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URL link columns are used to render the hyperlinks which can be clicked to open pages within your website or on some external websites.

  • Rendering rules: If the content of the cells contains a combination of “two sticks” – || – then everything to the left of this combination is used as an URL address for the link, and everything to the right as displayed text. I.e., this:||Check out wpDataTables

will be rendered as this:

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If the “||” combination is not found in the content, whole content will be used both for the link and as the display value. I.e., this:

will be rendered as this:

  • Sorting rules: alphabetical.
  • Applicable filter types: text.
  • Issues to note: sometimes some issues may appear when you’re sorting on URL columns with complicated HTML structure.


“Engine link” column in this table is an URL link column.

URL link demos

wdt_IDEngine nameEngine linkYear established
wdt_IDEngine nameEngine linkYear established

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