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 Insert Tables  In WordPress

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.

The WordPress visual editor offers many great features, but there are some things that the default editor doesn’t let you do, such as letting you easily create tables.

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

Fortunately, you can do almost anything you need done on a WordPress site with plugins, and creating tables is no exception.

In this step-by-step tutorial you will learn how to easily create and add tables into your site’s pages with no coding skills required.

Adding Tables In WordPress Content

Follow the step-by-step tutorial below to learn how to add tables into your WordPress posts and pages using a FREE WordPress plugin called TablePress.

WP Plugin – TablePress

How To Add Tables In Posts And Pages In WordPress

TablePress is a great WordPress plugin that makes creating, editing and managing tables in WordPress simple and easy.

TablePress doesn’t require you to have any knowledge or skills coding HTML, CSS, etc. It lets you easily edit your table data. Tables can contain any kind of data, even formulas.

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

A table can also be imported and exported from/to CSV files (e.g. from Excel), HTML files, and JSON.

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

Using TablePress – Step-By-Step Tutorial

To create and manage tables in WordPress with TablePress, install and activate the TablePress plugin.

Download the plugin here:

https://wordpress.org/plugins/tablepress

Or install it from within your own Dashboard …

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

After the plugin has been installed and activated, you will see a new menu item added to your main menu called TablePress

How To Add Tables In Posts And Pages In WordPress

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

How To Create And Add Tables To WordPress

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

Creating And Adding Tables In WordPress

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

Normally, the menu entry appears somewhere around the middle of your menu bar. If you plan to use this plugin a lot, then you can position the menu item close to the top of your Dashboard menu by specifying “Top-level (middle)” on the User Options > Admin menu entry dropdown menu …

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

The TablePress menu entry now shows near the top of the menu …

How To Insert Tables Into WordPress Posts And Pages Easily

You can also play with other settings in the “Plugin Options” screen, like formatting styles for your tables, default language, etc. If you don’t need to modify this section, simply leave the default options.

With TablePress, you create edit and format tables inside the plugin screen. Tables are then placed via a shortcode into your pages. The tables will then display or update after your content is republished.

The advantage of working directly from the plugin is that you can easily change the information inside your tables without having to manually edit your pages and posts. TablePress 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 Easily Create And Insert Tables Into WordPress Pages And Posts With No Programming Skills Required

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, then click on the Add Table button to create your new table. You can change the name, description and size of your tables at anytime…

How To Create And Insert Tables Into Your Content  With No Coding Skills Required

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

Creating And Adding Tables Into Your Content Easily With WordPress

The TablePress shortcode lets you easily insert tables anywhere inside a post or page simply by typing or copying and pasting the shortcode wherever you want your table to display …

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

Once you have created a new table, adding content to your table is easy.

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

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

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

For example, in the “Table Options” area 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, make the background of consecutive rows alternate in color, highlight a row when a visitor hovers their mouse over the table, print the table name and description above or below the table, and more …

Creating And Inserting Tables Into Posts And Pages In WordPress

You can also edit your table information after creating it in the “Table Manipulation” area. You can perform a number of table operations, like inserting images and links, hiding, showing, inserting, deleting and cloning selected rows and columns, adding new columns and rows, combining cells, etc …

How To Add Tables In WordPress Posts And Pages

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

Adding Tables To WordPress Pages And Posts

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

Adding Tables To WordPress

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

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

Remember to click the Save Changes button when finished to save your new table information …

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

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

Creating And Inserting Tables Into Posts And Pages In WordPress

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

How To Create And Add Tables In WordPress

Using The TablePress Shortcode To Embed Tables Into Your Pages And Posts

You insert tables into your posts and pages using the TablePress shortcode.

Click on the Show Shortcode menu item below your table title to get the shortcode …

Creating And Adding Tables In WordPress

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

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

Adding Tables In WordPress Pages And Posts

TablePress Menu Icon In WordPress Visual Editor Screen

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

How To Add Tables To WordPress Easily Without Touching Code

TablePress Menu Icon In HTML Editor Screen

Clicking on the menu icon displays a list of your tables.

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

How To Insert Tables Into Pages And Posts In WordPress

Your TablePress shortcode will be inserted …

How To Add Tables To WordPress Posts And Pages

The table contents will display as soon as you publish your post or page …

How To Add Tables To Your Content Easily Without Touching Code

As stated earlier, one of the great things about TablePress is that you can edit data after publishing the table without having to open your post or page. Edit the content in the plugin area, then save your 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 new data to an existing table, just export your current table, then add new information, 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, click on TablePress > Export a Table in your WP admin menu …

How To Easily Insert Tables Into WordPress Pages And Posts

In the “Export Tables” section, select the table(s) you want 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 …

Creating And Adding Tables Into Your Content Easily In WordPress

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

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

Inserting Tables Into Your Content In 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 JSON format. You can also import existing tables from the WP-Table Reloaded plugin

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

How To Create And Add Tables  In WordPress

To learn more about TablePress, including accessing the plugin documentation for additional features, or 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 Inserting Tables Into Pages And Posts With WordPress

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

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