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 Add Tables Into WordPress Pages And Posts  Without Programming Skills

The ability to easily add tables to your content 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 provides users with a great visual editor, but there are some things that it doesn’t let you do by default, like being able to create tables without having to learn code.

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 many non-technical users, this is not a practical option.

Fortunately, WordPress plugins let you do almost anything you can imagine, 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 insert tables easily into your site’s pages without requiring knowledge of HTML or CSS or coding skills.

How To Create And Add Tables Into Your Content Easily With WordPress

Follow the step-by-step tutorial below to learn how to create and add tables in WordPress using a FREE plugin called TablePress.

WP Plugin – TablePress

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

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

TablePress requires no knowledge or skills coding HTML, CSS, etc. It lets you easily edit your table data. Your tables can contain any kind 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 page content using shortcodes and even 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 written and developed 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, first install and activate the TablePress plugin.

You can download the plugin here:

https://wordpress.org/plugins/tablepress

Or install it from within your WP Dashboard …

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

After the plugin has been installed and activated, you will see a new menu item has been added to your admin menu called TablePress

How To Insert Tables Into Posts And Pages With WordPress

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

How To Add Tables In Pages And Posts With WordPress

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

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

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

Creating And Adding Tables In WordPress Content

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

Creating And Adding Tables In Pages And Posts With WordPress

You can also specify other options in the “Plugin Options” section, such as table formatting styles, default language, and so on. Leave all default options as they are if you don’t need to change things in this area.

With TablePress, you create edit and format your tables inside the plugin area. Tables are then placed via a shortcode into your WordPress posts and pages. The table will then display or update when your content is saved.

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

To create a new table select TablePress > Add New Table

Creating And Inserting Tables Into Your Content With WordPress

Type in a name, a description (optional), and the number of rows and columns you would like for your 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…

How To Create And Add Tables  With WordPress

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

Creating And Adding Tables Into Your Content With WordPress

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

How To Add Tables Into Your Content  Without Touching Code

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

How To Add Tables In WordPress

After your new table has been created, you will see a number of additional options that will allow you to 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, make the background of consecutive rows alternate in color, highlight a row 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 modify your table information after it has been created in the “Table Manipulation” section. You can insert images or links, hide, show, insert, delete and clone selected columns and rows, add new columns and rows, combine cells, etc …

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

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

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

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

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

A preview window will open in your web browser displaying your table. Certain features such as the JavaScript options are disabled in preview mode, but will display once your table is published …

How To Create And Add Tables In WordPress Pages And Posts

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

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

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

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

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

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How To Use The Shortcode To Embed Tables Into Your Content

You embed tables inside page content with a shortcode.

Get the shortcode for your tables by clicking on the Show Shortcode menu item below your table title to get the shortcode …

How To Easily Add Tables To WordPress Pages And Posts Without Programming Skills

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 cursor where you want your table to be inserted then click the TablePress menu icon …

Creating And Inserting Tables Into Posts And Pages With WordPress

TablePress Menu Icon In Visual Editor Screen

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

Adding Tables To WordPress Posts And Pages

TablePress Menu Icon In WordPress HTML Editor Screen

Clicking on the menu icon opens a window containing a list of all the available tables you have created.

Select the table you want to embed into the content and click Insert Shortcode

Creating And Adding Tables In WordPress Posts And Pages

Your TablePress shortcode will be inserted …

Creating And Inserting Tables  With WordPress

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

How To Create And Insert Tables  In WordPress

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

Another great time-saving feature of the TablePress plugin, is that if you plan to keep adding new data to an existing table, just 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 your WP admin menu …

Adding Tables In Posts And Pages In WordPress

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 file to your hard drive …

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

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

To import a table, select TablePress > Import a Table

Creating And Adding Tables In Pages And Posts With WordPress

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.

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

How To Add Tables To WordPress Posts And Pages

To learn more about TablePress, including where to access documentation about extra 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

Creating And Adding Tables To WordPress Content

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

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