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

Create Charts In A Post In WordPress

You’ve heard the saying “a picture is worth a thousand words.” This certainly applies when you are trying to present or explain complex information.

Using graphs and charts is great for breaking up long text passages, and making technical 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 comparisons more easily, then charts and graphs are perfect for helping them understand your data.

Inserting Beautiful Graphs Into Pages In WordPress

Charts and graphs help present complex data so your audience can more easily interpret it!

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

  • Your visitors can engage with
  • Allows you to upload data from your hard drive or an online data source
  • Is responsive for mobile screens

Visualizer - WordPress Plugin

Practical Tip

If you plan to display visual data like pie charts, comparison graphs or trending graphs containing static information (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 or posts.

Use WordPress Chart & Graph Plugins

If you want to easily add dynamic bar charts and pie charts to WordPress content 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 attractive and mobile-responsive graphs and charts, it also lets you populate your charts and graphs with updatable content.

Visualizer

Visualizer Plugin For WordPress

Visualizer URL

You can install the plugin in your WP dashboard (explained a little further below), or download Visualizer the WP plugin repository using the link below:

http://wordpress.org/plugins/visualizer

Visualizer Plugin Description

WordPress Visualizer is a simple, easy to use and powerful tool that lets you create, manage and embed attractive and interactive graphs into your WordPress posts and pages in a few simple steps.

The plugin 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 components are needed.

WordPress Visualizer also comes with a variety of charts 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

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 web design. Various options are available for each chart that let you fully 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 visitors can see your charts and graphs on their mobile web browsers without having to install any additional software.

Plugin Installation

Inside your WordPress administration area, select Plugins > Add New from the dashboard menu …

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

Install WP Plugin: Visualizer

Locate the item in the search results section and click the “Install Now” button …

Install Visualizer Plugin For WordPress

Click OK to continue …

Install WP Plugin: Visualizer

Activate the plugin after successfully installing it …

Install Visualizer Plugin For WordPress

You can also activate the plugin in the Plugins area …

Install Visualizer Plugin For WordPress

After your plugin has been activated, click on Library

Install Visualizer Plugin For WordPress

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

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

Visualizer - WordPress Plugin

After installing the plugin, the library contains 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’ …

Visualizer

A visual gallery displaying all of the different kinds of charts and graphs available will load on your screen.

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

Visualizer - WordPress Plugin

Your selected graph/chart type will pop up in a lightbox.

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

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Useful Information

When creating your CSV data file, make sure that:

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

The screenshot below shows how to format your data …

Visualizer - WP Plugin

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

Next, 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‘ …

WordPress Plugin: Visualizer

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

Visualizer Plugin For WordPress

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

Visualizer Plugin For WordPress

Upload CSV File From The Web

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Info

For a tutorial that explains 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 click ‘Next‘ …

WordPress Plugin: Visualizer

Depending on the chart or graph type selected, the plugin displays various customization settings …

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Visualizer gives you complete control of your chart or graph, and updates your display in real time …

Visualizer - WordPress Plugin

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 a 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).

WP Plugin: Visualizer

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

WordPress Plugin: Visualizer

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

WordPress Plugin: Visualizer

Note that new elements are given a unique ID displayed in a shortcode. As you will see in a moment, this allows you to easily insert graphs and charts into your content …

Visualizer

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

Visualizer Plugin For WordPress

After a chart or graph has been added to the ‘Visualizer Library’, you can edit its details, duplicate it, or delete it …

Visualizer Plugin For WordPress

Plugin Usage

Once you’ve created a element and added it to the Library, adding it to a page is very simple.

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

Visualizer - WordPress Plugin

Next, place your mouse cursor where you want to insert your visual element into the content and click on Add Media

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Click on ‘Visualizations‘ …

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Find the chart or graph to be inserted into your content and click the “insert” icon …

Visualizer - WP Plugin

This inserts a shortcode into your content …

Visualizer - WP Plugin

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

Publishing A WordPress Post

Once the post has been published, click ‘View post’ to see the results …

Visualizer Plugin For WordPress

The graph or chart will show up in the location you specified …

Visualizer Plugin For WordPress

As mentioned earlier, the plugin also displays responsive charts and graphs for mobile screens …

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 modify your data and your changes will automatically be reflected wherever you have inserted your charts, graphs, comparison bars , etc. in your site. This is a real time-saving feature of the plugin if you’re managing interactive graph data in WordPress.

Tutorial

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

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

Congratulations! Now you know how to easily insert mobile-responsive pie charts and graphs into your WordPress pages.

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