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 Add Tables In WordPress

Being able to easily add 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 feature-rich visual editor, but there are some things that it won’t let you do by default, such as giving you the option to create tables without having to learn code.

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

Fortunately, you can do just about anything you need done on a WordPress site with plugins, and adding tables is no exception.

In this step-by-step tutorial you will learn how to create and add tables easily into your content with no coding skills required.

How To Create And Add Tables To Your Content Without Touching Code

If you want to create and add tables to your WordPress posts or pages without touching code, then the step-by-step tutorial below will show you how to easily add tables into your WordPress posts and pages using a FREE WordPress plugin called TablePress.

TablePress

Creating And Adding Tables Into Your Content Easily In WordPress

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

TablePress does not require you to have any knowledge or skills coding HTML, CSS, etc. The plugin provides a simple user interface that allows you to easily edit your table data. You can add any type of data, even formulas to tables.

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

Tables 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).

How To Use TablePress Plugin For WP – Step-By-Step Tutorial

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

You can download the plugin here:

https://wordpress.org/plugins/tablepress

Or install it from within your WordPress Dashboard …

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Once the plugin has been installed and activated, a new menu item will appear on your Dashboard menu called TablePress

Creating And Adding Tables In Posts And Pages In WordPress

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

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

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

How To Easily Insert Tables Into Your Content Without Touching Code

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

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

How To Add Tables In WordPress Pages And Posts

You can also play with other options in the “Plugin Options” screen, such as formatting styles for your tables, default language, etc. If you don’t need to modify these settings, then just leave the options as the default.

With TablePress, you create edit and format tables within the plugin section. Tables are then added via a shortcode into your pages and posts. Your tables will then display when your post or page is republished.

The advantage of doing this is that you can easily modify the data inside your tables without having to touch your posts. TablePress then updates all of your table data everywhere where the table has been added to your content.

To add a new table select TablePress > Add New Table

Creating And Inserting Tables  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, then 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…

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

Creating And Adding Tables To 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 your table to be displayed …

How To Add Tables  With WordPress

Once you have created a new table, adding content to it is very easy.

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

How To Easily Create And Add 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 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 colors on consecutive rows, highlight a row when a visitor hovers their mouse over the table, show the table name and description above or below the table, and more …

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You can also edit your table information after creating it in the “Table Manipulation” section. You can add images or links, hide, show, insert, delete and duplicate selected columns and rows, add new columns and rows, combine cells, etc …

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

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

How To Add Tables In WordPress Pages And Posts Easily Without Programming Skills

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

How To Easily Create And Add Tables In Your Content

A preview window will open displaying the table. Certain features such as the 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 With WordPress

Click the Save Changes button after you are done editing to update your table information …

Creating And Inserting Tables Into Your Content Easily In WordPress

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

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

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

How To Add Tables In Pages And Posts In WordPress

Using The Shortcode To Embed Tables Into Your Content

You can insert a table into your posts and pages with the TablePress shortcode.

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

How To Insert Tables Into Posts And Pages With WordPress

The plugin also adds a menu item to your WordPress 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 show then click the TablePress menu icon …

How To Create And Add Tables In WordPress Pages And Posts

TablePress Menu Icon In 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 displays a list of your existing tables.

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

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

Your TablePress shortcode will be added to your content …

How To Create And Add Tables To Your Content Easily

Publish the post or page to view your table …

Creating And Inserting Tables Into Pages And Posts In WordPress

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

Another great time-saving feature of the TablePress 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 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, click on TablePress > Export a Table in your main menu …

How To Add Tables In Posts And Pages With WordPress

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

Adding Tables Into Your Content Easily With WordPress

After changing and resaving your file, you can then re-import the table into WordPress.

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

Creating And Adding Tables In 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, 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 a compressed (ZIP) file and choose whether to import a table as a new table or replace an existing table.

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For more information about TablePress, 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

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

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