Charts.HoHli.com Service Update
At the end of 2007, I launched the service charts.hohli.com , this service is based on the Google Charts API and allows you to generate charts. And so, after a year and a half I decided to update the service ...
And what prompted me to take this step? More recently, I had to use my own service - and there was a feeling of unfinished project, but my own,
To begin with, I google on the topic of ready-made plugins for jQuery - I found two: jQuery Google Charts and gChart , but to my regret, the first turned out to be damp, and the second was mediocre to jQuery, and was extremely inconvenient for my purposes. As a result, I decided to write my own decision, which I will try to put as a jQuery plugin in the near future. In addition to this “plugin”, the script charts.dom.js was also written - it is he who is responsible for manipulating the DOM on the page and updating the preview.
In addition to fixing minor bugs, the following features were also added:
- Parsing the URL of the image - in order to give users the opportunity to change the already created schedule in the future
- New parameter “Max Data Value” - allows to raise the “ceiling” of the chart
- Added the ability to "fill" line graphs (option "fillarea")
- Added grid support (with fine tuning)
- Added bar chart settings (width, distance)
- More options for changing the background of images (added gradient and zebra)
The service was redesigned - after all, minimalism should not be clumsy ... The design from the site HoHli.com was taken as the basis , and all the controls were adjusted to it:
Choice of the type of graphs - got rid of the radio-buttons and chose more presentable pictures, compare: Choose the size the graphics have also been updated: Color-picker did not stand aside: Redid the preview of the graphics: Added tooltips - although the service interface is intuitive, it’s still worth clarifying some details:
- Add Russian interface language
- Add Marker Support
- Add the ability to change line styles
- Add translucent support for background
- Taki write jQuery plugin
For monetization, Google AdSense was chosen, for a year and a half its indicators amounted to:
- hits - 38 167
- Clicks - 3,609
- CTR - 9.46%
- profit - $ 218.66
Alternative monetization through SAPE (ref. Link) brought me ~ $ 200 per year (only 3 links on the main one).
I practically did not deal with the promotion of the service - there was only a post on the hub , but a link was left in Google Groups . At the same time, Google PR jumped to 5 and slipped a little to 2 ...
About the time spent
It took me about 16-20 hours to create the first version, about 24 hours were spent on updating the service. Based on the return - we can say that one hour of my work on the first version brought me $ 20. Now I’ll wait and hope for the return of the “update” ...
As a conclusion, we can say that the services “for the people” bring both moral and material benefits, do not be lazy to create them ...
PS The old service continues to work at: http: // charts .hohli.com / old /