How to Make a Line Chart Online in 5 Minutes

Written by:
Orana Velarde

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A line chart, also called a line graph, is one of the most common data visualizations. Knowing how to make a line chart online is good practice for students, educators, scientists, marketers and analysts. 

We commonly see line charts in sales reports, social media analysis and scientific studies.

Most memorably, we see line charts in website and social media analytics like on Google and Pinterest. Thankfully with Visme it’s easy to make a line graph on its own or as part of an ongoing project.

In this post, we’ll take you through the basic steps to make a line chart online in 5 minutes’ time. You will need:

  • To be logged onto Visme
  • A data set
  • A dash of creativity

Let’s get started.

 

What Is a Line Chart?

First of all, let’s define the line chart and when it’s a good or bad choice for your data.

A line chart or line graph is a data visualization that demonstrates changes in value across specific intervals. These intervals are usually sections of time. Lines are connected by dots that fall on the intersection of value and time.

Generally, line charts are horizontal, with the measured values on the vertical y-axis and the time intervals along the horizontal x-axis.

Line charts can have one line or a set of different lines to compare different data groups or categories. For example, the Pinterest analytics line chart can show one overview line or a comparison of two different categories in different colors.

line chart - pinterest analytics

One interesting thing about line charts is that the time interval can be changed regardless of the data. The choice of a time interval depends on the person creating the line chart. Ultimately, the idea is that the data on lines can be easily read.

Using both Google analytics and Pinterest analytics as examples, users can select a specific time frame to visualize the analytics line chart. Longer spans of time will show more patterns and trends, compared to shorter time frames.

line chart - what is a line chart

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How to Make A Line Chart Online

Moving on, it’s time to create your line chart. With the Visme editor, you have two choices to make a line chart.

  1. Create a line chart from scratch.
  2. Create a line chart with a template.

Additionally, you can save a line chart template as a custom content block and insert into an ongoing project. You can also save a line chart as a template to use over and over for different data sets while maintaining the branding and layout.

To top it off, you can create animated and interactive line charts with live data and host them online. To change the data, there’s no need to go into the actual chart – just add values in the Google Sheet connected to that line chart. 

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How to Make a Line Chart Online From Scratch

Creating a line chart or line graph from scratch is easy with the Visme Graph Engine. All you need is some data and a new or already existing project to add the line chart to. A little creativity is a plus.

Let’s get started.

1. Open the Visme editor.

Create a new project or open an existing one. Select the area where you want to place the line chart. If it's a new project then the next step is overkill, but if you’re in an existing project, do the following:

Add a new blank content block wherever you want the line chart. In an infographic, insert it anywhere between two content blocks or at the end. 

line chart - add new content block

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In a presentation, add a new slide wherever you want in the right-hand slide bar. 

Once the location for the line graph is ready, navigate over to the left-hand toolbar.

2. Enter the Graph Engine and select the line chart.

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Click on the Data tab on the left-hand tool panel to access the graph engine. Select the line chart from the chart list. It’s the fifth from the top. 

The Graph Engine always opens up with default data so you can see what your future graph would look like.

Now it’s time to input your data.

3. Input the data in the line chart settings.

To add the data to your line chart, you have two options. 

  • Manually
  • With the Import Function

In all honesty, inputting your data manually will take time. To stay in the spirit of creating a line chart online in 5 minutes, give the import function a try. 

You’ll find the import choices in the Settings tab. In there, you can choose to import data one of three ways:

  1. Live data from Google Sheets
  2. Static Data in a CSV file
  3. Static Data in an Excel spreadsheet

Importing the static data is easy – just upload your file into the Visme graph engine. To import live data, you first have to publish your Google Sheet to the web. Then you’ll input the link into the graph engine.

Pro Tip: Spreadsheet Formatting for Creating Line Charts

Inputting data from a sheet into the Graph Engine is easy. But it’s more effective if the data sheet is formatted properly. Here are some tips.

  • Make sure all the data in the sheet is formatted at the same font size and without any additional symbols like $ or %. You can put those later in the Graph Engine.
  • Make sure there are no formulas present in the cells.
  • Each row on your sheet represents one line. Organize data as follows from left to right:
    • First column: Category label name. Keep it simple! Don’t name this column.
    • Second column on: Name each column with the time interval for that value. The values are entered at their correct intersection.
    • When you add the data to the Graph Engine, it uses your values to choose the minimum and maximum values for the y-axis. You can then adjust this if you want.

