Raw data, stats, charts and graphs.
… Including those is your no.1 way of taking a blog post (or any online article) to the next level in terms of content quality and authority.
There’s just way too much content out there written on the fly and without much care put into the accuracy of the actual information. So the only way to stand out is to provide something more. Something that has its grounds in the real world. Hence, stats and other types of data.
But numbers alone won’t make much of an impact. They’re inherently not sexy. So we need a more user-friendly and, most importantly, reader-friendly solution.
A plugin called Visualizer: Charts and Graphs promises a functional and easy-to-use alternative. In this review, we’re checking if that’s indeed the case.(Spoiler alert. It is.)
- What Visualizer is
- The main features of the plugin
- Who’s the ideal user of this plugin
- Where you can get it
- How to use it
- The pros and cons
- The price – I can tell you this part right now – it’s $0
It comes with 9 different chart types that are fully customizable and easy to use for whatever data visualization needs you might have. It uses the Google Visualization API under the hood to make things work.
- There are 9 types of charts – there are multiple ways to showcase your data with this plugin, specifically: line charts, area charts, column charts, bar charts, pie charts, gauge charts, geo charts, candlestick charts, and scatter charts.
- It’s flexible and customizable – you can create any chart you want, use an unlimited number of fields, lots of colors and options to make it look exactly like you need it. That being said, all customizations are optional and the basic settings are perfectly ready to go.
- There’s HTML5 and SVG support – charts are rendered using HTML5 and SVG. This guarantees cross-browser compatibility.
Who needs the Visualizer plugin and why?
It’s that simple. The plugin will give you an edge over everybody else and make your content pop.
Also, getting into specific niches, if you’re in the financial sector, the plugin is a no-brainer. I’m sure you’re publishing quite a lot of number-driven content. Another area is researchers and academic bloggers. Again, lots of number-driven content.
Where you can get it (and how)
Alternatively, you can go to https://wordpress.org/plugins/visualizer/ and get the plugin directly.
How does it work?
Begin by clicking on Add Media and then Visualisations. Next, Create New.
Once you’ve imported the file, Visualizer will take the data and turn it into the final chart.
Here’s the result I got after tweaking some things in this section of the settings:
In Slices Settings, you can change the color of each slice and select an offset for the ones you want to highlight. Like I did here:
The bottom line
- It’s free.
- Delivers an interactive and animated interface that’s pleasing to the eye.
- Easy to use.
- Offers multiple types of charts.
- Has many customization options yet it’s perfectly functional on the default settings as well.
- Importing your data through CSV is perhaps not the most straightforward method. It would be cool if there was an additional interface allowing you to simply input data from your keyboard.
- Visualizer won’t let you edit an existing chart. You can only create new ones. (Something to be fixed in the future versions.)
But that’s just me. So what do *you* think of the plugin?