Create the greatest content presentation with our review of the best data visualization WordPress plugins.
It comes down to the fact that humans are better at processing visual data than reading reports or spreadsheets scattered with complex patterns.
And I’m one of them.
Thus, using a quality plugin to turn boring into fun is a MUST.
WordPress bloggers and business site owners can now enjoy using plugins’ data visualization charts and graphs to make more engaging content.
We went through 100+ reliable tools for data visualization.
But some lack responsiveness, some design and some are just TOO complex.
We decided to stick to user-friendly data visualization tools that create a beautiful content display and easily adapt to any niche and industry.
This post covers:
- 7 Examples of data visualization in WordPress
- Best WordPress charts plugins
- Frequently asked questions about data visualization in WP
TL;DR – Best WordPress Plugins for Data Visualization
- Visualizer: Best for creating, managing and embedding responsive tables, chart and graphs – anywhere.
- Data Tables Generator: Best advanced data table creator.
- M Chart: Best solution for controlling spreadsheet data and turning it into a chart.
- iChart: Best for adding charts and graphs with geo and Covid functionality.
- WP Charts and Graphs: Best and simplest chart plugin.
- TablePress: Best free and open-source WP data visualization plugin.
- WP Beautiful Charts: Best plugin for making animated charts.
- wpDataTables: Best all-around tool for data management with charts and tables.
7 Examples Of Data Visualization In WordPress
1. Charts And Graphs
We’re placing charts and graphs first on the list of examples because they’re one of the easiest to do.
If you don’t want to overwhelm your visitors with boring numbers, use any type of chart or graph to make it happen.
Some of the most common are:
- Bar charts are excellent if you want to compare various data and show highlights across different categories, topics, etc.
- Pie charts are a great way to display different (percentages of) parts of the whole “pie.”
- Line charts are ideal for connecting data points and changes over a set time (show evolution).
- Column charts show information vertically (while bar graphs usually display data horizontally).
- Area charts are similar to line charts, just that space between the x-axis and the line is filled with color. (Can work for multiple lines.)
I stumbled across the funniest pie charts by Bored Panda when I was searching for an example to add to this collection. I don’t know about you, but I was kinda similar to the chart above when someone asked me what I think about in math class.
2. Comparison Tables
Comparison tables are the best solution if you compare multiple items (products, services, etc.) against each other.
You can then tick the boxes and add pricing so the user can quickly find which item suits them best. (Or do it like we do it below.)
Comparison tables are great user experience boosters because of how quickly you can skim through them and get the answer you’re searching for.
In our case, comparison tables come in handy when comparing plugins, themes and hosting.
A comparison table is something we use when conducting reviews and tests of different themes and plugins. Here’s an example of comparing the best fast-loading WordPress themes.
Infographics are the way to go if you want to take data and information presentation to the next level. (Hint: They’re also great for link building.)
They are fantastic for visual storytelling when done right because the user can immerse into the content much easier.
We advise adding content (or the written version of the infographic) at the bottom of the infographic if you’re sharing it in a blog post (don’t stick just the image in it).
Note: Unfortunately, there’s no good infographic plugin for WordPress, but we highly recommend using Canva’s infographic maker.
While infographics are usually vertical (and very long), I decided to go slightly against the grain with this infographic from Column Five, showcasing income distribution by religious belief.
You can use timelines to create line or area charts that spread over a set time with events marking special changes, improvements, whatever.
Another simple way of using timelines is for freelancers, professionals and job seekers, sharing their experiences, references, and more.
Have you ever wondered what will happen in the FAR future? I haven’t. But guys over at Information Is Beautiful did with this fantastic timeline of the far future with events. Will anything of this happen? I don’t know.
Maps are a popular way of data visualization in WordPress when you want to share information about a specific location. You can use local or global maps. (But maps don’t need to be geographical.)
Two of the more common uses of maps are bubble and choropleth maps.
Bubble maps are for sharing stats, data and other information specific to the area. (You can have multiple bubbles per map.)
A choropleth map (you’ve seen it but maybe didn’t know they’re called like that) divides an area into multiple sub-areas using different shades of the (same) color, each relating to a data variable.
Since we’re all online right now I found this awesome choropleth map from Fossbytes, revealing where people use internet the most. I didn’t know Taiwanese people are such heavy internet users. Or is it because of digital nomads?
