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

Being able to provide visitors with tables on your website can be really handy. Tables help you sort and present data to visitors in a way that makes your information easier to understand.

WordPress provides users with a great visual editor, but there are some things that it won’t do by default, like being able 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 most non-technical users, this is simply not a practical option.

Fortunately, you can do almost 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 WordPress posts and pages without requiring knowledge of HTML or CSS or coding skills.

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

Follow the step-by-step tutorial below to learn how to easily create and add tables into your WordPress posts and pages using a FREE plugin called TablePress.

TablePress – WordPress Plugin

Creating And Inserting Tables Into Posts And Pages With WordPress

TablePress is a great WordPress plugin that makes creating, editing and managing tables in WordPress a very simple and easy process.

TablePress requires no knowledge or skills coding HTML, CSS, etc. The plugin provides a simple interface that lets you easily edit your table data. Tables can contain any kind of data, even formulas.

An additional JavaScript library can be used to add features like sorting, pagination, filtering, and more for site users. You can easily include the tables into your content using shortcodes and display tables inside text widgets.

A table 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).

Using TablePress Plugin For WordPress – Step-By-Step Tutorial

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

Download this plugin here:

https://wordpress.org/plugins/tablepress

Or install it from your Dashboard …

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Once the plugin has been installed and activated, you will see a new menu item on your main menu called TablePress

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

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

Inserting Tables Into Pages And Posts In WordPress

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

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

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

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

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The TablePress menu entry now shows close to the top section of the admin menu …

How To Easily Create And Add Tables To Your Content

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

With TablePress, tables are created and edited within the plugin screen. Tables are then inserted via a shortcode into your content. The tables will then display when your post or page is published.

The benefit of doing this is that you can easily update the information 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

How To Easily Insert Tables Into WordPress

Type in a name, a description (optional), and the number of rows and columns you would like for your 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…

How To Create And Add Tables To WordPress Content

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

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

The TablePress shortcode lets you easily insert tables anywhere inside a post or page simply by 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 With WordPress

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

In the “Table Content” section, just click in 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. add bold text, insert links, etc …)

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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 and the last row of the table to be the table footer, display alternate background colors on consecutive rows, highlight a row when visitors hover their mouse over the table, print the table name and description above or below the table, and more …

Creating And Adding Tables To WordPress Pages And Posts

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

How To Create And Insert Tables Into Your Content  Without Touching Code

You can also enable JavaScript library features in your tables, such as allowing your site users to sort, filter and search your table content, set the number of table rows showing on your pages (and let users change 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 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 …

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Click the Save Changes button when finished to update your new table information …

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To view a list of all the tables you have created select TablePress > All Tables

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

How To Create And Insert Tables Into WordPress Pages And Posts

Using The Shortcode To Embed Tables Into Your Pages And Blog Posts

You can insert a table into any pages and blog posts with a shortcode.

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

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

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 be embedded then click the TablePress menu icon …

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

TablePress Menu Icon In Visual Editor Screen

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

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TablePress Menu Icon In Text Editor Screen

Clicking on the menu icon displays a list of all tables.

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

Creating And Inserting Tables Into Your Content Easily In WordPress

Your TablePress shortcode will be inserted …

How To Create And Add Tables To Your Content

Publish the post or page to display your table …

Creating And Adding Tables To WordPress Pages And Posts

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

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 information, 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, click on TablePress > Export a Table in the admin menu …

How To Easily Create And Add Tables Into WordPress Pages And Posts

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 file to your hard drive …

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After editing and resaving the table file, you can then reimport the 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 (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 also import multiple tables from a compressed (ZIP) file and choose whether to import tables as a new table or write over an existing table.

How To Add Tables Into Your Content Easily In WordPress

To learn more about the plugin, including accessing documentation about additional features, or 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 a very useful time saving free plugin will help you easily create and embed tables into your WordPress posts and pages.

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