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 Add Tables To WordPress  With No Programming 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 way that makes your information easier to understand.

WordPress provides users with a great visual editor, but there are some things that the default editor won’t let you do, such as giving you the option to create tables without having to learn code.

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, WordPress plugins give users almost unlimited expansion capabilities, and creating tables is no exception.

In this tutorial you will learn how to easily create and insert tables into your posts and pages without requiring knowledge of HTML or CSS or coding skills.

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

To add tables to your WordPress posts or pages without touching code, we’ll use a FREE WordPress plugin called TablePress.

TablePress – WP Plugin

How To Add Tables In WordPress Posts And Pages

TablePress is a great plugin for creating, editing and managing tables in WordPress.

TablePress requires no knowledge or skills coding HTML, CSS, etc. The plugin provides a simple user interface that lets you easily edit table data. You can add any kind of data, even formulas to your tables.

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

You can also import and export tables from/to CSV files (e.g. from Excel), HTML files, and JSON formats.

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

Using TablePress – Tutorial

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

Download this plugin here:

https://wordpress.org/plugins/tablepress

Or install it directly from your Dashboard …

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After installing and activating the plugin, a new menu item will display on your main menu called TablePress

Creating And Adding Tables In Pages And Posts In WordPress

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

How To Add Tables To WordPress Posts And Pages

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

Creating And Inserting Tables Into Your Content Easily With WordPress

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

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

How To Create And Insert Tables Into Your Content Easily

The TablePress menu entry will now show at the top area of your menu list …

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

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

With TablePress, you create and edit your tables inside the plugin area. Tables are then added via a shortcode into your content. Your table will then display when publishing your page.

The benefit of working directly from the plugin is that you can easily modify the data in your tables without having to open any of your posts. TablePress then updates all of your table information in all instances where the table has been added to your content.

To add a new table select TablePress > Add New Table

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

Type in the name, an optional description, 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 tables you create at anytime…

Creating And Adding Tables In Posts And Pages In WordPress

Once the new table has been created, it will be added to 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 simply by inserting or copying and pasting the shortcode wherever you want your tables to display …

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

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

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

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

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

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

How To Create And Insert Tables  In WordPress

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

How To Add Tables In Posts And Pages In WordPress

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

How To Create And Insert Tables  In WordPress

A preview window will open displaying your table. Certain features like JavaScript options are disabled in preview mode, but will display once your table is published …

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Click the Save Changes button after you are done editing 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 the shortcode, copy, export, delete and preview tables …

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Using The Shortcode

You can insert tables inside any page content 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 …

Inserting Tables Into Posts And Pages With WordPress

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 the table to appear 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 in the “Text” area of the WP editor …

How To Add Tables Into Your Content In WordPress

TablePress Menu Icon In HTML Editor Screen

Clicking on the menu icon opens a window containing a list of all the available tables you have created.

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

How To Create And Add Tables Into WordPress  Without Coding Skills

Your TablePress shortcode will be added …

How To Insert Tables Into Posts And Pages With WordPress

Publish the post or page to view your table contents …

Creating And Adding Tables In WordPress Posts And Pages

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. Change the content in the plugin area, then save your new table settings and refresh your post 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 items, 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 a table, click on TablePress > Export a Table in your admin menu …

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In the “Export Tables” section, select 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 Content

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

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

Creating And Inserting Tables Into Posts And Pages With WordPress

TablePress can import tables from existing data, such as CSV file data, from a spreadsheet application, an HTML file, or its own format. You can also import existing tables from the WP-Table Reloaded plugin

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 tables as a new table or replace an existing table.

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

To learn more about TablePress, including where to access documentation about additional features, or get plugin support, contact the plugin author, etc., click on the “About Tab” in the plugin admin section, or select TablePress > About TablePress

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

As you can see, TablePress is quite a useful time saving free plugin will help you easily create and insert tables into your WordPress posts and pages.

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