How To Add Tables To WordPress Posts And Pages

Learn how to easily create and insert tables into your WordPress posts and pages with no coding skills required …

How To Create And Add Tables Into WordPress Pages And Posts  Without Coding Skills

Being able to provide visitors with tables on your website can be really handy. Tables help you sort and present data to people in a way that makes your information easier to understand.

WordPress provides users with a feature-rich visual editor, but there are some things that the default editor doesn’t let you do, such as giving you the option to easily create tables.

Although you can create tables manually in WordPress if you know HTML (Hyper Text Markup Language) and CSS (Cascading Style Sheets), for most non-technical users, this is simply not a practical option.

Fortunately, WordPress plugins give users almost unlimited expansion capabilities, and creating tables is no exception.

In this step-by-step tutorial you will learn how to create and insert tables easily into your content with no coding skills required.

How To Create And Add Tables To WordPress Content

If you want to add tables to your WordPress posts or pages and don’t have the skills to create these using HTML or CSS, the tutorial below will show you how to add tables into your WordPress posts and pages using a FREE WordPress plugin called TablePress.

WP Plugin – TablePress

Adding Tables To WordPress Pages And Posts

A powerful and time-saving WordPress plugin that makes creating, editing and managing tables in your WordPress posts and pages simple and easy is TablePress.

TablePress requires no knowledge of HTML, CSS, etc. The plugin provides a simple user interface that lets you easily edit table data. Tables can contain any type of data, even formulas.

An additional JavaScript library can be used to add features like pagination, sorting, filtering, and more for your visitors. You can easily insert tables into your content using shortcodes and even display these inside text widgets.

You can also import and export a table from/to CSV files (e.g. from Excel), HTML files, and JSON formats.

TablePress was written and developed by Tobias Bäthge and is licensed as Free Software under GNU General Public License 2 (GPL 2).

How To Use TablePress – Step-By-Step Tutorial

To create and add tables to WordPress posts or pages, first install and activate the TablePress plugin.

Download the plugin here:

https://wordpress.org/plugins/tablepress

Or install it from within your own WordPress Dashboard …

Creating And Adding Tables To WordPress Posts And Pages

Once you have installed and activated the plugin, a new menu item will be added to your Dashboard menu called TablePress

How To Easily Create And Add Tables Into Your Content

Click on TablePress and choose Plugin Options from the submenu list …

How To Easily Add Tables To Your Content Without Touching Code

The “Plugin Options” section controls your plugin styling and display settings …

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For example, in the “User Options” section, you can modify the position of the TablePress menu entry in your admin menu.

Normally, the menu item appears somewhere near the middle of your menu. If you plan to use this plugin a lot, then you can position the menu option near the top of the menu by selecting “Top-level (middle)” in the User Options > Admin menu entry dropdown menu …

Creating And Inserting Tables Into Pages And Posts In WordPress

The TablePress menu item will now show closer towards the top area of your menu …

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You can also specify other settings in the “Plugin Options” screen, such as formatting styles for your tables, default language, and so on. If you don’t need to modify these settings, just leave the default options.

With TablePress, tables are created and formatted within the plugin area. Tables are then inserted via a shortcode into your content. Your table will then display after your post or page is published or updated.

The advantage of working directly from the plugin is that you can easily change the information in your tables without having to manually edit your pages. The plugin then updates all of your table data everywhere where the table has been added to your content.

To add a new table select TablePress > Add New Table

How To Add Tables To WordPress Posts And Pages

Type in a table name, a description (optional), and the number of rows and columns you would like for the new table into the “Add New Table” form in the Add New tab, and click on the Add Table button to create your new table. You can edit the name, description and size of your table at anytime…

Inserting Tables Into Your Content Easily With WordPress

Once your new table is created, it will be listed in the “All Tables” list and be assigned a unique Shortcode ID …

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The TablePress shortcode lets you easily add tables anywhere in your content simply by inserting or copying and pasting the shortcode wherever you want your tables to display …

Creating And Adding Tables In WordPress Posts And Pages

Once a new table has been created, adding content to it is really easy.

In the “Table Content” section, click inside the cell and either type or paste your content. You can add text, images and HTML formatting to your content (e.g. bold or italicize words, insert hyperlinks, etc …)

Creating And Inserting Tables Into Posts And Pages With WordPress

After your new table has been created, the plugin will display additional options for configuring your table.

