While we worked on wpDataTables, we identified that many of our customers want to use the filterable and sortable tables to prepare a printable or downloadable report, and most of them wanted the generated document to be branded with logos, fonts, and colors used in their organization.
We developed Report Builder as an add-on to the wpDataTables plugin. It enables users to generate Word (DOCX) and Excel (XLSX) documents directly from within WordPress environment, using actual data.
Report Builder was developed in 2016, version 1.0 took about 3 months of active development and 1 week of testing.
In 2017 we’ve re-built the admin panel GUI and the API completely, to be compatible with wpDataTables 2.0 and to follow the same design guidelines.
Similar as for wpDataTables itself, the choice of tools we could use to build the plugin was limited to PHP and most popular libraries. So the Excel and Word built-in file generators use pure PHP and integrate with front-end part built on wpDataTables.
Today the Report Builder is used by more than 800 customers globally for different tasks: from preparing invoices to statistical business reports.
The average rating on CodeCanyon is 4.65.
Report Builder is continually enhanced with new features and customized to client’s needs.