Introduction

This page contains a comparison two tools to build and run on-line survey tools. Currently, only LimeSurvey and QuestionPro have been review, but this page could grow in the future.

Tables

The tables in this page have been used as inspiration for the JiscProjectReviewTemplate. Likewise, the review of JISC projects that took place from 6 March to 1 April 2007 helped to create these tables.

The explanation of each table entry is in the next section.

Project Info

Project

LimeSurvey

Survey Analytics Enterprise

Products

LimeSurvey 1.01

QuestionPro

LimeSurvey 1.52+

Team

Project leader

1

Founders

2

Project dev

3

Employees

30

Translator/dev

2

Total devs

17

Translators

3

QA

1

Governance

Benevolent dictator

Commercial company

Activity

High

?

Website

Joomla!

High

?

High

Web val

W3C HTML

Error

W3C HTML

Error

W3C CSS

Valid

W3C CSS

Error

W3C WCAG P1

0/9

W3C WCAG P1

2/12

W3C WCAG P2

3/17

W3C WCAG P2

5/16

W3C WCAG P3

4/11

W3C WCAG P3

3/8

Version ctrl

Subversion

CVS (Private)

Issue tracker

Mantis

Internal Tool (Private)

Mailing lists

Sourceforge

Developers (41/330)

Private

Tech support

Subversion (15/219)

Translators (20/24)

Forums

FireBoard (1945/4744)

jForum

IRC

freenode.net

Support

N

Blogs

Joomla!

Developers (Dead)

Movable Type

Corporate

Wikis

Tikiwiki

Docs (High)

N

Paid dev

Y

Y

Paid support

Y

Y

Sponsors

Community donations

Relations

Formerly PHPSurveyor

Product Info

Product

LimeSurvey

LimeSurvey

QuestionPro

Type

Software app. for the web

Software app. for the web

Web service

Version

1.01 stable

1.52+ stable

stable

Released

Sourceforge

Sourceforge

N

Main Licence/©

GPL v2

Jason Cleeland (83)

GPL v2

Commercial

GPL v2

Erik Arvidsson (6)

GPL v2

The LimeSurvey Project Team/Carsten Schmitz (64)

BSD-like

Chip Chapin (4)

BSD-like

Richard Heyes (2)

BSD-like

Harald Radi (2)

?

Dean S. Jones (2)

Dep. licence/©

LGPL v2.1

Xavier Noguer (7)

LGPL/BSD

John Lim (102)

LGPL v2.1

Brent R. Matzelle (2)

GPL v2

Danilo Segan (2)

LGPL

Dynarch.com (39)

Apache v2.0

Emil A Eklund (15)

WebFX NC/WebFX C/GPL

Erik Arvidsson (3)

LGPL

Developer's Network (1)

PHP

The PHP Group (6)

LGPL

Brent R. Matzelle (1)

GPL

Free Software Foundation (3)

Platform

All (zip)

All (zip, tgz)

Web

Language

PHP, HTML, CSS

PHP, HTML, CSS

HTML, CSS, Java

Reqs (man)

Web server

Web server

Web browser

9M disk for scripts

18M disk for scripts

PHP 4.2.0 or better

PHP 4.2.0 or better

MySQL 4.1.0 or better

MySQL 4.1.0 or better

mbstring library (PHP)

mbstring library (PHP)

Reqs (opt)

GD library (PHP)

GD library (PHP)

LDAP library (PHP)

LDAP library (PHP)

Dev doc

HTML, PDF

Medium

HTML, PDF

Medium

HTML

Medium

DD licence/©

CC by-sa 3.0

Nobody

CC by-sa 3.0

Nobody

All rights reserved

QuestionPro Survey Software

User doc

HTML

Good

HTML

Good

HTML

Very good

UD licence/©

None

Nobody

CC by-sa 3.0

Nobody

All rights reserved

QuestionPro Survey Software

Survey Design

Product

LimeSurvey

LimeSurvey

QuestionPro

Version

1.01 stable

1.52+ stable

stable

Local installation

Y

Y

N

Survey design format

Menus + Text

Menus + Text

HTML + Text

Survey saving format

SQL

SQL

?

