wpDataTables Lite – WordPress Table Plugin


wpDataTables Lite is a basic version of a popular best-selling WordPress table plugin. While some of the premium features are reduced, wpDataTables Lite is still quite a handy tool that allows you to quickly create tables in WordPress from different sources:

Creating tables and charts with a WordPress tables plugin has never been easier. It only takes 3 basic steps:

Step 1 – Provide table data

You can provide table data for WordPress tables by uploading Excel, CSV , JSON, XML or Serialized PHP array.

Step 2 – Customization

You can customize and configure the columns of your WordPress table (rename, reorder, add CSS classes, hide, change colors) in any way you see fit.

Step 3 – Publish in a post or page

Once you are happy with the design of your WordPress table, you can easily insert it on any post or page via the standard WP Editor or Visual Composer. All tables will become sortable and will have pagination by default.

Additionally, each table can have a search bar and can have the following functions: “Copy to Clipboard”, “Export to CSV”, “Export to PDF”, “Export to XLS”. All these functionalities are configurable and it is your decision whether to toggle these on or off.

Following column data types are supported. Most column types, except the images, have their own sorting rules:

Please note some limitations of the Lite version of this WordPress table plugin:

  1. The plugin will allow only tables up to 150 rows.
  2. MySQL-query based tables support is not included.
  3. Creating tables from the Google Spreadsheet files is not included.
  4. Create a table manually is not included.
  5. Server-side processing is not included.
  6. Responsive mode for the tables is not included.
  7. Table filters are not included.
  8. Front-end editing is not included.
  9. Excel-like editing is not included
  10. Google Charts, HighCharts and Chart.js are not included.
  11. Table Constructor Wizard (step-by-step table generator) is not included.
  12. Access to our premium support system is not included.

You can get all of these features by purchasing the full version on the plugin’s site.

Please note that wpDataTables requires PHP 5.4 or newer!

wpDataTables Lite vs wpDataTables Premium

If you still can’t decide which wpDataTables version to choose, you should get familiar with the basic features of both of them, and then take it from there. It all boils down to the type of tables in WordPress that you want to create.

wpDataTables Lite

If you don’t require the most advanced features because you only create a table in WordPress every now and then, or you only create WordPress tables with little data, wpDataTables Lite is perfect for you.
The basic difference between the Lite and the Premium version is the table size limitation. With wpDataTables Lite you can create responsive tables in WordPress with the maximum of 150 rows.

wpDataTables Premium

While the Lite plugin version is great for people who create small and simple tables, wpDataTables Premium is the best table plugin for WordPress and it comes with a huge set of amazing features.
However, the thing that really sets it apart is the possibility to manage any amount of data and create huge responsive tables in WordPress.

Do I Need wpDataTables?

Well, the short answer is – yes. If you want to create fully functional and great looking WordPress tables, you need wpDataTables. The number of the users currently taking advantage of this plugin is 19,000 and counting.
The major features of wpDataTables include but are not limited to:

  • Building WordPress tables quickly and easily – no complicated configuration; just simple clicking;
  • No coding knowledge required;
  • Fully customizable WordPress tables and charts – from choosing the color palette to inserting elements such as your company logo, wpDataTables allows you to customize your tables and charts in any way you see fit;
  • A WordPress table plugin that works like a spreadsheet app – with all the advanced features and tools, wpDataTables truly stands out from the competition;
  • Lifetime updates and 6 months of support – there will be no added fees for the newest updates once you purchase the Premium version of this plugin. In addition to that, you will get 6 months of free support.

Additional useful features include:

  • Multiple databases support – wpDataTables is the only WordPress table plugin that can display the data from MySQL, MS SQL or PostgreSQL databases.
  • Responsive Tables – your WordPress tables will be 100% functional and they will look great on all screen and devices
  • Huge Amount of Data – wpDataTables Premium can create huge tables in a matter of minutes. All the operations will be handled by the MySQL server.
  • Editable Tables – you or any other WordPress user with access will be able to edit and/or adjust the published tables at any point
  • Advanced Filters and Search– you will be able to create individual filters that will help you narrow the search results in the table quickly and easily. You can also configure a cascade filter with the Powerful Filters addon.
  • Highlighting – highlighting the rows, columns, cells of your WordPress tables etc. has never been easier with this plugin’s conditional formatting feature
  • Charts – you can easily turn every WordPress table into a beautiful chart. Charts are rendered by 3 powerful engines (Google, Highcharts and Chart.js) and can change in real-time.
  • Calculating Tools – calculating a sum, average, minimum and maximum of all the values for a given column is easier than ever with the wpDataTables advanced calculating tools
  • Placeholders – make dynamic SQL Queries and use it through the shortcodes and as predefined values in filters and editing.


  • Front-end table preview.
  • Back-end table editor preview.
  • Table preview from the back-end
  • Table browser example
  • General settings
  • Column settings
  • Plugin settings


This plugin provides 1 block.



Installation of the plugin is really simple.

  1. Install using one of these options:
    • Install directly from WordPress Admin panel: go to Plugins -> Add New -> Search for “wpDataTables”, and click the Install button.
    • Download the ZIP manually from WordPress’ plugins repository, and upload it through WordPress Admin panel: go to Plugins -> Add New -> Upload Plugin, browse to the downloaded Zip and upload it.
    • Download the ZIP, extract it and manually upload the extracted folder through FTP to the /wp-content/plugins/ directory of your WordPress installation.
  2. Activate the plugin through the ‘Plugins’ menu in WordPress.
  3. That’s it!


