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 Add Charts And Graphs To WordPress Posts

You’re probably familiar with the old saying “a picture is worth a thousand words.” This is certainly true when you’re presenting or explaining complex information.

Using graphs and charts can help to make technical data more easily digestible.

You can present data with tables, but if you want your audience to try and interpret complex data with figures, percentages and relationships quickly, then graphs and charts are perfect for helping them understand the information.

How To Insert Interactive Graphs And Charts Into WordPress Pages

Graphs and charts help explain complex data so people can more easily interpret it!

If you need to learn how to display information visually and dynamically on your WordPress site like graphs and charts, this step-by-step tutorial will show you exactly how to create and add great-looking and updatable charts to WordPress that:

  • Your web visitors can interact with
  • Allows you to add graph or chart data from your hard drive or a web-based source of data
  • Is dynamically responsive for mobile devices

Visualizer - WordPress Plugin

Practical 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), a simple method you can use is to create your charts or graphs using a desktop application, convert these into .jpg or .png files and then simply add your image to your pages.

Use WordPress Chart & Graph Plugins

If you want to easily create dynamic bar charts and pie charts in WordPress with no coding skills required, the easiest way to do this is to use a plugin.

Fortunately, there is a great free WordPress plugin that is simple to install, easy-to-use and allows you to not only create beautiful and interactive charts and graphs, it also lets you populate your charts and graphs with updateable data.

Visualizer – WP Plugin

Visualizer Plugin For WordPress

Visualizer URL

You can install the plugin in your WordPress dashboard (see further below), or access and download Visualizer here:

http://wordpress.org/plugins/visualizer

Visualizer Plugin Description

The Visualizer plugin is a simple, easy to use and powerful tool that allows you to create, manage and insert colorful graphs and charts into your WordPress posts and pages in 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 extra addons are required.

The plugin also contains a variety of built-in that are optimized to address 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 allow you to customize their look and feel.

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 blog or site visitors can see your charts and graphs on their mobile devices without requiring the installation of any extra software.

Plugin Installation

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

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

Install Visualizer

Locate Visualizer in the search results section and click Install Now

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Click OK to proceed …

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Activate the plugin …

Install WordPress Plugin: Visualizer

You can also activate the plugin in the Plugins section …

Install WP Plugin: Visualizer

Once your plugin has been activated, click on Library

Install Visualizer

You can get to the plugin’s ‘library’ screen by selecting Media > Visualizer Library from the main menu …

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This takes you to the plugin’s Visualizer Library settings page …

Visualizer - WordPress Plugin

After installing the plugin, the library contains no charts.

The next step is to add the charts and graphs to your library that you will want to publish to your posts or pages.

How To Configure Visualizer

To add a graph or chart to the library, click on the Add New button …

Visualizer Plugin For WordPress

You will see all the kinds of graphs and charts available.

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

Visualizer Plugin For WordPress

The selected graph/chart type will open up in a lightbox.

The next step is to upload a CSV file with all the data you would like to populate your chart or graph with …

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Important Info

When creating your CSV data file, ensure that:

  • Your first row contains your column headings.
  • Your second row includes the series type (e.g. number, date, etc.)

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

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If you are not sure how to format your data CSV, just download the sample CSV file supplied with the plugin.

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

Upload CSV File From Computer

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

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Use the browser to locate and select your data file and click on ‘Open‘ …

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The plugin will import your data from the CSV file and display it using the graph/chart type chosen …

Visualizer Plugin For WordPress

Upload CSV File From The Web

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Useful Information

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, see the article below:

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 containing the right data), and then click ‘Next‘ …

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Depending on the chart or graph type you have selected, the plugin displays a number of customization settings and options …

Visualizer - WP Plugin

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

WP Plugin: Visualizer

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 happy with the look of your graph or chart, click on the ‘Create Chart’ button …

Visualizer - WordPress Plugin

Your new chart or graph will be added to your ‘Visualizer Library’ section …

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Note that new elements are given a unique ID displayed as a shortcode. As you will see shortly, this lets you insert charts and graphs into your WordPress content very quickly …

Visualizer Plugin For WordPress

Charts and graphs added to the Visualizer Library can easily be accessed by type …

WordPress Plugin: Visualizer

After adding an element to the ‘Visualizer Library’, you can edit it, duplicate it, or delete it …

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Visualizer Usage

Once you have created a new chart or graph and added it to Visualizer, it’s very easy to insert it into pages and posts.

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

Visualizer Plugin For WordPress

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‘ …

Visualizer - WordPress Plugin

Find the chart or graph you want to insert into your content and click on the “insert” icon …

Visualizer - WordPress Plugin

This inserts a shortcode into your content …

WP Plugin: Visualizer

After you have added the item, click on Publish to publish (or update) your content …

Publishing A WordPress Post

After publishing the page/post, click ‘View post’ to see it …

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Your item will show in the content …

Visualizer Plugin For WordPress

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

Visualizer Plugin For WordPress

As you can see, Visualizer allows you to add and customize dynamic charts and graphs in your content. You can change your data and your changes will automatically be reflected throughout your website. 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 series of step-by-step tutorials you can use to learn how to edit, customize and use WordPress Visualizer.

For tutorials on editing, copying, deleting and adding data to your charts, visit the site below:

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

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