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 Add Tables In Posts And Pages With WordPress

The ability to easily add tables to your website can be really handy. Tables help you sort and present data to visitors in a way that makes your information easier to understand.

WordPress offers a feature-rich visual editor, but there are some things that the default editor doesn’t do, like being able to create tables without having to learn code.

Although you can create tables manually in WordPress if you know HTML (Hyper Text Markup Language) and CSS (Cascading Style Sheets), for many non-technical WordPress users, this is not a feasible option.

Fortunately, you can do just about anything you can imagine on a WordPress site with plugins, and adding tables is no exception.

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

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

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

TablePress – WP Plugin

How To Create And Add Tables  With WordPress

A powerful and time-saving WordPress 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 interface that lets you easily edit table data. You can add any kind of data to your tables.

An additional JavaScript library can be used to add features like pagination, sorting, filtering, and more for visitors. You can easily include the tables into your posts and pages using shortcodes and display these using 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 created by Tobias Bäthge and is licensed as Free Software under GNU General Public License 2 (GPL 2).

How To Use TablePress – Step-By-Step Tutorial

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

Download this plugin here:

https://wordpress.org/plugins/tablepress

Or install it from your own Dashboard …

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

How To Add Tables In Pages And Posts With WordPress

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

How To Insert Tables Into Posts And Pages With WordPress

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

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

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

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

How To Easily Create And Add Tables Into WordPress Posts And Pages Without Coding Skills

The TablePress menu item will now show near the top area of your admin menu …

Adding Tables In WordPress Posts And Pages

You can also specify other plugin options in the “Plugin Options” section, such as formatting styles for your tables, default language, etc. Leave the default options as they are if you don’t need to change things in this area.

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

The advantage of working directly from the plugin is that you can easily update the data in your tables without having to open any of your posts and pages. The plugin then updates all of your table data everywhere where the table has been added to your content.

To add a new table select TablePress > Add New Table

How To Easily Insert Tables Into Your Content Without Programming Skills

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

Adding Tables In WordPress

Once the new table is created, it will get added to the “All Tables” list and get assigned a unique Shortcode ID …

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

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

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

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

In the “Table Content” section, click in the cell and either 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 Create And Add Tables  With WordPress

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 colours on consecutive rows, highlight rows 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 Insert Tables Into Your Content With WordPress

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

How To Add Tables Into WordPress Pages And Posts

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

Adding Tables To WordPress Pages And Posts

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

Creating And Inserting Tables Into Pages And Posts With WordPress

A preview window will open in your browser 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 …

Creating And Adding Tables To WordPress

Click the Save Changes button after you are done editing to save your new table information …

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

Adding Tables In Pages And Posts With WordPress

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

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How To Use The Shortcode To Insert Tables Into Your Content

You can insert a table into pages and posts with the TablePress shortcode.

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

Adding Tables In WordPress Pages And Posts

The plugin also adds a shortcode menu icon to your WordPress content 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 …

Adding Tables  In WordPress

TablePress Menu Icon In Visual Editor Screen

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

How To Easily Add Tables In WordPress Pages And Posts With No Programming Skills Required

TablePress Menu Icon In HTML Editor Screen

Clicking on the menu icon opens a window containing a list of all tables.

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

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

Your TablePress shortcode will be inserted …

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

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

How To Insert Tables Into Your Content In WordPress

As stated earlier, one of the great things about TablePress is that you can edit the contents of your table 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 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, 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 a table, click on TablePress > Export a Table in your admin menu …

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In the “Export Tables” section, select 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 …

How To Add Tables Into Your Content With WordPress

After making changes and resaving your table file, you can then reimport the table into WordPress.

To import a table into WordPress, select TablePress > Import a Table

How To Add Tables In Your Content

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. You can also import existing tables from the WP-Table Reloaded plugin

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 to replace an existing table.

Adding Tables Into Your Content Easily With WordPress

To learn more about the plugin, including accessing documentation about extra features, or 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 Easily Create And Add Tables To WordPress Pages And Posts Without Touching Code

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

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