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 WordPress 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 had been abandoned. Current versions of SpeakOut! include an importer to migrate from speakup.


  • Improvement: You can now add some signer details to the petition message that is sent to the target e.g. « %first_name% would like to send you a message »


  • Improvement: Country flags can now be hidden in signature list.
  • Improvement: Updated all language files


  • Improvement: Postal Code can now be positioned before city for EU style address. Change this option in settings
  • Improvement: added Bulgarian language
  • Improvement: Updated all language files


  • Bug fix: Custom field wasn’t displaying in top position in widget – Thanks Bahman


  • Bug fix: removed duplicate definition of variable
  • Bug fix: replaced jQuery .attr() with .prop() when retrieving form properties. Thanks @pinguluk
  • Improvement: Added Arabic language – it is auto translated so might be a bit odd in places.


  • Improvement: Updated the WP dashboard plugin page link to the support forum – https://wordpress.org/support/plugin/speakout/
  • Improvement: Added class dk-speakout-count to numbers before and after bar graph so they can be styled. Thanks David
  • Bug fix: jquery shouldn’t be called when loading style sheet – broke styles on signature page


  • Improvement: Cleaned up some translation code
  • Improvement: Translated signature dropdown strings
  • Improvement: Language file updates
  • Improvement: Cleaned up plugin meta Header Fields
  • Improvement: Clarified location of custom CSS file in settings page
  • Improvement: added plugin version number to internal (.js, .css) script links as cache buster
  • Improvement: Signatures action button disabled until either petition or signature is selected
  • Bug fix: Missing close div tag around recaptcha – Thanks Mo
  • Bug fix: Prevent force confirm if no petition selected so that action always works


  • Bug fix: If signature had been deleted and signer tried to confirm it would loop. Now goes to home page.
  • Bug fix: Signature drop down text working better for send reconfirm process.


  • Bug fix: select reconfirm and select delete didn’t work if there was more than 1 petition


  • Bug fix: recaptcha still wasn’t working.
  • Improvement: If manually forcing confirmation of signature, petition will be sent to target – use this option wisely grasshopper, it has the potential to undermine the validaty of your petition.


  • Improvement: If collecting honorific is disabled, don’t display honorific field in signature list. This fixes if they were collected for a while and the setting was disabled – thanks Robin Y.
  • Improvement: Tweak of CSS for recaptcha
  • Bug fix: Recaptcha wasn’t working – thanks to those who reported this
  • Bug fix: Undeclared variable broke ability to manually confirm signatures – thanks to those who reported this


  • Improvement: Signature actions now include option to resend confirmation to selected signatures


  • Bug fix: CSS file not included in 2.0.0 resulting in HUGE icon 😛


  • Bug fix: Reconfirm signatures wasn’t working
  • Bug fix: Exported CSV file had missing and redundant values
  • Bug fix: Delete petition wasn’t working
  • Improvement: Option for redirect URL after signing to have target=’_blank’ added to link. However this tends to trigger a popup warning in modern browsers and there doesn’t appear to be a way around it. Thanks for the idea @jeka2365
  • Improvement: The actions to apply on the admin signature page have been combined into a dropdown rather than a growing number of buttons.
  • Improvement: As part of the signature actions, it is now possible to select multiple signatures to delete or confirm – thanks Michael Guy for the idea and donation…sorry it took so long 😛
  • Improvement: Added signature search icon instead of text
  • Improvement: Layout of signature page options
  • Improvement: Updated all languages

Earlier Changelog


  • Albanian sq_AL Incomplete
  • Arabic ar_AR
  • Catalan ca (Alberto Canals)
  • Czech cs_CZ (Petr Štepán, Michal Hradecký)
  • Danish da_DK (A. L.)
  • Dutch nl_NL (Kris Zanders, Petronella van Leusden)
  • 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, Davide Granti, Simone Apollo)
  • Norwegian nb_NO (Howard Gittela)
  • Polish pl_PL (Damian Dzieduch)
  • Portuguese (Brazil) pt_BR (Tel Amiel)
  • 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.

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.


Where is the FAQ?



15 juin 2020
This plugin offer you the option to quickly set up a petition and to have full control. Is there something you want to see developed? Ask. With CSS you can make it look however you want. /David


1 avril 2020
Good plugin, do the job right. Thank you for allow it for free, it's very appreciate !!
27 novembre 2019
The creation of petitions is going well and works. Unfortunately, there are small shortcomings in details. Signatures cannot be edited without further ado, e.g. spelling mistakes in the name. In addition, a possibility to add users manually would be good, since there are always people who want to sign individual petitions, but do not have an e-mail address.
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