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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 adage “a picture is worth a thousand words.” This is certainly true when you’re trying to present or explain data.

Graphs and charts help to make statistical data much easier to grasp.

You can use tables to present data, but if you want your audience to try and interpret complex data with numbers, trends or comparisons easily, then charts and graphs let you present the data in an intelligent and meaningful manner that can be easily understood.

Graphs and charts help present complex information 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 colorful charts and graphs into your WordPress posts and pages that:

If you are displaying visual data like bar charts, comparison data or trending graphs containing static information (e.g. historical data), a simple method you can use is to create your graphs or charts using an image editing application, convert these into jpg or png images and then simply insert the images into your pages.

Use WordPress Chart & Graph Plugins

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

Fortunately, there is a plugin for WordPress that is simple to install, easy-to-use and allows you to not only create stunning and dynamic charts and graphs, it also lets you populate your charts and graphs with dynamic information.

Visualizer – WP Plugin

Visualizer Plugin URL

You can install the plugin from your WP dashboard (see a little further down the page), or access and download the WP Visualizer plugin here:

http://wordpress.org/plugins/visualizer

Plugin Description

WP Visualizer is a simple, easy to use and powerful tool that lets you create, manage and insert great-looking charts and graphs into your WordPress posts and pages in a few simple steps.

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 or add-ons are required.

The plugin also provides a variety of charts optimized for 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 your web design. A number of options are available for each chart that let you 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 web browsers without requiring the installation of any extra plugins.

Plugin Installation

Inside your WordPress admin area, select Plugins > Add New from the main admin menu …

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

Locate Visualizer in the search results section 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 section …

After the plugin has been activated, click on Library

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

This brings up the plugin’s Visualizer Library options …

When you first install the plugin, the library will contain no charts.

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

Visualizer Plugin Configuration

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

A gallery displaying all the kinds of graphs and charts available will come up on your screen.

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

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

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

When creating your CSV data file, ensure that:

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

If you are unsure about how to format your CSV file, simply use the sample that comes 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 and data from your computer select ‘From Computer‘ …

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

The plugin will now import your data and display it using the graph/chart type you have selected …

Upload CSV File From The Web

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

Depending on the chart or graph type you’ve picked, the plugin displays a number of customization options …

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

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

Once you are satisfied with how your chart or graph is looking, click on the ‘Create Chart’ button …

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

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

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

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

Plugin Usage

After you have created a new chart or graph and added it to Visualizer, adding it to a post is very 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‘ …

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

This will add a shortcode into your content …

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

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

Your chart or graph will display in where you placed the shortcode …

As mentioned earlier, Visualizer also displays responsive charts for mobile devices …

As you can see, WordPress Visualizer allows you to insert 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 dynamic chart data in WordPress very efficient.

The plugin developers have created a number of 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, go to the website below:

Congratulations! Now you know how to add great-looking and interactive charts and graphs to WordPress.

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