Here’s what this would look like in Google Sheets and then in the Visme Graph Engine with data pulled from our YouTube channel’s stats.

line chart - input your data

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4. Adjust the colors and settings of your line chart.

Now that your data is in, it’s time to customize the chart to fit your project. Right out of the box, your chart will look great, but you do have a few different customization options inside the Settings tab.

line chart - adjust the colors

You can adjust the following things:

  • Colors
  • Fonts
  • Titles
  • Style
  • Axis 
  • Values
  • Legend
  • Animation

In five minutes, you won’t be able to adjust too much, but if you can spare more time, you can create the line chart of your dreams. 

Keep in mind that if you make the perfect chart the first time, it can easily be saved as a template for the future. You’ll then be able to make a line chart in two minutes!

5. Add the line chart to your project.

Your line chart is ready! Now add it to your project. Adjust its size and proportions by drag selecting the corner. Move it around by selecting it. 

line chart - add your line chart to your project

 

How to Make a Line Chart Online With a Template

Another way of creating a line graph online in five minutes is to use a ready-made template. The Visme library has lots of templates with line graphs ready to customize. If the one you want to use isn't the right size, it’s easy to adjust.

First,  let's find the right template. 

1. Find the perfect line chart template.

To start on a new line chart project, open a new window and navigate to the Visme template library. Input "line graph" or "line chart" in the search bar and browse the results, or check out our line graph template category.

line chart - find the perfect template

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Choose the line chart you want to customize.  Don't worry about sizing – you can deal with that after your line chart is ready. Click on a template and then press the blue edit button. 

If this chart is for an existing project, you now have two choices: 

  • Input the data, colorize and customize. Then take it over to your main project. 
  • Take the chart over to your project first and customize everything from there. 

We looked at how to add data, color code and customize in the section above.

So now we'll show you how to save the line chart template as a content block to then add into your main project window. 

2. Save your line chart as a custom block.

Saving a line chart as a content block is easy. You just need to do a couple of things first. The chart on its own won’t save as a content block, so you'll have to add something else alongside it. 

It can be anything, a shape, a title, a line. As long as the chart is not alone, it can be turned into a content block. Here’s how.

  1. Insert the line chart into the project.
  2. Make sure the line chart is not completely alone.
  3. Select the chart and at least one element along with it.
  4. Click on “save to my blocks" in the toolbar above it.

Now the chart is saved in your content. You can find it in the left tool-bar under inside the Basics icon in the "MyContent." It will be available whenever you need it.

line chart - save your line chart as a custom block

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3. Turn your line chart into a reusable template.

Another time-saving tip for creating line charts is to save your first line chart project as a template. Afterward, you will be able to access this template from your Brand Kit

You can also make it available for the rest of your team to use if they need to make a line chart while staying on brand.

This is how you can turn your line chart project into a template.

  1. Name the project something you will remember and write it down.
  2. Save the project.
  3. Navigate to your Brand Kit and select the Templates tab.
  4. Input the name of the line chart project in the search bar.
  5. When it shows up, press ‘Add.’

Now you have a reusable line chart template for you and your team. 

 

The Many Ways to Make a Line Chart Online in 5 Minutes

That’s it! You’ve done it. You learned to make a line chart in only five minutes. As you can see, the best and fastest option is to use a template. It can either be one of ours or one that you create yourself.

Pro Tip: Here are some extra tips to help you make better line charts every time.

  • Include at the MOST five lines, and only if their values are very different.
  • Use contrasting colors for your lines so you can easily tell them apart.
  • Don’t use curved or smooth lines as it makes it difficult to read the trends.
  • Select the best time intervals to show the data on the x-axis.
  • Select the best starting and ending values for the y-axis so that the lines and the data are easy to read.

Did you find it easy to make a line chart online? As long as you have the data ready or a previously created template you can make a line chart in no time.

If you still haven’t made a chart online with Visme, why not try out the Visme Graph Engine? It'll help you make great line charts (and pie graphs, bar graphs and more) every single time.

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About the Author

Orana is an artist of many trades, currently working as a graphic designer for bloggers and small businesses. Her love of art and travel create the perfect artist-nomad combination. She founded Orana Creative to help freelancers, solopreneurs and bloggers master a better visual strategy. She is passionate about eye happiness and loves constructive criticism.

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