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How To Add Charts And Graphs To WordPress

How To Add Charts And Graphs To WordPress

You’re probably familiar with the adage “a picture is worth a thousand words.” This certainly applies when you are presenting and explaining complex data.

Using charts and graphs is useful for making technical data more easily digestible.

You can present information using tables, but if you want your audience to try and make sense of complex data with figures, percentages or relationships more easily, then charts and graphs are perfect for helping them visualize your information.

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

Need to add charts and graphs to WordPress? This step-by-step tutorial shows you how to use WordPress Visualizer – a simple, easy to use and powerful tool that allows you to create, manage and embed colorful graphs into your WordPress posts and pages with just a few simple steps that:

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

Use WordPress Chart & Graph Plugins

If you want to easily embed dynamic bar charts and pie charts into your 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 sites that is simple to install, easy-to-use and allows you to not only create eye-catching and interactive graphs and charts, it also lets you populate your charts and graphs with updatable information.

Visualizer Plugin For WordPress

Plugin URL

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

http://wordpress.org/plugins/visualizer

Plugin Description

Visualizer is an easy-to-use and powerful plugin that lets you create, manage and insert eye-catching graphs into your WordPress posts and pages in just a few simple steps.

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 additional add-ons are needed.

The plugin also contains a variety of charts that are optimized to address all your data visualization needs, including:

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 the look and feel of your website. Various options are available for each chart that let you further 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 site visitors can see your charts and graphs on their mobile device browsers without requiring the installation of any extra plugins.

Plugin Installation

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

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

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

Click OK to continue …

Activate the plugin …

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 selecting Media > Visualizer Library in your dashboard menu …

This brings up the plugin’s Visualizer Library options …

After installing the plugin, the library section will be empty.

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

How To Configure The Plugin

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

A visual gallery displaying all of the built-in kinds of graphs available will load on your screen.

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

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

The next step is to upload a CSV file containing 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 explained above …

If you are unsure about how to format your data CSV, simply use 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 your CSV file and data from your hard drive select ‘From Computer‘ …

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

The plugin will now import your data and display it using the graph/chart type 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, see the article below:

After importing your data, make sure 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‘ …

Depending on the chart or graph type selected, the plugin will display a number of customization options and settings …

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

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

Once you are satisfied with the way your graph or chart looks, click on the ‘Create Chart’ button …

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

Note that each new element is given a unique ID displayed as a shortcode. As you will see in a moment, this lets you add charts and graphs to your WordPress content quickly …

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

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

Visualizer Usage

Once you have created a new element and added it to Visualizer, adding it to a post or page is really very simple.

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

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

Click on ‘Visualizations‘ …

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

This will place a shortcode into your content …

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

After publishing your post/page, click ‘View post’ to see the end result …

You will see the item in your content …

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

As you can see, the Visualizer plugin allows you to insert and customize dynamic charts and graphs in your content. You can modify your data and the changes will automatically be reflected wherever you have inserted your charts, graphs, comparison bars , etc. in your site. This makes adding dynamic chart data in WordPress very efficient.

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

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

Congratulations! Now you know how to easily insert interactive pie charts and graphs into your WordPress pages and posts with WP Visualizer.

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