List WordPress posts and documents in a table with 'Add to Favorites' buttons

September 14, 2021
WordPress Favorite Button Plugin

Today I'm going to tell you about a free plugin which adds Favorite buttons to your lists of WordPress posts, documents or custom post types. When used with our Posts Table or Document Library plugin, you can list WordPress content in a searchable table - complete with 'Add to Favorite' buttons.

  • Are you creating a WordPress video gallery and want people to select their favorite videos?
  • Do you have a WordPress blog and want people to choose their favorite posts?
  • Perhaps you're listing events in WordPress and want people to mark the ones they'd like to attend.

Whatever your reason for needing favourite buttons on your website, you can use these instructions to add them to any list of WordPress posts, documents, or any custom post type.

How the favorite buttons work

You can use one of our table plugins to list your WordPress content in a table. Then, you can use the Favorite plugin to add Favorite buttons. Your visitors can select their favorite posts or documents and create a handy shortlist.

When a visitor comes back to your website, they will still be able to see their selections. If they're not logged in then their favorites are stored via browser session or a cookie. If they have an account on your website, then their favorites will appear even if they re-visit from a different browser or device.

How to add Favorite buttons to WordPress

  1. First, use Posts Table Pro or Document Library Pro to list your WordPress posts, documents or any custom post type in a table view. Set up the plugin using the instructions in the knowledge base, with these settings:
    • Columns - include the 'content' column. The favorite button will appear here automatically.
    • Tick the 'Shortcodes' option. This makes sure the button appears in the table correctly.
  2. Now go to Plugins→ Add New in the WP Dashboard.
  3. Search for 'Favorites' and install the plugin by Kyle Phillips.

Now check the page where you've added the table. There will be a 'Favorite' button in the content column for each post or document in the table.

You can also add favorite buttons to other locations

The instructions above tell you how to add favorite buttons to the content/description columns the table. If you'd like to add them elsewhere - for example because you don't want this column in your table - then that's fine. Simply remove the content/description column and add the following shortcode to one of the other fields that you're displaying in the table (e.g. the excerpt or a text or Visual Editor custom field).

[favorite_button]

Where to get the plugins

Use the free Favorite plugin from wordpress.org with whichever Barn2 plugin works with the type of content you're adding:

Display any type of WordPress content in searchable table with filters and Favorite buttons.

13 Comments

  1. Chris Rechtsteiner
    June 21, 2022 Reply

    Can the user have multiple views of their favorites where they set the category for the view? For example, they favorite posts and want them to be on favorite lists that are for trips or cars or sports so when they come back they can see what they've favorited in each category?
    Or, would this categorization be based upon tags / categories associated with the posts / pages themselves (e.g. the post or page has a category or tag and then the favorite is another layer / filter)?
    I hope that makes sense!

    Chris

    • Edge
      June 27, 2022 Reply

      Hi, Chris. You can add/display/include a category filter dropdown list in either Posts Table Pro (see Posts table filters) or Document Library Pro (see Document library filters) to allow users to filter the table (i.e. show only relevant results) by selecting an item from the list. Displaying a category filter dropdown can allow users to set which category of favorited posts/documents to leave listed in the table. Please let me know if this addresses your concern. You can also send us a message via our Support Center to discuss on more detail. Thanks!

  2. igre
    January 27, 2022 Reply

    Best favorites plugin!

  3. Marie
    November 17, 2021 Reply

    I have the Favorites plugin and was wondering if it's possible to use your plugin for showing a table only with the user's favorite posts?

    • Nikki
      November 18, 2021 Reply

      Hi, Marie. Thanks for your interest in our plugins. If you're looking into sort of a "favourites" option/feature on the table, we have a tutorial that shows you how to Add ‘Favorite’ Buttons to Your WordPress and WooCommerce Tables that you can check. However, the Favourite products will not be displayed on a separate table as the favorites plugin has its own way of displaying the favourites - either via custom coding or its own shortcode. For more information about how you can display your Favorites, you may refer to the following:

      https://en-gb.wordpress.org/plugins/favorites/
      under [user_favorites] at https://favoriteposts.com/.

      I hope this helps and points you in the right direction. Let me know if you have more questions/concerns. You may also reach us via our dedicated Support Center. Cheers!

      • Marie
        November 18, 2021 Reply

        Oh..! I like your way of displaying posts better! 😅 That's why I was looking to mix both of your plugins.
        I like that we can see everything in a neat table and it can be filtered by categories!! I'm not a developper so I haven't found how to do that with Favorites yet..

        • Nikki
          November 19, 2021

          Thanks for your kind comment, Marie. The easiest way to find someone suitable who develops custom plugins is to post a job on Codeable where their pre-approved WordPress experts will send you a quote. We have partnered with them to provide plugin customization for our customers.

          Also, you can check the free Favorites plugin from wordpress.org as an alternative plugin that you can use. I hope this is helpful. Cheers!

  4. Michael
    September 17, 2021 Reply

    Hi,
    is it possible for the user to filter the post table by favorites?
    Regards Michael

    • Jae Narra
      September 17, 2021 Reply

      Hi Michael,

      Thanks for your comment. I'm afraid that the plugin doesn't have this feature - thanks for the suggestion! I've added it to our feature request list and we will let you know if/when we add this to our plugin.

      Let me know if you have more questions/concerns. You may also reach us via our dedicated Support Center. Cheers!

  5. David
    March 5, 2020 Reply

    Hi,

    Here’s my thing... My posts have an ACF repeater field, which has 4 sub-fields (plain text type). Then the value of these sub-fields are listed in a frontend table, each set of repeated sub-field sets in a separate row. This all works fine, but I would like to have a like button on the end of each row. I know about the posts table pro solution, but that only lists separate posts. I basically would have to have multiple like buttons inside one post...is this possible to be achieved? Thanks!

    • EJ
      April 17, 2020 Reply

      Hi, David. Thanks for asking and my apologies for the late reply.

      For what you describe to be possible, the like/favorite/wishlist plugin that you use must be able to provide/display a Like button for each ACF repeater field sub-field's value. This requires either an integration between those two plugins, or a customization or bespoke feature via custom code, which I hope you'll understand is a developer-level task. If you don't have a developer who can do this for you, then I recommend that you post a job on Codeable where their pre-approved WordPress experts will send you a quote.

      Otherwise, the alternative is to list/display these as separate posts or products, as mentioned.

      Should you have any other questions, please let us know via our Support Center so that we can get back to you much sooner. Thanks!

  6. William Thomas
    January 24, 2020 Reply

    can this be added to galleries ... specifically to photo galleries? I'm also interested in knowing what the output is ... for example does the web site admin get a report of liked images by user? is there perhaps a list or something that visitors can pull up at a later time to see what they liked / saved on their previous visits?

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