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 …

How To Insert Tables Into Posts And Pages In WordPress

The ability to easily add tables to your pages can be very useful. Tables help you sort and present 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 won’t let you do, like being able to easily create tables.

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 realistic option.

Fortunately, WordPress plugins give users almost unlimited expansion capabilities, and creating tables is no exception.

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

How To Add Tables To WordPress Posts And Pages

Follow the step-by-step tutorial below to learn how to create and add tables in WordPress using a FREE WordPress plugin called TablePress.

TablePress – WordPress Plugin

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

TablePress requires no knowledge of HTML, CSS, etc. It provides a simple interface that lets you easily edit table data. You can add any kind of data to your tables.

An additional JavaScript library can be used to add features like pagination, sorting, filtering, and more for your site visitors. You can easily include the tables into your 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 formats.

The plugin was written and developed 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 using TablePress, 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 WP Dashboard …

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After installing and activating the plugin, a new menu item will display on your admin menu called TablePress

How To Add Tables  In WordPress

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

How To Add Tables In Pages And Posts In WordPress

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

How To Add Tables In Posts And Pages In WordPress

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

Normally, the menu entry displays somewhere around the middle of your menu bar. If you plan to use this plugin often, then you can easily position the menu item close to the top of the Dashboard menu by specifying “Top-level (middle)” in the User Options > Admin menu entry dropdown menu …

How To Easily Create And Add Tables To WordPress

The TablePress menu entry will now appear near the top section of your admin menu …

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You can also play with other options in the “Plugin Options” section, such as table formatting styles, default language, and so on. If you don’t need to modify these settings, then just leave the options as the default.

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

The benefit of doing this is that you can easily change the information in your tables without having to manually edit your posts. The plugin then updates all of your table information everywhere where the table has been added to your content.

To add a new table select TablePress > Add New Table

Adding Tables In Pages And Posts With WordPress

Enter the 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, and 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…

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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 …

How To Create And Add Tables In WordPress Pages And Posts

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

How To Insert Tables Into Your Content Easily In WordPress

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

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

Adding Tables In Posts And Pages With WordPress

After your new table has been created, the plugin will display additional options for configuring 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 visitors hover their mouse over the table, display the table name and description above or below the table, and more …

How To Easily Add Tables Into WordPress

You can also edit your table after it has been created in the “Table Manipulation” area. You can perform various operations on your table, like adding images and links, hiding, showing, inserting, deleting and cloning selected rows and columns, adding new columns and rows, combining cells, etc …

Adding Tables To WordPress Pages And Posts

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 site (and let visitors specify the number of rows displayed), display table information, etc …

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

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

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A preview window will open in your browser displaying the table. Certain features like JavaScript options are disabled in preview mode, but will display when your table is published …

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Click the Save Changes button after you are done editing to save your table data …

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Once you have created one or more tables, you can view a list of all your tables by going to TablePress > All Tables

How To Create And Add Tables To WordPress Easily With No Programming Skills Required

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

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

How To Use The Shortcode

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

You can get the shortcode for your tables by clicking on the Show Shortcode menu item below the table title to get the shortcode …

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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 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 WordPress editor …

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TablePress Menu Icon In WordPress HTML Editor Screen

Clicking on the menu icon opens a window containing a list of all your tables.

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

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

Your TablePress shortcode will be inserted …

How To Create And Insert Tables Into Your Content Easily Without Touching Code

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

How To Add Tables Into Your Content Easily In WordPress

As stated earlier, one of the great things about this plugin is that you can change the contents of your table after publishing the table without having to edit your post or page. Edit the content in the plugin area, then save the 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 data to an existing table, just export your current table, then add new information, 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 your WP admin menu …

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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 table file to your hard drive …

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

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

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

Creating And Adding Tables To WordPress Pages And Posts

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 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 tables as a new table or to replace an existing table.

How To Create And Insert Tables Into Your Content With WordPress

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

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

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