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 …

Inserting Tables Into Your Content Easily In WordPress

The ability to easily add tables to your pages can be very useful. 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 great features, but there are some things that it doesn’t 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 know HTML (Hyper Text Markup Language) and CSS (Cascading Style Sheets), for many non-technical users, this is simply not a practical option.

Fortunately, WordPress plugins let you do almost anything you can imagine, and inserting tables into your content is no exception.

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

Adding Tables In WordPress Pages And Posts

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

TablePress – WordPress Plugin

Creating And Adding Tables Into Your Content Easily With WordPress

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

TablePress does not 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 your site visitors. You can include the tables into your content using shortcodes and display tables using text widgets.

You can also import and export a table 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 – Tutorial

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

Download this plugin here:

https://wordpress.org/plugins/tablepress

Or install it from your own WP Dashboard …

How To Create And Add Tables In WordPress Content

After installing and activating the plugin, you will see a new menu item in your WP admin menu called TablePress

How To Insert Tables Into Pages And Posts With WordPress

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

How To Create And Insert Tables Into Your Content Easily With No Coding Skills Required

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

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

By default, the menu item appears somewhere near the middle of your menu. If you plan to use this plugin often, then you can position the menu item near the top of your Dashboard menu by selecting “Top-level (middle)” on the User Options > Admin menu entry dropdown menu …

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

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

How To Create And Insert Tables  With WordPress

You can also specify other plugin options in the “Plugin Options” screen, such as formatting styles for your tables, default language, etc. If you don’t need to change these settings, simply leave the options as the default.

With TablePress, tables are created and formatted within the plugin area. Tables are then added via a shortcode into your pages. Your tables will then display when publishing or updating your content.

The great thing about doing this is that you can easily update the data in your tables without having to open any of your posts and pages. TablePress then updates all of your table information everywhere where the table has been added to your content.

To create a new table select TablePress > Add New Table

Creating And Adding Tables To WordPress Content

Enter the table name, an optional description, and the number of rows and columns you want 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 edit the name, description and size of any table you create at anytime…

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

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

Adding Tables To WordPress Content

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

In the “Table Content” section, just click in the cell and either type or paste your content. You can add text, images and format your content (e.g. bold or italicize words, insert hyperlinks, etc …)

How To Add Tables  With 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 select the first row of your table to be the table header or the last row of the table to be the table footer, make the background of consecutive rows alternate in colour, 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 Easily Add Tables To WordPress

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

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

You can also enable JavaScript library features in your tables, such as allowing site visitors 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 …

How To Create And Insert Tables Into WordPress Easily With No Coding Skills Required

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

Creating And Adding Tables In WordPress Pages And Posts

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

Creating And Inserting Tables Into Posts And Pages In WordPress

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

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To view a list of all your tables TablePress > All Tables

How To Easily Add Tables To WordPress Pages And Posts

Your tables are listed here. You can edit, see shortcodes, copy, export, delete and preview your tables …

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Using The Shortcode

You embed a table inside any content using a shortcode.

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

How To Easily Create And Insert Tables Into WordPress

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 embedded then click the TablePress menu icon …

How To Create And Insert Tables Into Your Content Easily With No Programming Skills Required

TablePress Menu Icon In WordPress Visual Editor Screen

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

How To Add Tables In WordPress

TablePress Menu Icon In WordPress HTML Editor Screen

Clicking on the menu icon displays a list of your tables.

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

How To Create And Add Tables In WordPress Pages And Posts

Your TablePress shortcode will be added …

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

Publish your post or page to display the table contents …

How To Create And Add 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 open your post or page. Edit the content in the plugin area, then save your 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 data to an existing table, you can simply export your current table, then add new information, 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 an existing table, select TablePress > Export a Table in the admin menu …

How To Add Tables To WordPress Content

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 file to your hard drive …

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

To import a table, go to your Dashboard menu and select TablePress > Import a Table

How To Create And Insert Tables Into Posts And Pages In 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 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” section. You can import multiple tables from a ZIP file and choose whether to import tables as a new table or write over an existing table.

How To Add Tables To WordPress Pages And Posts

To learn more about using TablePress, including accessing 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

How To Create And Add Tables To WordPress Content

As you can see, TablePress is quite a powerful and feature-rich plugin that is free and will help you easily create and insert tables into your WordPress posts and pages.

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