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 Easily Create And Add Tables Into WordPress Pages And Posts

Being able to easily add tables on your website can be really handy. Tables help you sort and present data to visitors in a format that can make your information easier to understand.

WordPress provides users with a great visual editor, but there are some things that it doesn’t do by default, such as letting you create tables without having to learn code.

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

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

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

Inserting Tables With WordPress

To add tables into your WordPress content without touching code, we’ll use a FREE plugin called TablePress.

WP Plugin – TablePress

How To Create And Add Tables In WordPress Easily Without Coding Skills

TablePress is a great WordPress plugin for creating, editing and managing tables in WordPress.

TablePress requires no knowledge or skills coding HTML, CSS, etc. It provides a simple user interface that lets you easily edit your table data. You can add any kind of data, even formulas to your tables.

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

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

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

Using TablePress WP Plugin – Step-By-Step Tutorial

To create and manage tables in WordPress posts or pages, 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 …

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Once you have installed and activated the plugin, a new menu item will appear on your Dashboard menu called TablePress

Creating And Inserting Tables Into Posts And Pages With WordPress

Click on TablePress and select Plugin Options from the list of submenus …

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

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

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

How To Create And Add Tables To WordPress Pages And Posts

The TablePress menu entry will now display closer towards the top area of your admin menu …

How To Insert Tables Into Posts And Pages In WordPress

You can also specify other plugin options in the “Plugin Options” area, like formatting styles for your tables, default language, and so on. Leave all default options as they are if you don’t need to change things in this area.

With TablePress, you create and edit your tables inside the plugin screen. Tables are then inserted via a shortcode into your text. The table will then display after your post or page is published.

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

To create a new table select TablePress > Add New Table

How To Easily Add Tables Into Your Content With No Coding Skills Required

Type in the table name, a description (optional), and the number of rows and columns you want for your 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 change the name, description and size of your tables at anytime…

How To Create And Insert Tables Into Your Content Easily With WordPress

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

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

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

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

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

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 and 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 modify your table information after it has been created in the “Table Manipulation” section. You can perform a range of operations on your table, such as inserting links or images, hiding, showing, inserting, deleting and cloning selected columns and rows, adding new columns and rows, combining cells, etc …

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

How To Easily Create And Insert Tables Into Your Content

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

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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 table is published …

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

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

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All the tables you have created are displayed in this section. You can edit, see shortcodes, copy, delete, export and preview your tables …

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Using The TablePress Shortcode

You embed tables into your page content with a shortcode.

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

How To Create And Insert Tables Into WordPress Pages And Posts

The plugin also adds a shortcode menu icon 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 inserted then click the TablePress menu icon …

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

TablePress Menu Icon In WordPress Visual Editor Screen

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

How To Easily Insert Tables Into Your Content Without Touching Code

TablePress Menu Icon In Text Editor Screen

Clicking on the menu icon displays a list of all existing tables.

Select the table you want to embed in the content and click Insert Shortcode

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

How To Create And Add Tables In WordPress Posts And Pages

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

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

As stated earlier, one of the great things about this plugin is that you can change the contents of your table after publishing the table without having to open your post or page. Just tweak 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 data to an existing table, you can simply export your current table, then add new items, make changes, etc. You can then re-import your table 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 admin menu …

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In the “Export Tables” section, select the table(s) to export (you can 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 …

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After editing and resaving the table file, you can then easily re-import the table into WordPress.

To import a table, go to your Dashboard menu and select 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 format.

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

How To Create And Add Tables In WordPress Posts And Pages

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

How To Add Tables In Pages And Posts With 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 page content.

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