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 Easily Create And Insert Tables Into WordPress With No Programming Skills Required

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

The WordPress visual editor is great, but there are some things that the default editor won’t let you do, like being able 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 WordPress users, this is not a practical option.

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

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

Adding Tables Into Your Content Easily In WordPress

If you want to add tables into your WordPress content without touching code, then the tutorial below will show you how to easily do this using a FREE plugin called TablePress.

TablePress

How To Create And Insert Tables Into Your Content 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 does not require you to have any knowledge of HTML, CSS, etc. It 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 include the tables into your content using shortcodes and even display tables inside 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).

How To Use TablePress WordPress Plugin – Step-By-Step Tutorial

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

You can download the plugin here:

https://wordpress.org/plugins/tablepress

Or install it from your own WordPress Dashboard …

How To Create And Add Tables  In WordPress

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

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

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

How To Add Tables  In WordPress

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

How To Insert Tables Into Pages And Posts With WordPress

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

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

Creating And Adding Tables In WordPress Pages And Posts

The TablePress menu item now appears close to the top of the admin menu …

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

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

With TablePress, tables are created and formatted inside the plugin section. Tables are then placed via a shortcode into your content. Your table will then display or update after publishing or updating your content.

The great thing about working directly from the plugin is that you can easily change the data in your tables without having to manually edit your pages and posts. The plugin then updates all of your table data everywhere 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 In WordPress

Type in a table name, an optional description, and the number of rows and columns you would like for the 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 your tables at anytime…

How To Create And Add Tables In WordPress Posts And Pages Easily With No Coding Skills Required

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

Creating And Inserting Tables Into Pages And Posts With WordPress

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

How To Create And Insert Tables  In WordPress

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

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

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

After your new table has been created, the plugin will display additional options for configuring 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, make the background of consecutive rows alternate in color, highlight rows when a visitor hovers their mouse over the table, show the table name and description above or below the table, and more …

Creating And Adding Tables In WordPress

You can also modify your table after creating it in the “Table Manipulation” subsection. You can perform various table edits, like inserting images or 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 To WordPress Posts And Pages

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

How To Add Tables In WordPress Content

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

How To Add Tables To WordPress Content

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

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

Remember to 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 the tables you have created go to TablePress > All Tables

Creating And Adding Tables In Posts And Pages With WordPress

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

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

Using The Shortcode To Embed Tables Into Your Pages And Blog Posts

You embed tables into posts and pages with a shortcode.

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

How To Insert Tables Into Posts And Pages In 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 your table to show then click the TablePress menu icon …

How To Add Tables To WordPress Posts And Pages  With No Programming Skills Required

TablePress Menu Icon In Visual Editor Screen

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

How To Easily Add Tables Into WordPress Posts And Pages

TablePress Menu Icon In WordPress HTML Editor Screen

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

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

How To Insert Tables Into Your Content Easily

Your TablePress shortcode will be inserted …

Creating And Adding Tables Into Your Content Easily In WordPress

Publish your post or page to display your table contents …

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As stated earlier, one of the great things about TablePress is that you can change data 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 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 admin menu …

Adding Tables In WordPress Content

In the “Export Tables” section, choose 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 Add Tables Into Your Content With WordPress

After editing and resaving the table file, you can then easily re-import the table into WordPress.

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

Creating And Adding Tables In 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, or its own format.

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

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

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

Creating And Adding Tables To WordPress Content

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

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