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 Insert Tables Into Pages And Posts With WordPress

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

The WordPress visual editor offers many great features, but there are some things that it won’t let you do by default, 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 most non-technical WordPress users, this is simply not a practical option.

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

In this tutorial you will learn how to create and add tables easily into your site’s pages with no coding skills required.

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

To add tables into your WordPress content with no HTML or CSS knowledge required, we’ll use a FREE plugin called TablePress.

TablePress – WordPress Plugin

Inserting Tables Into Your Content Easily With WordPress

TablePress is a great WordPress plugin for creating, editing and managing tables in WordPress.

TablePress doesn’t require you to have any knowledge of HTML, CSS, etc. The plugin provides a simple user interface that allows you to easily edit your table data. Your tables can contain any type of data, even formulas.

An additional JavaScript library can be used to add features like pagination, sorting, filtering, and more for your visitors. You can easily insert tables into your content 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.

This plugin 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 – Tutorial

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

You can download the plugin here:

https://wordpress.org/plugins/tablepress

Or install it from within your own Dashboard …

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After the plugin has been installed and activated, a new menu item will appear on your WP admin menu called TablePress

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

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

How To Easily Add Tables In WordPress

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

Adding Tables To WordPress Posts And Pages

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

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

How To Insert Tables Into Your Content

The TablePress menu entry will now show at the top of your admin menu …

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You can also play with other settings in the “Plugin Options” section, such as table formatting styles, default language, and so on. If you don’t need to modify these settings, then just leave the options as the default.

With TablePress, you create and edit your tables within the plugin screen. Tables are then added via a shortcode into your text. The tables will then display when saving your post.

The great thing about working directly from the plugin is that you can easily update the information inside your tables without having to open any of your pages and posts. TablePress then updates all of your table data in all locations where the table has been added to your content.

To add a new table select TablePress > Add New Table

Creating And Inserting Tables Into Posts And Pages With WordPress

Type in the name, a description (optional), 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 table you create at anytime…

Adding Tables In Pages And Posts With WordPress

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

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

Inserting Tables  In WordPress

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

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

How To Easily Create And Add Tables In Your Content With No Programming Skills Required

Once your new table is created, the plugin will display additional options for configuring your table.

For example, in the “Table Options” area 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, make the background of consecutive rows alternate in color, highlight rows when a visitor hovers their mouse over the table, print the table name and description above or below the table, and more …

Adding Tables To WordPress Posts And Pages

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

How To Create And Add Tables To WordPress Posts And Pages

You can also enable JavaScript library features in your tables that will allow your site users to sort, filter and search your table content, change the number of table rows displayed on your page (and also allow users to 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 the Preview button …

How To Insert Tables Into Posts And Pages In WordPress

A preview window will open in your web browser displaying the table. Certain features such as the 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 when finished to save your new table information …

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Once 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 the tables you have created will be displayed in this screen. You can edit, see shortcodes, copy, delete, export and preview tables …

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How To Use The Shortcode To Embed Tables Into Your Pages And Blog Posts

You embed a table into your content with a shortcode.

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

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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 cursor where you want the table to show 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 in the “Text” area of the WP editor …

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TablePress Menu Icon In WordPress HTML Editor Screen

Clicking on the menu icon opens a window containing a list of all the available tables you have created.

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

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

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Your table and table contents will display as soon as you publish your post or page …

Creating And Inserting Tables Into Your Content With WordPress

As stated earlier, one of the great things about TablePress is that you can edit the contents of your table after publishing the table without having to open 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 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 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 the main menu …

How To Insert Tables Into WordPress Posts And Pages

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

Creating And Adding Tables To WordPress Posts And Pages

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

To import a table into WordPress from your hard drive, go to the Dashboard menu and select TablePress > Import a Table

Creating And Adding Tables In Pages And Posts 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 source in the “Import Tables” area. You can also import multiple tables from compressed (ZIP) files and select whether to import a table as a new table or write over an existing table.

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To learn more about using the plugin, including where to access the plugin documentation for additional features, get technical support for the plugin, contact the plugin author, etc., click on the “About Tab” in the plugin admin section, or select TablePress > About TablePress

How To Create And Add Tables In WordPress Content

As you can see, TablePress is quite a useful time saving free plugin will help you easily create and embed tables into your page content.

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