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 To WordPress Posts And Pages

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

The WordPress visual editor offers many great features, but there are some things that the default editor won’t let you do, such as giving you the option to easily create tables.

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 most 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 inserting tables into your content is no exception.

In this 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.

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

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

WordPress Plugin – TablePress

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

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

TablePress requires no knowledge or skills coding HTML, CSS, etc. It provides a simple interface that lets you easily edit table data. Tables can contain any type of data, even formulas.

An additional JavaScript library can be used to add features like sorting, pagination, filtering, and more for visitors. You can easily insert tables into your posts and pages using shortcodes and display these using text widgets.

Tables can also be imported and exported from/to CSV files (e.g. from Excel), HTML files, and JSON.

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

Using TablePress – Step-By-Step Tutorial

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

Download the plugin here:

https://wordpress.org/plugins/tablepress

Or install it from your Dashboard …

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

After installing and activating the plugin, a new menu item will appear on your WP admin menu called TablePress

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

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

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

How To Add Tables In Pages And Posts With WordPress

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

Normally, the menu item displays around the middle of your menu. If you plan to use this plugin often, then you can position the menu option near the top of the Dashboard menu by choosing “Top-level (middle)” in the User Options > Admin menu entry dropdown menu …

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The TablePress menu entry now displays close to the top area of the menu …

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You can also play with other options in the “Plugin Options” tab, such as formatting styles for your tables, default language, etc. If you don’t need to change this section, simply leave the default options.

With TablePress, you create and edit tables inside the plugin section. Tables are then added via a shortcode into your WordPress posts and pages. The table will then display when your post or page is saved.

The great thing about doing this is that you can easily modify the information in your tables without having to touch your pages. The plugin then updates all of your table information in all locations where the table has been added to your content.

To add a new table select TablePress > Add New Table

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

Type in a table 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, 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 Add Tables To WordPress Posts And Pages

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

How To Add Tables In Pages And Posts With WordPress

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

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Once you have created a new table, adding content to the table is really 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. add bold text, insert hyperlinks, etc …)

How To Create And Add Tables To WordPress Content

Once your new table is created, displays additional options for configuring your table.

For example, in the “Table Options” area you can specify the first row of your table to be the table header or the last row of the table to be the table footer, display alternate background colors 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 Add Tables In Pages And Posts With WordPress

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

How To Add Tables In WordPress Pages And Posts

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

How To Create And Insert Tables Into WordPress

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

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A preview window will open on your screen displaying the 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 Posts And Pages

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

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After you have created one or more tables, you can view a list of all your tables by clicking on 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 shortcodes, copy, delete, export and preview your tables …

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How To Use The TablePress Shortcode To Embed Tables Into Your Pages And Blog Posts

You can embed a table into your pages and blog posts with a shortcode.

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

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

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 …

Creating And Inserting Tables Into Posts And Pages With WordPress

TablePress Menu Icon In WordPress Visual Editor Screen

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

Creating And Adding Tables In Posts And Pages With WordPress

TablePress Menu Icon In HTML Editor Screen

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

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

How To Create And Add Tables To WordPress Posts And Pages

Your TablePress shortcode will be placed in the location you specified …

How To Insert Tables Into Your Content Easily In WordPress

The 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 data after publishing the table without having to edit your post or page. Edit the content in the plugin area, then save your new table settings and refresh your content 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, you can simply export your current table, then add new data, 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, select TablePress > Export a Table in your WP admin menu …

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In the “Export Tables” section, select 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 the table into WordPress.

To import a table into WordPress from your hard drive, go to the sidebar menu and 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 JSON format.

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

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

For more information about TablePress, including accessing the plugin documentation for additional features, get plugin support, 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 Pages And Posts With WordPress

As you can see, TablePress is quite a useful time saving plugin that is free and will help you easily create and embed tables into your WordPress posts and pages.

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