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 Pages And Posts Easily

Being able to provide visitors with tables on your website can be really handy. Tables help you sort and present data to visitors in a way that makes your information easier to understand.

The WordPress visual editor offers many features, but there are some things that the default editor won’t do, such as letting you create tables without having to learn code.

Although you can create tables manually in WordPress if you have knowledge of HTML (Hyper Text Markup Language) and CSS (Cascading Style Sheets), for most non-technical users, this is simply not a practical option.

Fortunately, WordPress plugins give users almost unlimited expansion capabilities, and inserting tables into your content is no exception.

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

Creating And Adding Tables Into Your Content With WordPress

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

TablePress

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

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

TablePress requires no knowledge or skills coding HTML, CSS, etc. The plugin 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 pagination, sorting, filtering, and more for visitors. You can easily insert tables into your posts and pages using shortcodes and even display tables inside text widgets.

A table can also be imported and exported 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 posts or pages, first install and activate the TablePress plugin.

Download the plugin here:

https://wordpress.org/plugins/tablepress

Or install it directly from your Dashboard …

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After the plugin has been installed and activated, a new menu item will display on your admin menu called TablePress

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

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

How To Create And Insert 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 item appears somewhere in the middle of your menu column. If you plan to use this plugin a lot, then you can position the menu item near the top of your admin menu by selecting “Top-level (middle)” in the User Options > Admin menu entry dropdown menu …

How To Easily Insert Tables Into Your Content With No Coding Skills Required

The TablePress menu entry now shows towards the top area of your menu list …

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

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

With TablePress, tables are created and formatted within the plugin area. Tables are then inserted via a shortcode into your pages and posts. The tables will then display or update after your post or page is published or updated.

The great thing about working directly from the plugin is that you can easily update the data in your tables without having to manually edit your posts. The plugin then updates all of your table data in all locations where the table has been added to your content.

To add a new table select TablePress > Add New Table

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

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

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

How To Insert Tables Into Posts And Pages In WordPress

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

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

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

How To Add Tables In Posts And Pages In WordPress

After your new table has been created, additional options appear that let you configure your table.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Creating And Inserting Tables Into Pages And Posts In WordPress

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

How To Insert Tables Into Your Content Easily In WordPress

Remember to click the Save Changes button when finished to save your new table data …

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

Adding Tables Into Your Content Easily In WordPress

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

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Using The TablePress Shortcode To Embed Tables Into Your Content

You can insert tables inside any posts and pages with a 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 Add Tables In Pages And Posts With WordPress

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 Easily Create And 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 WordPress editor …

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

TablePress Menu Icon In Text Editor Screen

Clicking on the menu icon brings up a list of all existing tables.

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

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Your TablePress shortcode will be added to your content …

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Publish the post or page to view your table …

Creating And Inserting Tables Into Your Content Easily With WordPress

As stated earlier, one of the great things about this plugin is that you can change information after publishing the table without having to open your post or page. Edit the content in the plugin area, then save the new table settings and refresh your page 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 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 an existing table, select TablePress > Export a Table in the admin menu …

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

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

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

To import a table, go to your Dashboard menu and choose TablePress > Import a Table

How To Create And Insert Tables Into Your Content

TablePress can import tables from existing data, such as CSV file data, from a spreadsheet application (e.g. Excel), an HTML file, or its own format.

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

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To learn more about the plugin, including accessing 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

Adding Tables Into Your Content Easily In WordPress

As you can see, TablePress is a very useful time saving free plugin will help you easily create and insert tables into your page content.

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