How To Add Tables To WordPress Posts And Pages

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Adding Tables In WordPress

Being able to easily add tables on your content can be really handy. Tables help you sort and present data to visitors in a way that makes your information easier to understand.

The WordPress visual editor is great, but there are some things that it won’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 WordPress users, this is not a realistic option.

Fortunately, WordPress plugins give users almost unlimited expansion capabilities, and inserting tables into your content with the click of a mouse is no exception.

In this tutorial you will learn how to create and add tables easily into your content with no coding skills required.

Adding Tables In WordPress

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

WordPress Plugin – TablePress

Adding Tables In Posts And Pages With WordPress

A very powerful and time-saving WordPress plugin for creating, editing and managing tables in WordPress is TablePress.

TablePress requires no knowledge of HTML, CSS, etc. The plugin lets you easily edit table data. Your tables can contain any type of data, even formulas.

An additional JavaScript library can be used to add features like pagination, sorting, filtering, and more for your site visitors. You can insert tables into your post content 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.

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

How To Use TablePress Plugin For WP – Tutorial

To create and add tables to WordPress posts or pages, install and activate the TablePress plugin.

Download the plugin here:

https://wordpress.org/plugins/tablepress

Or install it from within your Dashboard …

How To Create And Insert Tables Into Your Content Easily In WordPress

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

Adding Tables To WordPress Pages And Posts

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

How To Create And Add Tables In WordPress Pages And Posts

The “Plugin Options” page affects the plugin’s styling and display settings …

How To Easily Add Tables In WordPress Posts And Pages

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

Normally, the menu entry displays around the middle of your menu column. If you plan to use this plugin often, then you can easily position the menu item close to the top of the menu by specifying “Top-level (middle)” on the User Options > Admin menu entry dropdown menu …

Creating And Adding Tables In WordPress

The TablePress menu item now appears closer towards the top section of your admin menu …

Creating And Adding Tables Into Your Content Easily With WordPress

You can also play with other options in the “Plugin Options” area, 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 and edit your tables within the plugin screen. Tables are then added via a shortcode into your pages and posts. The tables will then display when republishing or saving your pages or posts.

The great thing about working directly from the plugin is that you can easily modify the data in your tables without having to manually edit your posts and pages. TablePress 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 Create And Insert Tables Into Your Content Easily With WordPress

Enter a table name, an optional description, 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 edit the name, description and size of any tables you create at anytime…

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

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

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

Adding Tables In WordPress Posts And Pages

Once a new table has been created, adding content to it 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 hyperlinks, etc …)

Creating And Adding Tables In Posts And Pages 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 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 colour, highlight rows when visitors hover their mouse over the table, display the table name and description above or below the table, and more …

How To Add Tables In Posts And Pages In WordPress

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

How To Create And Add Tables  With WordPress

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

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

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

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

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Remember to click the Save Changes button when finished to update your table data …

How To Create And Add Tables In WordPress Posts And Pages

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

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

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Using The Shortcode To Insert Tables Into Your Posts And Pages

You can embed a table inside any content using the TablePress shortcode.

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

Creating And Inserting Tables  With WordPress

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 show then click the TablePress menu icon …

How To Create And Insert Tables Into WordPress Pages And Posts  With No Coding Skills Required

TablePress Menu Icon In WordPress Visual Editor Screen

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

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

TablePress Menu Icon In Text Editor Screen

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

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

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Your TablePress shortcode will be added to your content …

How To Create And Add Tables In WordPress Content

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

Adding Tables In Posts And Pages With WordPress

As stated earlier, one of the great things about this plugin 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 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 items, 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 your WP admin menu …

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

In the “Export Tables” section, select the table(s) 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 …

Creating And Adding Tables In Posts And Pages In WordPress

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

To import a table into WordPress, go to the Dashboard menu and select TablePress > Import a Table

How To Insert Tables Into 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 JSON format.

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

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

To learn more about TablePress, including accessing the plugin documentation for additional features, or get plugin support, 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 free plugin will help you easily create and embed tables into your WordPress posts and pages.

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