I have a plugin that generates tables based on mysql queries. The plugin generated a shortcode that I put in posts to show the tables.

Above the table there is a button that has a span. the span text is Columns.

I want to change the text from Columns to This is my new Text. There is no way to do this in the plugin options and I contacted the developer who confirmed this.

I inspected the button and obtained its class, then I used the following jQuery:

    <script type="text/javascript">
jQuery( document ).ready(function() {
jQuery(".buttons-collection.buttons-colvis.DTTT_button.DTTT_button_colvis span ").text(" This is My New Text ");

The code works fine, except that it changes the text of that button in all the tables, which is something I don't want. I want to change the text on some buttons only, based on the content of the table.

I tried putting the shortcode inside a div tag like this:

<div class="new-class">[plugin shortcode]</div>

Then I added the class to the jQyery like this:

jQuery(".new-class.buttons-collection.buttons-colvis.DTTT_button.DTTT_button_colvis span ").text(" This is My New Text ");

But it did not work. It showed the default text Columns.

I think that the problem is that the classes in the code that worked are classes of the button itself, while I added a class to the whole table?

Any idea what is the correct way to achieve what I am trying to do?

Thanks a lot.

1 Answer 1


Your shortcode should add a unique id and not only a class. This can be an explicit id attribute (best) or by generating some random id. Now when outputting the shortcode you add a JS which uses specific selection based on the id.

  • it adds an id for the whole table, not the button, and this id is changeable based on how many tables are in the page. so If i changed the page structure, the id changes. That's what the developer told me. Here is a link to a test page. the button now has "This is my new text". I can't find a unique id for the button. Thanks
    – Atef Wagih
    Oct 15, 2016 at 6:49
  • if it is not your code, then you need to ask the author to change the behaviour Oct 15, 2016 at 6:58
  • .... or you need to wrap it with your div.... write a shortcode that wraps the current one to do this Oct 15, 2016 at 6:59

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