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 To WordPress Posts And Pages

The ability to easily add tables to your content can be really handy. Tables are great for sorting and presenting data to visitors in a way that makes your information easier to understand.

The WordPress visual editor offers many features, but there are some things that it won’t do by default, such as letting you easily create tables.

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

Fortunately, WordPress plugins let you do almost anything you can imagine, and adding tables to your content 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.

Inserting Tables With WordPress

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

TablePress

How To Add 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 of HTML, CSS, etc. The plugin provides a simple interface that lets you easily edit your table data. You can add any kind of data to tables.

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

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

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

Using TablePress WordPress Plugin – Step-By-Step Tutorial

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

You can download the plugin here:

https://wordpress.org/plugins/tablepress

Or install it from within your WordPress Dashboard …

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After installing and activating the plugin, a new menu item will be added to your WordPress admin menu called TablePress

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

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The “Plugin Options” page affects the plugin’s styling and display settings …

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

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

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The TablePress menu item now shows at the top section of the menu list …

How To Create And Add Tables To WordPress Pages And Posts

You can also specify other plugin options in the “Plugin Options” section, like table formatting styles, default language, etc. Leave the settings 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 area. Tables are then inserted via a shortcode into your pages and posts. Your tables will then display when saving your pages or posts.

The benefit of doing this is that you can easily change the data in your tables without having to open any of your pages. TablePress then updates all of your table information in all instances where the table has been added to your content.

To add a new table select TablePress > Add New Table

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

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

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

The TablePress shortcode allows you to easily insert tables anywhere in your content by simply typing or copying and pasting the shortcode wherever you want your table to be displayed …

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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 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 …)

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Once your new table is created, displays 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, display alternate background colours on consecutive rows, highlight a row when visitors hover their mouse over the table, print the table name and description above or below the table, and more …

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You can also edit your table content after it has been created in the “Table Manipulation” area. You can perform a range of edits on your table, like inserting images and links, hiding, showing, inserting, deleting and duplicating selected rows and columns, adding new rows and columns, combining cells, etc …

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

You can also enable JavaScript library features in your tables, such as allowing your site users to sort, filter and search your table content, set the number of table rows displayed on your content (and let users change the number of rows displayed), display table information, etc …

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

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

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

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

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

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How To Use The Shortcode

You insert tables inside any content using a shortcode.

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

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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 show then click the TablePress menu icon …

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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 …

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TablePress Menu Icon In WordPress Text Editor Screen

Clicking on the menu icon displays a list of all existing tables.

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

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Your TablePress shortcode will be added to your content …

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Your 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 things after publishing the table without having to open your post or page. Tweak the content in the plugin area, then save the new table settings and refresh your page to view the updated information.

Another great time-saving feature of the TablePress plugin, is that if you plan to keep adding more 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 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 admin menu …

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In the “Export Tables” section, choose the table(s) you would like 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 …

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After editing and resaving your file, you can then easily reimport your table into WordPress.

To import a table, 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, 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 import multiple tables from compressed (ZIP) files and choose whether to import tables as a new table or to replace an existing table.

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For more information about the plugin, including where to access the plugin documentation for extra features, or get plugin support, contact the plugin author, 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 quite a powerful time saving free plugin will help you easily create and insert tables into your WordPress posts and pages.

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