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 …

Creating And Adding Tables To WordPress Content

Being able to display tables on your content 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 is great, but there are some things that it won’t do by default, like being able 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 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 tutorial you will learn how to create and insert tables easily into your posts and pages with no coding skills required.

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

If you want to add tables to your WordPress posts or pages without touching code, then the tutorial below will show you how to do this using a FREE WordPress plugin called TablePress.

TablePress

Adding Tables To WordPress

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

TablePress requires no knowledge or skills coding HTML, CSS, etc. It lets you easily edit your table data. Your tables can contain any kind of data, even formulas.

An additional JavaScript library can be used to include features like pagination, sorting, filtering, and more for your visitors. You can insert tables into your posts and pages using shortcodes and even display tables using 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 created 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 manage tables in WordPress posts and pages, first install and activate the TablePress plugin.

Download this plugin here:

https://wordpress.org/plugins/tablepress

Or install it directly from your Dashboard …

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

How To Add Tables In Pages And Posts In WordPress

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

How To Insert Tables Into Pages And Posts With WordPress

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

Creating And Inserting Tables Into Posts And Pages With WordPress

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

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

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

The TablePress menu entry now appears closer to the top of the menu …

Creating And Adding Tables Into Your Content Easily In WordPress

You can also specify other settings in the “Plugin Options” screen, like table formatting styles, default language, and so on. If you don’t need to modify this section, just leave the options as the default.

With TablePress, you create edit and format your tables within the plugin area. Tables are then added via a shortcode into your pages. Your tables will then display after publishing or updating your pages or posts.

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

To create a new table select TablePress > Add New Table

How To Easily Create And Add Tables To Your Content

Enter the table name, a description (optional), and the number of rows and columns you want 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 change the name, description and size of any table you create at anytime…

How To Insert Tables Into WordPress  With No Coding Skills Required

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

Creating And Inserting Tables  With WordPress

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

How To Easily Add Tables Into Your Content Without Touching Code

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

In the “Table Content” section, just click in the cell and either 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 …)

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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” section 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, make the background of consecutive rows alternate in color, highlight rows when visitors hover their mouse over the table, show the table name and description above or below the table, and more …

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

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

How To Insert Tables Into Pages And Posts With WordPress

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

Creating And Adding Tables Into Your Content Easily With WordPress

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

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

A preview window will open in your screen displaying the table. Certain features like JavaScript options are disabled in preview mode, but will display once your post or page is published …

How To Add Tables Into WordPress  With No Programming Skills Required

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

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

Creating And Inserting Tables Into Pages And Posts With WordPress

All the tables you have created are listed here. You can edit, see the shortcode, copy, delete, export and preview tables …

Creating And Adding Tables To WordPress Posts And Pages

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

You embed a table inside any posts and pages with a shortcode.

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

Creating And Adding Tables In Pages And Posts In 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 mouse cursor where you want your table to show then click the TablePress menu icon …

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

TablePress Menu Icon In Visual Editor Screen

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

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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 add to your content and click Insert Shortcode

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

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

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

Publish the post or page to display the table …

How To Easily Add Tables Into Your Content Without Programming Skills

As stated earlier, one of the great things about TablePress is that you can edit data after publishing the table without having to open your post or page. Edit the content in the plugin area, then save the 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, just export your current table, then add new data, 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, select TablePress > Export a Table in the WP admin menu …

How To Add Tables In Posts And Pages 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 file to your hard drive …

Creating And Inserting Tables  In WordPress

After editing and resaving your file, you can then easily reimport your table into WordPress.

To import a table into WordPress from your hard drive, go to the sidebar menu and 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. You can also import existing tables from the WP-Table Reloaded plugin

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

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

As you can see, TablePress is an extremely useful time saving free plugin will help you easily create and add tables into your page content.

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