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How To Add Charts And Graphs To WordPress

How To Add Charts And Graphs To WordPress

You’ve heard the old adage “a picture is worth a thousand words.” This is certainly true when you’re presenting and explaining complex data.

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

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

Graphs and charts help you explain complex information so your audience can more easily interpret it!

If you want to present information visually and dynamically on your WordPress site using charts and graphs, this tutorial will show you how to create colourful and updateable charts to your WordPress pages and posts that:

If you plan to display visual data like pie charts, comparison charts or trending graphs which contain information that is not going to change (e.g. historical data), an easier way to display this information is to create the charts or graphs using a desktop application, convert these into images and then simply insert your image into your page or post.

Use WordPress Chart & Graph Plugins

If you want to add interactive bars and pie charts to WordPress 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 users that is simple to install, easy-to-use and allows you to not only create appealing and interactive graphs and charts, it also lets you populate your charts and graphs with dynamic data.

Visualizer Plugin For WordPress

Visualizer Plugin URL

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

http://wordpress.org/plugins/visualizer

Visualizer Plugin Description

WP Visualizer is a simple, easy to use and powerful plugin that allows you to create, manage and insert appealing graphs into your WordPress posts and pages with just 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 additional components are needed.

Visualizer also comes with a variety of built-in 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 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 blog or site visitors can see your charts and graphs on their mobile devices without having to install any additional software.

Plugin Installation

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

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

Locate the item in the search results screen and click Install Now

Click OK to proceed …

Activate the plugin …

You can also activate the plugin in the Plugins page …

Once the plugin has been activated, click on Library

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

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

After installing the plugin, the library contains no charts.

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

How To Configure The Plugin

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

A page will load in your screen with all the types of charts available.

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

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

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

When creating your CSV data file, ensure that:

The screenshot below shows how to format your data correctly …

If you are not sure how to format your CSV file, simply study the sample file that comes with the plugin.

Next, select the 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‘ …

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

The plugin imports your data from the CSV file and displays it using the graph/chart type selected …

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

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

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

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

Once you are happy with how your graph or chart appears, click Create Chart

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

Note that new visual elements are given a unique ID displayed as a shortcode. As you will see in a moment, this lets you insert charts and graphs into your WordPress pages and posts easily …

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

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

Visualizer Usage

Once you have created a new chart or graph and added it to the Visualizer Library, adding it to a post 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 the content and click on Add Media

Click on ‘Visualizations‘ …

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

This inserts a shortcode into your content …

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

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

You will see your visual element in the content …

As mentioned previously, the plugin also displays responsive charts for mobile users …

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 the changes will automatically be reflected wherever you have inserted your charts, graphs, comparison bars , etc. in your website. This makes working with interactive chart data in WordPress really easy.

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

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

Congratulations! Now you know how to easily insert great-looking and dynamic pie charts and graphs into WordPress.

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