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  With WordPress

Being able to display tables on your content can be very useful. Tables help you sort and present data to visitors in a way that makes your information easier to understand.

The WordPress visual editor is great, but there are some things that the default editor won’t let you do, such as letting you 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 many non-technical users, this is not a realistic option.

Fortunately, you can do almost anything you can imagine on a WordPress site with plugins, and adding tables to your content with the click of a mouse is no exception.

In this tutorial you will learn how to create and insert tables easily into your content without requiring knowledge of HTML or CSS or coding skills.

How To Insert Tables Into Your Content With WordPress

If you want to create and add tables to your WordPress posts or pages without touching code, then the tutorial below will show you how to add tables into your WordPress posts and pages using a FREE WordPress plugin called TablePress.

WordPress Plugin – TablePress

How To Create And Add Tables Into Your Content  Without Touching Code

A powerful and time-saving plugin for creating, editing and managing tables in WordPress is TablePress.

TablePress does not require you to have any knowledge of HTML, CSS, etc. The plugin lets you easily edit table data. You can add any type of data, even formulas to your tables.

An additional JavaScript library can be used to add features like sorting, pagination, filtering, and more for site users. You can easily include the tables into your posts and pages using shortcodes and even display tables inside text widgets.

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

This plugin was created by Tobias Bäthge and is licensed as Free Software under GNU General Public License 2 (GPL 2).

Using TablePress Plugin For WordPress – Tutorial

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

You can download this plugin here:

https://wordpress.org/plugins/tablepress

Or install it directly from within your Dashboard …

How To Easily Create And Add Tables In WordPress With No Programming Skills Required

Once the plugin has been installed and activated, you will see a new menu item in your admin menu called TablePress

Creating And Inserting Tables  With WordPress

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

How To Easily Insert Tables Into WordPress Without Touching Code

The “Plugin Options” screen affects the plugin’s styling and display settings …

Adding Tables To WordPress Posts And Pages

For example, in the “User Options” section, you can modify where the TablePress menu entry appears on your Dashboard menu.

By default, the menu entry appears somewhere in the middle of your menu. If you plan to use this plugin often, then you can position the menu option close to the top of your admin menu by choosing “Top-level (middle)” on the User Options > Admin menu entry dropdown menu …

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

The TablePress menu item will now display close to the top of your menu list …

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

With TablePress, tables are created and modified inside the plugin area. Tables are then added via a shortcode into your posts. The table will then display after your content is saved.

The advantage of doing this is that you can easily update the data inside your tables without having to open any of your pages and posts. The plugin then updates all of your table information in all locations where the table has been added to your content.

To add a new table select TablePress > Add New Table

How To Insert Tables Into Your Content Easily In WordPress

Type in a name, an optional description, and the number of rows and columns you want for the new table into the “Add New Table” form in the Add New tab, then click on the Add Table button to create your new table. You can change the name, description and size of any table you create at anytime…

How To Insert Tables Into Posts And Pages With WordPress

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

How To Insert Tables  With WordPress

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

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

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

How To Easily Add Tables To Your Content Without Programming Skills

After your new table has been created, additional options appear that let you configure your table.

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

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You can also edit your table information after creating it in the “Table Manipulation” area. You can insert links or images, hide, show, insert, delete and duplicate selected columns and rows, add new rows and columns, combine cells, etc …

How To Create And Add Tables In WordPress

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

How To Add Tables In WordPress Pages And Posts

You can preview your table anytime, by clicking the Preview button …

How To Easily Insert Tables Into Your Content Without Programming Skills

A preview window will open allowing you to preview your table. Certain features like JavaScript options are disabled in preview mode, but will display when your table is published …

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

How To Insert Tables Into Posts And Pages With WordPress

To view a list of all the tables you have created choose TablePress > All Tables

How To Easily Create And Add Tables To WordPress Pages And Posts With No Programming Skills Required

All your tables are listed here. You can edit, see the shortcode, copy, export, delete and preview tables …

How To Easily Add Tables To Your Content With No Programming Skills Required

How To Use The TablePress Shortcode

You embed a table into content using a shortcode.

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

How To Easily Insert Tables Into Your Content With No Programming Skills Required

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 Adding Tables In Posts And Pages In WordPress

TablePress Menu Icon In WordPress Visual Editor Screen

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

Creating And Inserting Tables Into Pages And Posts In WordPress

TablePress Menu Icon In WordPress HTML Editor Screen

Clicking on the menu icon opens a window containing a list of all your available tables.

Select the table you want to insert into the content and click Insert Shortcode

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Your TablePress shortcode will be placed in the location you specified …

How To Insert Tables Into WordPress Easily With No Coding Skills Required

Publish the post or page to view your table contents …

How To Insert Tables Into WordPress Posts And Pages Easily Without Touching Code

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

Another great time-saving feature of this plugin, is that if you plan to keep adding new 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 an existing table, select TablePress > Export a Table in your main menu …

How To Create And Add Tables In WordPress Pages And Posts

In the “Export Tables” section, select 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 file to your hard drive …

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

After making changes and resaving your table file, you can then easily reimport your table into WordPress.

To import a table, go to the Dashboard menu and choose TablePress > Import a Table

How To Add Tables In Pages And Posts With WordPress

TablePress can import tables from existing data, such as CSV file data, from a spreadsheet application (e.g. Excel), an HTML file, or its own format.

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

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

How To Create And Add Tables  In WordPress

As you can see, TablePress is quite a powerful time saving plugin that is free and will help you easily create and insert tables into your WordPress posts and pages.

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