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 Insert Tables Into Your Content With WordPress

Being able to provide visitors with tables on your content can be very useful. Tables help you sort and present data to visitors in a format that can make your information easier to understand.

WordPress offers a feature-rich visual editor, but there are some things that the default editor doesn’t let you do, like being able to 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 not a feasible option.

Fortunately, WordPress plugins let you do almost anything you can imagine, and creating tables is no exception.

In this tutorial you will learn how to easily create and add tables into your pages and blog posts without requiring knowledge of HTML or CSS or coding skills.

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

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

TablePress – WP Plugin

How To Create And Insert Tables  With WordPress

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

TablePress requires no knowledge or skills coding HTML, CSS, etc. The plugin provides a simple interface that allows you to easily edit table data. You can add any type of data to your tables.

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

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

This plugin was 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 using TablePress, install and activate the TablePress plugin.

You can download the plugin here:

https://wordpress.org/plugins/tablepress

Or install it from your own Dashboard …

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

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

How To Add Tables In Pages And Posts In WordPress

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

Inserting Tables Into Posts And Pages In WordPress

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

How To Create And Add Tables  With WordPress

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

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

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The TablePress menu entry now appears at the top area of your menu …

How To Create And Add Tables Into WordPress Easily

You can also play with other settings in the “Plugin Options” area, such as table formatting styles, default language, etc. Leave all settings as they are if you don’t need to change things in this section.

With TablePress, tables are created and edited inside the plugin area. Tables are then placed via a shortcode into your pages. Your table will then display or update when saving and publishing your page.

The great thing about doing this is that you can easily change the information inside your tables without having to touch your pages. TablePress 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

Adding Tables In Posts And Pages In WordPress

Enter the 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 edit the name, description and size of any table you create at anytime…

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

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

How To Insert Tables  In WordPress

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 to display a table …

How To Add Tables In Posts And Pages In WordPress

Once a new table has been created, adding content to it is 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 format your content (e.g. bold or italicize words, insert links, etc …)

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

After your new table has been created, displays a number of additional options that will allow you to configure your table.

For example, in the “Table Options” section you can select 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 rows when a visitor hovers their mouse over the table, show the table name and description above or below the table, and more …

How To Insert Tables Into Your Content

You can also edit your table information after creating it in the “Table Manipulation” section. You can perform various table manipulations, like adding links or images, hiding, showing, inserting, deleting and duplicating selected columns and rows, adding new columns and rows, combining cells, etc …

Inserting Tables Into Posts And Pages With WordPress

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

Creating And Inserting Tables Into Pages And Posts With WordPress

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

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

A preview window will open in your browser allowing you to preview the 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 To Your Content Easily With No Programming Skills Required

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

How To Add Tables In WordPress Posts And Pages

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

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

Creating And Adding Tables In WordPress

Using The Shortcode To Embed Tables Into Your Content

You embed tables into your posts and pages using a shortcode.

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

Creating And Inserting Tables Into Pages And Posts In WordPress

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

Adding Tables In Posts And Pages In 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 …

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TablePress Menu Icon In WordPress HTML Editor Screen

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

Select the table you want to embed into the post or page and click Insert Shortcode

Adding Tables To WordPress Posts And Pages

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

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

Publish the post or page to display your table …

How To Add Tables Into Your Content With WordPress

As stated earlier, one of the great things about this plugin is that you can edit data after publishing the table without having to open your post or page. Change the content in the plugin area, then save your 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, just 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 an existing table, click on TablePress > Export a Table in the main menu …

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In the “Export Tables” section, select 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 Create And Insert Tables Into WordPress Posts And Pages  Without Programming Skills

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

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

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

TablePress can import tables from existing data, such as CSV file data, from a spreadsheet application, an HTML file, or its own format.

To import a table, select and enter the source in the “Import Tables” section. You can also import multiple tables from a ZIP file and select whether to import tables as a new table or to replace an existing table.

Creating And Adding Tables To WordPress Content

For more information about the plugin, including where to access the plugin documentation for extra 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 Easily Add Tables To WordPress Posts And Pages With No Coding Skills Required

As you can see, TablePress is an extremely powerful time saving free plugin will help you easily create and insert tables into your WordPress posts and pages.

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