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 Pages And Posts In WordPress

The ability to easily add tables to your website can be very useful. Tables help you sort and present data to visitors in a way that makes your information easier to understand.

The WordPress visual editor is great, but there are some things that the default editor doesn’t let you do, such as giving you the option to 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 many non-technical users, this is simply not a realistic 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 posts and pages without requiring knowledge of HTML or CSS or coding skills.

Inserting Tables Into Pages And Posts In WordPress

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

TablePress – WP Plugin

Creating And Adding Tables In WordPress Posts And Pages

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

TablePress does not require you to have any knowledge of HTML, CSS, etc. It 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 content using shortcodes and even display tables 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).

How To Use TablePress – Step-By-Step Tutorial

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

You can download this plugin here:

https://wordpress.org/plugins/tablepress

Or install it from your own WP Dashboard …

How To Easily Insert Tables Into WordPress Without Touching Code

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

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

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

How To Create And Add Tables Into WordPress  With No Programming Skills Required

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

How To Create And Add Tables In WordPress

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

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

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

The TablePress menu entry will now show closer towards the top of your menu list …

How To Create And Add Tables To WordPress Content

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

With TablePress, you create and edit your tables within the plugin screen. Tables are then placed via a shortcode into your pages. The table will then display or update after publishing your page.

The benefit of doing this is that you can easily change the information in your tables without having to manually edit your pages and posts. The plugin 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

How To Create And Add Tables Into Your Content With WordPress

Enter 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, 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 Add Tables To WordPress Posts And Pages

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

Inserting Tables Into Posts And Pages In WordPress

The TablePress shortcode lets you easily add tables anywhere inside a post or page by simply inserting or copying and pasting the shortcode wherever you want to display your table …

How To Add Tables To WordPress Posts And Pages

Once a new table has been created, 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 hyperlinks, etc …)

How To Create And Add Tables In Pages And Posts In 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, display alternate background colors on consecutive rows, highlight a row when a visitor hovers their mouse over the table, display the table name and description above or below the table, and more …

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

You can also modify your table content 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 rows and columns, adding new rows and columns, combining cells, etc …

Creating And Inserting Tables Into Posts And Pages With 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 pages (and also allow visitors to change the number of rows displayed), display table information, etc …

Creating And Adding Tables To WordPress

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

Adding Tables In Posts And Pages With WordPress

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

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Remember to click the Save Changes button after you are done editing to update your table data …

How To Insert Tables Into Pages And Posts In WordPress

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

Creating And Adding Tables In Posts And Pages In WordPress

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

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How To Use The Shortcode To Insert Tables Into Your Content

You can insert tables inside content with a shortcode.

You can get the shortcode for your tables by clicking on the Show Shortcode menu item below the table title to get the shortcode …

How To Create And Insert Tables  With 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 the table to appear then click the TablePress menu icon …

How To Create And Insert Tables  With WordPress

TablePress Menu Icon In Visual Editor Screen

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

Creating And Inserting Tables Into Pages And Posts In WordPress

TablePress Menu Icon In WordPress Text Editor Screen

Clicking on the menu icon brings up a list of all the available tables you have created.

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

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

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The table will display as soon as you publish your post or page …

How To Insert Tables Into WordPress Posts And Pages Easily

As stated earlier, one of the great things about this plugin is that you can change things after publishing the table without having to edit your post or page. Tweak the content in the plugin area, then save your new table settings and refresh your post to view the updated information.

Another great time-saving feature of this plugin, is that if you plan to keep adding data to an existing table, just 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 WP admin menu …

How To Add Tables In Pages And Posts In WordPress

In the “Export Tables” section, select the table(s) 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 …

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After editing and resaving your table 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 resembling a webpage, or its own JSON format.

To import a table, select and enter the import source in the “Import Tables” area. You can import multiple tables from compressed (ZIP) files and select whether to import a table as a new table or to replace an existing table.

How To Add Tables To WordPress Posts And Pages

To learn more about using the plugin, including where to access documentation about 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 Insert Tables Into WordPress Pages And Posts Easily

As you can see, TablePress is a very useful and feature-rich plugin that is free and will help you easily create and embed tables into your page content.

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"If you're new to WordPress, this can stand on its own as a training course and will stay with you as you progress from beginner to advanced and even guru status." - Bruce (Columbus, Ohio)

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