This plugin hasn’t been tested with the latest 3 major releases of WordPress. It may no longer be maintained or supported and may have compatibility issues when used with more recent versions of WordPress.

ContestFriend for WordPress


ContestFriend for WordPress is the easiest way to run viral sweepstakes, contests and giveaways to grow your email list and build your network. ContestFriend is fully customizable and delightfully simple to use but doesn’t cramp your style, get creative!


  • Fully integrated with Google Fonts and Typekit API
  • Social sharing buttons include Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter, LinkedIn, Google+
  • URL shortening built-in
  • Integrated with Mailchimp, AWeber, CampaignMonitor and GetResponse
  • Easily sort, filter & export email lists to Excel
  • Custom fields, entry notifications, add your own background image or video
  • Unlimited contests and entries
  • Weighted entry system to reward users for sharing
  • Easily add your own rules & disclaimer
  • Fully responsive design

ContestFriend Plugin – User Documentation v1.0


ContestFriend Plugin – User Documentation v1.0


  • Creating a New Contest
  • Media Options
  • Design Customization
  • Widget settings
  • Contests Listing


  1. Upload the entire contestfriend folder to the /wp-content/plugins/ directory.
  2. Activate the plugin through the ‘Plugins’ menu in WordPress.


Is there any cost?

Do you require any sign up?


September 13, 2017
DO NOT install this plugin it is not compatible with WP 4.8.1. You will get locked out of your website. I had to hire a developer to get me back in and deactivate this plugin until I can find a replacement. I spent hundreds of dollars for people to write Author quizzes for me and now I will need to spend more to have someone change those over to another platform. Thanks a lot for developing a nice product and then leaving us to fend for ourselves.
May 16, 2017
Absolutely no issues at all. Fantastic plugin and never had any issues with it. I was paying nearly £50 per month using inspectlet but this is better in my opinion and offers nearly everything that inspectlet does in a free package. documentation can be found here: I suggest downloading the pdf
February 28, 2017
I was asked to create a contest/sweepstakes for my company website. Was recommended this plugin through many sites and articles (old and recent) as a free, lightweight solution. I tried to get it to work on my main WordPress installation as well as a separate / clean WordPress installation in a subdomain (no plugins other than contestfriend installed). Same results as my main installation. I am able to create a contest and then add it to a page but entry submission does nothing. No participant added to the database or under the Dashboard tab, no confirmation email received. After clicking the submission button the page reloads back to the “before submit” rather than the “after submit” On a lighter note, I am also experiencing the image insertion problem some others have run into. I have to manually add each image I want to use. No solutions or support has been given. It's been 2+ years since an update and looks to be abandoned. So the plugin is basically worthless.
September 3, 2016
Très bon plugin de concours permettant de valoriser les réseau sociaux pour drainer du trafic... Je met 5 étoiles car aucune alternative gratuite ne lui arrive à la cheville... En revanche 2 soucis : - pas de traduction possible (à moins d'aller dans le dur, modifier les fichiers dans Templates/Default) - pas beaucoup de possibilité de personnalisation et des problèmes de CSS
July 8, 2017
08.07.2017. - Still working - still using - and still 5star rating - wish that someone would do a facelift on this one 🙂 I was astonished. I tried so many, even paid, plugins that I almost lost all hop of finding what I was looking for. You can collect email to MailChimp, give extra points/entrence by giving users opportunities to share on social media like Face, G+, LinkedIn, Twitter and Pintrest... It gathers all the needed data and lets you draws a winner! Simple to set up! You'll be done in 5 minutes! I love it!
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Contributors & Developers

“ContestFriend for WordPress” is open source software. The following people have contributed to this plugin.



1.0 Release