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

Add Graphs To A Page Or Post In WordPress

You’ve heard the old saying “a picture is worth a thousand words.” This is certainly true when you are presenting or explaining data.

Using charts and graphs can help to break up long passage of technical information, and make statistical data and information a lot simpler to grasp.

You can use tables to present data, but if you want people to try and interpret complex data with numbers, percentages and comparisons more easily, then graphs and charts are perfect for helping them interpret your data.

Add Colorful Graphs To A WordPress Post Or Page

Charts and graphs help you present complex information so your audience can more easily understand it!

Need to add charts or graphs to WordPress? This tutorial shows you how to use WP Visualizer – an easy-to-use and powerful tool that lets you create, manage and insert appealing graphs and charts into your WordPress posts and pages in just a few mouse clicks that:

  • Your visitors can interact with
  • Lets you add chart or graph data from your computer or an online data source
  • Is responsive for mobile viewers

Visualizer Plugin For WordPress

Tip

If you are displaying visual data like bar charts, comparison data or trending graphs containing information that is not going to change (e.g. historical data), an easier option is to create your charts or graphs using a desktop application, convert these into images and then simply insert the image files into your site content.

Use WordPress Chart & Graph Plugins

If you want to create dynamic bar charts and graphs in WordPress posts and pages 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 colorful and interactive charts and graphs, it also lets you populate your charts and graphs with updateable content.

Visualizer – WordPress Plugin

Visualizer Plugin For WordPress

Visualizer URL

You can install the plugin from your WP dashboard (explained further down the page), or download WP Visualizer here:

http://wordpress.org/plugins/visualizer

Visualizer Plugin Description

WP Visualizer is an easy-to-use and powerful WP plugin that lets you create, manage and embed mobile-responsive charts and graphs into your WordPress posts and pages in just a few simple steps.

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 plugins or add-ons are required.

WordPress Visualizer also contains a variety of charts that are optimized to address all your data visualization needs, including:

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

The plugin 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 site’s design. Several options are available for each chart that let you further 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 web visitors can see your charts and graphs on their mobile browsers without requiring the installation of additional software.

Plugin Installation

Inside your WP dashboard, select Plugins > Add New from the navigation sidebar menu …

How To Intall Plugins

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

Install Visualizer Plugin For WordPress

Locate Visualizer in the search results screen and click the “Install Now” button …

Install Visualizer

Click OK to continue …

Install Visualizer Plugin For WordPress

Activate the plugin after installation is successful …

Install Visualizer Plugin For WordPress

You can also activate the plugin in the Plugins section …

Install WP Plugin: Visualizer

After your plugin has been activated, click on Library

Install WP Plugin: Visualizer

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

WordPress Plugins

This brings up the plugin’s Visualizer Library screen …

WordPress Plugin: Visualizer

When you first install the plugin, this section will be empty.

The next step is to add add charts and graphs to your plugin library.

Visualizer Configuration

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

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You will see all of the different types of charts and graphs available.

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

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

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

WordPress Plugin: Visualizer

Important

When creating your CSV data file, ensure that:

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

The screenshot below shows how to format your data …

Visualizer Plugin For WordPress

If you are not sure how to format your CSV file, simply study the sample file provided with the plugin.

Once you have created your CSV file, 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 and data from your hard drive select ‘From Computer‘ …

Visualizer

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

Visualizer - WordPress Plugin

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

Visualizer - WP Plugin

Upload CSV File From The Web

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Info

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

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

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Depending on the chart or graph type you have picked, the plugin will display various customization options and settings …

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Visualizer gives you complete control over your chart or graph, 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).

Visualizer Plugin For WordPress

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

Visualizer Plugin For WordPress

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

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Note that each visual element is given a unique ID displayed as a shortcode. As you will see very soon, this lets you easily embed charts and graphs into your content …

Visualizer Plugin For WordPress

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

WP Plugin: Visualizer

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

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Visualizer Plugin Usage

After creating a new element and adding it to the Visualizer Library, adding it to posts or pages is very simple.

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

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Next, place your mouse cursor where you want 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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Find the element to be added to your content and click the “insert” icon …

Visualizer

This will add a shortcode for the element into your content …

Visualizer Plugin For WordPress

Once you have finished adding your visual element, click on Publish to publish (or update) your content …

Publishing A WordPress Post

Once the page/post has been published, click ‘View post’ to see it …

Visualizer - WordPress Plugin

You will see the graph or chart in the location where you have inserted the shortcode …

WP Plugin: Visualizer

As mentioned earlier, the plugin also displays responsive elements for mobile browsers …

Visualizer Plugin For WordPress

As you can see, WordPress Visualizer allows you to insert and customize dynamic charts and graphs in your content. You can update your data and the changes will automatically be reflected throughout your site. This makes working with interactive chart data in WordPress very efficient.

Tutorial

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

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

Congratulations! Now you know how to easily create stunning and mobile-responsive charts and graphs in WordPress.

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