How to Create Native Admin Tables in WordPress

How to Create Native Admin Tables in WordPress

WordPress list tables are a very common element of the WordPress admin interface. They are used by nearly all default admin list pages, and also often implemented by developers while writing plugins. However, creating one of those tables is not really an intuitive thing to do when you haven't done it before, and I've seen cases where people where trying to replicate one, with techniques such as using the WordPress CSS classes on personal markup, or even replicating the CSS from scratch.

In this article, we'll see how WordPress provides native functionality that can be used to generate some native admin tables. We'll have a look at a typical WordPress table and its different components, showing how it is possible to implement them the right way.

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5 Responses to How to Create Native Admin Tables in WordPress

  1. Nice example. It's very helpfull

    Can you make examples to edit and delete process?

    Thanks

  2. Great resource. Many times I wanted to use it , and you are right that all the examples out there are just "hacks" with CSS or markup. It will be very useful if you will add also the action links part (somewhat what the previous comment ) . Great job and thanks again !

  3. How to place the table data in tags in native wordpress admin table.

  4. I am new to wordpress please help.
    I just put this whole file in plugin folder , and then activate the plugin and i click on “WP List Table Test” link so it does not showing the columns of “wp_links” table, it only showing just “no items found” message without any columns to show
    please helpppp

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