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 Add Tables To WordPress Without Coding Skills

The ability to easily add tables to your pages can be very useful. Tables help you sort and present data to visitors in a way that makes your information easier to understand.

WordPress offers 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 create tables manually in WordPress if you know HTML (Hyper Text Markup Language) and CSS (Cascading Style Sheets), for many non-technical WordPress users, this is simply not a practical option.

Fortunately, you can do just about anything you need done on a WordPress site with plugins, and adding tables to your content is no exception.

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

How To Add Tables In Pages And Posts In WordPress

Follow the tutorial below to learn how to easily create and add tables into your WordPress content using a FREE plugin called TablePress.

TablePress – WordPress Plugin

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

A powerful and time-saving WordPress 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 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 visitors. You can easily insert tables into your pages and blog posts using shortcodes and even display tables inside text widgets.

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

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

Using TablePress – Tutorial

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

You can download the plugin here:

https://wordpress.org/plugins/tablepress

Or install it directly from within your WordPress Dashboard …

How To Create And Add Tables Into WordPress Posts And Pages

Once you have installed and activated the plugin, you will see a new menu item in your WordPress admin menu called TablePress

Inserting Tables Into Pages And Posts With WordPress

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

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

Inserting Tables Into Posts And Pages With WordPress

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 a lot, then you can easily position the menu option towards the top of the admin menu by choosing “Top-level (middle)” in the User Options > Admin menu entry dropdown menu …

Creating And Adding Tables In WordPress Posts And Pages

The TablePress menu item will now appear at the top section of your admin menu …

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

With TablePress, tables are created and edited inside the plugin area. Tables are then placed via a shortcode into your text. The tables will then display when publishing your pages or posts.

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

To create a new table select TablePress > Add New Table

Adding Tables In Posts And Pages With WordPress

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 your tables at anytime…

Creating And Adding Tables To WordPress Pages And Posts

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 Add Tables In WordPress Pages And Posts

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

How To Add Tables In WordPress Posts And Pages Easily Without Programming Skills

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

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

Creating And Adding Tables Into Your Content Easily With WordPress

Once your new table is 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 a visitor hovers their mouse over the table, display the table name and description above or below the table, and more …

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

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

Creating And Inserting Tables Into Posts And Pages With WordPress

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

Adding Tables In Pages And Posts In WordPress

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

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

Creating And Inserting Tables Into Pages And Posts In WordPress

Remember to click the Save Changes button after you are done editing to save your table information …

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

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

How To Create And Add Tables Into Your Content In WordPress

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

You can insert a table into your pages and blog posts using the TablePress shortcode.

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

How To Add Tables In WordPress

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 …

How To Add Tables Into Your Content Easily In WordPress

TablePress Menu Icon In WordPress Visual Editor Screen

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

How To Add Tables In Posts And Pages With WordPress

TablePress Menu Icon In Text Editor Screen

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

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

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Your TablePress shortcode will be inserted into your content …

How To Easily Insert Tables Into WordPress Pages And Posts With No Programming Skills Required

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

Creating And Inserting Tables Into Pages And Posts In WordPress

As stated earlier, one of the great things about TablePress is that you can edit data 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 new 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 an existing table, select TablePress > Export a Table in your admin 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 …

How To Easily Insert Tables Into Your Content Without Coding Skills

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

To import a table into WordPress from your hard drive, select TablePress > Import a Table

How To Insert Tables Into Posts And Pages With 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” section. You can import multiple tables from ZIP files and choose whether to import tables as a new table or to replace an existing table.

Adding Tables In Posts And Pages With WordPress

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

Creating And Inserting Tables Into Your Content With WordPress

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

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