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How To Add Tables To WordPress Posts And Pages

Being able to provide visitors with tables on your website can be really handy. Tables help you sort and present 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 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 many non-technical users, this is simply not a feasible 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 WordPress posts and pages without requiring knowledge of HTML or CSS or coding skills.

Creating And Inserting Tables Into Posts And Pages In WordPress

To add tables to your WordPress posts or pages without touching code, we’ll use a FREE plugin called TablePress.

WordPress Plugin – TablePress

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

TablePress requires no knowledge of HTML, CSS, etc. It lets you easily edit your table data. You can add any type of data to your tables.

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

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

TablePress 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 – Tutorial

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

You can download this plugin here:

https://wordpress.org/plugins/tablepress

Or install it directly from within your WP Dashboard …

After the plugin has been installed and activated, you will see a new menu item in your WP admin menu called TablePress

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

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

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 item appears somewhere near the middle of your menu column. If you plan to use this plugin a lot, then you can easily position the menu option closer to the top of the menu by specifying “Top-level (middle)” on the User Options > Admin menu entry dropdown menu …

The TablePress menu item will now appear closer towards the top area of your menu list …

You can also play with other options in the “Plugin Options” tab, like table formatting styles, default language, etc. If you don’t need to modify this section, just leave the default options.

With TablePress, you create edit and format your tables inside the plugin screen. Tables are then inserted via a shortcode into your WordPress posts and pages. The table will then display when your post or page is republished.

The benefit of doing this 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 in all instances where the table has been added to your content.

To add a new table select TablePress > Add New Table

Enter a 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 table you create at anytime…

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

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 to display your table …

Once you have created a new table, adding content to the table is very easy.

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

Once your new table is created, additional options appear that let you 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 colours on consecutive rows, highlight a row 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 it has been created in the “Table Manipulation” subsection. You can add images or links, hide, show, insert, delete and clone selected columns and rows, add new rows and columns, combine 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, change the number of table rows showing on your pages (and let visitors specify the number of rows displayed), display table information, etc …

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

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

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

To view a list of all your tables TablePress > All Tables

All the tables you have created are listed here. You can edit, see shortcodes, copy, delete, export and preview your tables …

Using The TablePress Shortcode

You can embed tables inside pages and posts using a shortcode.

You can 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 content editor. This allows you to easily insert tables into your posts and pages while working on your content.

Place your cursor where you want the table to appear then click the TablePress menu icon …

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 …

TablePress Menu Icon In HTML Editor Screen

Clicking on the menu icon brings up a list of all the available tables you have created.

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

Your TablePress shortcode will be inserted into your content …

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

As stated earlier, one of the great things about TablePress is that you can change the contents of your table after publishing the table without having to open 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 content.

Another great time-saving feature of this plugin, is that if you plan to keep adding more data to an existing table, just 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 WP admin 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 changing and resaving your file, you can then reimport your table into WordPress.

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

TablePress can import tables from existing data, such as CSV file data, from a spreadsheet application, 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” section. You can import multiple tables from a ZIP file and choose whether to import tables as a new table or replace an existing table.

For more information about using the plugin, including accessing the plugin documentation for extra features, or get technical support for the plugin, contact the plugin author, etc., click on the “About Tab” in the plugin admin section, or select TablePress > About TablePress

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

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