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 Create And Insert Tables Into WordPress Pages And Posts  Without Programming Skills

Being able to display tables on your pages can be very useful. Tables help you sort and present 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 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, you can do just about anything you can imagine on a WordPress site with plugins, and creating tables is no exception.

In this step-by-step tutorial you will learn how to easily create and insert tables into your posts and pages without requiring knowledge of HTML or CSS or coding skills.

Adding Tables To WordPress Pages And Posts

To create and add tables into your WordPress content with no coding skills required, we’ll use a FREE WordPress plugin called TablePress.

TablePress

Creating And Inserting Tables Into Pages And Posts In WordPress

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

TablePress requires no knowledge of HTML, CSS, etc. The plugin lets you easily edit your table data. Your tables can contain any type of data, even formulas.

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

A table can also be imported and exported 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).

Using TablePress WP Plugin – Step-By-Step Tutorial

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

Download the plugin here:

https://wordpress.org/plugins/tablepress

Or install it from within your Dashboard …

Creating And Adding Tables In Pages And Posts With WordPress

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

Inserting Tables Into Posts And Pages With WordPress

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

How To Add Tables In WordPress Pages And Posts

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

How To Add Tables In WordPress Posts And Pages

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

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

How To Create And Insert Tables Into WordPress

The TablePress menu entry now shows towards the top of your menu …

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You can also play with other settings in the “Plugin Options” section, like formatting styles for your tables, default language, and so on. Leave the default options as they are if you don’t need to change things in this area.

With TablePress, you create and edit tables inside the plugin section. Tables are then inserted via a shortcode into your WordPress posts and pages. Your tables will then display or update when publishing or updating your pages or posts.

The benefit of working directly from the plugin is that you can easily modify the information inside your tables without having to open any of your posts and pages. TablePress then updates all of your table information everywhere where the table has been added to your content.

To create a new table select TablePress > Add New Table

How To Insert Tables Into Posts And Pages In WordPress

Enter a 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, 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…

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

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

Inserting Tables Into Your Content Easily With WordPress

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 …

How To Create And Add Tables In Your Content Easily With No Programming Skills Required

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

In the “Table Content” section, 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. bold or italicize words, insert links, etc …)

How To Easily Insert Tables Into WordPress Posts And Pages

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 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 colors on consecutive rows, highlight a row when visitors hover their mouse over the table, show the table name and description above or below the table, and more …

How To Easily Create And Add Tables To WordPress

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

How To Add Tables To WordPress

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

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

How To Easily Add Tables Into Your Content Without Programming Skills

A preview window will open 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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Click the Save Changes button when finished to update your new table data …

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

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

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

All your tables are displayed in this section. You can edit, see the shortcode, copy, export, delete and preview tables …

Adding Tables Into Your Content Easily In WordPress

Using The Shortcode

You can embed a table inside pages and posts using a shortcode.

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

Creating And Adding Tables To WordPress Content

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 mouse cursor where you want your table to show then click the TablePress menu icon …

How To Easily Add Tables To Your Content Without Touching Code

TablePress Menu Icon In WordPress Visual Editor Screen

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

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

TablePress Menu Icon In Text Editor Screen

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

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

How To Easily Insert Tables Into Your Content Without Touching Code

Your TablePress shortcode will be added …

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

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

Creating And Adding Tables In WordPress Pages And Posts

As stated earlier, one of the great things about this plugin is that you can edit information after publishing the table without having to open your post or page. Just tweak 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 new 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 the WP admin menu …

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

In the “Export Tables” section, choose 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 …

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

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

How To Easily Create And Add Tables In WordPress Posts And Pages Without Touching Code

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 source in the “Import Tables” area. You can import multiple tables from ZIP files and choose whether to import a table as a new table or replace an existing table.

Adding Tables Into Your Content Easily With WordPress

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

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

As you can see, TablePress is an extremely useful time saving free plugin will help you easily create and add tables into your page content.

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