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 Easily

Being able to provide visitors with tables on your content can be really handy. Tables are great for sorting and presenting 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 many non-technical users, this is not a realistic option.

Fortunately, you can do just about anything you need done on a WordPress site with plugins, 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 add tables easily into your WordPress posts and pages with no coding skills required.

How To Insert Tables In WordPress

To add tables to your WordPress posts or pages without touching code, we’ll use a FREE plugin called TablePress.

TablePress – WP Plugin

Adding Tables To WordPress

TablePress is a great plugin for creating, editing and managing tables in WordPress.

TablePress doesn’t require you to have any knowledge or skills coding HTML, CSS, etc. The plugin lets you easily edit your table data. You can add any type of data, even formulas to your tables.

An additional JavaScript library can be used to include features like sorting, pagination, filtering, and more for site users. You can easily insert tables into your content using shortcodes and display tables inside text widgets.

You can also import and export a table from/to CSV files (e.g. from Excel), HTML files, and JSON.

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

How To Use TablePress – Tutorial

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

Download this plugin here:

https://wordpress.org/plugins/tablepress

Or install it from within your WordPress Dashboard …

How To Add Tables In WordPress

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

How To Add Tables In Posts And Pages In WordPress

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

Adding Tables In Posts And Pages With WordPress

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

Adding Tables To WordPress

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

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

How To Create And Add Tables Into Your Content In WordPress

The TablePress menu item will now show towards the top area of the menu …

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

You can also specify other options in the “Plugin Options” tab, like table formatting styles, default language, etc. If you don’t need to change this section, just leave the options as the default.

With TablePress, tables are created and edited within the plugin screen. Tables are then added via a shortcode into your pages and posts. The table will then display when your content is saved.

The benefit of doing this is that you can easily change the information inside your tables without having to touch your posts and pages. TablePress then updates all of your table data 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 To WordPress Posts And Pages

Type in a table name, a description (optional), and the number of rows and columns you want 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 Insert Tables Into Posts And Pages In WordPress

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

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

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

How To Create And Insert Tables  In WordPress

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

In the “Table Content” section, 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 Create And Insert Tables Into Pages And Posts In WordPress

Once your new table is 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 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 Create And Add Tables To WordPress Pages And Posts

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

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You can also enable JavaScript library features in your tables, such as allowing 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 change the number of rows displayed), display table information, etc …

Creating And Inserting Tables Into Your Content In WordPress

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

Creating And Inserting Tables Into Your Content In WordPress

A preview window will open displaying your table. Certain features like JavaScript options are disabled in preview mode, but will display when your post or page is published …

Adding Tables In Posts And Pages In WordPress

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

How To Easily Create And Add Tables Into WordPress

Once 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 screen. You can edit, see shortcodes, copy, export, delete and preview your tables …

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How To Use The Shortcode

You embed tables inside any pages and posts using a shortcode.

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

How To Insert Tables Into 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 mouse cursor where you want the table to appear then click the TablePress menu icon …

Creating And Adding Tables Into Your Content Easily With WordPress

TablePress Menu Icon In WordPress Visual Editor Screen

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

Creating And Adding Tables In Pages And Posts With WordPress

TablePress Menu Icon In HTML Editor Screen

Clicking on the menu icon brings up a list of all the available tables you have created.

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

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

Creating And Adding Tables Into Your Content In WordPress

Publish the post or page to display your table contents …

How To Insert Tables Into Pages And Posts In WordPress

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

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 exported 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 the main menu …

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In the “Export Tables” section, choose the table(s) 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 Easily Add Tables In WordPress Without Touching Code

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

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

Creating And Adding Tables  With WordPress

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. 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 also import multiple tables from a compressed (ZIP) file and select whether to import tables as a new table or write over an existing table.

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

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

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

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