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  • buildyourwebproject


    I love this plugin. Been using it for months on various pages. It is very intuitive, fast and easy to use. I can see all of the hard work which went into coding it.

    There is one major nag I have about it, thus the 4 star rating. It freezes up my browser tab when importing large files. Fortunately, it only freezes up that one browser tab and not all of Chrome.

    The import is relatively quick (only a few seconds for a CSV file with 900+ rows), but when I get to the table edit screen, the browser freezes up and only lets me interact with the page once every 30 seconds or so. Not good.

    It also imports a lot of empty “junk” columns for unknown reasons. But copying and pasting only the columns I wanted into a fresh .csv file seemed to take care of the junk column problem.

    If the tab freeze isn’t an issue with the plugin itself, or my browser needs a memory adjustment, I’ll retract this review and give it 5 stars. Otherwise, I’ve had to move on to other plugins to import larger tables for my website.

    Nonetheless, highly recommended tool for smaller to medium sized tables.

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  • Plugin Author TobiasBg



    thanks for your post, and sorry for the trouble.

    Indeed, TablePress is not really good with large tables like that. The reason is that all web browsers have problems managing the very high number of text input fields in their memory. The leads to the slowness.
    Now, I’ve heard from different users that they had success with switching to a different web browser. Apparently, the latest version of Firefox and Internet Explorer/Edge are better here than e.g. Chrome. Maybe that would be worth a shot?

    Alternatively, for large tables, I recommend to edit/manage them offline, e.g. in Excel, and then re-import them from a CSV file into TablePress. That way, you can pretty much avoid using the “Edit” screen for these.

    In addition, I’m already working on completely rewriting the “Edit” screen (so that it uses fewer input fields at the same time), but this will still take some time.

    About the empty “junk” columns: I’m pretty sure that these are not added by TablePress, but that Excel adds them when it saves the CSV file (your copy/pasge approach confirms this). TablePress imports the CSV file as it sees it, without adding anything.


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