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 Add Tables Into Your Content Easily In WordPress

Being able to easily add tables on your pages can be very useful. Tables help you sort and present data to people in a format that can make your information easier to understand.

The WordPress visual editor is great, 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 feasible option.

Fortunately, you can do just about 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 pages and blog posts without requiring knowledge of HTML or CSS or coding skills.

Adding Tables To WordPress Posts And Pages

Follow the tutorial below to learn how to add tables in WordPress using a FREE plugin called TablePress.

TablePress

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

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

TablePress requires no knowledge of HTML, CSS, etc. It lets you easily edit your table data. You can add any kind of data, even formulas to tables.

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

Tables 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).

How To Use TablePress – Step-By-Step Tutorial

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

You can download the plugin here:

https://wordpress.org/plugins/tablepress

Or install it from within your own Dashboard …

How To Create And Insert Tables Into Your Content With WordPress

Once the plugin has been installed and activated, a new menu item will appear on your admin menu called TablePress

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

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

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

How To Insert Tables Into Pages And Posts With WordPress

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

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

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

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

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

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

With TablePress, you create and edit your tables inside the plugin area. Tables are then inserted via a shortcode into your pages and posts. The tables will then display when your post or page is saved.

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 and posts. The plugin then updates all of your table data 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 WordPress Pages And Posts Easily Without Touching Code

Enter a name, an optional description, and the number of rows and columns you want for your 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 edit the name, description and size of your table at anytime…

How To Create And Insert Tables Into Your Content In WordPress

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

How To Add Tables In Posts And Pages With WordPress

The TablePress shortcode lets you easily insert tables anywhere inside a post or page by simply 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 your table is easy.

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

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After your new table has been created, the plugin also displays a number of additional options that will allow you to 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 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 With WordPress

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

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

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

How To Add Tables To WordPress

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

Creating And Adding Tables To WordPress Pages And Posts

A preview window will open displaying the table. Certain features like 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 after you are done editing to save your table information …

How To Add Tables To WordPress Posts And Pages

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

How To Insert Tables Into Your Content In WordPress

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

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How To Use The TablePress Shortcode To Embed Tables Into Your Pages And Posts

You embed a table into posts and pages with the TablePress shortcode.

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

How To Create And Add Tables In 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 the table to appear then click the TablePress menu icon …

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

TablePress Menu Icon In WordPress Visual Editor Screen

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

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TablePress Menu Icon In WordPress Text Editor Screen

Clicking on the menu icon brings up a list of all your available tables.

Select the table you want to embed in your post or page and click Insert Shortcode

Creating And Adding Tables To WordPress Pages And Posts

Your TablePress shortcode will be inserted …

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

How To Insert Tables Into WordPress 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 edit your post or page. Change the content in the plugin area, then save your new table settings and refresh your page 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, just 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, click on TablePress > Export a Table in the main menu …

Creating And Adding Tables In Posts And Pages In WordPress

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

Creating And Inserting Tables Into Posts And Pages In WordPress

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

To import a table, select TablePress > Import a Table

How To Create And Add Tables To WordPress Easily

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 write over an existing table.

How To Create And Add Tables In WordPress Pages And Posts

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

Creating And Adding Tables To WordPress

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

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