wpDataTables Lite

Description

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

Tables are created in 3-4 very basic steps:

  1. Prepare the data source (for example the CSV file)
  2. Create a new wpDataTable in the WP-admin panel and upload your file
  3. Optional step – configure the columns of the table (rename, reorder, add CSS classes, hide, change colors)
  4. Paste the generated shortcode in your post or page (you can also use the TinyMCE button in the standard WordPress post editor that the plugin adds)

All tables will become sortable, and will have pagination by default.
Additionally, each table can have a search bar, and can have “Copy to Clipboard”, “Export to CSV”, “Export to PDF”, “Export to XLS” functions. All these functionalities are configurable and it is you decision whether to toggle these on or off.

Following column data types are supported (most column types, except the images, have its own sorting rules):

Please note some limitations of the Lite version:

  1. Plugin will allow only tables up to 150 rows.
  2. MySQL-query based tables supprt is not included.
  3. Server-side processing for large tables is not included.
  4. Responsive mode for the tables is not included.
  5. Front-end editing is not included.
  6. Excel-like editing is not included
  7. Google Charts and HighCharts are not included.
  8. Table Constructor Wizard (step-by-step table generator) is not included.
  9. 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!

Screenshots

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

Installation

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!

FAQ

Installation Instructions

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.

Reviews

Does what I need

Installed it a couple of months ago. spent 2 evenings of learning and reading the docs, now have almost 100 tables on different pages of website, and still fine with free version.
Would definitely llike to see a dark skin to match my websites black color scheme.
Also some actions could definitely be automated. Too much manual repeated actions to configure tables in the same way. Some presets or other ways to quickly replicate tables and column settings would make life much easier.
Overall satisfied.

Great until it stopped working!

I purchased the full version of wpDataTables some years ago. It worked brilliantly, allowing me to filter and present tables with 1,000’s of rows easily.

But recently when I check my website I find that the plugin has been deactivated – I have no idea how long the pages on my site have been broken! Re-activating it works fine but this is still a big issue when I don’t know how long my site has been unavailable.

On my site’s plugin screen clicking “view details” brings up a screen asking me to install this lite version – even though I purchased the full version and the purchase code is in the setting s screen!

The plugin also won’t auto-update, again something it is supposed to do when the purchase code is placed in the settings. This means a very tedious process of downloading files and uploading them over ftp for every update.

No support is available without paying a $35 support fee. I’m fine with paying that for setup support. However, when I’ve already paid a perpetual license fee I do not feel I need to pay that to resolve bugs.

One of the most multi-functional Table builders.

I started with the Lite version a while ago. Initially, I had a little back&forth figuring out how this works, but as developers kindly provided the how-to videos for each function, after a day I was able to create the tables that I needed on my site, and I was pretty impressed with the features this tool has!
After several months I had to build more complex tables and upgraded to Full version, and never regret the fee I paid for the premium version. I use things like calculating minimums and maximum with live re-calculation, and very sophisticated filtering tools – my site visitors are quite happy with that.
The only thing I would like to have is more pre-defined skins and color schemes. The plugin is quite customizable but other plugins like form builders have 20-30 pre-defined skins which makes customization much easier. Also, a master-detail table feature would be a game changer.
Oh, and 1-click upgrading from Lite to Full would certainly be much better for the users.
Keep up the good work!

Zero Support

Buggy. Zero support. If there is ANYTHING else you can use, do so.

Worked briefly, then stopped. Support is non-existent. Time for a chargeback through the CC company.

Awesome

The LITE version is very smooth and fast when working with tables with small amount of data, it is limited for some of the features (of course ) but it is justified.
I also bought the PRO version and all as I can say is that the true power of this plugin is something that you really do not want to miss.

Good job.

Great job!

Creating tables in WP from data source like Excel or CSV is very easy and smooth. Great job!

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Contributors & Developers

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

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Changelog

2.0.4

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

2.0.3

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

2.0.2

  • 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.

1.2.3

  • Security issues fixed for deleting and loading wpDataTable.

1.2.2

  • Security issues fixed for all save actions.

1.2.1

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

1.2

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

1.1

  • 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

1.0

  • Launch of the Lite version