wpDataTables Settings

Video versionSee a video tutorial on configuring the plugin

Main settings tabSkin, data formats, and other primary plugin settings

Main Setting language, date and time - wpDataTables

Interface language

wpDataTables comes with 45 worldwide languages for the main interface features (provided by jQuery DataTables internationalization). You can have the interface presented in your language by selecting it from this selectbox.
Only the main table features are covered in this language interfacing package. This means that table tools such as “Copy”, “Print”, “Excel”, etc., and advanced filtering labels aren’t translated, although you can translate them yourself if you wish.

Date format

This selectbox allows you to choose from 17 common date formats for use in the date columns, and for all responsive datepickers.

Time format

This selectbox allows you to choose between a 12H time format and a 24H time format. It will be used in the time column and for all time pickers.

Main Settings - wpDataTables

Base skin

wpDataTables has several built-in skins you can use to set the general look and feel of the table front-end. With this tab, you can choose one of them.(Aqua, Graphite, Material, Light, Purple and Dark)







Number format

With this tab you can choose the output format for the numbers – which sign to use for the thousands separator, and which sign to use for decimals.

Render advanced filter

With this tab you can select the advanced filtering position when filtering is enabled – in a table header or footer (it is also possible to render filters in a form above the table, and this can be defined per table).

Decimal places

This tab enables you to define how many decimal places the floats will have, so they’ll render in a similar manner. This setting can be overridden for specific columns.

CSV delimiter

From version 2.2.3 you can choose and set the CSV delimiter. wpDataTables recognize , as a delimiter, but now you can import CSV files with different delimiters. Once you create a table go to the Settings, choose the delimiter that matches the one in your file, click Apply and the plugin will recognize the delimiter and create a table.

Main Setting table width - wpDataTables

Tablet width

With this setting, you can redefine the width the plugin will recognize as the tablet width. It can be used to trigger the responsive mode on desktops as well – and set the width (to 1920 for example).

Mobile width

This setting allows you to redefine the width the plugin will recognize as the mobile device width.

Tables per admin page

This setting allows you to determine how many tables will be visible in the “Browse wpDataTables” admin page. This setting is also used for “Browse wpDataCharts”.

Align numbers to the right

If this checkbox is checked, all numbers will be aligned to the right in the table columns.

Sum functions label, Average functions label, Minimum functions label, Maximum functions label

This is where you can set the labels that will be used for Sum, Average, Minimum and Maximum functions. If you leave these inputs blank, the default labels will be “Sum =”, “Avg =”, “Min =”, “Max =”

Prevent deleting tables in database 

You can choose whether you want to keep the tables after deleting the plugin from the Plugins page (by default the tables will be saved in database after deleting the plugin).

Include full bootstrap front-end and back-end

If bootstrap.js is already included in one of the theme files it is recommended to uncheck this option. Unchecked option means that there is still bootstrap.js included just in the no conflict mode which should prevent errors.

Separate database connection tabSeparate database connection

Enable this setting if you want to build tables using data from a database or host different from the one you use for your WordPress installation.

Do not check this checkbox if you want to use the WordPress database connection.

From 2.3 version of our plugin there is an option to add more than one separate database connection. Now every table can have its own separate database connection, so tables can pull data from multiple databases and servers.

There are separate database connections for MySQL, MS SQL and PostgreSQL databases.

Please note: in order to use MS SQL as your separate database connection the minimum required version should be MS SQL server 2012.

If you enable this switch, you’ll also need to provide the following data to be able to query the chosen database:

  • Connection Name: Set the connection name
  • Vendor: Pick vendor MySQL, MSSQL or PostgreSQL
  • Name:The name of the database you intend to use.
  • Host: The address of the host, domain or IP-address.
  • Port: If you use a non-standard (different from 3306 for MySQL, 1433 for MSSQL, 5432 for Postgre SQL ) , you can define it here.
  • User: The username to be used for login.
  • Password: The password to be used for login.
  • Test DB settings: Use this button to check if your settings are correct.
  • Default Connection: You can choose which connection will be default one.
  • Driver: You can choose a driver for your connection.

If you successfully connected to your separate database, now when you create a new table you will have an option to choose which database will be used for creating the new tables.

Color and font settings tabConfiguring the plugin frontend design

Here you”ll find a list of the settings that allow you to change the look of the tables rendered by the plugin. You can change:


  • Table font
  • Table font color
  • Header background color
  • Header border color
  • Header font color
  • Header active and hover color
  • Table inner border color
  • Table outer border color
  • Remove table borders
  • Remove header borders
  • Even row background color
  • Odd row background color
  • Hover row color
  • Cell color in active (sorted) columns for even rows
  • Cell color in active (sorted) columns for odd rows
  • Background color for selected rows
  • Buttons background color
  • Buttons border color
  • Buttons font color
  • Buttons background hover color
  • Buttons hover font color
  • Modals (popups used in the plugin) font color
  • Modals font color
  • Modals background color
  • Overlay background color (a background below popups that overlays the site content when they appear)
  • Buttons hover border color
  • Buttons and inputs border radius (in pixels, if you wish to have them rounded)
  • Modals and overlay color
  • Pagination color


You will find a short explanation beside each style setting explaining which element it will change.

Custom JS and CSS tabConfiguring JavaScript and Stylesheets for the plugin

custom js css

Custom wpDataTables JS

With this setting you can define any custom JavaScript you executed on the pages that have wpDataTables; e.g. auto-refresh, or something similar.

Custom wpDataTables CSS

With this setting you can define any CSS rules you applied to the pages that have wpDataTables. For example, hiding the search block, pagination, etc.

Use minified wpDataTables JavaScript

By default, the minified files are attached to the pages. You can uncheck this if you wish; for example, to modify the JavaScript – it’s much easier to edit the unminified files.

Info tabTechnical information

Info tab PHP version wpDataTables

If your server setup doesn’t meet minimum requirements, you should be able to see it here, and provided with a suggestion on how to resolve the problem.

Please note: You can connect only to one server at a time.

Activation tabPurchase code information

From 2.5.1 version there is a new tab Activation in the wpDataTables settings page, where you can enter your purchase code.

Purchase code

If you bought the plugin directly on our website, enter the TMS Store purchase code to enable auto updates.

Envato API

If you bought the plugin on Envato (CodeCanyon), activate the plugin using Envato API to enable auto updates.

Please note that the “Activation” tab isn’t available on the Lite version of the plugin.

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