Using Google Chart Tools [Quick Tip]

Big data is all the rage right now. Everyone seems so excited about it. I find this rather amusing because the thing is, data has been important for a long time, big or small. It is great that new tools for managing data and new methods for extracting valuable information from it are available, but chances are you are not going to be dealing with big data if you are a small business. Your focus is going to be on, shall we call it, regular data. The great news is that there is a tool from Google that will help you out—Google Chart Tools.

Technically Google Chart Tools is still in beta. All that means is that Google is not interested in fixing all of the problems before they released. Nonetheless, Google Chart Tools works quite well.

Google Tools Chart Wizard

Google Chart Tools is pretty easy to use. First, select the type of chart you want to use. Google displays nine of the most common, but if you click “Show full gallery” you will find there are many, many more chart options. You can also create your own chart or import a chart.

Once you select the chart style, you need to add chart data and format the chart. Google Chart Tools has a lot of settings to help with this, so you can customize the chart in just about any way you want.

Finally, when you are finished configuring your chart exactly the way you want it, you need to select the code from the chart wizard to paste into your webpage.

Google Chart Wizard code

The HTML is just like any other. In this case, it is an image that is grabbed directly from Google. If you are using WordPress, just switch your editor to the HTML view and past the code in. Switch back to the Visual view and you should see your image, just like the one below.

Google Chart Tools example

There you have it! Google Chart Tools is great for presenting charts on your website. There are several chart options and they can all be configured and customized exactly the way you want. If you want to get even more complex than what the Chart Wizard offers, I encourage you to take a look at Google Chart Tools documentation. There are many more things you can do with it. Experiment and see what you find.