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 …

Adding Tables In WordPress

The ability to easily add tables to your pages can be very useful. Tables help you sort and present data to visitors in a format that can make your information easier to understand.

The WordPress visual editor offers many great features, but there are some things that it won’t let you do by default, such as letting you create tables without having to learn code.

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

Fortunately, WordPress plugins give users almost unlimited expansion capabilities, and adding tables to your content with the click of a mouse is no exception.

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

Inserting Tables In WordPress

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

TablePress

How To Create And Add Tables In WordPress Content

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

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

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

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

The 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 – 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 your WP Dashboard …

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

After the plugin has been installed and activated, a new menu item will display on your WP admin menu called TablePress

How To Create And Add Tables In WordPress Pages And Posts

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

How To Create And Insert Tables Into Your Content Easily Without Programming Skills

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

How To Create And Add Tables  In WordPress

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

By default, the menu item appears around the middle of your menu bar. If you plan to use this plugin often, then you can position the menu option near the top of your menu by selecting “Top-level (middle)” in the User Options > Admin menu entry dropdown menu …

Adding Tables In Pages And Posts In WordPress

The TablePress menu entry now displays near the top of your menu list …

How To Create And Add Tables To WordPress Posts And Pages

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

With TablePress, tables are created and edited within the plugin area. Tables are then placed via a shortcode into your text. Your tables will then display after your post or page is published or updated.

The benefit of doing this is that you can easily modify the information inside your tables without having to touch your posts. TablePress then updates all of your table information in all locations where the table has been added to your content.

To create a new table select TablePress > Add New Table

How To Create And Insert Tables Into WordPress Easily Without Programming Skills

Enter the table 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 tables you create at anytime…

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

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

How To Easily Add Tables In WordPress Pages And Posts

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

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

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

In the “Table Content” section, just 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 hyperlinks, etc …)

Inserting Tables Into Pages And Posts In WordPress

Once your new table is created, displays a number of additional options that will let you configure your table.

For example, in the “Table Options” section you can specify 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 …

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

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

How To Create And Add Tables To 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, change the number of table rows displayed on your site (and also allow visitors to change the number of rows displayed), display table information, etc …

How To Easily Add Tables To Your Content Without Programming Skills

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

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

A preview window will open displaying the table. Certain features such as the JavaScript options are disabled in preview mode, but will display once your table is published …

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

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

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

How To Create And Add Tables To WordPress

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

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

Using The Shortcode

You can embed tables inside any content using the TablePress shortcode.

Get the shortcode for your tables by clicking on the Show Shortcode menu item below your table title to get the shortcode …

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

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

How To Add Tables Into WordPress Easily

TablePress Menu Icon In Visual Editor Screen

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

Creating And Inserting Tables Into Pages And Posts In WordPress

TablePress Menu Icon In WordPress HTML Editor Screen

Clicking on the menu icon displays a list of all the available tables you have created.

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

Creating And Inserting Tables Into Your Content Easily With WordPress

Your TablePress shortcode will be added …

How To Insert Tables Into Posts And Pages In WordPress

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

How To Create And Add Tables In WordPress Posts And Pages

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 edit 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 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 information, 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 a table, select TablePress > Export a Table in the main menu …

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

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 table file to your hard drive …

How To Create And Add Tables  In WordPress

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

To import a table, go to your sidebar menu and select TablePress > Import a Table

Inserting Tables Into Posts And Pages With WordPress

TablePress can import tables from existing data, such as CSV file data, from a spreadsheet application, an HTML file resembling a webpage, 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” section. You can import multiple tables from ZIP files and select whether to import tables as a new table or to replace an existing table.

How To Add Tables To WordPress

For more information about the plugin, including where to access the plugin documentation for extra features, 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

Adding Tables To WordPress Pages And Posts

As you can see, TablePress is an extremely powerful time saving plugin that is free and will help you easily create and insert tables into your site content.

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