How To Add Tables To WordPress Posts And Pages

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How To Create And Add Tables Into Your Content In WordPress

Being able to display tables on your website can be very useful. Tables are great for sorting and presenting data to visitors in a way that makes your information easier to understand.

The WordPress visual editor is great, but there are some things that the default editor doesn’t do, like being able to easily create tables.

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 many non-technical users, this is not a realistic option.

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

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

How To Create And Add Tables To WordPress Content

If you want to add tables into your WordPress content and don’t have the skills and knowledge to create these using HTML or CSS, then the tutorial below will show you how to easily add tables into your WordPress posts and pages using a FREE plugin called TablePress.

WP Plugin – TablePress

Adding Tables To WordPress Pages And Posts

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

TablePress does not require you to have any knowledge of HTML, CSS, etc. The plugin provides a simple interface that 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 sorting, pagination, filtering, and more for visitors. You can include the tables into your post content using shortcodes and even display these inside text widgets.

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

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

Using TablePress WordPress Plugin – Tutorial

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

You can download the plugin here:

https://wordpress.org/plugins/tablepress

Or install it from your Dashboard …

How To Create And Add Tables In WordPress Posts And Pages

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

How To Create And Add Tables To WordPress

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

How To Easily Add Tables Into Your Content Without Touching Code

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

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For example, in the “User Options” section, you can change 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 often, then you can position the menu item closer to the top of the menu by selecting “Top-level (middle)” in the User Options > Admin menu entry dropdown menu …

How To Easily Create And Insert Tables Into Your Content

The TablePress menu item will now show closer towards the top area of the menu …

Adding Tables To WordPress Posts And Pages

You can also specify other options in the “Plugin Options” screen, like table formatting styles, default language, etc. If you don’t need to modify this section, simply leave the options as the default.

With TablePress, tables are created and edited within the plugin area. Tables are then placed via a shortcode into your WordPress posts and pages. Your table will then display after your content is published or updated.

The great thing about working directly from the plugin is that you can easily change the information inside your tables without having to open any of your pages and posts. The plugin then updates all of your table data in all instances where the table has been added to your content.

To add a new table select TablePress > Add New Table

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

Type in the table 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 your table at anytime…

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

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

How To Add Tables In WordPress Posts And Pages

Once a new table has been created, adding content to the 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 format your content (e.g. add bold text, insert links, etc …)

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

After your new table has been created, the plugin will display additional options for configuring 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 a visitor hovers 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 edit your table after it has been created in the “Table Manipulation” area. You can add images and links, hide, show, insert, delete and duplicate selected rows and columns, add new rows and columns, combine cells, etc …

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You can also enable JavaScript library features in your tables, such as allowing site visitors to sort, filter and search your table content, set the number of table rows displayed on your page (and also allow visitors to specify the number of rows displayed), display table information, etc …

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

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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 post or page is published …

Adding Tables In WordPress Pages And Posts

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

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

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

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

How To Use The Shortcode

You embed tables into pages and blog posts with a shortcode.

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

How To Create And Add Tables Into Your Content Easily In WordPress

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 mouse cursor where you want your table to be embedded then click the TablePress menu icon …

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TablePress Menu Icon In WordPress Visual Editor Screen

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

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TablePress Menu Icon In WordPress Text 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 your content 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 Create And Add Tables Into Your Content In WordPress

As stated earlier, one of the great things about this plugin is that you can edit things 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 content to view the updated content.

Another great time-saving feature of this plugin, is that if you plan to keep adding more 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 WP admin menu …

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

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

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

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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.

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

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To learn more about the plugin, including accessing 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

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

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

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