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You have a website that anyone would be proud of. Now, your plan is to post engaging content and attention-grabbing images. You also want to incorporate interesting and informative videos.
Here is just one little problem. You also have a ton of data that needs to be analyzed, categorized, etc., etc., and made to fit neatly in a table. Try as you might, the result is either ugly to look at or it causes your website to crash. However, this important data contains the information you wish to present.
That’s where wpDataTables enters the picture. This WordPress plugin will do the heavy lifting and manage any amount of data it’s confronted with. It will give you a perfectly organized, responsive, and interactive table in return.
Better yet, this time-saving (and stress reducing) plugin can be used by anyone. You can get it for $22, a 50% discount, from 22 August through 29 August.
Who’s It For?
wpDataTables doesn’t require writing a single line of code! This makes it a handy time-saver for web designers and programmers. It can also be used by almost anyone needing to organize and publish data in the tabular form.
E-commerce store owners, small business owners, and marketers have a lot of data to manage. Bloggers can use this plugin as a means of providing tabular data to provide information. The same is true for event planners.
What Does wpDataTables Allow You to Do?
Do you have a million-row table with multiple data categories and labels you need to condense? Or maybe you have a raw spreadsheet that you want to present in more eye-pleasing format?
This WordPress table plugin is a great companion! It will help you whether you’re working with price lists or comparisons, and product catalogs. It also will ease your work with inventories and data collection in general.
If your job involves informing people about the latest sports results, use wpDataTables! If you work with up-to-date event rundowns or progress tracking, use wpDataTables! This WordPress table plugin will help you get results in no time.
6 Easy Steps, plus a Bonus Step
Let’s go through the steps involved in using wpDataTables to create a table and publish it on your website.
Step 1: Do some up-front preparation.
Have your data already organized and structured in a way similar to how you want to present it. If you have an existing table in Excel, a couple of clicks is all it takes to import its data to wpDataTables.
You can also create the table manually directly in WordPress and it’s really easy. No need for a data source.
wpDataTables isn’t all that choosy. You can feed it almost any type of data; Google Spreadsheet, Excel, or MySQL for example.
Want a PHP array-based table with images for a product catalog? Not a problem with this WordPress table plugin.
Step 2: Add a new table in 2 seconds – max
From the left-hand side of the WordPress dashboard, simply navigate to wpDataTables. Then click Add New, and you’re ready to create a table.
Step 3: Organize your table to the nth degree
When you’ve clicked on Add New, you’ll be presented with a menu, from which you can adjust the new table’s parameters.
Now, you can input the table’s title and choose whether to share it or leave it visible for your eyes only.
Having done that, it’s simply a matter of selecting the input source type. For instance, MySQL, CSV, Excel, Google Spreadsheet, XML, JSON, or Serialized PHP array.
Best of all? You don’t even need a pre-created data source. You can build the table manually from WordPress Admin.
These are the basic features involved in creating a table. Yet, there’s a host of others you can experiment with to make a table exactly as you want it to be. This involves customization down to the smallest of details.
A few examples:
- Use the Responsive feature to allow your table to display properly on various devices.
- Use the Scrollable feature to scroll your table horizontally.
- Want to hide your table until the full-page loads? Use the Hide Table feature.
- You can display a filter below in column, or create a filter within the form. Do this with the Advanced Filtering feature, or Filter in Form feature, respectively.
- Go to the Table Tools feature to copy a table, save it to Excel, or save it to CSV.
- You can sort tables with the Enable Sorting feature. For this, limit a table’s width with the Limit Table Layout feature. Alternatively, go to the Display Length feature if you wish to define how many entries are to display on a page.
- Another feature that may come in handy is Sum/Totals Row. It calculates the sum of all numeric columns data values.
Step 4: Nice-looking may be OK; but, when you want your table to look impeccable
You can preview your table to see the changes you’ve made (you don’t have to go back and forth to do this).
You can preview your table. Like this, you can make sure it is structured just the way you want it. Afterwards, you can get involved with the aesthetics, which include –
Adding different colors and changing font sizes among others. You can also edit each column in accordance with its type – text, numbers, or strings.
Need to highlight a few things? The Conditional Formatting feature lets you highlight rows, columns, or individual cells. Its work principle is based upon the content. When a table consists solely of numbers, you’ll want to take advantage of this feature.
Step 5: Shortcode – Save, copy, and add the table to your page
Happy with your result? If so, click Save, and then Close.
You can navigate to the wpDataTables dashboard. Here, you can see your new creation in all its glory. You can see its type, its title, the shortcode for inputting onto your page, plus an option to duplicate it.
Copy the shortcode, and navigate to the page or post you’ve selected. Paste the shortcode into the page editor to add the table to your page.
It’s easy to place the table exactly where you want it on the page. Having done so, you can start building content around it.
Step 6: Time to publish
This is the easiest step of all, and without a doubt, the most satisfying: click on Publish.
Your table should look the same as when you last previewed it.
Step 6+ (the bonus): Create flawless charts with the wpDataTables plugin
This is where the wpDataChart Wizard comes into play. It takes your data and turns it into a chart or graph, and it only requires a few clicks.
The Wizard can be used with 3 render engines: Google Charts, Highcharts, and Chart.js.
There are even more features to work with to create some truly amazing tables or charts in just a few minutes.
Do you find yourself drowning in massive amounts of data you’re trying to organize and display?
Let wpDataTables come to the rescue. It will handle the heavy lifting, plus the amount of code you’ll have to write to make that happen adds up to a big, fat, zero.
wpDataTables handles financial or operational statistics with ease. You can use it for large catalogs that feature products or services. In addition, you can use it to do complex data analyses and comparisons.
This remarkable plugin does more than work with data. With a few clicks, it also relieves you of hours seemingly unending work.
Don’t forget 22 August through 29 August. That’s when the 50% discount kicks in.