How to do simple graphs in WordPress

August 22, 2007 · 4 comments

I’ve recently added a small graph of my weight in my sidebar as well as a page for additional graphs such as BMI and strength training (total weight moved).  They aren’t the prettiest graphs to look at in my opinion (I’ve been looking at too much Office 2007 lately) but the options seemed to be pretty sparse for doing this.

The solution I went with was to implement the plugin called Simple Graph.  It delivers on it’s name - very easy to install and refer to both in code (like in the sidebar) and in posts or pages.  Data can be added point by point or in bulk and obviously multiple graphs are supported.  I don’t think there are any limits on the number of graphs you can have.  The author, Pasi J. Matilainen, has recently indicated that the development is being taken over by Simone Grassiwhich I view as a good thing - I think we’ll see some active development with this plugin.

This plugin is simple but if that’s all you need it gets the job done.

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Angela August 22, 2007 at 8:17 am

Great tip! I need to start messing with my sidebars a bit more. Also-I just finished You on a Diet…aren’t the illustrations cool? My kids are actually learning a little something from this book.

john August 22, 2007 at 8:56 am

It is a fun book, I can see kids enjoying it sort of like those “How does it work?” books. The one thing I am finding is they really focus on using the tape measure instead of the scale, which does make sense. However, it’s just so easy to get on the scale to see progress rather than measuring multiple times using the tape.

Debo Hobo December 10, 2007 at 3:40 pm

Thanks this is something I have been looking for.

derek April 4, 2009 at 9:34 pm

Great simple graph use in your site- I am instaling and have the widget functioning fine but can figure out how to get multiple graphs showing on the same page — the same graph just repeats over nd over again.

[[simple-graph id=1]]

[[simple-graph id=2]]

I have tried witha post like this with id numebrs ?

Might you help sort me on how you do so many differnt graphs on a static page?


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