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Introducing Frontend Editing for Your Online Data Tables

  • Data Editing Permissions
  • Editing Column Options
  • Appearance Settings

A data table with editable fields is one of the many aspects users want to have. Frontend editing in WordPress tables lets the table users or audience edit the table from the frontend. Similarly, the user role for editing can also be restricted.

Some quality WordPress table plugins offer this facility and make it easier to edit data tables online. So, why do you need it?

If you create an employee table for your website that can be edited by every employee on their own, there’s less possibility of having inaccurate data. For example, if an employee’s last name is showing the wrong spelling in the “Last Name” column, they can change it right away. As for the user role, you can specify who can add/delete/edit the table data.

How to use frontend editor in WordPress tables? We will be explaining the feature further with the table plugin that fits all of the criteria.

Using frontend editing in a WordPress table: Ninja Tables

Here we have one of the best table plugins with all the out-of-the-box features. Ninja Tables is user-friendly from every aspect. In case you want a dynamic editable data table where users can edit from the frontend, go for it!

Create a table in Ninja Tables, navigate to the Frontend Editing panel, and follow these steps below.

First of all, click the select-box to enable editing data tables in the frontend. The image underneath is showing an “Employee Table”.

fronted editing in WordPress tables

1. Data Editing Permissions

Once you enable editing in the frontend, “Data Editing Permissions” settings will appear with three separate options.

Each option has distinct use, and the user edits will depend on what you determine from the backend.

fronted editing in WordPress table plugins

Note: This feature is only available for the default style Ninja Tables. Other tables are not editable on the frontend.

a) User Roles for Edit/Add Table Rows

This option has multiple select-boxes for user roles.

  • Editor
  • Author
  • Contributor
  • Subscriber
  • Translator
  • Customer
  • Shop Manager
  • SEO Manager
  • SEO Editor
  • Public Users (Only add data)
frontend editor WordPress

We have selected “Author” so that editing or adding table rows is only permissible for the table author. At the same time, “Public Users” can only add data in the rows.

Note: If you hover over the tiny blue “i”, you will see a message- “Your selected user roles can edit this table rows from the frontend. Please note, Administrators will have this access by default”.

b) User Roles for Deleting Table Rows

The option next to the previous one is to decide who can delete the rows. This option is accessible from the admin area too. As a result, if anyone deletes a row that wasn’t supposed to be deleted, admins can take over.

The nine user roles are similar to the last ones.

  • Editor
  • Author
  • Contributor
  • Subscriber
  • Translator
  • Customer
  • Shop Manager
  • SEO Manager
  • SEO Editor
fronted editing for editable data table

You can see we have selected “Authors” only. Multi-select is also possible.

c) Own Data Only

It’s the last option for the user role. If it’s enabled, users can see and edit/delete only the rows created by them.

After selecting the box, you will get a new shortcode that you can use to display the table data to all users. This code is auto-generated by Ninja Tables.

edit table from the frontend

2. Editing Column Options

The “Employee Table” in the demonstration has three columns. You can decide which column should be editable by the individual at the frontend and select whether any column requires editing.

user role for fronted editing

In this case, it’s only editable for the authors at the frontend since we have determined the user role before. Public users can also add data.

All three columns of the tables have been made “Editable”. Although, there’s no change in the “Required” and “Default Value” parts.

3. Appearance Settings

Finally, after all the edit options, you can also change the style of the table components’ labels.

edit data tables online

Select if you want to show the edit icon always and choose the icon’s position too. Enabling edit icons, in this case, means only selected user roles can see the edit button.

The four box fields are for labels and headings. All default labels and headings are editable.

  • Add Row Button Label: The default label to add new data is “New row”.
  • Add Popup Heading: Title for adding new data. It’s “Add Data” by default.
  • Edit Rows Button Label: “Edit Rows” as the label for editing rows.
  • Edit Popup Heading: To edit the existing data, the popup panel’s heading is “Edit Data”.

Click on the green “Update Settings” button when you are done with data editing permission, column options, and appearance.

Here is how the table will appear on a post.

fronted editing to edit table

Following the settings, the edit icons are on the left, columns are editable, and users can add a “New Row” with the button below.

Simply click on the shortcode and paste it on any post or website so that the table appears with all data.

Now that you know all about editing in the frontend, use your skills, and make your Ninja Tables data table more interactive!

Final notes

Frontend editing in online data tables is basically for users to edit individual fields. If this feature is enabled, your WordPress table can show the users’ edited data since they will be the frontend editors.

Ninja Tables has some additional features that make it stand out. With this plugin, you can also select specific user roles (one or more) for who can edit the table data. Further configuration and customization are easy as well. Check out the documentation on frontend editing to get it right.


Nusrat Fariha

Hi, this is Nusrat Fariha, a creative content writer at WPManageNinja who loves to work on diverse topics. And when I am not writing, you'll find me going through my favorite books.

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