Searching for the best WordPress tables and charts plugin?
In our hands-on wpDataTables review, we’re going to take a look at one of the top plugins in this space.
It lets you create tables from virtually any source, including a simple table builder or importing tables from Google Sheets, Excel, MySQL queries, and more. It works for simple content tables (like a product comparison table) or huge data tables with millions of rows.
What’s more, you can also take any of your tables and turn them into eye-catching charts and graphs.
Overall, it’s just generally a really user-friendly and flexible plugin for working with data and charts. Or, thanks to a recent update, it now works great for product comparison and pricing tables, too.
We originally wrote our wpDataTables review a few years ago. But now, we’re completely rewriting this review in February 2021 to account for new feature changes, such as a new setup wizard, simple table builder, and more.
wpDataTables Review: A Quick Overview of the Features
I’ll show you all of wpDataTables’s features in more depth as I get into the hands-on review section. But to kick things off, I want to quickly run over the key features of the plugin.
This is by no means a complete list, as the plugin has tons of features. But here’s a quick look at the high-level features that you get.
You can create two high-level types of tables:
- Simple tables – you can use a visual editor to create product comparison tables, pricing tables, etc. I think of these as “content tables”.
- Data tables – these are detailed tables that contain anywhere up to even millions of rows of data.
You can create both types of tables manually using intuitive editors. Or, you can import/sync data tables from external sources such as:
- Google Sheets (either by using the API or publishing Sheets to the web)
- Any database (via a graphic query builder)
For the tables themselves, you’ll get tons of advanced features such as:
- Front-end editing
- Conditional formatting
- Custom sorting/filtering
- Lots more
In addition to tables, you can also create tons of different chart types using your choice of three rendering engines.
Overall, there are a lot of features, so keep reading our wpDataTables review to see everything that it has to offer.
Hands-On With wpDataTables
For this section, I’m using the premium version on my site, though all of the basic features would be the same for the free version.
Checking Out the Basics
When you first activate wpDataTables, it gives you this nice welcome screen with some tips for getting started:
This article was written by Colin Newcomer and originally published on Learn WordPress with WPLift.