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How To Add Charts And Graphs To WordPress

How To Add Charts And Graphs To WordPress

You’ve no doubt heard the adage “a picture is worth a thousand words.” This is certainly true when you are trying to present and explain complex information.

Using charts and graphs is useful for breaking up long text passages, and making technical data more easily digestible.

You can present data using tables, but if you want your audience to try and interpret complex data with numbers, trends and relationships easily, then charts and graphs are perfect for helping them understand your data.

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

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

If you plan to display visual data like bar charts, comparison data or trending graphs that contain static information (e.g. historical data), an easier way to add the data is to create the graphs or charts using a desktop application, convert these into .jpg or .png files and then simply add the image files to your site content.

Use WordPress Chart & Graph Plugins

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

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

Visualizer Plugin For WordPress

Visualizer Plugin URL

You can install the plugin from your WordPress dashboard (see a little further below), or access and download Visualizer from the link below:

http://wordpress.org/plugins/visualizer

Plugin Description

The Visualizer plugin is a simple, easy to use and powerful tool that lets you create, manage and embed interactive graphs into your WordPress posts and pages in 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 additional addons are needed.

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

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 the look and feel of your website. Various options are available for each chart that let you further customize their look.

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 additional plugins.

Plugin Installation

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

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

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

Click OK to go ahead …

Activate the plugin after successfully installing it …

You can also activate the plugin in the Plugins area …

After your plugin has been activated, click on Library

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

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

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

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

Visualizer Plugin Configuration

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

You will see all of the kinds of charts available.

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

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

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

When creating your CSV data file, ensure that:

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

If you are unsure about how to format your data CSV, simply study the sample 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‘ …

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

The plugin imports your data and displays it using the graph/chart type you have chosen …

Upload CSV File From The Web

To learn how to create, save and publish data to a Visualizer chart or graph using Google Spreadsheet, go here:

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

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

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

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

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

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

Note that every visual element is given a unique ID displayed in a shortcode. As you will see in just a moment, this lets you easily embed graphs and charts into your content …

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

After adding a new graph or chart to the ‘Visualizer Library’, you can edit its details, duplicate it, or trash it …

Visualizer Usage

Once you’ve created a new element and added it to Visualizer, adding it to posts or pages is quite simple.

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

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

Click on ‘Visualizations‘ …

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

This adds a shortcode for the element into your content …

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

After updating your post/page, click ‘View post’ to see it …

The item will show up in the location you specified …

As mentioned previously, Visualizer also displays responsive graphs for mobile screens …

As you can see, WordPress Visualizer 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 site. This makes adding interactive chart data in WordPress very easy.

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

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

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

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