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How To Add Tables To WordPress Posts And Pages

Being able to easily add tables on your content can be very useful. Tables are great for sorting and presenting data to people in a way that makes your information easier to understand.

WordPress provides users with a great visual editor, but there are some things that it doesn’t let you do by default, 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 most non-technical WordPress users, this is not a practical option.

Fortunately, WordPress plugins let you do almost anything you can imagine, 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 insert tables into your WordPress posts and pages without requiring knowledge of HTML or CSS or coding skills.

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

If you want to create and add tables into your WordPress content without touching code, then the step-by-step tutorial below will show you how to easily do this using a FREE WordPress plugin called TablePress.

TablePress – WP Plugin

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

TablePress does not require you to have any knowledge or skills coding HTML, CSS, etc. It lets you easily edit table data. You can add any type of data to tables.

An additional JavaScript library can be used to add features like sorting, pagination, filtering, and more for site users. You can include the tables into your posts and pages using shortcodes and display tables using text widgets.

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

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

How To Use TablePress Plugin For WordPress – Step-By-Step Tutorial

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

You can download this plugin here:

https://wordpress.org/plugins/tablepress

Or install it directly from within your own WP Dashboard …

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

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

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

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

Normally, the menu entry appears somewhere near the middle of your menu bar. If you plan to use this plugin often, then you can position the menu option towards the top of the menu by choosing “Top-level (middle)” on the User Options > Admin menu entry dropdown menu …

The TablePress menu item now displays at the top of your admin menu …

You can also play with other options in the “Plugin Options” screen, such as formatting styles for your tables, default language, etc. Leave all default options as they are if you don’t need to change things in this area.

With TablePress, tables are created and formatted inside the plugin area. Tables are then added via a shortcode into your content. Your table will then display or update after your post or page is published.

The benefit of working directly from the plugin is that you can easily modify the information in your tables without having to manually edit your posts and pages. The plugin 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

Enter a name, an optional description, 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, then click on the Add Table button to create your new table. You can change the name, description and size of any table you create at anytime…

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

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

Once a new table has been created, adding content to your table is very easy.

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

After your new table has been created, displays a number of additional options that will allow you to configure your table.

For example, in the “Table Options” area 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 rows when a visitor hovers their mouse over the table, print the table name and description above or below the table, and more …

You can also modify your table after it has been created in the “Table Manipulation” subsection. You can perform a range of edits on your table, like inserting images and links, hiding, showing, inserting, deleting and cloning selected rows and columns, adding new columns and rows, combining cells, etc …

You can also enable JavaScript library features in your tables, such as allowing your visitors to sort, filter and search your table content, change the number of table rows showing on your content (and let users change the number of rows displayed), display table information, etc …

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

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

Click the Save Changes button when finished to update your new table information …

After you have created one or more tables, you can view a list of all your tables by clicking on TablePress > All Tables

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

Using The Shortcode To Embed Tables Into Your Pages And Blog Posts

You can insert a table into any page content using a shortcode.

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

The plugin also adds a menu item 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 …

TablePress Menu Icon In WordPress Visual Editor Screen

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

TablePress Menu Icon In HTML Editor Screen

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

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

Your TablePress shortcode will be inserted …

Publish your post or page to display your table and table contents …

As stated earlier, one of the great things about this plugin is that you can change information after publishing the table without having to open your post or page. Just tweak 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, 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 a table, click on TablePress > Export a Table in your main menu …

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

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

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

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.

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

To learn more about the plugin, including where to access the plugin documentation for extra features, or get technical support, contact the plugin developer, etc., click on the “About Tab” in the plugin admin section, or select TablePress > About TablePress

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

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