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  In WordPress

The ability to easily add tables to your website can be really handy. Tables are great for sorting and presenting data to people in a way that makes your information easier to understand.

WordPress offers a feature-rich visual editor, but there are some things that the default editor doesn’t let you do, such as letting you create tables without having to learn code.

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 WordPress users, this is simply not a realistic option.

Fortunately, you can do almost anything you need done 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 easily create and insert tables into your pages and blog posts without requiring knowledge of HTML or CSS or coding skills.

Creating And Inserting Tables Into Pages And Posts With WordPress

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

TablePress – WP Plugin

How To Add Tables To WordPress Pages And Posts Easily Without Touching Code

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

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

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

This plugin 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 WordPress Plugin – Tutorial

To create and add tables to WordPress with TablePress, 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 WordPress Dashboard …

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

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

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

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

Creating And Inserting Tables  In WordPress

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

By default, the menu item displays somewhere around the middle of your menu bar. If you plan to use this plugin often, 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 …

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The TablePress menu item now shows close to the top of your admin menu …

How To Insert Tables Into Your Content Easily In WordPress

You can also play with other settings in the “Plugin Options” tab, like table formatting styles, default language, and so on. Leave the default options as they are if you don’t need to change things in this area.

With TablePress, tables are created and modified within the plugin screen. Tables are then placed via a shortcode into your pages and posts. The tables will then display or update when your content is saved.

The great thing about doing this is that you can easily change the information inside your tables without having to touch your posts. TablePress then updates all of your table information everywhere where the table has been added to your content.

To add a new table select TablePress > Add New Table

Creating And Adding Tables  With WordPress

Enter the 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 any tables you create at anytime…

How To Create And Add Tables To WordPress

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

Creating And Adding Tables To WordPress Pages And Posts

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

How To Add Tables In WordPress Posts And Pages

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

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

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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 specify the first row of your table to be the table header and the last row of the table to be the table footer, make the background of consecutive rows alternate in colour, highlight a row when a visitor hovers their mouse over the table, show the table name and description above or below the table, and more …

How To Create And Insert Tables  In WordPress

You can also edit your table information after creating it in the “Table Manipulation” subsection. You can perform a range of different operations on your table, such as adding links and images, hiding, showing, inserting, deleting and duplicating selected columns and rows, adding new rows and columns, combining cells, etc …

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

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 posts (and let users change the number of rows displayed), display table information, etc …

Creating And Adding Tables To WordPress Posts And Pages

You can see how your table looks 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 when your post or page is published …

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

Click the Save Changes button when finished to save your table data …

How To Insert Tables Into Posts And Pages In WordPress

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

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

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

You embed tables into pages and posts using a shortcode.

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

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

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

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

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 Create And Add Tables In WordPress Pages And Posts Without Coding Skills

TablePress Menu Icon In WordPress HTML Editor Screen

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

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

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

As stated earlier, one of the great things about TablePress 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 information.

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 items, 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 the main menu …

How To Easily Add Tables To WordPress Pages And Posts Without Touching Code

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

How To Add Tables In Pages And Posts With WordPress

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

To import a table into WordPress, go to your admin 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, or its own 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” area. You can also import multiple tables from a ZIP file and select whether to import tables as a new table or to replace an existing table.

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To learn more about using TablePress, 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 Inserting Tables  With WordPress

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

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"If you're new to WordPress, this can stand on its own as a training course and will stay with you as you progress from beginner to advanced and even guru status." - Bruce (Columbus, Ohio)

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