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 Into Your Content Easily With WordPress

The ability to easily add tables to your pages can be very useful. Tables are great for sorting and presenting data to people in a format that can make your information easier to understand.

WordPress offers a feature-rich visual editor, but there are some things that it won’t do by default, such as giving you the option to easily create tables.

Although you can create tables manually in WordPress if you have knowledge of HTML (Hyper Text Markup Language) and CSS (Cascading Style Sheets), for many non-technical users, this is 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 tutorial you will learn how to easily create and insert tables into your content without requiring knowledge of HTML or CSS or coding skills.

How To Create And Insert Tables In WordPress

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

WordPress Plugin – TablePress

How To Easily Add Tables Into WordPress Pages And Posts

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

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

An additional JavaScript library can be used to add features like sorting, pagination, filtering, and more for visitors. You can insert tables into your post 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.

This plugin was written and developed by Tobias Bäthge and is licensed as Free Software under GNU General Public License 2 (GPL 2).

Using TablePress WordPress Plugin – Step-By-Step Tutorial

To create and add tables to WordPress with TablePress, first install and activate the TablePress plugin.

Download the plugin here:

https://wordpress.org/plugins/tablepress

Or install it directly from your Dashboard …

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After the plugin has been installed and activated, a new menu item will be added to your Dashboard menu called TablePress

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

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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 the position of the TablePress menu entry in your Dashboard menu.

Normally, the menu entry appears around the middle of your menu. If you plan to use this plugin a lot, then you can easily position the menu option towards the top of your Dashboard menu by specifying “Top-level (middle)” in the User Options > Admin menu entry dropdown menu …

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

The TablePress menu entry will now display towards the top section of your admin menu …

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You can also play with other plugin options in the “Plugin Options” section, like table formatting styles, default language, etc. Leave all options as they are if you don’t need to change things in this section.

With TablePress, tables are created and formatted within the plugin section. Tables are then added via a shortcode into your content. The table will then display or update after your post or page is republished.

The great thing about doing this is that you can easily update the data in your tables without having to touch your pages and posts. TablePress then updates all of your table data in all instances where the table has been added to your content.

To create a new table select TablePress > Add New Table

How To Add Tables In Posts And Pages In WordPress

Type in the 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 change the name, description and size of any tables you create at anytime…

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

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

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The TablePress shortcode lets you easily insert tables anywhere inside a post or page simply by typing or copying and pasting the shortcode wherever you want to display your table …

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

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

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After your new table has been created, additional options appear that let you configure your table.

For example, in the “Table Options” section you can select 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, display the table name and description above or below the table, and more …

How To Add Tables To WordPress Posts And Pages

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

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

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

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

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

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Click the Save Changes button when finished to save your new table data …

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

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Your tables are displayed in this section. You can edit, see shortcodes, copy, export, delete and preview your tables …

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Using The Shortcode

You insert tables into any posts and pages using the TablePress 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 …

How To Create And Add Tables In Posts And Pages 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 the table to be inserted then click the TablePress menu icon …

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TablePress Menu Icon In Visual Editor Screen

Note: You can also insert a table when working inside the “Text” area of the editor …

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TablePress Menu Icon In WordPress HTML Editor Screen

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

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

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Your TablePress shortcode will be added …

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

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

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As stated earlier, one of the great things about TablePress is that you can change things after publishing the table without having to open your post or page. Change the content in the plugin area, then save your new table settings and refresh your page 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 items, 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 a table, click on TablePress > Export a Table in your main menu …

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In the “Export Tables” section, choose the table(s) you want 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 editing and resaving your file, you can then reimport your table into WordPress.

To import a table into WordPress from your hard drive, 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, an HTML file resembling a webpage, or its own format.

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

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For more information about the plugin, 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 Add Tables In Posts And Pages In WordPress

As you can see, TablePress is quite a useful time saving free plugin will help you easily create and insert tables into your page content.

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