Do you have large amounts of table data (statistics, financial data, sports results, scientific data etc) on your website? If so, then managing it can be one of the most frustrating things in your day. Building tables can be tedious and confusing, especially when you have to spend hours aligning everything.

You need to check out wpDataTables, the leading WordPress plugin for tables and charts. Making tables and charts can be reduced to mere minutes, and you will avoid five major issues:

1. Wasting Your Time Organizing Data

Putting together a list, catalog, or inventory sheet on your website is not an easy task. If you ever did it, you know exactly how long it can take to make this information organized and coherent.

Enough of spending hours a day manually developing a table, list, or chart for your website! You would be better spending your time by growing your company or website.

Here’s the solution: in mere minutes, wpDataTables can give you an organized and legible table, regardless of whether you source the data in Excel, Google Spreadsheets, or MySQL. It takes just  a few clicks to import it to your preferred platform.

You can easily organize ready-made tables, or you can make tables from scratch. Simply click “Add New”, and all that’s left is optimizing your design, which the plugin makes easy.

With wpDataTables, these are just some of the things you can do:

  • Use your preferred data format (MySQL, Excel, Google Spreadsheets, CSV, XML, JSON, or any Serialized PHP array).
  • Upload any files you need for your table or list, no matter the size
  • Export tables to CSV or PDF format
  • Enable the sorting feature to sort your tables any way you want
  • Limit the table’s width by using the Limit Layout feature
  • Use the Display Length feature to define how many entries are displayed on a page
  • Calculate values in your table
  • Use the Preview feature to ensure that your table is flawless before publishing it.

2. Needing Multiple Plugins

Usually, you need to use different tools to make a table, chart, graph or form on your website. Learning how to use all these plugins, and getting them to work seamlessly together, is time-consuming and tedious work.

Our Solution: By using wpDataTables you can organize your data, any way you wish, with just one plugin. Creating and editing tables, creating different charts linked to tables, built-in forms for front-end data editing. You can also easily integrate the tables with the most popular advanced drag’n’drop form builder – Gravity Forms.

With this integration, you can allow your front-end site users to fill in advanced forms (surveys, tests, orders, quote request or contact forms, or any other multi-field custom forms), and then display the entries in wpDataTables, with the possibility of searching, filtering, pagination, or even creating charts based on form entries data, rendered by an engine of your choice – Highcharts, Google Charts or Chart.js.

Some of the integration features include:

  • Choosing fields to display as columns
  • Displaying additional entry metadata (user IP, entry timestamp, etc) for entry fields
  • Configuring output

3. Destroying Your Website’s Design

We all know how difficult it can be to organize large amounts of data without sacrificing design. With traditional means of adding tables to your website, the information was well-organized, but often looked looked boring and clumsy.

Our solution: wpDataTables allows you to adjust your table’s design however you wish! Change the fonts, font sizes, colors, backgrounds, borders and buttons. You can also choose from readymade, predefined table skins.

You can also use the plugin’s conditional formatting feature, allowing you to select cells, rows, and columns based upon their content.

4. Difficulty Navigating Your Data

Being able to easily manage your data is a great plus, but it should be equally easy for anyone visiting your website to find the thing they’re looking for, irrespective of how much information they have to sort through.

Our solution: wpDataTables has added special filtering features for easy navigation.

Here’s what you can do:

  • Use advanced filtering features to display a filter below each column
  • Use the form feature to create a filter within the form

It’s a good idea to use Powerful Filters. It is a multifunctional add-on that extends your filtering abilities, such as:

  • Cascading filtering
  • Independent cascade filtering
  • Hiding the table before filtering
  • Search button option

5. Waiting too Long for a “Heavy” Page to Load

No one wants to wait forever to view your website and all of the information you have on it — even if it’s important. If viewers have to wait more than a few seconds for your page to load, most of them will move on to the next site.

Our solution: wpDataTables can create lightweight, fast mega tables by using the server-side processing with MySQL.

Here’s what you can do with this feature:

  • Store the data in a MySQL table.
  • Show just 10 rows per each request, keeping the page and table load times optimal.
  • Offload all pagination, sorting, filtering, and other data interaction tasks to MySQL server via AJAX requests
  • Use all other wpDataTables features normally, such as making tables responsive, or adjusting the table layout.

Is wpDataTables Right for You?

More than 16,000 businesses and individuals have chosen to buy this plugin, and the lite version has more than 20.000 installations. This is due to its incredible intuitiveness and ability to save you time. More than 70% of users say that this plugin was easy to learn, including those with no prior tech skills.

Use this plugin to create and organize:

  • Pricing lists
  • Catalogs
  • Product comparisons
  • Events
  • Data collection
  • Inventory

If you are struggling to display a large amount of data on your website, wpDataTables is the solution for you. Turn what used to be hours of tedious work into mere minutes and a few clicks. In this day and age, it doesn’t make sense to waste your time, only to end up with an incoherent, ugly table or chart.

Once you start using the wpDataTables plugin, your life will become easier. The plugin allows you to easily manage your data, without compromising your loading speed, website design, or viewer navigation.

About Kate Dagli

Kate is a passionate web designer who loved WordPress from the minute she laid her eyes on its code. Writing about WordPress themes and plugins is her dream come true.