How To Add Charts And Graphs To WordPress

Learn how to create, manage and embed stunning dynamic and interactive charts and graphs into your WordPress posts and pages with a few simple steps …

How To Add Charts And Graphs To WordPress

How To Insert Charts Into WordPress

No doubt you’re familiar with the saying “a picture is worth a thousand words.” This certainly applies when you’re trying to present or explain complex data.

Graphs and charts can help to make data more easily digestible.

You can present information using tables, but if you want people to try and make sense of complex data with figures, trends or relationships quickly, then charts and graphs are perfect for helping them interpret the data.

How To Insert Charts And Graphs Into WordPress Posts And Pages

Graphs and charts help you present complex information so people can more easily interpret it!

Need to add charts or graphs to WordPress? This step-by-step tutorial shows you how to use WordPress Visualizer – an easy-to-use and powerful plugin for WordPress that lets you create, manage and embed eye-catching and mobile-responsive graphs and charts into your WordPress posts and pages in just a few simple steps that:

  • Your web visitors can engage with
  • Allows you to upload data from your computer or a web-based source of data
  • Resizes dynamically for mobile viewing

Visualizer Plugin For WordPress

Useful Tip

If you plan to display visual data like pie charts, comparison bars or trending graphs which contain information that is not going to change (e.g. historical data), an easier way to add the information is to create the charts or graphs using a desktop application, convert these into images and then simply insert your image files into your page or post.

Use WordPress Chart & Graph Plugins

If you want to easily embed interactive bar charts and pie graphs into your WordPress content with no coding skills required, the easiest way to do this is to use a plugin.

Fortunately, there is a great plugin for WordPress users that is simple to install, easy-to-use and allows you to not only create great-looking and dynamic charts and graphs, it also lets you populate your charts and graphs with updateable information.

Visualizer

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Visualizer Plugin URL

You can install the plugin inside your WP dashboard (see further down the page), or download the WP Visualizer plugin from the link below:

http://wordpress.org/plugins/visualizer

Plugin Description

The Visualizer plugin is a simple, easy to use and powerful tool that allows you to create, manage and embed eye-catching charts into your WordPress posts and pages with a few mouse clicks.

WordPress Visualizer uses Google Visualization API to render charts, which support cross-browser compatibility (adopting VML for older IE versions) and cross-platform portability to iOS and new Android releases, and are based on pure HTML5/SVG technology (adopting VML for old IE versions), so no additional plugins or add-ons are needed.

The plugin also provides a variety of built-in optimized for your data visualization needs, including:

  • Line chart
  • Area chart
  • Bar chart
  • Column chart
  • Pie chart
  • Geo chart
  • Gauge chart
  • Candlestick chart
  • Scatter chart

WordPress Visualizer is also flexible and customizable, allowing you to use Google Chart Tools with their default setting, or configure an extensive set of options to match your web design. Several options are available for each chart that let you further customize their settings.

Additionally, charts are rendered using HTML5/SVG technology to provide cross-browser compatibility (including VML for older IE versions) and cross platform portability to iPhones, iPads and Android devices. Your web visitors can see your charts and graphs on their mobile device browsers without having to install extra plugins.

How To Install Visualizer

From your WP admin area, select Plugins > Add New from the main menu …

WordPress Step-By-Step Plugin Tutorial

In the Add Plugins page type search for “visualizer” and hit enter …

Install Visualizer

Locate the entry in the search results area and click Install Now

Install Visualizer

Click OK to continue …

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Activate the plugin after installation is successful …

Install Visualizer Plugin For WordPress

You can also activate the plugin in the Plugins area …

Install Visualizer - WP Plugin

Once your plugin has been activated, click on Library

Install Visualizer Plugin For WordPress

You can also get to the plugin’s ‘library’ screen by choosing Media > Visualizer Library in the admin menu …

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This brings up the plugin’s Visualizer Library settings page …

Visualizer Plugin For WordPress

After installing the plugin, the library will contain no charts.

The next step is to add add charts and graphs to the library.

How To Configure Visualizer

To add a new chart or graph to the Visualizer library, click on ‘Add New’ …

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A page will appear on your browser with all of the types of charts and graphs available.

