Welcome to “Plugged In” where we take a look at some of the most popular WordPress plugins in various categories. This week, we look into the best WordPress contest plugins for putting a contest, giveaway, or sweepstakes on your site.

What better to attract more visitors to your site than a powerful and enticing contest or giveaway? There are two things that are pretty much universally liked in this world: winning and free stuff. The giveaway item doesn’t have to be substantial either. After all, free is free. Not only will visitors feel the urge to participate, most contests involve social sharing which will generate even more traffic to your site. These contest WordPress plugins will make it easy to set the rules, establish a time limit, promote the event, and choose a winner.

Contests by Rewards Fuel

Want to host a viral giveaway contest? One that is shareable on social media? Contests by Rewards Fuel is the WordPress giveaway plugin to help your contest go viral. Administrators have the ability to set up specific guidelines that require users to complete tasks on social media to win such as sharing on Facebook or creating an Instagram hashtag, or any other activity on a social network. Currently, there are 16 entry methods for contests including newsletter entry, an Instagram follow and more!


Design and launch social referral contests and programs using InviteBox. With this straightforward WordPress plugin, you can set up an instant reward referral, referral contest, goal-based, or sweepstakes campaign in only minutes.

WP Contest Creator 

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Perhaps the most customizable WordPress contest plugin, WP Contest Creator offers flexible software that developers can tinker with using custom code. This premium plugin offers a plethora of cool features including automated contests, mailing list integration, lead management software and much more.

KingSumo Giveaways

With KingSumo, you can use giveaways to grow your email list exponentially. KingSumo uses proprietary technology to ensure maximum virality. Users can schedule start and end times of giveaways ahead of time and give away whatever product they’d like.

Consistently updating your plugins is key to any successful and secure WordPress site. To help you manage your plugins with confidence, WP Engine created the Smart Plugin Manager.  Smart Plugin Manager is an automated solution that checks your plugins for updates nightly and ensures that when updates happen, your site doesn’t break.

Is your favorite contest plugin not on this list? Tell us about it in the comments! Or simply get in touch with our WordPress support team to help you with all your WordPress needs.