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 Graphs And Charts To WordPress Posts And Pages

You’ve heard the adage “a picture is worth a thousand words.” This certainly applies when you’re presenting and explaining complex information.

Using charts and graphs is a great way to make data more easily digestible.

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

Embed Eye-Catching Charts Into Pages In WordPress

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

Need to add charts and graphs to WordPress? This tutorial shows you how to use WP Visualizer – a simple, easy to use and powerful plugin that allows you to create, manage and embed attractive and dynamic charts and graphs into your WordPress posts and pages that:

  • Your web visitors can interact with
  • Lets you add data from your computer or a web-based data source
  • Is dynamically responsive for viewing on mobile devices

Visualizer Plugin For WordPress

Useful Tip

If you are displaying visual data like pie charts, comparison bars or trending graphs containing static information (e.g. historical data), a simple method you can use is to create the charts or graphs using an image editing application, convert these into jpg and png images and then simply insert your files and an image into your content.

Use WordPress Chart & Graph Plugins

If you want to easily add dynamic bars and graphs to WordPress with no coding skills required, the easiest way to do this is to use a plugin.

Fortunately, there is a great free plugin for WordPress 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 dynamic information.

Visualizer

Visualizer Plugin For WordPress

Plugin URL

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

http://wordpress.org/plugins/visualizer

Visualizer Description

The Visualizer plugin is a simple, easy to use and powerful tool that lets you create, manage and embed stunning and interactive graphs and charts into your WordPress posts and pages with just a few mouse clicks.

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 add-ons are needed.

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

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

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 site’s design. A number of 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 web visitors can see your charts and graphs on their mobile browsers without requiring the installation of any additional plugins.

How To Install The Visualizer Plugin

From your WordPress admin area, select Plugins > Add New from the navigation sidebar menu …

Installing WordPress Plugins

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

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Locate the entry in the search results area and click the “Install Now” button …

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Click OK to go ahead …

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Activate the plugin …

Install WordPress Plugin: Visualizer

You can also activate the plugin in the Plugins page …

Install Visualizer Plugin For WordPress

After the plugin has been activated, click on Library

Install Visualizer Plugin For WordPress

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

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

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When you first install the plugin, the library contains no charts.

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

Plugin Configuration

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

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A gallery displaying all of the built-in types of graphs and charts available will load on your screen.

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

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The graph/chart type will pop up in a new window.

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

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When creating your CSV data file, make sure that:

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

The screenshot below shows how to format your data as required …

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If you are not sure how to format your data CSV, just use the sample spreadsheet that comes 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 your CSV file from your hard drive select ‘From Computer‘ …

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

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

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Upload CSV File From The Web

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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, check that all of the 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 settings and options …

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The WordPress Visualizer plugin gives you full control over your chart or graph, and updates your display in real time …

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For example, the pie chart offers many configurable options, including:

  • General Settings – Configure chart title settings, 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 are happy with the look of your chart or graph, click on the ‘Create Chart’ button …

Visualizer Plugin For WordPress

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

Visualizer Plugin For WordPress

Note that new visual elements are given a unique ID displayed in a shortcode. As you will see in a moment, this allows you to add charts and graphs to your WordPress posts quickly and easily …

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

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After a new item has been added to the ‘Visualizer Library’, you can edit it, clone it, or delete it …

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Plugin Usage

After creating a new element and adding it to Visualizer, adding it to pages or posts 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 chart or graph you want to insert into your content and click the “insert” icon …

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This will add a shortcode into your content …

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

Publishing A WordPress Post

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

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Your visual element will display in the location where you’ve added the shortcode …

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As mentioned previously, the plugin also displays responsive charts for mobile device browsers …

Visualizer Plugin For WordPress

As you can see, the Visualizer plugin lets you add and customize dynamic charts and graphs in your content. You can update 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 interactive chart data in WordPress.

Tutorial

The developers of this plugin have created a series of tutorials you can refer to for ways to edit, customize and use Visualizer.

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

Congratulations! Now you know how to create colorful and mobile-responsive pie charts and graphs in WordPress with WordPress Visualizer.

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