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 Create And Insert Tables Into Your Content Easily Without Touching Code

Being able to display tables on your content can be very useful. 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 giving you the option to easily create tables.

Although you can add tables manually to your content in WordPress if you know HTML (Hyper Text Markup Language) and CSS (Cascading Style Sheets), for most non-technical users, this is not a realistic option.

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

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

Adding Tables To WordPress Pages And Posts

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

WP Plugin – TablePress

How To Easily Create And Add Tables Into WordPress Pages And Posts

A very powerful and time-saving WordPress plugin that makes creating, editing and managing tables in your WordPress posts and pages a very simple and easy process is TablePress.

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

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

A table can also be imported and exported from/to CSV files (e.g. from Excel), HTML files, and JSON.

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

How To Use TablePress WordPress Plugin – Tutorial

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

Download this plugin here:

https://wordpress.org/plugins/tablepress

Or install it directly from within your Dashboard …

How To Easily Create And Add Tables Into WordPress Without Programming Skills

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

How To Easily Add Tables To Your Content Without Touching Code

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

Creating And Adding Tables Into Your Content In WordPress

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

How To Easily Add Tables To Your Content

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

Normally, the menu item displays somewhere around the middle of your menu. If you plan to use this plugin a lot, then you can easily position the menu item near the top of your admin menu by choosing “Top-level (middle)” in the User Options > Admin menu entry dropdown menu …

Creating And Adding Tables In Pages And Posts With WordPress

The TablePress menu entry now appears at the top section of the menu list …

How To Create And Add Tables Into Your Content Easily With WordPress

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

With TablePress, tables are created and formatted inside the plugin area. Tables are then placed via a shortcode into your pages and posts. Your tables will then display or update when publishing or updating your pages or posts.

The benefit of working directly from the plugin is that you can easily modify the data inside your tables without having to manually edit your pages and posts. TablePress then updates all of your table information 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 Add Tables To WordPress Pages And Posts

Enter a 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, and 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…

Adding Tables To WordPress

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

Creating And Inserting Tables Into Pages And Posts 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 your table to be displayed …

Creating And Adding Tables To WordPress Content

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

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

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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 or the last row of the table to be the table footer, make the background of consecutive rows alternate in colour, highlight rows when a visitor hovers their mouse over the table, show the table name and description above or below the table, and more …

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

You can also edit your table content after creating it in the “Table Manipulation” area. You can insert images or links, hide, show, insert, delete and duplicate selected rows and columns, add new rows and columns, combine 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, change the number of table rows displayed on your posts (and also allow visitors to change the number of rows displayed), display table information, etc …

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

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

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

Adding Tables In WordPress Posts And Pages

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

How To Insert Tables Into Your Content In WordPress

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

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Your tables are displayed in this section. You can edit, see the shortcode, copy, export, delete and preview your tables …

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Using The Shortcode To Embed Tables Into Your Pages And Posts

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

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

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

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TablePress Menu Icon In WordPress Visual Editor Screen

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

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TablePress Menu Icon In WordPress Text Editor Screen

Clicking on the menu icon displays a list of all your tables.

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

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Your TablePress shortcode will be added to your content …

Inserting Tables Into Posts And Pages With WordPress

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

How To Create And Add Tables To WordPress Posts And Pages

As stated earlier, one of the great things about TablePress is that you can change things after publishing the table without having to edit your post or page. Just tweak the content in the plugin area, then save your 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 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 main menu …

Adding Tables In Posts And Pages In WordPress

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

How To Easily Insert Tables Into WordPress Posts And Pages

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

To import a table into WordPress, select TablePress > Import a Table

How To Create And 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 resembling a webpage, or its own format. You can also import existing tables from the WP-Table Reloaded plugin

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

Adding Tables Into Your Content With WordPress

To learn more about TablePress, including accessing documentation about extra features, or 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

Adding Tables In WordPress Content

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

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