Simple Giveaways


Simple Giveaways helps you host giveaways which is entirely what this plugin is all about. You can host them on a separate page and also drive people to it through widgets & shortcodes.

Every giveaway is displayed in a separate template so that your giveaways are loaded as quickly as possible. Other plugins will not affect the loading speed of your giveaway because no scripts or styles are loaded except the ones needed for the giveaway to function.

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The Simple Giveaways provides you with many features such as:

  • Choosing the Start Date & Time
  • Choosing the End Date & Time
  • Choosing the Winner Announcement Date & Time
  • Choosing Images which are also sortable
  • Choosing a Logo of the sponsor or yourself
  • Choosing images which will be shared on social media (Facebook, Google+, Twitter, Pinterest)
  • Editing rules
  • Editing the Winner’s email that will be sent when winners are notified
  • Export emails
  • Google Captcha to get rid of spammers
  • Emailing users upon entering with their sharing link
  • Notify by email on each subscribe

If you want more control over your giveaway, get the PRO version from the Giveaways Menu. Simple Giveaways Pro version features:

  • Automate the giveaway (process of selecting+notifying winners is all done by WordPress)
  • Choose between different templates (one similar to KingSumo Giveaways)
  • Custom Share Value for Referrals
  • Non-Winner Email: give them a big discount that they won’t be able to refuse
  • MailChimp Integration: Sync users to a MailChimp List
  • Aweber Integration
  • ConvertKit Integration
  • Active Campaign


  • Giveaway Page
  • Giveaway Shortcode
  • Giveaway Widget
  • Title, description, users info, logo
  • Scheduling options, prize info and sharing images
  • Prize info, Sharing images & Rules
  • Winner Email
  • Giveaway statuses: All (Public), Ended, Selected Winners & Notified Winners
  • User info box when there are users to select


This section describes how to install the plugin and get it working.

  1. Upload the plugin files to the /wp-content/plugins/ directory, or install the plugin through the WordPress plugins screen directly.
  2. Activate the plugin through the ‘Plugins’ screen in WordPress
  3. Use the Giveaways > Settings screen to configure the plugin


How are the entries collected?

The entries are collected following a referral system. When your visitors subscribe to the giveaway, they will receive a share link. If another visitors comes to the giveaway from the shared link and subscribes, the one who shared that link will get a new entry point.

How can I let you know on new ideas for the plugin?

You can share your ideas on the support forum or on Support forum will let me know immediately so it is the preferred way.


Simple yet effective

The plugin works well. Most things are customization with the free plan and emails are easy to export in a nice format. No problems so far.

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Contributors & Developers

“Simple Giveaways” is open source software. The following people have contributed to this plugin.


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  • Bug Fixed: Added the front class on the admin side if a shortcode is processed.
  • Design Fixed: Spaces in templates, shortcode and widget.
  • Bug Fixed: Winners translation is now fully translatable. Bug with Poedit tool.
  • Added Name field as an option
  • PRO: Added Active Campaign Integration


  • Enhancement: New Icons in Templates. More responsive templates.
  • New Feature: General Setting – Notify on each subscription
  • PRO: Added ConvertKit Integration


  • Enhancement: Get alerted if a winner announcement date is before the end date.
  • Enhancement: When changing the end date, the winner announcement date will be set the same if defined sooner.
  • Enhancement: Added Giveaway Dates to the list of all giveaways
  • Enhancement: Added Actions to End the Giveaway, Select/Notify Winner(s) and Download the CSV right from the list of all giveaways.
  • Added Malaysian Words on Countdown per request.
  • Added Winner Email Subject
  • PRO: Added Aweber Autoresponder Integration


  • Bug Fixed: Admin CSS – Datepicker not showing due to some plugin conflicts
  • Bug Fixed: MailChimp Integration Fix


  • Added button to list users on the list of all giveaways
  • Added Integration page
  • Added Integration classes for extensibility
  • PRO: Added MailChimp Integration


  • Adding Conditional Text on Settings > Conditionals to show the number of subscribed users
  • Logged in users can enter the giveaway without entering email
  • New list of subscribed users.
  • PRO: Extra conditional fields
  • PRO: Entries of each subscribed user can be edited


  • Fixing notice on undefined index of Google reCaptcha


  • Fixed Style & Functionality in Shortcode/Widget
  • PRO: Added Placeholders to Non Winner Emails
  • PRO: Sending Email to ‘Bcc’ instead of ‘To’


  • Added two actions on user registeration & update


  • Share is now available through ID instead of hash
  • Hash created on registration, not on page load to remove page caching issue
  • Added Header & Footer boxes to insert scripts
  • Option to change the text on the Rules button


  • Removing duplicate entries for currently running giveaways


  • Strenghtening the Reference ID


  • Improved Reference ID. Disabling same Reference IDs


  • Fixed share link in registration email
  • Improved Polish translation


  • Localized End & Winner Date formats on templates


  • Added countdown localization for: Polish, Italian, Croatian, German & French


  • Fixed Bug: Shortcode & Widget Countdown throws an error
  • Added a simple metabox for Idea information


  • Few new fixes for timezone display & calculation


  • Added Fix from 2.2.5 to already running Giveaways


  • Fixed Templates for Ending & Countdown


  • Scheduling Fixed


  • Widget CSS fix
  • Added input to link the logo


  • Compatibility fix for lower PHP version


  • Fix on a code to be compatible with lower PHP version


  • Subscribed Column
  • Input for settings are larger
  • PRO: Removed Old Scheduled Automation if the Giveaway changed the date
  • PRO: Non Winner Emails


  • Added Widget Subscribed Screen


  • Shortcode Fix
  • Widget Title changed


  • Activation Correction


  • Shortcode
  • Refactored Giveaway user recognition
  • Translation update


  • 2 Tables for better future scale
  • Widget
  • Template Changes


  • Template Changes


  • Flushing Rewrite Rules on Activation


  • Corrected Styles
  • Displays Correct Timezone Abbreviation
  • Corrected the rendering of the content ( oEmbed, Galleries, … )


  • Added Freemius support for easier upgrade to PRO version


  • Fixing Admin Display for the Color Picker


  • Editable Subscriber Email


  • Better documentation


  • Added documentation
  • Fixed JavaScript bug on Images


  • Welcome Email for Subscribers


  • Initial commit