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 Inserting Tables Into Pages And Posts With WordPress

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

WordPress offers a great visual editor, but there are some things that it won’t do by default, such as letting you 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 simply not a feasible option.

Fortunately, WordPress plugins let you do almost anything you can imagine, and inserting tables into your content is no exception.

In this step-by-step tutorial you will learn how to easily create and insert tables into your site’s pages with no coding skills required.

How To Insert Tables Into Posts And Pages In WordPress

To create and add tables to your WordPress posts or pages with no HTML or CSS knowledge required, we’ll use a FREE plugin called TablePress.

WordPress Plugin – TablePress

How To Create And Add Tables  With WordPress

A 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 table data. Tables can contain any kind of data, even formulas.

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

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

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 WordPress Plugin – Tutorial

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

You can download the plugin here:

https://wordpress.org/plugins/tablepress

Or install it from within your WordPress Dashboard …

Creating And Inserting Tables Into Posts And Pages With WordPress

After the plugin has been installed and activated, a new menu item will be added to your WP admin menu called TablePress

How To Create And Insert Tables Into Your Content In WordPress

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

How To Add Tables In WordPress Easily Without Coding Skills

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

Creating And Inserting Tables Into Your Content Easily In WordPress

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

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

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The TablePress menu entry now appears close to the top area of your admin menu …

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

You can also specify other settings in the “Plugin Options” section, such as table formatting styles, default language, and so on. Leave all default options as they are if you don’t need to change things in this section.

With TablePress, you create and edit your tables within the plugin section. Tables are then added via a shortcode into your pages and posts. The tables will then display or update after your content is republished.

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

To create a new table select TablePress > Add New Table

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

Type in the 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 Into Your Content Easily In WordPress

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

How To Create And Insert Tables  With WordPress

The TablePress shortcode lets you easily insert tables anywhere inside a post or page by simply inserting or copying and pasting the shortcode wherever you want your tables to display …

How To Add Tables To WordPress Pages And Posts

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

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

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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 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 …

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

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

How To Insert Tables Into Posts And Pages In WordPress

You can also enable JavaScript library features in your tables, such as allowing visitors to sort, filter and search your table content, set the number of table rows displayed on your post (and let visitors change the number of rows displayed), display table information, etc …

How To Add Tables Into Your Content Easily With WordPress

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

How To Create And Insert Tables Into Your Content With WordPress

A preview window will open displaying your table. Certain features such as the JavaScript options are disabled in preview mode, but will display once your post or page is published …

Creating And Inserting Tables Into Pages And Posts In WordPress

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

Creating And Inserting Tables Into Your Content With WordPress

To view a list of all the tables you have created click on TablePress > All Tables

How To Insert Tables Into Posts And Pages With WordPress

A list of all the tables you have created will be displayed in this area. You can edit, see shortcodes, copy, export, delete and preview your tables …

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How To Use The Shortcode To Insert Tables Into Your Content

You can insert a table inside pages and posts with a shortcode.

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

How To Create And Add Tables In WordPress Content

The plugin also adds a menu item to your WordPress 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 inserted then click the TablePress menu icon …

How To Add Tables In WordPress

TablePress Menu Icon In WordPress 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 displays a list of all the available tables you have created.

Select the table you want to insert into your post or page and click Insert Shortcode

How To Add Tables In Your Content  With No Programming Skills Required

Your TablePress shortcode will be added to your content …

How To Create And Add Tables In WordPress Pages And Posts

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

Creating And Adding Tables  In WordPress

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

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 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 a table, click on TablePress > Export a Table in the main menu …

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In the “Export Tables” section, select the table(s) you would like 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 …

Creating And Adding Tables In Posts And Pages In WordPress

After making changes and resaving your table file, you can then re-import the table into WordPress.

To import a table into WordPress from your hard drive, select TablePress > Import a Table

Creating And Adding Tables  In 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 import source in the “Import Tables” section. You can also import multiple tables from a compressed (ZIP) file and select whether to import tables as a new table or to replace an existing table.

How To Add Tables In WordPress

To learn more about the plugin, 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 WordPress

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

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