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.

Inserting Tables Into Posts And Pages With WordPress

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

WordPress offers a great visual editor, but there are some things that it won’t let you do by default, like being able 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 many non-technical WordPress users, this is not a realistic option.

Fortunately, you can do just about anything you need done on a WordPress site with plugins, and adding tables is no exception.

In this tutorial you will learn how to easily create and insert tables into your WordPress posts and pages with no coding skills required.

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

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

TablePress – WP Plugin

How To Add Tables To WordPress

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

TablePress requires no knowledge of HTML, CSS, etc. It lets you easily edit table data. You can add any kind of data to tables.

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

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

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

Using TablePress Plugin For WordPress – Tutorial

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

Download the plugin here:

http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/tablepress

Or install it directly from within your Dashboard …

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Once you have installed and activated the plugin, a new menu item will display on your WordPress admin menu called TablePress

Creating And Adding Tables Into Your Content Easily In WordPress

Click on TablePress and choose Plugin Options from the submenu list …

How To Easily Create And Insert Tables Into WordPress Without Coding Skills

The “Plugin Options” section 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 change the position of the TablePress menu entry in your admin menu.

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

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

The TablePress menu item will now show closer to the top section of the admin menu …

Adding Tables In Pages And Posts With WordPress

You can also specify other settings in the “Plugin Options” area, such as table formatting styles, default language, etc. If you don’t need to modify these settings, simply leave the default options.

With TablePress, tables are created and formatted inside the plugin section. Tables are then inserted via a shortcode into your text. Your table will then display after saving and publishing your content.

The great thing about working directly from the plugin is that you can easily modify the information in your tables without having to open any of your pages. The plugin then updates all of your table information in all locations where the table has been added to your content.

To add a new table select TablePress > Add New Table

How To Add Tables  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, then click on the Add Table button to create your new table. You can edit the name, description and size of your tables 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 …

How To Add Tables In Posts And Pages With WordPress

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 tables to be displayed …

Adding Tables To WordPress

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

In the “Table Content” section, just 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 links, etc …)

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

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

For example, in the “Table Options” area you can select 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, print the table name and description above or below the table, and more …

How To Add Tables In WordPress Posts And Pages

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

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

How To Create And Insert Tables Into Your Content Easily Without Touching Code

You can preview your table anytime, by clicking the Preview button …

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

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

Creating And Adding Tables In Posts And Pages In WordPress

Click the Save Changes button when finished to save your table data …

How To Add Tables Into Your Content Easily In WordPress

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

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All your tables are displayed in a list. You can edit, see the shortcode, copy, export, delete and preview your tables …

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

You insert a table inside any pages and blog posts with the TablePress 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 Easily Insert Tables Into WordPress Without Coding Skills

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 cursor where you want your table to be embedded then click the TablePress menu icon …

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

TablePress Menu Icon In Visual Editor Screen

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

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TablePress Menu Icon In WordPress HTML Editor Screen

Clicking on the menu icon displays a list of your existing tables.

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

Creating And Adding Tables Into Your Content Easily With WordPress

Your TablePress shortcode will be inserted …

How To Insert Tables Into Your Content With WordPress

Your table will display as soon as you publish your post or page …

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

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. Edit 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 new 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 an existing table, click on TablePress > Export a Table in your admin menu …

Creating And Adding Tables In Pages And Posts With WordPress

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 re-import your table into WordPress.

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

Creating And Inserting Tables Into Pages And Posts 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. 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 a compressed (ZIP) file and select whether to import tables as a new table or replace an existing table.

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To learn more about using TablePress, including accessing documentation about additional features, 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 Posts And Pages With 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 page content.

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