I've been trying to use numerous jQuery plugins for tabling sorting in WordPress and have had absolutely no luck. Can anyone make a suggestion for a plugin that sorts tables of dynamic content?

I'm using the following code to generate the table:

'post_type' => 'page',
 'post_status' => 'publish',
 'cat'      => 1,
 'posts_per_page' => 10,
 'caller_get_posts'=> 1
$c = 0;
$my_query = null;
$my_query = new WP_Query($args);
if( $my_query->have_posts() ) {  ?>`

<table id="actArchive" class="tablesorter activity-archives" summary="This is the activities archive table">
   <th>Learning Goal</th>
  while ($my_query->have_posts()) : $my_query->the_post();
$epititle = get_post_meta($post->ID, '_pbsparents_rept', true);
$learninggoal = get_post_meta($post->ID, '_pbsparents_replg', true);
$description = get_post_meta($post->ID, '_pbsparents_actshortdesc', true); ?>
    <tr class="<?=($c++%2==1) ? 'odd' : 'even' ?>">
       <td><a href="<?php the_permalink(); ?>"><?php the_title(); ?></a></td>
       <td><?php echo $epititle; ?></td>
       <td><?php echo $learninggoal; ?></td>
       <td><?php echo $description; ?></td>
<?php endwhile; ?>
<?php }

Currently I'm attempting to use tablesorter.js to sort things and I've got everything working but when I click on the headings I want to sort, nothing happens.

On edit: Posting jQuery

     headers: {
     0: { sorter: "text" },
     1: { sorter: "digit" },
     2: { sorter: false },
     3: { sorter: false }
  • If you are successfully pulling data out of the WordPress tables, then this question isn't a WordPress question, but rather a jQuery question. Apr 4, 2012 at 17:14
  • okay, thanks! I didn't know if maybe I was doing something wrong on the WP end. Apr 4, 2012 at 17:56
  • Well, absent the jQUery, are you getting tabular data as you're expecting? Apr 4, 2012 at 19:17
  • Yes, I am and I did some research that intimated that it may have something to do with the dynamic data. That's why I asked here first. Apr 4, 2012 at 19:48
  • There may be other ways, but I can foresee two ways in which this issue might be WordPress-related: 1) the querying of the data itself, and 2) WordPress's use of no-conflict mode for jQuery. If you're getting your tabular data, I'm pretty sure you don't have a problem with querying the data (dynamic or otherwise), since at this point, you're looking at plain-old rendered, tabular, HTML content. So, I'd next look at whether your jQuery scripts use no-conflict mode. Apr 4, 2012 at 19:57

1 Answer 1


You might try calling the table by ID instead of the generic 'table'. Also, wrap your JS in a noconflict wrapper like this:

(function($) {
         headers: {
         0: { sorter: "text" },
         1: { sorter: "digit" },
         2: { sorter: false },
         3: { sorter: false }

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