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 …

Adding Tables In WordPress Content

The ability to easily add tables to your pages can be very useful. Tables help you sort and present data to people 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 let you do by default, such as letting you easily create tables.

Although you can add tables manually to your content in WordPress if you have knowledge of HTML (Hyper Text Markup Language) and CSS (Cascading Style Sheets), for most non-technical WordPress users, this is not a realistic option.

Fortunately, WordPress plugins let you do almost anything you can imagine, and adding tables is no exception.

In this step-by-step tutorial you will learn how to easily create and insert tables into your pages and blog posts without requiring knowledge of HTML or CSS or coding skills.

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

If you want to create and add tables to your WordPress posts or pages with no coding skills required, then the tutorial below will show you how to do this using a FREE WordPress plugin called TablePress.

TablePress

How To Create And Add Tables In WordPress Pages And Posts

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 requires no knowledge or skills coding HTML, CSS, etc. It provides a simple user interface that lets you easily edit your table data. Tables can contain any type 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 include the tables into your page content using shortcodes and display these inside text widgets.

You can also import and export tables from/to CSV files (e.g. from Excel), HTML files, and JSON formats.

TablePress was developed by Tobias Bäthge and is licensed as Free Software under GNU General Public License 2 (GPL 2).

Using TablePress WordPress Plugin – Step-By-Step Tutorial

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

Download the plugin here:

https://wordpress.org/plugins/tablepress

Or install it from your WordPress Dashboard …

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After the plugin has been installed and activated, a new menu item will get added to your main menu called TablePress

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

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

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

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

Creating And Inserting Tables Into Pages And Posts In WordPress

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

How To Add Tables Into Your Content Easily In WordPress

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

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

The benefit of working directly from the plugin is that you can easily change the information in your tables without having to touch your posts and pages. TablePress then updates all of your table information everywhere where the table has been added to your content.

To add a new table select TablePress > Add New Table

Creating And Adding Tables In Posts And Pages In WordPress

Enter the 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, and 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 Create And Insert Tables Into Pages And Posts In WordPress

Once your new table has been created, it will get added to the “All Tables” list and get 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 by simply inserting or copying and pasting the shortcode wherever you want to display your table …

How To Add Tables In WordPress Pages And Posts

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

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

Creating And Inserting Tables Into Your Content In WordPress

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 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, print the table name and description above or below the table, and more …

Adding Tables In WordPress Posts And Pages

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

Creating And Adding Tables Into Your Content In WordPress

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 …

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

You can see how your table looks anytime, by clicking on the Preview button …

How To Create And Add Tables To WordPress Pages And Posts

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

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

Adding Tables To WordPress Posts And Pages

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

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All the tables you have created are displayed in this section. You can edit, see shortcodes, copy, delete, export and preview tables …

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Using The Shortcode

You insert tables into any content using the TablePress shortcode.

You can get the shortcode for your tables by clicking on the Show Shortcode menu item under your table title to get the shortcode …

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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 add a table when working inside the “Text” area of the WP editor …

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TablePress Menu Icon In WordPress Text Editor Screen

Clicking on the menu icon opens a window containing a list of your existing tables.

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

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Your TablePress shortcode will be added to your content …

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

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

How To Add Tables Into Your Content In 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 edit your post or page. Edit the content in the plugin area, then save the new table settings and refresh your page 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, click on TablePress > Export a Table in the main menu …

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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 your file, you can then easily re-import the table into WordPress.

To import a table, select TablePress > Import a Table

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 format. You can also import existing tables from the WP-Table Reloaded plugin

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

How To Add Tables To WordPress

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

Adding Tables In Posts And Pages In WordPress

As you can see, TablePress is quite a powerful and feature-rich free plugin will help you easily create and embed tables into your WordPress posts and pages.

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