For example, in the “Table Options” section you can specify the first row of your table to be the table header and the last row of the table to be the table footer, display alternate background colors on consecutive rows, highlight rows when visitors hover their mouse over the table, print the table name and description above or below the table, and more …

Creating And Inserting Tables Into Pages And Posts In WordPress

You can also edit your table content after it has been created in the “Table Manipulation” section. You can add images and links, hide, show, insert, delete and clone selected columns and rows, add new columns and rows, combine cells, etc …

How To Easily Create And Add Tables Into WordPress Pages And Posts

You can also enable JavaScript library features in your tables that will allow your site users to sort, filter and search your table content, set the number of table rows displayed on your content (and let visitors change the number of rows displayed), display table information, etc …

Adding Tables In Posts And Pages In WordPress

You can see how your table looks anytime, by clicking on the Preview button …

How To Create And Add Tables In Posts And Pages With WordPress

A preview window will open allowing you to preview the table. Certain features such as the JavaScript options are disabled in preview mode, but will display once your post or page is published …

How To Create And Insert Tables Into Pages And Posts With WordPress

Click the Save Changes button after you are done editing to update your table information …

Adding Tables In WordPress Posts And Pages

After you have created one or more tables, you can view a list of all your tables by selecting TablePress > All Tables

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A list of all the tables you have created will be displayed in this area. You can edit, see shortcodes, copy, export, delete and preview tables …

How To Create And Insert Tables Into WordPress Posts And Pages  With No Coding Skills Required

How To Use The TablePress Shortcode To Embed Tables Into Your Content

You embed a table into content with the TablePress shortcode.

You can get the shortcode for your tables by clicking on the Show Shortcode menu item below the table title to get the shortcode …

How To Create And Add Tables In WordPress Posts And Pages

The plugin also adds a menu item to your WordPress editor. This allows you to easily insert tables into your posts and pages while working on your content.

Place your cursor where you want your table to be embedded then click the TablePress menu icon …

Creating And Inserting Tables Into Posts And Pages In WordPress

TablePress Menu Icon In Visual Editor Screen

Note: You can also add a table when working inside the “Text” area of the editor …

How To Create And Insert Tables Into WordPress Easily With No Programming Skills Required

TablePress Menu Icon In Text Editor Screen

Clicking on the menu icon brings up a list of all the available tables you have created.

Select the table you want to add to the content and click Insert Shortcode

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Your TablePress shortcode will be added …

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Publish the post or page to display the table contents …

How To Create And Add Tables  With WordPress

As stated earlier, one of the great things about this plugin is that you can edit things after publishing the table without having to edit your post or page. Tweak the content in the plugin area, then save the new table settings and refresh your post to view the updated content.

Another great time-saving feature of this plugin, is that if you plan to keep adding more data to an existing table, you can simply export your current table, then add new data, make changes, etc. You can then re-import your exported file with the news changes and your table content will be automatically updated throughout your site.

To export a table, select TablePress > Export a Table in the admin menu …

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In the “Export Tables” section, choose the table(s) to export (tip: select multiple tables by holding down the “Ctrl” key), then select the Export Format you want(e.g. CSV) and any other export options you’d like to make and click on the Export Table button to download the table file to your hard drive …

Adding Tables To WordPress Posts And Pages

After changing and resaving your file, you can then reimport your table into WordPress.

To import a table into WordPress, go to your sidebar menu and choose TablePress > Import a Table

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TablePress can import tables from existing data, such as CSV file data, from a spreadsheet application (e.g. Excel), an HTML file resembling a webpage, or its own JSON format. You can also import existing tables from the WP-Table Reloaded plugin

To import a table, select and enter the source in the “Import Tables” section. You can also import multiple tables from ZIP files and choose whether to import a table as a new table or replace an existing table.

Inserting Tables Into Posts And Pages With WordPress

To learn more about the plugin, including where to access documentation about extra features, get technical support, contact the plugin developer, etc., click on the “About Tab” in the plugin admin section, or select TablePress > About TablePress

Creating And Adding Tables In WordPress Pages And Posts

As you can see, TablePress is quite a useful and feature-rich plugin that is free and will help you easily create and embed tables into your site content.

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