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 …

Creating And Adding Tables Into Your Content Easily In WordPress

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

The WordPress visual editor offers many features, but there are some things that the default editor won’t do, 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 inserting tables into your content is no exception.

In this tutorial you will learn how to create and insert tables easily into your WordPress posts and pages without requiring knowledge of HTML or CSS or coding skills.

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

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

WP Plugin – TablePress

Adding Tables In Posts And Pages With WordPress

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

TablePress does not require you to have any knowledge of HTML, CSS, etc. It provides a simple interface that lets you easily edit your table data. Your tables can contain any type of data, even formulas.

An additional JavaScript library can be used to include features like pagination, sorting, filtering, and more for visitors. You can include the tables into your page content using shortcodes and even display tables inside 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 with TablePress, install and activate the TablePress plugin.

Download this plugin here:

https://wordpress.org/plugins/tablepress

Or install it from your own WordPress Dashboard …

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

How To Create And Add Tables To WordPress Content

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

How To Easily Create And Add Tables To Your Content

The “Plugin Options” page affects the plugin’s behavior in different areas of your site …

How To Create And Add Tables In WordPress Pages And Posts

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

By default, the menu entry displays 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 selecting “Top-level (middle)” on the User Options > Admin menu entry dropdown menu …

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The TablePress menu item will now display at the top of your menu …

How To Add Tables To WordPress Content

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

With TablePress, tables are created and modified inside the plugin section. Tables are then added via a shortcode into your text. The tables will then display when republishing or saving your pages or posts.

The benefit of working directly from the plugin is that you can easily update the information in your tables without having to manually edit your posts and pages. TablePress 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 Posts And Pages With WordPress

Type in the name, a description (optional), and the number of rows and columns you want 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 Add Tables Into Your Content With WordPress

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

Adding Tables Into Your Content With WordPress

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

Creating And Inserting Tables Into Posts And Pages With WordPress

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

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

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

Once your new table is created, additional options appear that let you configure your table.

For example, in the “Table Options” section 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, display alternate background colors on consecutive rows, highlight a row when visitors hover their mouse over the table, show the table name and description above or below the table, and more …

How To Insert Tables Into Your Content In WordPress

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

How To Insert Tables Into Posts And Pages With 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, set the number of table rows showing on your content (and let users change the number of rows displayed), display table information, etc …

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

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

How To Insert Tables Into WordPress Posts And Pages Easily

A preview window will open on your browser displaying your table. Certain features like JavaScript options are disabled in preview mode, but will display once your post or page is published …

How To Add Tables In Posts And Pages In WordPress

Remember to click the Save Changes button after you are done editing to update your new table information …

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

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

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

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How To Use The Shortcode

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

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

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

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 be embedded then click the TablePress menu icon …

How To Add Tables In WordPress Posts And Pages

TablePress Menu Icon In Visual Editor Screen

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

Creating And Adding Tables Into Your Content Easily In WordPress

TablePress Menu Icon In HTML Editor Screen

Clicking on the menu icon opens a window containing a list of your existing tables.

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

How To Add Tables To WordPress Posts And Pages

Your TablePress shortcode will be inserted into your content …

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

How To Easily Add Tables Into WordPress Pages And Posts

As stated earlier, one of the great things about this plugin is that you can change data after publishing the table without having to edit your post or page. Change the content in the plugin area, then save the new table settings and refresh your post to view the updated information.

Another great time-saving feature of the TablePress plugin, is that if you plan to keep adding new data to an existing table, just 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, select TablePress > Export a Table in the main menu …

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In the “Export Tables” section, choose 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 file to your hard drive …

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

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

To import a table into WordPress from your hard drive, go to your menu and select TablePress > Import a Table

Creating And Adding Tables In WordPress Content

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 import multiple tables from ZIP files and select whether to import a table as a new table or write over an existing table.

Adding Tables In WordPress Posts And Pages

To learn more about using TablePress, including where to access documentation about additional 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 Create And Add Tables In WordPress Pages And Posts

As you can see, TablePress is a very useful time saving free plugin will help you easily create and add tables into your WordPress posts and pages.

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