortcode Attributes


The ID number of your petition (required). To display a basic signature list, use this format:
‘[signaturelist id=»1″]’


The number of signature rows to display in the table. This will override the default value provided on the Settings page. To display 10 rows, use:
‘[signaturelist id=»1″ rows=»10″]’


Format of values in the date column. Use any of the standard PHP date formating characters. Default is ‘M d, Y’. A date such as «Sunday October 14, 2012 @ 9:42 am» can be displayed using:
‘[signaturelist id=»1″ dateformat=»l F d, Y @ g:i a»]’


The text that displays in the previous signatures pagination button. Default is <.


The text that displays in the next signatures pagination button. Default is >.

signaturecount Shortcode

Display the number (as text) of signatures collected for a given petition:


The ID number of your petition (required).
‘[signaturecount id=»3″]’

signaturegoal Shortcode

Display the number (as text) of goal for a given petition:


The ID number of your petition (required).
‘[signaturegoal id=»3″]’


Use the automatic installer. Or…

  1. Download and unzip the the plugin zip file.
  2. Upload the ‘speakout’ folder to your ‘/wp-content/plugins/’ directory
  3. Activate SpeakOut! Email Petitions through the «Plugins» menu in the WordPress admin.

Preguntas frecuentes

Where is the FAQ?



27 de agosto de 2019
As there is just one single developer on this plugin (for free), this is very good work. The plugin works without issues and has one single purpose that it does well. Most of the drawbacks are related to the design: - it's difficult to change how the form fields and petiton text is displayed. I would like to display the petition text above the fields, but that seems difficult without editing the php code. If not as an settings option, maybe at least some filters to control the output? - the default CSS-design is a bit dated. A more modern style option would have been nice. Of course I used my own CSS-file instead, so no worries. - I had to add some CSS to make it responsive. If I set it to width 50% with the shortcode, it would show with 50% width on mobile as well. Some of the settings should be moved for consistency: - The options for view in admin-settings should be moved to Screen Options. - The options for CSV-download in the admin settings would also be better to handle as a filter in the Signatures screen. Edit: I originally gave this plugin a three-star due to the issues mentioned above, but due great support, I've changed it to five. Still would be better with the above issues fixed, but great support is a win.
14 de julio de 2019
Speakout is very useful; has good support. It is great because I get a lot of requests for petitions and signable statements. The speakout petitions make my customers happy.
27 de febrero de 2019
Grateful that SpeakOut! is here to take over from SpeakUp - it's a terrific petition package. Thankful for support with transitioning from SpeakOut! to SpeakUP and in moving our database from one hosting account to another. Works beautifully!
27 de agosto de 2018
I could use it to add signatures and show them.
13 de julio de 2018
This plugin makes collecting petition signs a real easy task. Works like a charm and does a good job. Still has a few minor flaws to iron out, but the author is caretaking and friendly. Community collaboration as it should be, I absolutely recommend Speakout!
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