How To Add Interactive Charts To Elementor

Authored By: James LePage
Published On: July 14, 2020

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In this post, we're going to discuss adding interactive charts and graphs to Elementor. If you're looking for a unique way to visually incorporate data into your WordPress website, using an interactive graph could be a great solution. Unfortunately, Elementor has no support for these type of interactive elements in its core installation (This makes sense though, because it's a fairly unique requirement).

A chart that you can easily add to Elementor.

However, if you're a data heavy business, and one that needs to visually display data to your visitors, using an interactive chart could be the way to go. For example, if your service is faster than competitors, visually displaying this using an interactive graph could be the aspect of your website that seals the deal with a potential customer.

In the past, many people have simply used screenshots of Excel charts, or an on line chartmaker that outputs a static image. However, these lack interactivity, depth, and don't display essential information.

With an interactive chart, visitors could hover over individual data points or bars, causing a tooltip to appear that displays even more information.

Why You’d Want To Add Graphs To Elementor

There are tons of scenarios which could benefit from visual, interactive graphs or charts in an Elementor website.

Say you're a University student or professor who has recently completed a scientific study. Creating a website with Elementor that displays the data identified in your paper could make your information more accessible to the public and receive more citations.

If you're a company that sells a product, using charts and graphs to display statistical information in a visually pleasing way could result in more sales. If you run your WooCommerce store with Elementor, adding charts into the single products/pages is simple and easy to do.

If you run a review website and use statistical information to make your comparisons, adding a chart or graph to Elementor could further your thesis.

TLDR: If you're looking to visually add statistical information to an element or website, interactive charts or graphs are the best way to do this.

How to add charts and graphs to Elementor

There are two major methods that work specifically for general WordPress websites – Chart.JS and WPDataTables. Both use the Gutenberg block builder, but if you're using Elementor, you probably want a plugin specific solution.

Luckily, there's a fully featured add-on pack that incorporates high quality charts into your Elementor website. Of the vast collection of premium add-on packs available for Elementor, this is the only one that has such advanced charts built in.

The reason why you would want to use an Elementor specific offering is because you can easily drag and drop charts directly from the page builder interface. You can also use the default user interface in the Elementor editor dashboard to add, remove, or change data.

Element Pack Pro - Ultimate Essential addon pack for Elementor

The plugin is called Element Pack Plugin, and is one of the leading add-ons for Elementor. It doesn't just give you the ability to add charts into your website, it comes with 107 widgets and dozens of premade layouts. If you're looking for an all-in-one solution that offers design elements and tools that will make your workflow more efficient, Element Pack Pro is what you're looking for.

Let's take a look at its chart offerings and what you can do with it.

Element Pack allows you to easily incorporate every chart type that is standard with Chart.JS directly into your Elementor website, and gives you a fully featured interface that you can use to edit the data directly in the Elementor editor dashboard.

Here are the chart types that Element Pack allows you to incorporate into your WordPress website.

These charts are fully interactive, meaning that if you hover over any bar, axes, or aspect of the graph, a tooltip will pop up displaying further information. As you can see from the screenshots, if you're looking to add a chart or graph into Elementor, this plugin is perfect for it. All of the charts are fully responsive, and look great on the front end. Now, let's take a look at the back-end interface that comes with this plugin. This is what you'll use to populate the data which actually makes up the chart in Elementor.

Because this is an Elementor addon pack that allows you to add the graph, everything can be done directly in the Elementor editor.

Inserting The Chart/Graph Into A Page/Post

The process of adding charts or graphs with the Element Pack Plugin is fairly simple. This addon directly creates new widgets which display on the Elementor page builder interface. All you need to do is simply drag or drop the new chart widget on to your page canvas.

Once the chart is on the Elementor page, an interface will display in the editor which will allow you to easily edit the chart and graph data directly on the page.

This is great because you can visually see the changes in real time.

Editing Chart/Graph Data In Elementor

Now that your chart or graph is on your Elementor page, it's time to populate it with data.

First, choose the type of chart that you want to incorporate into the website. This can be any the multiple types of charts or graphs that we mentioned above. With each chart comes a different interface, so only use this tutorial if you're looking to add a bar graph to your element or website. Luckily, the interface is fairly simple and easy to understand, and there's a great documentation behind Element Pack Pro if you have any further questions.

Once you've chosen your chart, add the axis labels. You can then go ahead and add your datasets.

Each data set comes with a label, the actual data, and then the general styling which allows you to change the background and border colors. You can also access advanced features here. You can add as many datasets as you want, which is very helpful if you're looking to compare multiple statistics in one chart.

Again, you can view all changes in real time on the Elementor canvas. This is just one of the benefits of using a dedicated addon plugin to add charts to Elementor.

This tool also allows you to set up the gridlines, labels, legends, alignment, and tooltips. Once you set everything up, ensure that your chart displays the data that you want it too, and publish your page or post in Elementor. Preview it on the front end, and if everything went well, congratulations you now have a chart or graph at it directly into Elementor.

If these charts and graphs don't work well for you, taking a look at WPDataTables is a great idea. WPDataTables Is the leading premium plug-in when it comes to visually displaying data and information. It allows you to create charts, graphs, tables, and more. The main drawback with the element or specific method of adding charts or graphs is that there is no central location to manage all of your data. Therefore, if you have tons of data that needs to be displayed in multiple ways and locations, using a dedicated data management plugin like WPDataTables is the way to do it. These can be insert it into your website via shortcode, meaning that it works well with the Elementor Builder.

Conclusion

This article should have showed you an Elementor specific way to add charts and graphs into a page or post. It's a great way to add visual representations of statistics , and could end up leading to more conversions and happier visitors.

If you're looking for additional ways to add charts or graphs into a general WordPress website, check out this article

As always, if you have any questions about adding graphs or charts to an element or website, reach out in the comments section.

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