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Back-end editor

Video versionA video overview of back-end editor in wpDataTables

Back-end Editor

For tables created with “Create a table manually” or “Create a table by importing data from data source” options, from the “Create a Table” page, there is a special block of buttons that allows editing the table structure (adding/removing columns) in the back-end. Also you are able to manually edit data in the back-end since “New“, “Edit” and “Delete” buttons are always visible independently from “Allow front-end editing” option is enabled or disabled.

Table configuration page, where you can edit manually created tables, is open automatically when you create a table by “Create a table manually” option, or when you import Excel, CSV or Google Spreadsheet file to wpDataTable using “Create a table by importing data from data source” option.

wpDataTables back-end editor

To add a new row, click on the “New” button above the table; to edit a row first select it by clicking on it in the table, and click the “Edit” button; to delete a row select it and click delete.

The editor popup is described in the front-end editor documentation section, and basically it is rendered the same way here.

In the additional block of buttons that is specific for manual tables, there are two new buttons. “Add column” and “Remove column“. When you click one of these, new popup will show up, where you can add or remove a column depending on the action that you have chosen.

wpDataTables add new column

Add colum” button allows to add one more column to the table, if e.g. you forgot to add it while you created the table with “Create a table manually” option from “Create a table” page. It opens a popup with:

  • Column header – this will be used as the displayed table header.
  • Type – the data type, filter type, and editor input type for the future column. Refer to the “Building and filling in the tables manually” documentation for the full list of types with their details.
  • Insert after – here you can choose the position for your future column – after one of the existing tables, in the beginning of table, or in the end of table.
  • Possible values (available for one-line selectbox, and multi-line selectbox options) – here you can define all the possible values, separating them with a comma.
  • Editor predefined value – here you can optionally define a default value for the cells in this column.
  • Fill with default value – if you enable this checkbox, all the cells for the new column in existing rows will be filled with the defined default value

Remove column” button allows you to completely remove a column from the table (alternatively you can just hide it in the table settings, but it is better to delete unneeded columns for optimizing page generation and load time). This button opens a popup with a list of existing columns, and a confirmation checkbox for deleting the column. Removing columns cannot be undone!

wpDataTables remove column

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