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How To Add Tables To WordPress Posts And Pages

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

WordPress provides users with a great visual editor, but there are some things that the default editor won’t do, such as letting you easily create tables.

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

Fortunately, you can do almost anything you can imagine on a WordPress site with plugins, and adding tables to your content with the click of a mouse is no exception.

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

Creating And Inserting Tables In WordPress

If you want to add tables to your WordPress posts or pages without touching code, the tutorial below will show you how to do this using a FREE plugin called TablePress.

WP Plugin – TablePress

A very 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 requires no knowledge or skills coding HTML, CSS, etc. The plugin provides a simple interface that lets you easily edit your 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 site users. You can easily include the tables into your content using shortcodes and even display these inside text widgets.

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

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

Using TablePress Plugin For WP – Step-By-Step Tutorial

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

Download the plugin here:


Or install it from within your own WP Dashboard …

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

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

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

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

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

The TablePress menu item now displays closer towards the top area of the menu …

You can also play with other settings in the “Plugin Options” tab, such as formatting styles for your tables, default language, and so on. Leave all settings as they are if you don’t need to change things in this area.

With TablePress, tables are created and edited within the plugin area. Tables are then placed via a shortcode into your posts. Your table will then display or update after publishing your page.

The great thing about doing this is that you can easily update the data inside your tables without having to open any of your pages and posts. TablePress 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

Enter the table 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…

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

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

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

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

After your new table has been created, you will see a number of additional options that will allow you to configure your table.

For example, in the “Table Options” section you can specify the first row of your table to be the table header or the last row of the table to be the table footer, make the background of consecutive rows alternate in colour, highlight a row when visitors hover their mouse over the table, show the table name and description above or below the table, and more …

You can also modify your table information after creating it in the “Table Manipulation” section. You can perform a number of operations on your table, like inserting links or images, hiding, showing, inserting, deleting and duplicating selected columns and rows, adding new rows and columns, combining cells, etc …

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

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

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

Remember to click the Save Changes button after you are done editing to save your table information …

To view a list of all your tables TablePress > All Tables

Your tables are listed here. You can edit, see the shortcode, copy, export, delete and preview your tables …

Using The Shortcode

You embed tables into any pages and blog posts using a shortcode.

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

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 mouse cursor where you want your table to appear then click the TablePress menu icon …

TablePress Menu Icon In Visual Editor Screen

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

TablePress Menu Icon In HTML Editor Screen

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

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

Your TablePress shortcode will be inserted into your content …

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

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

Another great time-saving feature of the TablePress plugin, is that if you plan to keep adding 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 the main menu …

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 table file to your hard drive …

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

To import a table, select TablePress > Import a Table

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 replace an existing table.

For more information about using the plugin, including where to access the plugin documentation for additional features, or get plugin support, contact the plugin developer, etc., click on the “About Tab” in the plugin admin section, or select TablePress > About TablePress

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


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