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 In Posts And Pages In WordPress

The ability to easily add tables to your pages can be really handy. Tables are great for sorting and presenting data to people in a format that can make your information easier to understand.

The WordPress visual editor is great, but there are some things that the default editor doesn’t let you do, like being able to 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 many non-technical users, this is simply not a realistic option.

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

In this step-by-step tutorial you will learn how to create and add tables easily into your pages and blog posts with no coding skills required.

Creating And Adding Tables In Pages And Posts In WordPress

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

TablePress – WP Plugin

How To Create And Insert Tables Into Your Content

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

TablePress requires no knowledge of HTML, CSS, etc. It provides a simple user interface that lets you easily edit your table data. You can add any type of data, even formulas to tables.

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

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 WordPress – Tutorial

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

Download the plugin here:

https://wordpress.org/plugins/tablepress

Or install it directly from your 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 …

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

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

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

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

How To Add Tables In WordPress Pages And Posts

The TablePress menu item now shows closer towards the top of the menu list …

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

You can also play with other settings in the “Plugin Options” area, like formatting styles for your tables, default language, and so on. Leave all default options as they are if you don’t need to change things in this area.

With TablePress, tables are created and formatted inside the plugin area. Tables are then added via a shortcode into your posts. The table will then display or update when saving your post.

The advantage of doing this is that you can easily update the information inside your tables without having to manually edit your posts and pages. The plugin then updates all of your table data in all instances where the table has been added to your content.

To add a new table select TablePress > Add New Table

How To Add Tables Into Your Content Easily In WordPress

Enter the table name, a description (optional), and the number of rows and columns you would like 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 your table at anytime…

How To Insert Tables Into Posts And Pages With WordPress

Once the new table has been 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 typing or copying and pasting the shortcode wherever you want your table to display …

How To Create And Add Tables In WordPress Posts And Pages

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

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

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

Once your new table is created, displays additional options for configuring your table.

For example, in the “Table Options” area you can select the first row of your table to be the table header or the last row of the table to be the table footer, display alternate background colors on consecutive rows, highlight rows when a visitor hovers their mouse over the table, print the table name and description above or below the table, and more …

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

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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 posts (and let users specify the number of rows displayed), display table information, etc …

Creating And Inserting Tables Into Posts And Pages With WordPress

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

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A preview window will open displaying the table. Certain features such as the 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 information …

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

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

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How To Use The TablePress Shortcode To Insert Tables Into Your Content

You embed tables inside any posts and pages with the TablePress shortcode.

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

Creating And Adding Tables In WordPress Pages And Posts

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 cursor where you want your table to be embedded then click the TablePress menu icon …

How To Add Tables In Pages And Posts In WordPress

TablePress Menu Icon In Visual Editor Screen

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

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TablePress Menu Icon In Text Editor Screen

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

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

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Your TablePress shortcode will be added …

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Publish your post or page to display the table and table contents …

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As stated earlier, one of the great things about TablePress is that you can change 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 information.

Another great time-saving feature of this 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 an existing table, click on TablePress > Export a Table in your admin menu …

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In the “Export Tables” section, choose 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 editing and resaving your file, you can then easily re-import your table into WordPress.

To import a table, go to your admin 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, or its own JSON format.

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

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

To learn more about TablePress, including where to access 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

Creating And Adding Tables In Posts And Pages With WordPress

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

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