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5 Plugins That Display Amazing Charts and Graphs in WordPress

Case studies and simple statistics are the most popular presentations of research in the blogosphere. But there’s also one very important data visualization tool that often gets ignored by bloggers – charts.

Charts was allways a perfect way to show statistics, help people see extensive amounts of data at one glance. We can use charts for presentations and PowerPoints and so on …

Here’s a list of the top 5 WordPress plugins that make chart creation a cinch.

1. WordPress Charts

wordpress-charts-2Create amazing HTML5 charts easily in WordPress. A flexible and lightweight WordPress chart plugin including 6 customizable chart types (line, bar, pie, radar, polar area and doughnut types) as well as a fallback to provide support for older IE.

The plugin allows you to create 6 different types of HTML5 based charts:

  • line graph
  • bar graph
  • pie chart
  • radar chart
  • polar area
  • doughnut graph

Each type is fully customizable, and can even be animated.

WordPress Charts also comes with a widget you can use to display the chart in your sidebar. The developer has promised several appealing features in the near feature – including color pallette styling options, a revamped chart creation process, and a table chart type.

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2. Visualizer

visualizer-2WordPress Visualizer plugin is a simple, easy to use and quite powerful tool to create, manage and embed interactive charts into your WordPress posts and pages.

The plugin 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.

Visualizer is even more powerful than WordPress Charts, with support for 9 HTML5 based chart types:

  • line graph
  • area chart
  • bar graph
  • column graph
  • pie chart
  • geo chart
  • gauge chart
  • candlestick chart
  • scatter chart

The plugin also comes with some handy documentation that explains how to createedit, and clone your Visualizer charts.

Cross-browser compatibility, 13K downloads, and a 4.9 user rating say a lot about this snazzy plugin.

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3. Easy Chart Builder for WordPress

Easy Chart Builder for WordPress is the most popular chart plugin, with 26,000 downloads and a 4.8 rating. It has 6 predefined charts:

  • horizontal bar graph
  • stacked horizontal bar graph
  • vertical bar graph
  • stacked vertical bar graph
  • line graph
  • pie chart

But creating charts with Easy Chart Builder for WordPress isn’t as straightforward as the other plugins on this list. To create a chart, you need to use a shortcode, in the format: [easychart argument=”value” …]

If you aren’t understanding the shortcode, no sweat—the developer has a complete tutorial for creating charts with this plugin. Once you go through the process a couple times, you’ll undoubtedly  get the hang of it.

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4. ChartBoot

chartboot-for-wordpress-2ChartBoot for WordPress Plugin allows to create, edit and embed Google Charts in WordPress Posts and/or Pages.

ChartBoot has an incredible amount (18) of chart types available:

  • 3d pie chart
  • bar graph
  • stacked bar graph
  • bubble chart
  • column graph
  • stacked column graph
  • combo chart
  • donut chart
  • gauge chart
  • geo chart
  • line graph
  • motion chart
  • radar chart
  • stacked area chart
  • stepped area chart
  • table
  • timeline
  • tree map

Once you import the data from Excel or Calc, it’s just 3 simple steps to displaying the chart on your website. Each step is documented on the plugin listing page, and there’s even a video tutorial on YouTube, detailing how to navigating the plugin.

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5. Iced Visualization Charts

Iced-Visualization-Charts-2Have you ever wanted an easy way to insert Google charts to posts? With this plugin you can easily add a Visualization (Currently supports PieChart, BarChart, ColumnChart) by clicking a button in the editor and inputing data. The UI inserts shortcode as placeholders for charts. This plugin loads the Google Visualization API JavaScript in the footer, only in the pages where chart is inserted.

Iced Visualization Charts is an extremely basic chart plugin that currently only supports 3 chart types:

  • bar graph
  • column graph
  • pie chart

The creation process is quite simple. Just hit a button in the visual editor toolbar, input data in the meta box that pops up, select your visualization, insert the generated shortcode, and ta-da! You’re all done.

If you aren’t looking to get too fancy with your charts, and you’re just looking for something straightforward and uncomplicated, Iced Visualization Charts is the way to go.

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