Pictorials is a form of data visualization where its main feature are pictures. Basically, it’s storytelling through images without too much focus on the text.
It’s like an infographic, just very different – does this make sense?
I found this pictorial model on the Florida State University website, which displays a sketch of the situation. It’s mainly an explanation of what a pictorial model should look like. Because it’s physics, it needs a bit more info (numbers, calculations, etc.), but I still prefer pictorials that aren’t too heavy info/text-oriented.
While many avoid animations on their WordPress websites because they tend to be heavy and can slow down the website load time, they’re still an excellent way of data visualization.
Everyone likes a good animation, even if it’s just a GIF.
And what we like about animations the most is their flexibility in adapting to anything!
Not many talk about using animation to present data, but it’s my favorite method. The Washington Post has an epic animation that displays the number of solar eclips in a person’s lifetime. (Hint: It’s a lot better than the above GIF.)
Best WordPress Charts Plugins
1,000s of WP users trust Visualizer plugin to create dynamic, interactive and beautiful charts, graphs, and more. Present your data in style.
Choose from any of the fifteen charts provided in the plugin’s core: line charts, bar charts, columns, pie, geographical charts, etc.
The technology used for rendering the charts is a combination of SVG and HTML5. Therefore, you’re shooting two rabbits for the price of one.
HTML5 represents the latest browser technology, while SVG represents the best vector graphics format for the web.
You might have a heavy data set to work with, but the SVG output will surprise you with its tiny size. Choose where you want to upload your chart data – from the web or your computer.
Customize font types, titles, tooltips, and general chart settings to make each data set unique.
Creating, managing and embedding responsive tables, charts and graphs into any WordPress theme.
- 10+ chart types
- Interactive charts
- Chart export
- Periodical data synchronization
- Money back guarantee
- Regular updates
- Fast support
- Many customization functions
- Not the most user-friendly
- Free: 4 chart types
- Personal (99€/year): 1 site, 15 chart types, import data from an external database
- Developer (199€/year): 3 sites, 15 chart types, periodic data synchronization
- Agency (399€/year): Unlimited sites, 15 chart types, on-page data editor
Data Tables Generator is an easy and powerful WordPress data visualization plugin that comes in two versions: free and premium.
Data Table Generator gives you the tools to display your data without prior experience in data management.
Create charts, graphs, and data diagrams all from a single plugin. Manage your data entries to make them easier to understand for your readers and boost user experience.
Our favorite feature: You can also plug your Google Charts data into this plugin for that extra diversity.
Creating advanced tables and data management.
- Built-in global search
- Highlighting elements
- CSS editor
- Live preview
- Table migration
- Restrict per role
- Translated into 10+ languages
- Quick configuration and data editing
- A lot of documentation
- Can be slow
- Free: Unlimited rows and columns, hidden fields, search, CSS editor
- Pro ($46/year): All free features, editable fields, diagrams, table history, print button
3. M Chart
Level up your online presence with M Chart. M Chart gives you plenty of options to add the information and details to the charts you want to create.
The process of installing, activating and configuring it is straightforward and suitable for all users.
Note: To make it fully work, you first need to install the M Chart Highcharts Library plugin.
The plugin can manage all the data and statistics via a spreadsheet. Later, when you are done editing and preparing the content, you can use the convenient shortcode and add the chart to your posts and pages.
M Chart is The data visualization WordPress plugin to display your data clearly.
Managing spreadsheet data and presenting it in a chart.
- Chart shortcode
- Import/export CSV
- Hooks for developers
- 10+ chart types
- Fast and friendly support
- Quality documentation
- Highcharts Library plugin doesn’t come integrated anymore (but it’s a must)
- Free: All the above and more.
As the name suggests, iChart is a free data visualization WordPress plugin for building charts and graphs. The design is responsive and mobile-ready, following modern web trends for a consistently smooth performance.
In addition, iChart’s shortcode generator lets you add your creation anywhere on your website or blog, displaying (loads of) data and stats beautifully.
The features of iChart are many.
It supports chart styles, like bar, line, pie, polar area, and doughnut (YUM!).
And once you are done creating the desired chart, copy and paste the shortcode to any page or post and see it appear on your site. As simple as that.
Responsive charts and graphs with geo and Covid widgets.