Select the graph or chart type you would like to create and click on the ‘Next’ button …

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Your graph/chart type will open up in a lightbox.

The next step is to upload a CSV file containing your data …

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When creating your CSV data file, ensure that:

  • Your first row includes the column headings.
  • Your second row includes the series type (e.g. boolean, timeofday, etc.)

The screenshot below shows how to format your data as explained above …

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If you are unsure about how to format your CSV file, simply refer to the sample provided with the plugin.

Once you have completed this step, select the data source (‘From Computer’ or ‘From Web’) in the ‘Upload CSV File’ section.

Upload CSV File From Computer

To upload a CSV file and data from your computer select ‘From Computer‘ …

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Locate and select your data file and then click on ‘Open‘ …

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The plugin imports the data from the CSV file and displays it using the graph/chart type chosen …

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Upload CSV File From The Web

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For a step-by-step tutorial that shows you how to create, save and publish data to a Visualizer chart or graph using Google Spreadsheet, go here:

After importing your data, check that all of your information is correct (if not, click on the ‘Back’ button and reupload a new data file with the right data), and then click ‘Next‘ …

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Depending on the chart or graph type you have chosen, the plugin will display a number of customization options and settings …

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The plugin gives you full control over your information, and updates your display in real time …

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For example, the pie chart offers various configurable options, such as:

  • General Settings – Configure settings for the chart’s title, font styles, tooltip, and legend.
  • Pie Settings – Create 3D pie charts, draw slices counterclockwise, set the text content displayed on the slice, create a “donut” pie chart, rotate the chart’s “start” angle and set the slice border color.
  • Residue Settings – Set the ‘Visibility Threshold’ (the slice relative part, below which a slice will not show individually.), ‘Residual Slice Label’ (the label for the combination slice that holds all slices below slice visibility threshold, e.g. “Other”), and ‘Residue Slice Color’.
  • Slice Settings – Customize the ‘Slice Offset’ (how far to separate the slice from the rest of the pie), and ‘Slice Color’.
  • Layout & Chart Area – Configure the layout (total size of chart) including the width and height of the chart as a number of percentage, background color for the main area of the chart and the chart border width and color, and the placement and size of the chart area (where the chart itself is drawn, excluding axis and legends).

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Once you’re satisfied with the look of your graph or chart, click on the ‘Create Chart’ button …

WordPress Plugin: Visualizer

The new chart or graph will now be added to the Visualizer ‘Library’ …

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Note that new elements are given a unique ID displayed in a shortcode. As you will see very soon, this lets you add graphs and charts to your WordPress content quickly and easily …

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Graphs and charts added to the Visualizer Library can be accessed by their type …

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After adding a new item to the ‘Visualizer Library’, you can edit it, clone it, or trash it …

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Plugin Usage

After creating a new chart or graph and adding it to Visualizer, it’s simple to insert it into your posts and pages.

First, create a new post or page (or open an existing one) …

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Next, place your mouse cursor where you would like to insert your visual element into your content and click on the ‘Add Media‘ button …

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Click on ‘Visualizations‘ …

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Select the graph or chart you want to add to your content and click the “insert” icon …

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This adds a shortcode for the element into your content …

Visualizer Plugin For WordPress

Once you have added your item, click on Publish to publish (or update) your post or page …

Publishing A WordPress Post

After updating the page, click ‘View post’ to see the result …

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Your post or page will display your element in the content …

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As mentioned earlier, Visualizer also displays responsive charts and graphs for viewing on mobile devices …

Visualizer Plugin For WordPress

As you can see, Visualizer allows you to insert and customize dynamic charts and graphs in your content. You can edit your data and the changes will automatically be reflected wherever you have inserted your charts, graphs, comparison bars , etc. in your site. This is one of the great benefits of using the Visualizer plugin if you’re working with dynamic chart data in WordPress.

Tutorial

The plugin developers have created a number of tutorials you can refer to to learn how to edit, customize and use WordPress Visualizer.

For additional tutorials on editing, cloning, deleting and adding data to your charts, go to the website below:

Congratulations! Now you know how to add attractive and interactive bar charts and graphs to WordPress with WP Visualizer plugin.

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