Survey editor

Web

Web

Web

Layout design format

PSTPL

PSTPL

HTML

Layout editor

Web

Web

Web

Text

Text

Logo/Marketing

Edit

Edit

Edit

Layout templates

Y

Y

Y

Multi-language interface

Y

Y

Y

Multi-language survey

N

Y

Y

Assessment

Y

Y

N

Responses export format

CSV

CSV

CSV

MS Word

MS Word

MS Word

MS Excel

MS Excel

MS Excel

MS PowerPoint

SPSS .sps

SPSS .sps

SPSS .dat .sav

Responses import format

CSV

CSV

?

Survey export format

SQL

SQL

XML

CSV

Survey import format

SQL

SQL

XML

Question import format

SQL

SQL

N

Questions all in one go

Y

Y

Y

Questions one-by-one

Y

Y

Y

Questions by groups

Y

Y

N

Page breaks

N

N

Y

Anonymize respondents

Y/N

Y/N

Y/N

Context info in questions

From tokens

From tokens

Y

Printer friendly

Y

Y

Y

Quota control

N

N

Y

Survey Running Time

Product

LimeSurvey

LimeSurvey

QuestionPro

Version

1.01 stable

1.52+ stable

stable

Email notifications

Invitation

Invitation

Invitation

Public registration

Public registration

Public Registration

Reminder

Reminder

Reminder

Completion

Completion

Completion

Admin compl. simple

Admin compl. simple

Admin compl. all data

Admin compl. all data

Back button

Y/N/Edit

Y/N/Edit

Y

Save/Resume

Y/N

Y/N

?

Subscription

Public

Public

Public

Public with tokens

Public with tokens

Public with tracking URL

Private with tokens

Private with tokens

Multiple entry control

Cookies

Cookies

Cookies

Tokens

Tokens

Response datestamp

Y/N

Y/N

?

Expiry date

Y/N

Y/N

?

End URL

Y/N

Y/N

Y/N

Question types

Product

LimeSurvey

LimeSurvey

QuestionPro

Version

1.01 stable

1.52+ stable

stable

General

With images

X

X

X

Conditional Logic (Branching)

X

X

X

Looping

X

Piping

X

Mandatory

X

X

?

Non-mandatory

X

X

X

Text Display

X

X

X

Random order for answers

X

X

X

Random choose question

X

Single Choice

Yes/No

X

X

X

Yes/No/NA

X

X

?

Yes/?/No/NA

Yes/?/No/NA Array

X

X

+/=/-/NA

+/=/-/NA Array

X

X

X

Single Choice, Tick

X

X

X

SC,T, Column

X

SC,T + Comment

X

X

Single Choice, Drop-down

X

X

X

SC,D-d + Comment

Multiple Choice

Multiple choice

X

X

X

MC, Column

X

MC + Other

X

X

?

MC + Comment

X

X

MC, Menu

X

Rating

5+1 Rating

X

X

5+1 Rating Array

X

X

5+1 RA, side-by-side

X

10+1 Rating

10+1 Rating Array

X

X

N+1 Rating

N+1 Rating Array

N+1 RA + Flex Labs

X

X

X

N+1 RA + FL + Cols

X

X

Semantic Differential

X

X

X

Likert scale

X

Thermometer

Misc

Ranking

X

X

X

Numerical Input

X

X

?

Date

X

X

X

Gender

X

X

?

Short Free Text

X

X

X

SFT + Val

X

X

?

Long Free Text

X

X

X

LFT + Val

X

X

?

Huge Free Text

X

X

?

HFT + Val

X

X

?

Multiple Short Text

X

X

X

MST + Val

X

X

Constant sum

X

Lookup table

X

Attach/Upload file

X

Key to tables

Project info

See JiscProjectReviewTemplate.

Product info (Software application)

See JiscProjectReviewTemplate.

Survey design

Categories specific about the design of surveys, data export, etc.

Survey running time

Question types

There are many types of questions in surveys. This section presents a (hopefully) comprehensive list and explains each type with an example.

Links

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