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How To Add Tables To WordPress Posts And Pages

The ability to easily add tables to your content can be really handy. Tables help you sort and present data to people in a format that can make your information easier to understand.

WordPress provides users with a feature-rich visual editor, but there are some things that the default editor doesn’t let you do, like being able 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 many non-technical users, this is not a realistic option.

Fortunately, WordPress plugins let you do almost anything you can imagine, and inserting tables into your content is no exception.

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

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

If you want to add tables to your WordPress posts or pages without touching code, the step-by-step tutorial below will show you how to add tables into your WordPress posts and pages using a FREE WordPress plugin called TablePress.

WP Plugin – TablePress

TablePress is a great WordPress plugin for creating, editing and managing tables in WordPress.

TablePress doesn’t require you to have any knowledge or skills coding HTML, CSS, etc. It provides a simple interface that allows you to easily edit table data. 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 your visitors. You can include the tables into your 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.

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

Using TablePress – Tutorial

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

You can download this plugin here:

https://wordpress.org/plugins/tablepress

Or install it from within your own WordPress Dashboard …

Once you have installed and activated the plugin, a new menu item will appear on your WordPress admin menu called TablePress

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

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

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

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

The TablePress menu entry will now show close to the top section of the menu …

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

With TablePress, you create edit and format tables within the plugin section. Tables are then placed via a shortcode into your pages. The table will then display after your post or page is republished.

The advantage of working directly from the plugin is that you can easily change the information inside your tables without having to touch your pages. The plugin then updates all of your table data everywhere where the table has been added to your content.

To create a new table select TablePress > Add New Table

Type in a name, an optional description, 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…

Once your new table is created, it will get added to the “All Tables” list and be 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 your table …

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

In the “Table Content” section, just click inside the cell and either type or paste the content you want to display. You can add text, images and format your content (e.g. bold or italicize words, insert links, etc …)

After your new table has been created, additional options appear that let you configure your table.

For example, in the “Table Options” area you can select the first row of your table to be the table header and the last row of the table to be the table footer, make the background of consecutive rows alternate in color, highlight rows when a visitor hovers their mouse over the table, show the table name and description above or below the table, and more …

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

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

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

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

Remember to click the Save Changes button when finished to save your new table information …

Once 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 your tables will be displayed in this section. You can edit, see shortcodes, copy, export, delete and preview your tables …

How To Use The TablePress Shortcode To Insert Tables Into Your Page Content

You embed a table into pages and posts 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 …

The plugin also adds a menu item 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 appear 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 WP editor …

TablePress Menu Icon In HTML Editor Screen

Clicking on the menu icon opens a window containing a list of all the available tables you have created.

Select the table you want to embed in the post or page and click Insert Shortcode

Your TablePress shortcode will be added …

Publish the post or page to view your table contents …

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. Tweak the content in the plugin area, then save your new table settings and refresh your content to view the updated information.

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 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 your main menu …

In the “Export Tables” section, select the table(s) you want 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 …

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

To import a table, 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 resembling a webpage, or its own JSON 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” area. You can also import multiple tables from compressed (ZIP) files and choose whether to import a table as a new table or replace an existing table.

To learn more about the plugin, including accessing documentation about extra features, get plugin 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 plugin that is free and will help you easily create and insert tables into your WordPress posts and pages.

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