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How To Add Charts And Graphs To WordPress

How To Add Charts And Graphs To WordPress

You’ve heard the saying “a picture is worth a thousand words.” This is certainly true when you are presenting or explaining complex data.

Using graphs and charts is a great way to make technical data simpler to grasp.

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

Graphs and charts help present complex data so your audience can more easily understand it!

If you need to learn how to present information visually and dynamically on your WordPress site like graphs and charts, this tutorial will show you how to create and add colorful and updatable charts and graphs to your WP pages that:

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

Use WordPress Chart & Graph Plugins

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

Fortunately, there is a free 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 updatable information.

Visualizer Plugin For WordPress

Plugin URL

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

http://wordpress.org/plugins/visualizer

Plugin Description

WordPress Visualizer is an easy-to-use and powerful tool that lets you create, manage and insert attractive and mobile-responsive graphs into your WordPress posts and pages in 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 extra add-ons are needed.

Visualizer also contains a variety of charts optimized for all your data visualization needs, including:

Visualizer 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 site’s design. Various options are available for each chart that allow you to 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 web visitors can see your charts and graphs on their mobile device browsers without having to install additional software.

How To Install The Plugin

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

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

Locate the plugin in the search results screen and click the “Install Now” button …

Click OK to go ahead …

Activate the plugin …

You can also activate the plugin in the Plugins area …

After the plugin has been activated, click on Library

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

This brings up the plugin’s Visualizer Library screen …

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 plan to publish to your posts or pages.

Plugin Configuration

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

A gallery displaying all the different types 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 …

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

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

When creating your CSV data file, ensure that:

The screenshot below shows how to format your data as required …

If you are unsure about how to format your CSV file, simply study the sample CSV file 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 a CSV file from your computer select ‘From Computer‘ …

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

The plugin imports your data 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, check 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 you have selected, the plugin will display a range of customization settings …

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

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

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

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

Note that each new element is given a unique ID displayed as a shortcode. As you will see shortly, this lets you easily insert graphs and charts into your content …

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

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

Visualizer Usage

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

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 the ‘Add Media‘ button …

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 for the element into your content …

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

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

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

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

As you can see, Visualizer allows you to insert and customize dynamic charts and graphs in your content. You can edit your data and your changes will automatically be reflected wherever you have inserted your charts, graphs, comparison bars , etc. in your website. This makes managing interactive graph data in WordPress very easy.

The developers of this plugin have created a series of tutorials you can refer to for ways to edit, customize and use the plugin.

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

Congratulations! Now you know how to easily add attractive and dynamic charts and graphs to your WordPress content.

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