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 In Posts And Pages With WordPress

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

WordPress provides users with a great visual editor, but there are some things that the default editor won’t let you do, such as letting you easily create tables.

Although you can create tables manually in WordPress if you have knowledge of HTML (Hyper Text Markup Language) and CSS (Cascading Style Sheets), for most non-technical users, this is not a practical option.

Fortunately, WordPress plugins let you do almost anything you can imagine, and inserting tables into your content with the click of a mouse is no exception.

In this tutorial you will learn how to create and insert tables easily into your site’s pages without requiring knowledge of HTML or CSS or coding skills.

Adding Tables In WordPress Posts And Pages

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

WP Plugin – TablePress

Adding Tables In Posts And Pages In WordPress

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

TablePress doesn’t require you to have any knowledge or skills coding HTML, CSS, etc. It provides a simple user interface that lets you easily edit table data. Tables can contain any kind of data, even formulas.

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

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

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

Using TablePress Plugin For WP – Tutorial

To create and manage tables in WordPress posts or pages, first install and activate the TablePress plugin.

You can download the plugin here:

https://wordpress.org/plugins/tablepress

Or install it from your Dashboard …

Adding Tables To WordPress Posts And Pages

Once the plugin has been installed and activated, a new menu item will get added to your WordPress admin menu called TablePress

Creating And Adding Tables In WordPress Posts And Pages

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

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

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

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

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

By default, the menu entry displays somewhere in the middle of your menu column. If you plan to use this plugin often, then you can easily position the menu option close to the top of your admin menu by specifying “Top-level (middle)” on the User Options > Admin menu entry dropdown menu …

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

The TablePress menu item will now display at the top section of your menu …

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

You can also specify other options in the “Plugin Options” area, like formatting styles for your tables, default language, and so on. If you don’t need to change these settings, just leave the options as the default.

With TablePress, you create and edit your tables inside the plugin screen. Tables are then placed via a shortcode into your pages. The table will then display or update when republishing or saving your pages or posts.

The great thing about doing this is that you can easily change the data inside your tables without having to manually edit your posts and pages. The plugin then updates all of your table information in all locations where the table has been added to your content.

To create a new table select TablePress > Add New Table

Inserting Tables Into Your Content In WordPress

Type in a table name, a description (optional), 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 your tables at anytime…

How To Create And Add Tables In WordPress Content

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

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

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

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

Once a new table has been created, adding content to your table is very easy.

In the “Table Content” section, click in the cell and type or paste the content you want to display. You can add text, images and format your content (e.g. add bold text, insert links, etc …)

How To Easily Insert Tables Into Your Content Without Touching Code

After your new table has been created, additional options appear that let you configure 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, make the background of consecutive rows alternate in colour, highlight rows when visitors hover their mouse over the table, show the table name and description above or below the table, and more …

How To Add Tables To WordPress Pages And Posts

You can also edit your table information after creating it in the “Table Manipulation” section. You can perform a range of table edits, such as adding links and images, hiding, showing, inserting, deleting and cloning selected columns and rows, adding new columns and rows, combining cells, etc …

Inserting Tables Into Pages And Posts In WordPress

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

How To Add Tables In WordPress Pages And Posts

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

Creating And Adding Tables In WordPress

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

How To Create And Add Tables  In WordPress

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

Adding Tables To WordPress Pages And Posts

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

Adding Tables In Posts And Pages In WordPress

A list of all the tables you have created will be displayed in this section. You can edit, see shortcodes, copy, export, delete and preview tables …

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Using The Shortcode

You embed a table inside posts and pages with the TablePress shortcode.

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

How To Add Tables In WordPress Posts And Pages  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 cursor where you want the table to be inserted then click the TablePress menu icon …

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

TablePress Menu Icon In WordPress Visual Editor Screen

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

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

TablePress Menu Icon In 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

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

Your TablePress shortcode will be added …

How To Add Tables To WordPress Content

Publish the post or page to view the table and table contents …

Inserting Tables Into Your Content Easily With WordPress

As stated earlier, one of the great things about this plugin is that you can edit things 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 content 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 items, 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 …

How To Add Tables Into Your Content Easily With WordPress

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

Creating And Adding Tables Into Your Content With WordPress

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

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

Inserting Tables Into Posts And Pages 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 format.

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

Creating And Adding Tables  In WordPress

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

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

As you can see, TablePress is an extremely useful and feature-rich free plugin will help you easily create and add tables into your WordPress posts and pages.

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