Saturn Tables builds on top of WordPress administration menus. WordPress menus defined with add_menu_page and add_submenu_page render pages using a callback and Saturn Tables mimics this functionality. However, Saturn Tables also allows for specifically designed callbacks to render list tables and input forms methodically.

Saturn Tables uses an array added to a WordPress filter to pass values to add_menu_page and add_submenu_page with types menu and submenu. In addition, list tables and input forms can be rendered with types list_table and input_form.

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This function which defines menu values is hooked to the saturn_tables_menu filter. Remember to add type (menu, submenu, list_table, input_form) to the standard WordPress administration menu parameters.

Here are the menus in the sample “Cars” dataset and code base.

add_filter( 'saturn_tables_menus', 'saturn_tables_menus_cars', 10, 1 );

function saturn_tables_menus_cars( $saturn_tables_menus ) {

    $saturn_tables_menus[]= array (
                    'type' => 'list_table',
                    'page_title' => __( 'Cars' ),
                    'menu_title' => __( 'Cars' ),
                    'capability' => 'edit_posts',
                    'menu_slug' => 'saturn-tables-cars-table',
                    'callable' => 'saturn_tables_cars_list_table_func',
                    'icon_url' => '',
                    'position' => '40'

    $saturn_tables_menus[] = array(
                    'type' => 'input_form',
                    'parent_slug' => 'saturn-tables-cars-table',
                    'page_title' => __( 'Add Car' ),
                    'menu_title' => __( 'Add Car' ),
                    'capability' => 'edit_posts',
                    'menu_slug' => 'saturn-tables-cars-add-edit-car',
                    'callable' => 'saturn_tables_cars_add_edit_car_func');

    $saturn_tables_menus[] = array(
                    'type' => 'submenu',
                    'parent_slug' => 'saturn-tables-cars-table',
                    'page_title' => __( 'Cars Import' ),
                    'menu_title' => __( 'Cars Import' ),
                    'capability' => 'edit_posts',
                    'menu_slug' => 'saturn-tables-cars-import-export',
                    'callable' => 'saturn_tables_cars_import_export_func');

    return $saturn_tables_menus;