Any author should quickly be able to turn a simple dataset into an interactive visualization and embed it an article. And it should be possible without leaving their CMS – let alone relying on complex, closed-source software or wrangling a developer to write just a few lines of code.
That’s the use case that Alley Interactive had in mind when we conceived of Simplechart. Its core is a React web app that can interact through an API with any CMS where it’s hosted. Saved charts can be rendered in frontend templates using a standard HTML fragment.
For this project, I’ve written both the React application and WordPress integration, and designed the interface and workflow based on my experience with newsroom users and observations from client projects.