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How To Add Charts And Graphs To WordPress

How To Add Charts And Graphs To WordPress

No doubt you’re familiar with the old adage “a picture is worth a thousand words.” This certainly applies when you are presenting or explaining data.

Graphs and charts can help to make statistical data and information more easily digestible.

You can use tables to present data, but if you want people to try and interpret complex data with numbers, trends or relationships quickly, then charts and graphs are perfect for helping them visualize the data.

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

If you need to learn how to present information visually and dynamically on your WordPress site using charts and graphs, this tutorial will show you exactly how to create eye-catching and updateable charts to WordPress that:

If you plan to display visual data like bar charts, comparison data or trending graphs which contain information that is not going to change (e.g. historical data), an easier way to present the information is to create your graphs or charts using an image editing application, convert these into images and then simply add the image files to your web content.

Use WordPress Chart & Graph Plugins

If you want to create interactive bar charts and pie graphs in your WordPress pages and posts with no coding skills required, the easiest way to do this is to use a plugin.

Fortunately, there is a great 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 updateable data.

WordPress Plugin: Visualizer

Visualizer URL

You can install the plugin in your WP dashboard (we will show you how to do this further below), or access and download WordPress Visualizer from the link below:

http://wordpress.org/plugins/visualizer

Visualizer Plugin Description

The WordPress Visualizer plugin is a simple, easy to use and powerful tool that lets you create, manage and insert colorful graphs and charts into your WordPress posts and pages with just 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 add-ons are needed.

Visualizer also comes with a variety of charts optimized for your data visualization needs, including:

Visualizer is a flexible and customizable plugin, 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 allow you to 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 site visitors can see your charts and graphs on their mobile devices without having to install any additional plugins.

How To Install The Plugin

From your WP dashboard, select Plugins > Add New from the main sidebar menu …

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

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

Click OK to go ahead …

Activate the plugin after installation is successful …

You can also activate the plugin in the Plugins area …

After your plugin has been activated, click on Library

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

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

After installing the plugin, the library contains no charts.

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

Visualizer Configuration

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

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

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

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

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

When creating your CSV data file, make sure that:

The screenshot below shows how to format your data as per the above requirements …

If you are not sure how to format your data CSV, simply refer to the sample file supplied 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 the CSV file from your computer select ‘From Computer‘ …

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

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

Upload CSV File From The Web

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

Depending on the chart or graph type you have selected, the plugin will display a range of customization settings …

The WordPress Visualizer plugin gives you total control of your information, and updates your display in real time …

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

Once you are satisfied with how your graph or chart looks, click Create Chart

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

Note that new visual 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 pages quickly and easily …

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

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

Visualizer Usage

Once you have created a graph or chart and added it to the Visualizer Library, it’s easy to add it to pages or posts.

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 your content and click on Add Media

Click on ‘Visualizations‘ …

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

This will place a shortcode into your content …

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

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

Your post or page displays the item in the location you specified …

As mentioned previously, the plugin also displays responsive elements for mobile viewing …

As you can see, the Visualizer plugin allows you to add and customize dynamic charts and graphs in your content. You can modify your data and your changes will automatically be reflected throughout your website. This makes adding dynamic graph data in WordPress really easy.

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, refer to the site below:

Congratulations! Now you know how to easily insert colorful and interactive bar charts and graphs into your WordPress posts and pages.

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