- Easy integration with a shortcode
- Extensive customizations
- Hide and show chart information
- Live chart preview
- Allow embed so others can embed your chart
- Regular updates with new features
- Pro version works forever (even if you don’t renew)
- Slightly limited free version
- Free: Multiple pie chart styles, shortcode generator, live stats
- Personal ($19/year): 1 site, best for bloggers and personal sites
- Master ($58/year): 100 sites, best for power users
- Ultimate ($89/year): 100 sites, iChart Pro Max, iList Pro, best for agencies
Crafting simple yet beautiful charts for your website happens in a little breeze with WP Charts and Graphs.
This data visualization WordPress plugin is set to get you going, even if you are not tech-savvy. You can create the chart you fancy from your admin panel and see the live preview before you go live.
If it needs any additional tweaks, now is the time to make them happen. However, you can always go back to the drawing board and perform corrections or add more data and stats.
WP Charts and Graphs calls for a fully responsive end product that smoothly operates on smartphones, tablets, and desktops.
Moreover, it comes with different chart styles to find the right one right from the get-go. Now get that doughnut, radar or polar chart or any other going strong and decorate your website.
Everyone who needs a simple and minimal chart generator for WordPress.
- Live preview
- Automatic shortcode generator
- Various chart types
- Simplicity and minimalism (but can be a con for some)
- Maybe too simple for some users (but that’s its specialty)
TablePress is one of the leading table generator plugins for WordPress with a whopping 800k installs!
Google Spreadsheets is fine, but why not manage your data directly from the admin dashboard? Table management can be overlooked if you work with only a few data pieces.
But TablePress can step up to the plate for more significant content projects and deliver that great experience you’re after.
You can share your tables in posts, content pages, and widget areas – all with the help of a shortcode.
Everyone who needs a flexible, free and open-source plugin to create any kind of table.
- Simple embed into posts, pages and widgets with shortcode
- Head and foot row
- Highlight hover
- Alternating row backgrounds
- Table preview
- Can add links and images to the table
- Import data from multiple sources
- Free add-ons
- Not ideal for large tables
What do you wish to share with your readers? A pie chart, a bar graph? Perhaps a line chart to showcase your latest earnings reports?
You won’t need more than WP Beautiful Charts for simple tasks such as those. It’s a data visualization plugin that gets straight to the point.
But what we like the most about WP Beautiful Charts is the animation function.
Create cool charts and graphs with special effects. (But don’t expect too much because it’s still a simple plugin.)
Users who want to add animated charts to their WordPress website.
- Colorful and animated charts and graphs
- You’ll easily get the gist of it (quick work!)
- Couldn’t find anything
wpDataTables is a comprehensive plugin for visual data management on any WordPress website.
Fetch your existing Google or Excel Spreadsheets, and import them into wpDataTables to showcase your information on WordPress.
Plug your MySQL data directly into a data spread if that doesn’t work. You won’t even need to know MySQL queries because the plugin supports query building with an intuitive interface.
Admins can edit visual data directly from the post or page (front-end) or manage it from the dashboard (back-end).
We also found wpDataTables to be a very secure plugin. You’re working with sensitive data, so you wouldn’t want others to play with it or even access it without your permission.
You can also start with its free version.
Any data management through charts and tables.
- Advanced filtering
- Lazy load
- Private Google Spreadsheets
- Image columns
- Easy to use (beginner-friendly interface)
- Many features and add-ons
- Extensive customizations
- Handy documentation and tutorials
- Great support
- Can be heavy on your website
- Free: Simple (but customizable) tables, excel-like editor,
- Basic (65€/year): 1 domain, all features
- Pro (103€/year):3 domains, all features
- Developer (236€/year): Unlimited domains, all features
Frequently Asked Questions About Data Visualization In WP
How do I create a chart in WordPress?
You can quickly and easily create a professional chart or table in WordPress with the popular Visualizer plugin.
How do I create an infographic in WordPress?
We recommend using the user-friendly online infographic maker by Canva and then importing it into WordPress. Sadly, there aren’t any high-quality infographic plugins for WordPress.
How do I create a table in WordPress?
You can use a block and configure it however you want if you create your content using Gutenberg. But Data Tables Generator by Supsystic is also an excellent plugin for creating advanced data tables.
Which is the best WordPress data visualization plugin?
Visualizer is the best WordPress data visualization plugin because it supports charts, tables, animations, and live editing. Plus, it’s easy and quick to customize.