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 …

Creating And Adding Tables To WordPress Content

The ability to easily add tables to your pages can be very useful. Tables are great for sorting and presenting data to people in a way that makes 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 create tables without having to learn code.

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 not a feasible option.

Fortunately, you can do almost anything you can imagine on a WordPress site with plugins, and adding tables to your content with the click of a mouse is no exception.

In this step-by-step tutorial you will learn how to create and add tables easily into your site’s pages without requiring knowledge of HTML or CSS or coding skills.

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

Follow the step-by-step tutorial below to learn how to create and add tables in WordPress using a FREE WordPress plugin called TablePress.

TablePress – WP Plugin

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

TablePress doesn’t require you to have any knowledge or skills coding HTML, CSS, etc. The plugin provides a simple interface that lets you easily edit your table data. Tables can contain any type of data, even formulas.

An additional JavaScript library can be used to add features like sorting, pagination, filtering, and more for your site visitors. You can easily include the tables into your page content 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 developed by Tobias Bäthge and is licensed as Free Software under GNU General Public License 2 (GPL 2).

Using TablePress WordPress Plugin – Step-By-Step Tutorial

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

You can download the plugin here:

https://wordpress.org/plugins/tablepress

Or install it directly from your Dashboard …

How To Add Tables In Pages And Posts In WordPress

After installing and activating the plugin, a new menu item will get added to your main menu called TablePress

Creating And Inserting Tables Into Posts And Pages With WordPress

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

How To Add Tables In WordPress Pages And Posts

The “Plugin Options” area affects the plugin’s behavior in different areas of your site …

How To Create And 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 WP admin menu.

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

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The TablePress menu item now displays close to the top area of your admin menu …

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You can also play with other settings in the “Plugin Options” screen, such as formatting styles for your tables, default language, and so on. If you don’t need to change these settings, simply leave the options as the default.

With TablePress, tables are created and formatted within the plugin section. Tables are then added via a shortcode into your content. Your tables will then display when saving your pages or posts.

The advantage of working directly from the plugin is that you can easily update the information in your tables without having to touch your posts. The plugin then updates all of your table information in all instances where the table has been added to your content.

To create a new table select TablePress > Add New Table

How To Create And Add Tables To WordPress Content

Enter a name, an optional description, and the number of rows and columns you would like 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 tables you create at anytime…

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

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

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

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

In the “Table Content” section, just click inside 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 Easily Create And Insert Tables Into WordPress Pages And Posts Without Touching Code

Once your new table is created, displays a number of additional options that will let you configure your table.

For example, in the “Table Options” area 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, display alternate background colors on consecutive rows, highlight rows when visitors hover their mouse over the table, show the table name and description above or below the table, and more …

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

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

How To Easily Insert Tables Into Your Content Without Touching Code

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

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

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

A preview window will open on your web browser allowing you to preview your 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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Click the Save Changes button when finished 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 choosing TablePress > All Tables

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

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How To Use The Shortcode To Embed Tables Into Your Pages And Blog Posts

You can insert tables inside any pages and posts using the TablePress shortcode.

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

How To Create And Add Tables To WordPress Pages And Posts

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 show then click the TablePress menu icon …

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TablePress Menu Icon In WordPress Visual Editor Screen

Note: You can also add 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 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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The table will display as soon as you publish your post or page …

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As stated earlier, one of the great things about this plugin is that you can change the contents of your table after publishing the table without having to edit your post or page. Change the content in the plugin area, then save the new table settings and refresh your post to view the updated information.

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 the WP 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 …

How To Create And Add Tables In WordPress Posts And Pages

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

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

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

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” area. You can also import multiple tables from ZIP files and select whether to import a table as a new table or replace an existing table.

How To Create And Insert Tables Into WordPress Easily

For more information about the plugin, including accessing documentation about additional 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 Pages And Posts In WordPress

As you can see, TablePress is quite a powerful and feature-rich free plugin will help you easily create and add tables into your WordPress posts and pages.

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