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 Add Tables  With WordPress

Being able to easily add tables on your website 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.

WordPress offers a feature-rich visual editor, but there are some things that it doesn’t 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 users, this is simply not a practical option.

Fortunately, WordPress plugins let you do almost anything you can imagine, and adding 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.

Adding Tables In WordPress Content

If you want to add tables into your WordPress content and don’t have the skills or knowledge to create these using HTML or CSS, the step-by-step tutorial below will show you how to easily do this using a FREE plugin called TablePress.

WordPress Plugin – TablePress

How To Add Tables To WordPress Content

TablePress is a great WordPress plugin that makes creating, editing and managing tables in your WordPress posts and pages simple and easy.

TablePress doesn’t require you to have any knowledge or skills coding HTML, CSS, etc. The plugin lets you easily edit your table data. You can add any kind of data to tables.

An additional JavaScript library can be used to include features like pagination, sorting, filtering, and more for your visitors. You can easily insert tables into your posts and pages using shortcodes and display tables using text widgets.

Tables 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).

Using TablePress Plugin For WP – Tutorial

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

Download the plugin here:

https://wordpress.org/plugins/tablepress

Or install it directly from your own Dashboard …

How To Add Tables In Posts And Pages With WordPress

After installing and activating the plugin, you will see a new menu item displayed in your main menu called TablePress

How To Easily Create And Add Tables In WordPress Pages And Posts With No Programming Skills Required

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

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

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

Normally, the menu entry appears somewhere in 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 Dashboard menu by specifying “Top-level (middle)” in the User Options > Admin menu entry dropdown menu …

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The TablePress menu entry now appears at the top area of the admin menu …

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

With TablePress, you create edit and format your tables within the plugin section. Tables are then inserted via a shortcode into your text. The tables will then display or update after publishing your content.

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

To add a new table select TablePress > Add New Table

How To Create And Add Tables Into WordPress Easily

Type in the table name, an optional description, 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…

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

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The TablePress shortcode lets you easily insert 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 To WordPress Content

Once a new table has been created, adding content to your table 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. bold or italicize words, insert hyperlinks, 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” 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, 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 …

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

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

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

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

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

How To Add Tables  In WordPress

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

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Click the Save Changes button after you are done editing to update your table data …

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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

How To Create And Insert Tables Into Your Content Easily With No Coding Skills Required

A list of all the tables you have created will be displayed in this screen. You can edit, see the shortcode, copy, export, delete and preview tables …

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

How To Use The TablePress Shortcode

You can embed a table inside pages and blog posts using a shortcode.

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

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The plugin also adds a menu item 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 your table to appear then click the TablePress menu icon …

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

TablePress Menu Icon In WordPress Visual Editor Screen

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

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TablePress Menu Icon In 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 post or page and click Insert Shortcode

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

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Publish the post or page to display your table contents …

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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. Just tweak the content in the plugin area, then save the new table settings and refresh your page to view the updated information.

Another great time-saving feature of this 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 data, 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, click on TablePress > Export a Table in the admin menu …

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

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After changing and resaving your file, you can then easily reimport 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 import source in the “Import Tables” area. You can 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 Easily Create And Add Tables In Your Content Without Programming Skills

To learn more about TablePress, including accessing documentation about additional 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 Pages And Posts With WordPress

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

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