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

Inserting Colourful Graphs And Charts Into WordPress Posts And Pages

You’ve no doubt heard the adage “a picture is worth a thousand words.” This certainly applies when you are presenting and explaining complex data.

Graphs and charts can help to make data much easier to digest.

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

Inserting Graphs Into Pages In WordPress

Graphs and charts help you explain 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 WP Visualizer – a simple, easy to use and powerful tool that allows you to create, manage and insert colorful and mobile-responsive charts into your WordPress posts and pages in a few mouse clicks that:

  • Your site visitors can engage with
  • Allows you to add data from your hard drive or a web-based source of data
  • Is dynamically responsive for mobile viewers

WordPress Plugin: Visualizer

Useful Tip

If you are displaying visual data like pie charts, comparison data or trending graphs that contain static information (e.g. historical data), an easier option is to create the graphs or charts using an image editing application, convert these into images and then simply add your images to your post or page.

Use WordPress Chart & Graph Plugins

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

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

Visualizer – WP Plugin

Visualizer Plugin For WordPress

Visualizer URL

You can install the plugin from your WordPress dashboard (we will explain how to do this further below), or access and download Visualizer here:

http://wordpress.org/plugins/visualizer

Visualizer Plugin Description

Visualizer is a simple, easy to use and powerful WP plugin that lets you create, manage and insert eye-catching charts and graphs into your WordPress posts and pages with 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 plugins are required.

Visualizer also provides 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

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 site’s design. Various options are available for each chart that let you further 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 blog or site visitors can see your charts and graphs on their mobile devices without requiring the installation of any additional plugins.

How To Install WP Visualizer

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

Installing WP Plugin

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

Install WP Plugin: Visualizer

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

Install Visualizer

Click OK to continue …

Install WordPress Plugin: Visualizer

Activate the plugin …

Install Visualizer Plugin For WordPress

You can also activate the plugin in the Plugins page …

Install WP Plugin: Visualizer

After your plugin has been activated, click on Library

Install WordPress Plugin: Visualizer

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

WordPress Plugins

This brings up the plugin’s Visualizer Library settings …

WordPress Plugin: Visualizer

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 content.

Plugin Configuration

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

Visualizer - WP Plugin

A page will appear on your browser displaying all the types of charts available.

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

Visualizer

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

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

Visualizer

Info

When creating your CSV data file, ensure that:

  • Your first row includes your column headings.
  • Your second row contains the series type (e.g. string, timeofday, etc.)

The screenshot below shows how to format your data …

Visualizer - WordPress Plugin

If you are not sure how to format your data CSV, just study the sample file supplied with the plugin.

Once you have completed this step, select your 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‘ …

WordPress Plugin: Visualizer

Locate and select your data file and click on ‘Open‘ …

Visualizer - WordPress Plugin

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

Visualizer - WP Plugin

Upload CSV File From The Web

Visualizer - WordPress Plugin

Useful Information

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 your information is correct (if not, click on the ‘Back’ button and reupload a new data file containing the right data), and then click ‘Next‘ …

Visualizer

Depending on the chart or graph type you’ve selected, the plugin displays a range of customization options and settings …

Visualizer

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

Visualizer Plugin For WordPress

For example, the pie chart offers many 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).

Visualizer - WordPress Plugin

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

Visualizer

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

Visualizer - WordPress Plugin

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

Visualizer

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

Visualizer

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

Visualizer Plugin For WordPress

Plugin Usage

After creating a new chart or graph and adding it to the Library, it’s simple to insert it into your pages or posts.

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

Visualizer Plugin For WordPress

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

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Click on ‘Visualizations‘ …

Visualizer - WP Plugin

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

Visualizer

This adds a shortcode into your content …

Visualizer Plugin For WordPress

After you have finished adding your item, click on Publish to publish (or update) your post or page …

Publishing A WordPress Post

Once the post has been updated, click ‘View post’ to see the result …

Visualizer Plugin For WordPress

The graph or chart will appear in the location where you placed the shortcode …

Visualizer - WordPress Plugin

As mentioned previously, Visualizer also displays responsive visual elements for mobile viewers …

Visualizer

As you can see, WordPress Visualizer lets you insert and customize dynamic charts and graphs in your content. You can edit your data and your changes will automatically be reflected throughout your site. This is a real time-saver if you’re adding dynamic graph data in WordPress.

Tutorial

The plugin developers have created a series of step-by-step 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, visit the website below:

Congratulations! Now you know how to create great-looking and interactive charts and graphs in WordPress with WP Visualizer.

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"If you're new to WordPress, this can stand on its own as a training course and will stay with you as you progress from beginner to advanced and even guru status." - Bruce (Columbus, Ohio)

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