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 …

Adding Tables To WordPress

Being able to display tables on your website can be really handy. Tables are great for sorting and presenting data to visitors in a format that can make your information easier to understand.

WordPress offers a great visual editor, but there are some things that the default editor doesn’t do, such as letting you easily create tables.

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

Fortunately, WordPress plugins give users almost unlimited expansion capabilities, and adding tables to your content with the click of a mouse is no exception.

In this step-by-step tutorial you will learn how to create and insert tables easily 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

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

TablePress

How To Add Tables To WordPress Pages And Posts

TablePress is a powerful and time-saving plugin for creating, editing and managing tables in WordPress.

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

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

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

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

Using TablePress WP Plugin – Step-By-Step Tutorial

To create and manage tables in WordPress using TablePress, first install and activate the TablePress plugin.

You can download the plugin here:

https://wordpress.org/plugins/tablepress

Or install it directly from within your Dashboard …

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

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

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

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

Creating And Adding Tables In Posts And Pages With WordPress

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

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

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The TablePress menu item now displays closer to the top area of the menu …

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

You can also specify other settings in the “Plugin Options” tab, like formatting styles for your tables, default language, and so on. Leave the settings as they are if you don’t need to change things in this area.

With TablePress, you create and edit tables inside the plugin screen. Tables are then added via a shortcode into your posts. Your table will then display or update when your content is published.

The benefit of working directly from the plugin is that you can easily change the information in your tables without having to touch your posts and pages. TablePress then updates all of your table data inside all posts and pages where the table has been added to your content.

To add a new table select TablePress > Add New Table

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Type in the name, an optional description, 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 edit the name, description and size of any tables you create at anytime…

How To Insert Tables Into Posts And Pages With WordPress

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

How To Add Tables In Posts And Pages In WordPress

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

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

Once a new table has been created, adding content to it is really 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 …)

How To Add Tables In Posts And Pages With WordPress

After your new table has been created, the plugin also 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 or the last row of the table to be the table footer, display alternate background colors on consecutive rows, highlight rows when visitors hover their mouse over the table, display the table name and description above or below the table, and more …

How To Add Tables In WordPress Pages And Posts

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

Creating And Adding Tables In Pages And Posts With 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, change the number of table rows showing on your post (and also allow visitors to specify the number of rows displayed), display table information, etc …

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

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

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Remember to click the Save Changes button when finished to save your new table information …

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

How To Create And Insert Tables Into Your Content In WordPress

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

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How To Use The TablePress Shortcode

You insert tables into any page content using the TablePress shortcode.

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

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

The plugin also adds a shortcode menu icon to your WordPress 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 embedded then click the TablePress menu icon …

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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 HTML Editor Screen

Clicking on the menu icon opens a window containing a list of your existing tables.

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

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

Creating And Inserting Tables Into Pages And Posts In WordPress

Publish the post or page to display your table and table contents …

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As stated earlier, one of the great things about TablePress is that you can change information 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 content to view the updated information.

Another great time-saving feature of this 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 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 your WP admin menu …

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In the “Export Tables” section, select 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 table file to your hard drive …

Creating And Adding Tables In Pages And Posts With WordPress

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

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

Adding Tables In Pages And Posts In WordPress

TablePress can import tables from existing data, such as CSV file data, from a spreadsheet application, an HTML file, 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 import source in the “Import Tables” section. You can import multiple tables from a ZIP file and select whether to import tables as a new table or replace an existing table.

How To Insert Tables Into Posts And Pages In WordPress

For more information about the plugin, including accessing documentation about additional features, get technical support, contact the plugin developer, etc., click on the “About Tab” in the plugin admin section, or select TablePress > About TablePress

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

As you can see, TablePress is an extremely powerful time saving free plugin will help you easily create and embed tables into your page content.

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