CSV to DataTables, WordPress plugin


Update! The plugin has been approved by WordPress and it is currently available to download within the extensions directory – https://wordpress.org/plugins/aj-csv-to-datatable

Hi tech heads,

Today, I got the opportunity to create my first ever WordPress plugin. Well, this wasn’t quite planned like this but somehow I ended up creating my own WordPress plugin. Since few days, I badly wanted to show CSV data in a DataTable (yes, in Allan’s DataTables) within WordPress. So, I browsed the WordPress extensions page and found an interesting, easily configurable plugin “csv-to-sortable” which uses the JS sortable library. That is a decent plugin and does the job very well, but I wanted use DataTable instead. (Maybe I am in deep love with DataTables). I got extremely inspired by this plugin and then I decided to create a similar looking WordPress plugin so it can use DataTables to present data. I have submitted this plugin to WordPress plugins and it is currently being reviewed. However, if you want to get your hands dirty with this, before WordPress finish reviewing, then here it is.

Link to download the plugin – http://e-innoving.com/samples/wp-plugins/AJ-CSV-to-DataTable.zip

I have created a new repository in GitHub for this plugin so anyone can see what’s happening inside. Click on the link below to view the repository. Installation and usage details are also mentioned inside the GitHub page.

AJ-CSV-to-DataTable in GitHub

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WordPress 4.3 new formatting shortcuts

Hi guys,

I am pretty excited to see WordPress 4.3’s new formatting shortcuts. It makes blogging life lot easier with newly added formatting shortcuts. Here I am going to list those shortcuts for you.

  • Use ## to make a text h2, ### to make a text h3 and all the way to h6.  (By the way no h1 is available, so you can’t just use one #, perhaps another approach ?)
  • Use * (asterisk) or – (dash) to create an unordered list. Make sure you give a space after the asterisk / dash. However I found it little bit difficult to create an unordered list with dash, so I always use asterisk.
  • Use 1. or 1) to make an ordered list. Make sure there’s no space between the 1 and dot but a space after the dot. However I found it little bit difficult to create an ordered list with 1) over 1(dot). So I always use 1(dot).
  • Use > to make a quoted text. Once again make sure you give a space after the greater than sign.

These are the shortcuts what I have found so far, but there will be more in future. Text formatting shortcuts is not the only new feature in WordPress 4.3. Watch this video below to see new features in WordPress 4.3. Continue reading