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 In WordPress Content

The ability to easily add tables to your pages can be really handy. Tables are great for sorting and presenting data to people 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 let you do, such as giving you the option to easily create tables.

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

Fortunately, you can do just about anything you can imagine on a WordPress site with plugins, and inserting tables into your content with the click of a mouse is no exception.

In this tutorial you will learn how to easily create and add tables into your posts and pages with no coding skills required.

How To Create And Add Tables To WordPress Content

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

WordPress Plugin – TablePress

How To Add Tables In Pages And Posts In WordPress

A powerful and time-saving plugin that makes creating, editing and managing tables in your WordPress posts and pages simple and easy is TablePress.

TablePress requires no knowledge of HTML, CSS, etc. The plugin 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 sorting, pagination, filtering, and more for your site visitors. You can insert tables into your post content using shortcodes and display tables using text widgets.

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

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

Using TablePress WP Plugin – Step-By-Step Tutorial

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

Download this plugin here:

https://wordpress.org/plugins/tablepress

Or install it directly from your own WP Dashboard …

How To Easily Add Tables To WordPress Pages And Posts

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

Creating And Adding Tables In Pages And Posts In WordPress

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

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

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

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

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

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

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The TablePress menu entry will now appear closer towards the top of your menu …

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You can also specify other options in the “Plugin Options” area, like formatting styles for your tables, default language, etc. If you don’t need to modify this section, just leave the default options.

With TablePress, you create and edit tables inside the plugin area. Tables are then placed via a shortcode into your text. Your table will then display or update after publishing or updating your pages or posts.

The advantage of doing this is that you can easily modify the data in your tables without having to touch your posts and pages. TablePress then updates all of your table data in all instances where the table has been added to your content.

To create a new table select TablePress > Add New Table

Adding Tables To WordPress Pages And Posts

Type in the table name, a description (optional), and the number of rows and columns you would like for your 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 tables at anytime…

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

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

Creating And Adding Tables To WordPress Posts And Pages

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

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Once a new table has been created, adding content to it is really easy.

In the “Table Content” section, click inside the cell and either type or paste your content. You can add text, images and HTML formatting to your content (e.g. bold or italicize words, insert hyperlinks, etc …)

How To Add Tables To WordPress Pages And Posts

After your new table has been created, additional options appear that 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, make the background of consecutive rows alternate in color, highlight rows when visitors hover their mouse over the table, show the table name and description above or below the table, and more …

How To Add Tables Into WordPress Pages And Posts

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

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You can also enable JavaScript library features in your tables, such as allowing 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 …

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

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A preview window will open on your screen allowing you to preview your table. Certain features like JavaScript options are disabled in preview mode, but will display when your post or page is published …

Creating And Inserting Tables Into Your Content Easily In WordPress

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

Creating And Adding Tables 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

Creating And Adding Tables In WordPress Content

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

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Using The Shortcode To Embed Tables Into Your Pages And Posts

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

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

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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 your table to appear then click the TablePress menu icon …

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TablePress Menu Icon In WordPress Visual Editor Screen

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

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

TablePress Menu Icon In Text Editor Screen

Clicking on the menu icon displays a list of your existing tables.

Select the table you want to embed into the content and click Insert Shortcode

How To Create And Add Tables In WordPress Posts And Pages

Your TablePress shortcode will be placed in the location you specified …

How To Create And Add Tables To WordPress

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

Creating And Inserting Tables Into Your Content With 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. Just tweak 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 the TablePress 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 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 an existing table, select TablePress > Export a Table in the admin menu …

How To Add Tables In Pages And Posts 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 …

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

After editing and resaving the table file, you can then easily reimport the table into WordPress.

To import a table into WordPress from your hard drive, 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 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 import source in the “Import Tables” section. You can also import multiple tables from a ZIP file and select whether to import tables as a new table or write over an existing table.

How To Add Tables To WordPress Posts And Pages

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

How To Add Tables Into Your Content With WordPress

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

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