I added a table but see no sorting, filtering or pagination

Usually this happens when PHP version is older than 5.4 is installed. Please first check this, and upgrade to PHP 5.4 or more, if that’s the issue.

How to hide “Showing X of X entries” in pagination?

Go to display tab of the table settings block and disable the “Info block” setting.

How to disable/enable opening links in a popup?

You can configure how the links will be opened by toggling the “URL target attribute” switch
In the Data tab of the Column Settings popup. It is up to you to define for each URL column if you prefer the link to open in a new or in the same tab.

How to hide “Show X entries” block from pagination?

Go to display tab of the table settings block and disable the “Rows per page” setting.

How to add symbols or text before/after cell values without affecting sorting (currency, percents, etc.)

For every table column in the column settings modal you can find text fields “Cell content prefix” and “Cell content suffix” in Display tab.
Values from those text fields will be appear before or/and after every cell content in a column.
This feature uses CSS for displaying the entered text, therefore sorting of the columns will not be affected.

How to change the format of dates?

Date format can be changed in wpDataTables Settings page using the “Date format” drop-down menu.

How to change thousand and decimal separators for number columns?

This can be changed from the “Number format” drop-down menu in the wpDataTables Settings page.


June 24, 2019
I have been using the paid version for 2 years and every time there is an update it breaks my tables. I have spend so much time and money trying to fix it. But now I'm done with it. Additionally, you can't update from the plugins page. You have to download and upload and watch everything go to hell. Uninstalled.
April 18, 2019
Happy to recommend this plugin, but get the PRO version if you are serious about using tables for your site. Plenty of alternatives - including open source HTML5 table functions - on the market but wpDatatables is a good combination of features and stability. A bit of a hump to learn but once over the initial learning curve the tool is easy to use. Earlier problems with updates seems to be resolved (thanks) and nothing breaks with updates (great!). Graphics and charts functions need improvements.
April 8, 2019
My recommendation! Very straight forward, easy to use and to display good-looking tables on your WordPress website. Works very well with different data sources.
March 21, 2019
An amazing tables plugin that is much easier to use than competing products -- and I'm saying that after trying several of them. What these guys did is truly amazing. Like that's not enough, they also answered all my support requests even though I haven't spent a dime with them (planning to change that soon). And I know I can be hard to deal with sometimes. Therefore, this is a well-deserved 5-star rating. Wish that other plugin makers are like this. 😉
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Contributors & Developers

“wpDataTables Lite – WordPress Table Plugin” is open source software. The following people have contributed to this plugin.




  • Bug fixes and stability improvements.


  • Feature: Added Gutenberg block – the plugin is now Gutenberg optimized.
  • Feature: Added option to choose whether you want to keep the tables after deleting the plugin from the Plugins page (by default the tables will be saved in database after deleting the plugin).
  • Bug fixes and stability improvements.
  • Compatibility with WordPress 5.2.1 approved.


  • Bug fixes and stability improvements.
  • Compatibility with WordPress 5.1.1 approved.


  • New skins and new UI elements – a new Dark and Purple-style skins for tables front-end, new UI elements;
  • Bug fixes and stability improvements.
  • Compatibility with WordPress 5.1 approved.


  • New skin and new UI elements – a new Aqua-style skin for tables front-end, new UI elements;
  • Bug fixes and stability improvements.
  • Compatibility with WordPress 5.0 approved.


  • Added more Date formats
  • Bug fixes and stability improvements.


  • Added French language for translation
  • Bug fixes and stability improvements.
  • Compatibility with WordPress 4.9.8 approved.


  • An option to choose CSV delimiter in the Settings page.
  • Bug fixes and stability improvements.
  • Compatibility with WordPress 4.9.7 approved.


  • The plugin’s design was re-worked from scratch to a more intuitive, smooth and user friendly interface following Material Design guidelines;
  • New skin and new UI elements – a new Material-style skin for tables front-end, new UI elements;
  • Feature: Checkbox for including Bootstrap on the front-end added on the Settings page;
  • Feature: New settings for URL link columns – now it is possible e.g. to make them display as buttons, configure if the links should open in a new tab, or change the default text;
  • Fix: removed “All” when table displays all of the entries, and if you have less entries than selected displayed length;
  • Under-the-hood improvements
  • Security and stability improvements;
  • A number of other minor bugfixes;
  • Compatibility with WordPress 4.9.1 approved.


  • Security issues fixed for deleting and loading wpDataTable.


  • Security issues fixed for all save actions.


  • Compatibility with WP 4.7 approved
  • Problem with PHPExcel components resolved


  • DateTime column type added
  • Time column type added
  • Extended multisite support
  • Improved Settings page
  • Compatibility with WP 4.6.1 approved
  • Numerous bugfixes


  • Migrated Table Tools to use HTML5 instead of Adobe Flash
  • Advanced settings for configuring Table Tools (individually per button)
  • Wide tables can be configured to be horizontally scrollable
  • Upgraded used libraries
  • Compatibility with WP 4.5.2 approved
  • Numerous bugfixes


  • Launch of the Lite version