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 …

Adding Tables In WordPress Posts And Pages

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

WordPress offers a feature-rich visual editor, but there are some things that it won’t let you do by default, like being able to easily create tables.

Although you can add tables manually to your content in WordPress if you have knowledge of HTML (Hyper Text Markup Language) and CSS (Cascading Style Sheets), for most non-technical users, this is simply not a practical option.

Fortunately, WordPress plugins give users almost unlimited expansion capabilities, and inserting tables into your content with the click of a mouse is no exception.

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

How To Create And Add Tables To WordPress

Follow the tutorial below to learn how to add tables in WordPress using a FREE plugin called TablePress.

TablePress

How To Create And Add Tables In WordPress Pages And Posts

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

TablePress requires no knowledge or skills coding HTML, CSS, etc. The plugin provides a simple user interface that lets you easily edit your 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 visitors. You can easily include the tables into your page content using shortcodes and 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).

Using TablePress Plugin For WordPress – Step-By-Step Tutorial

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

Download the plugin here:

https://wordpress.org/plugins/tablepress

Or install it from within your own WordPress Dashboard …

How To Create And Add Tables Into WordPress  Without Touching Code

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

How To Create And Insert Tables  With WordPress

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

How To Add Tables To WordPress Pages And Posts

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

Adding Tables In Pages And Posts In WordPress

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 item displays around the middle of your menu column. If you plan to use this plugin a lot, then you can position the menu item close to the top of the admin menu by specifying “Top-level (middle)” on the User Options > Admin menu entry dropdown menu …

Adding Tables To WordPress Pages And Posts

The TablePress menu item now appears close to the top area of your admin menu …

How To Add Tables In WordPress Content

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

With TablePress, you create edit and format your tables within the plugin area. Tables are then placed via a shortcode into your WordPress posts and pages. The tables will then display or update after publishing your content.

The great thing about doing this is that you can easily update the information in your tables without having to manually edit your posts. The plugin then updates all of your table information inside all posts and pages where the table has been added to your content.

To create a new table select TablePress > Add New Table

Creating And Adding Tables In WordPress

Type in a name, a description (optional), 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 edit the name, description and size of your table at anytime…

Creating And Inserting Tables Into Pages And Posts In WordPress

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

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

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 …

How To Create And Insert Tables  In WordPress

Once you have created a new table, adding content to your table 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 HTML formatting to your content (e.g. bold or italicize words, insert hyperlinks, etc …)

How To Add Tables In Posts And Pages With WordPress

Once your new table is 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 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, print the table name and description above or below the table, and more …

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

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

How To Add Tables In Posts And Pages In WordPress

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

How To Create And Insert Tables  In WordPress

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

How To Create And Add Tables To WordPress Content

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

Adding Tables To WordPress Content

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

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

How To Add Tables In Pages And Posts With WordPress

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

How To Create And Add Tables Into Your Content In WordPress

How To Use The TablePress Shortcode

You insert a table inside page content using the TablePress shortcode.

Click on the Show Shortcode menu item below the table title to get the shortcode …

Creating And Inserting Tables Into Your Content Easily In WordPress

The plugin also adds a shortcode menu icon to your WordPress 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 appear then click the TablePress menu icon …

How To Add Tables Into Your Content With WordPress

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 …

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

TablePress Menu Icon In Text Editor Screen

Clicking on the menu icon brings up a list of all tables.

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

Adding Tables In Pages And Posts In WordPress

Your TablePress shortcode will be added …

How To Create And Add Tables Into WordPress Pages And Posts Easily With No Coding Skills Required

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 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 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 your main menu …

Inserting Tables Into Your Content In WordPress

In the “Export Tables” section, choose the table(s) 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 …

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

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

How To Add Tables In WordPress Content

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.

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

Creating And Adding Tables In Pages And Posts In WordPress

To learn more about TablePress, including accessing the plugin documentation for additional features, 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

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

As you can see, TablePress is quite a useful and feature-rich plugin that is free and will help you easily create and insert tables into your site content.

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