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 …

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Being able to display tables on your pages can be very useful. Tables are great for sorting and presenting 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, such as letting you create tables without having to learn code.

Although you can create tables manually in WordPress if you have knowledge of HTML (Hyper Text Markup Language) and CSS (Cascading Style Sheets), for most non-technical users, this is not a feasible 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 WordPress posts and pages with no coding skills required.

How To Add Tables In WordPress

To add tables to your WordPress posts or pages with no HTML or CSS knowledge required, we’ll use a FREE WordPress plugin called TablePress.

TablePress

How To Insert Tables  In WordPress

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

TablePress does not require you to have any knowledge of HTML, CSS, etc. The plugin provides a simple user interface that lets you easily edit your table data. You can add any type of data, even formulas to tables.

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

You can also import and export tables from/to CSV files (e.g. from Excel), HTML files, and JSON.

The plugin 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 add tables to WordPress with TablePress, install and activate the TablePress plugin.

Download the plugin here:

https://wordpress.org/plugins/tablepress

Or install it directly from your Dashboard …

Adding Tables In Posts And Pages With WordPress

After installing and activating the plugin, you will see a new menu item on your Dashboard menu called TablePress

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

How To Create And Add Tables In WordPress Posts And Pages

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

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

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

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The TablePress menu item will now show close to the top area of the menu list …

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

You can also specify other options in the “Plugin Options” area, like formatting styles for your tables, default language, etc. If you don’t need to change this section, then just leave the default options.

With TablePress, you create and edit tables within the plugin area. Tables are then added via a shortcode into your text. Your tables will then display or update when your post or page is saved.

The great thing about doing this is that you can easily change the data inside your tables without having to open any of your posts and pages. TablePress 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

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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, then click on the Add Table button to create your new table. You can change the name, description and size of your table at anytime…

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Once your new table has been created, it will be listed in the “All Tables” list and get 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 by simply typing or copying and pasting the shortcode wherever you want to display your table …

How To Create And Add Tables To WordPress Pages And Posts

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

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

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After your new table has been created, you will see a number of additional options that will 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 and the last row of the table to be the table footer, display alternate background colours on consecutive rows, highlight rows when visitors hover their mouse over the table, show the table name and description above or below the table, and more …

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Using The Shortcode

You embed tables inside page content using a shortcode.

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

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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 cursor where you want your table to appear 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 in the “Text” area of the WP editor …

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TablePress Menu Icon In WordPress HTML Editor Screen

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

Select the table you want to insert into the post or page and click Insert Shortcode

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Your TablePress shortcode will be inserted into your content …

How To Easily Add Tables Into WordPress With No Programming Skills Required

Publish the post or page to view the table …

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As stated earlier, one of the great things about TablePress is that you can change data after publishing the table without having to open your post or page. Tweak the content in the plugin area, then save the new table settings and refresh your page to view the updated information.

Another great time-saving feature of the TablePress plugin, is that if you plan to keep adding new 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, click on TablePress > Export a Table in the admin menu …

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

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

To import a table, select TablePress > Import a Table

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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 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” area. You can import multiple tables from a compressed (ZIP) file and choose whether to import tables as a new table or write over an existing table.

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For more information about the plugin, including where to access documentation about extra features, get technical support, contact the plugin developer, etc., click on the “About Tab” in the plugin admin section, or select TablePress > About TablePress

Adding Tables In Posts And Pages With WordPress

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

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