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 …

Inserting Tables Into Your Content In WordPress

Being able to provide visitors with tables on your pages 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.

The WordPress visual editor offers many great features, but there are some things that it won’t let you do by default, like being able to create tables without having to learn code.

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 WordPress users, this is not a practical option.

Fortunately, WordPress plugins give users almost unlimited expansion capabilities, and creating tables is no exception.

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

Creating And Adding Tables Into Your Content With WordPress

Follow the step-by-step tutorial below to learn how to create and add tables in WordPress using a FREE WordPress plugin called TablePress.

TablePress – WP Plugin

How To Add Tables In Pages And Posts In WordPress

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

TablePress does not require you to have any knowledge of HTML, CSS, etc. It lets you easily edit your table data. You can add any type of data, even formulas to your tables.

An additional JavaScript library can be used to add features like pagination, sorting, filtering, and more for visitors. You can easily include the tables into your page content using shortcodes and even 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 Plugin For WordPress – Tutorial

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

Download this plugin here:

https://wordpress.org/plugins/tablepress

Or install it from your WordPress Dashboard …

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

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

Creating And Adding Tables To WordPress

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

Creating And Inserting Tables Into Posts And Pages With WordPress

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

How To Add Tables In Pages And Posts In WordPress

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

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

How To Create And Insert Tables Into WordPress Posts And Pages

The TablePress menu item now displays close to the top of your menu …

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

You can also specify other plugin options in the “Plugin Options” tab, like formatting styles for your tables, default language, and so on. If you don’t need to modify this section, simply leave the options as the default.

With TablePress, tables are created and modified within the plugin screen. Tables are then added via a shortcode into your text. Your table will then display after saving your content.

The great thing about doing this is that you can easily modify the data in your tables without having to open any of your posts and pages. The plugin then updates all of your table data everywhere where the table has been added to your content.

To create a new table select TablePress > Add New Table

How To Insert Tables  In WordPress

Type in the table 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, then click on the Add Table button to create your new table. You can edit the name, description and size of your table at anytime…

Creating And Inserting Tables Into Pages And Posts With WordPress

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

Creating And Adding Tables In WordPress Posts And Pages

The TablePress shortcode lets you easily add tables anywhere in your content simply by inserting or copying and pasting the shortcode wherever you want your tables to display …

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

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

In the “Table Content” section, 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 Create And Add Tables To WordPress Posts And Pages

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

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

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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 displayed on your content (and let users specify the number of rows displayed), display table information, etc …

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

How To Create And Insert Tables Into Your Content In WordPress

A preview window will open allowing you to preview the table. Certain features such as the JavaScript options are disabled in preview mode, but will display when your post or page is published …

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

Creating And Inserting Tables Into Your Content In WordPress

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

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Your tables are displayed in a list. You can edit, see the shortcode, copy, export, delete and preview your tables …

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Using The Shortcode To Embed Tables Into Your Pages And Posts

You embed a table inside any page content with a shortcode.

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

How To Create And Add Tables To WordPress Pages And Posts

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 cursor where you want the table to be embedded then click the TablePress menu icon …

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TablePress Menu Icon In Visual Editor Screen

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

How To Insert Tables Into Your Content Easily In WordPress

TablePress Menu Icon In Text Editor Screen

Clicking on the menu icon brings up a list of your existing tables.

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 inserted into your content …

Adding Tables In WordPress Pages And Posts

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

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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. Change 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 this plugin, is that if you plan to keep adding 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 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 the admin menu …

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In the “Export Tables” section, select the table(s) you would like 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 file to your hard drive …

Adding Tables In Posts And Pages With WordPress

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

To import a table into WordPress, 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 resembling a webpage, 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 a compressed (ZIP) file and choose whether to import a table as a new table or write over an existing table.

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

Inserting Tables Into Posts And Pages In WordPress

As you can see, TablePress is an extremely powerful and feature-rich plugin that is free and will help you easily create and embed tables into your site content.

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