Saturday, September 5, 2015

How to Add Charts, Graphs and Visualization to a Blog Post

Over last few months, I have written few blog posts where I used pretty sophisticated Charts, Graphs and Visualization. They make the blog post lot more meaningful and readable, readers love those charts, tables & displays. In this post, I will share the service I use for those visuals and few quick steps on how to create a chart and add that to your blog.

I use the services of http://www.StatsPanda.com, it's in public beta and it's free for "Individual" users.

StatsPanda.com Home Page


Once you login using your Facebook account, it redirects to registration page and during registration it gives two options - "Individual" and "Enterprise". Choose "Individual".

Go to API Console. I will suggest that you spend some time exploring the listed Visualization APIs. You may have to spend some time trying out the APIs in order to understand the JSON Inputs structures. It's not super complicated, although it may take some time. Initially you can use the example input data provided along with API Documentation.

API Console to create Charts, Graphs etc


Once decided, go ahead and create the Chart of your choice and that would give you a unique url and iFrame Code for your chart. For this blog I created a Stacked Area Chart with the example data that API Console provided. In the above screenshot, you can see a greyed out box right below the chart. The content of that box is copied below for your reference. You can straight away use that in your blog.

<iframe src="http://www.statspanda.com/ui/charts/statspanda.com/nvd3/stacked-area-chart?unique_key=9eb5203a7532f3e1a21617c3877788fe" style="border: #E8E8E8 1px solid; height: 300px; width: 100%;"></iframe>

Here is an example how the Visualisation really appears in a blog once you include the iFrame code snippet to your blog.



The chart is dynamic and not a jpg pic, data is being served from the Website. In fact, if you want you can "Edit" the input JSON Data and have a different chart of same type.

Hopefully you find it useful and able to use the charts and graphs in your blogs.

Note: Republished from http://satyajit-paul.blogspot.in/2015/09/how-to-add-charts-graphs-and-visualization-to-a-blog.html

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