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 To WordPress

The ability to easily add tables to your website can be really handy. Tables are great for sorting and presenting data to visitors in a format that can make your information easier to understand.

The WordPress visual editor is great, but there are some things that the default editor doesn’t let you do, such as giving you the option to create tables without having to learn code.

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 users, this is simply not a realistic option.

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

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

Creating And Adding Tables With WordPress

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

TablePress – WP Plugin

How To Create And Add Tables In WordPress Posts And Pages

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

TablePress doesn’t require you to have any knowledge of HTML, CSS, etc. The plugin lets you easily edit table data. You can add any kind of data, even formulas to your tables.

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

You can also import and export a table 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 – Tutorial

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

Download this plugin here:

https://wordpress.org/plugins/tablepress

Or install it directly from within your WordPress Dashboard …

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After installing and activating the plugin, you will see a new menu item in your WP admin menu called TablePress

How To Insert Tables Into Posts And Pages With WordPress

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

How To Create And Add Tables To WordPress Content

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

How To Easily Create And Add Tables To WordPress Without Coding Skills

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

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

Creating And Adding Tables In WordPress Pages And Posts

The TablePress menu item will now display close to the top section of your menu list …

How To Insert Tables Into Pages And Posts With WordPress

You can also play with other options in the “Plugin Options” section, such as formatting styles for your tables, default language, and so on. If you don’t need to change these settings, simply leave the options as the default.

With TablePress, you create edit and format tables within the plugin section. Tables are then inserted via a shortcode into your text. The tables will then display or update when publishing or updating your page.

The benefit of working directly from the plugin is that you can easily update the information in your tables without having to manually edit your pages and posts. The plugin then updates all of your table data in all locations where the table has been added to your content.

To add a new table select TablePress > Add New Table

Inserting Tables Into Pages And Posts With WordPress

Enter a table name, an optional description, and the number of rows and columns you want for your 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 tables you create at anytime…

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

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

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

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

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

Once you have created a new table, adding content to it is 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 …)

Creating And Adding Tables Into Your Content Easily With WordPress

Once your new table is created, you will see additional options for configuring your table.

For example, in the “Table Options” section you can specify the first row of your table to be the table header and 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, print the table name and description above or below the table, and more …

How To Create And Add Tables In WordPress Easily

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

Creating And Inserting Tables Into Your Content With WordPress

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

Adding Tables To WordPress

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

Adding Tables To WordPress Pages And Posts

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

Adding Tables In Pages And Posts In WordPress

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

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

To view a list of all the tables you have created choose TablePress > All Tables

How To Add Tables In WordPress Pages And Posts

All the tables you have created are displayed in a list. You can edit, see shortcodes, copy, delete, export and preview tables …

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

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

You insert a table into your 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 …

How To Add Tables In WordPress Pages And Posts

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 the table to appear then click the TablePress menu icon …

Creating And Inserting Tables Into Pages And Posts With WordPress

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 …

How To Easily Insert Tables Into WordPress Without Coding Skills

TablePress Menu Icon In WordPress Text Editor Screen

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

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

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

Creating And Inserting Tables Into Posts And Pages With WordPress

Publish the post or page to view the table and table contents …

How To Insert Tables Into Posts And Pages With WordPress

As stated earlier, one of the great things about this plugin is that you can change information 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 content to view the updated content.

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, click on TablePress > Export a Table in the main menu …

Creating And Adding Tables To WordPress Posts And Pages

In the “Export Tables” section, select the table(s) you would like 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 table file to your hard drive …

How To Easily Insert Tables Into WordPress Posts And Pages Without Touching Code

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

To import a table into WordPress from your hard drive, select TablePress > Import a Table

Inserting Tables Into Posts And Pages In WordPress

TablePress can import tables from existing data, such as CSV file data, from a spreadsheet application, an HTML file, or its own JSON format.

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

How To Add Tables In WordPress Posts And Pages

For more information about TablePress, including where to access documentation about 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

How To Add Tables In WordPress

As you can see, TablePress is an extremely 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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