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Display Google Docs spreadsheets in WordPress Pt2

Following on from our post on how to use Google Docs as a lightweight CMS, this is how to include editable tabular data with custom fields in your WordPress theme.

Edit core WordPress theme files

You will only need to edit two files in your theme:

  • header.php
  • single.php

Copy the contents from the source code in my previous post:

And paste it into header.php

Add the .csv spreadsheet reader php to single.php

After the line

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'); ?>

paste in the following code

    # open the csv
    $handle = fopen($csv, "r");
    $data = fgetcsv($handle, 1000, ",");
    echo "";
    # column headers from 1st row of csv:
    foreach($data as $value) {
    echo "$value";
    echo "\n\n";
    # data rows:
    while (($data = fgetcsv($handle, 1000, ",")) !== FALSE) {
    echo "";
    foreach($data as $value) {
    # write table cell data
    echo "$value";
    echo "\n";
    echo "\n\n";              
  else { echo "Can't connect to google, sorry!"; }

This is the same as from the previous post, but this time we will remove the following line, as we will pass the .csv url dynamically

# set your csv spreadsheet url here
$csv = "";

Look for the .csv Custom Field

In single.php, change the following line from



ID, 'csv', $single = true);   

This will check for Custom Fields with the name of ‘csv’

Add a Custom Field to your post

With both files saved, log in to your WordPress admin, and create a new post. Below the post and excerpt textareas, under Add custom field, set the Name to ‘csv’ and the value to the url of your Google Docs spreadsheet (or any .csv on the web) – in this case

Press Publish and admire your spreadsheet! Obviously, your theme will need to be big enough to accomodate your table! Any amendments to your original document will be updated on your post – great for collaborative data or dynamically generated spreadsheets.

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  8. Aaron says:

    Ahhh this is exactly what I’m looking for but can’t get it to work. =( I’m trying to implement it in a Page as opposed to a Post so I’m editing page.php instead, but that shouldn’t matter, right? When I make all these changes, everything just breaks and I get the white page of death. =/

  9. felix says:

    That seems weird… I’ll email you in a minute so you can send me your theme and take a look

  10. Aaron says:

    I got it working. Great stuff! Now if I could make that data searchable via the WordPress search function, that’d raaawk!

    Thanks for sharing this. =)

  11. Aaron says:

    Sorry, forgot to post my fix for anyone else that comes across this. I just had to increase my PHP Memory Limit.

  12. Ljuboja says:

    Great post!
    Im interesting to this with page instead of post, how to do that?

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