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 Into WordPress Posts And Pages With No Coding Skills Required

The ability to easily add tables to your pages can be really handy. Tables help you sort and present data to people in a format that can make your information easier to understand.

WordPress provides users with a great visual editor, but there are some things that it doesn’t do by default, like being able to create tables without having to learn code.

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 users, this is not a practical option.

Fortunately, WordPress plugins let you do almost anything you can imagine, 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 With WordPress

If you want to add tables to your WordPress posts or pages without touching code, then the tutorial below will show you how to add tables into your WordPress posts and pages using a FREE WordPress plugin called TablePress.

TablePress – WP Plugin

Inserting Tables Into Your Content In WordPress

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

TablePress does not require you to have any knowledge of HTML, CSS, etc. The plugin lets you easily edit your table data. You can add any type of data, even formulas to your tables.

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

You can also import and export a table 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 – Step-By-Step Tutorial

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

You can download the plugin here:

https://wordpress.org/plugins/tablepress

Or install it directly from your WordPress Dashboard …

How To Easily Add Tables In Your Content Without Coding Skills

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

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

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

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

Creating And Adding Tables To WordPress

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

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

How To Add Tables To WordPress Posts And Pages

The TablePress menu entry will now appear closer to the top section of your menu list …

How To Easily Create And Insert Tables Into WordPress Without Touching Code

You can also specify other plugin 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, simply leave the options as the default.

With TablePress, tables are created and edited within the plugin screen. Tables are then added via a shortcode into your pages. Your tables will then display or update after your content is published or updated.

The advantage of working directly from the plugin is that you can easily change the information inside your tables without having to manually edit your 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

How To Insert Tables Into Your Content  Without Touching Code

Type in the 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, and click on the Add Table button to create your new table. You can edit the name, description and size of your tables at anytime…

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

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

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

The TablePress shortcode allows you to easily add tables anywhere in your content simply by typing or copying and pasting the shortcode wherever you want to display your table …

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

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

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

How To Easily Add Tables In WordPress Without Touching Code

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

How To Create And Add Tables In WordPress

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

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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 displayed on your page (and also allow visitors to change the number of rows displayed), display table information, etc …

Adding Tables In WordPress

You can preview your table anytime, by clicking on the Preview button …

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A preview window will open in your web browser allowing you to preview your table. Certain features like JavaScript options are disabled in preview mode, but will display when your table is published …

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

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

How To Easily Create And Insert Tables Into Your Content

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

Adding Tables To WordPress Posts And Pages

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

How To Add Tables Into Your Content Easily In WordPress

How To Use The Shortcode To Embed Tables Into Your Content

You insert tables into any pages and blog posts using the TablePress shortcode.

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

How To Add Tables In Pages And Posts With 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 mouse cursor where you want the table to be inserted then click the TablePress menu icon …

How To Easily Create And Add Tables Into Your Content Without Touching Code

TablePress Menu Icon In Visual Editor Screen

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

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TablePress Menu Icon In WordPress Text Editor Screen

Clicking on the menu icon brings up a list of all the available tables you have created.

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

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Your TablePress shortcode will be inserted …

How To Create And Insert Tables Into WordPress Easily

Publish the post or page to display the table …

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

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 open your post or page. Just tweak the content in the plugin area, then save your new table settings and refresh your content 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, just export your current table, then add new information, 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 main menu …

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

In the “Export Tables” section, choose the table(s) you want 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 Add Tables To WordPress

After making changes and resaving your table file, you can then reimport your table into WordPress.

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

Adding Tables In Posts And Pages In WordPress

TablePress can import tables from existing data, such as CSV file data, from a spreadsheet application, an HTML file resembling a webpage, or its own format.

To import a table, select and enter the import source in the “Import Tables” area. You can also import multiple tables from ZIP files and choose whether to import tables as a new table or replace an existing table.

How To Add Tables In WordPress Pages And Posts

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

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

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

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