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String column

Video versionA video overview of string column in wpDataTables

String columnsString column type and when to use it

String columns are the default and the most basic column types of wpDataTables. You can put any content in them, it will be rendered “as is”, so if you e.g. want to put some specific HTML (buttons, iframes, or anything else) you can generate it in the data source, and it will be rendered on the front-end.

  • Rendering rules: the only thing to note is that newline characters in the input data source will be translated to “<br/>” tag in the front-end.
    • Use values from another table (Foreign key) – allows configuring a relation to another wpDataTable, for example to show user names from a users table, instead of user ids. Please read the full tutorial on configuring table relations / foreign keys to see how this works.
  • Sorting rules: alphabetical.
  • Applicable filter types: text, selectbox, checkbox.

Issues to note: if you use some HTML inside of string columns, sorting and filtering by this column can work weird (since it will apply the sorting rules also to HTML).

ExampleA wpDataTable that uses string columns

First Name“, “Last Name” and “Position” columns of this table are string type columns:

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