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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 way that makes your information easier to understand.

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

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 WordPress users, this is not a feasible option.

Fortunately, you can do almost anything you need done on a WordPress site with plugins, and inserting tables into 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 Into Posts And Pages With WordPress

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

WordPress Plugin – TablePress

A powerful and time-saving WordPress plugin that makes creating, editing and managing tables in WordPress simple and easy is TablePress.

TablePress does not require you to have any knowledge of HTML, CSS, etc. The plugin provides a simple interface that allows you to easily edit table data. You can add any type of data to tables.

An additional JavaScript library can be used to add features like sorting, pagination, filtering, and more for visitors. You can easily insert tables into your page content using shortcodes and 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.

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 Plugin For WordPress – Step-By-Step Tutorial

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

You can download the plugin here:

https://wordpress.org/plugins/tablepress

Or install it from within your own WP Dashboard …

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

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

The “Plugin Options” screen affects the plugin’s behavior in different areas of your site …

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

The TablePress menu entry will now display towards the top of your admin menu …

You can also play with other options in the “Plugin Options” section, such as formatting styles for your tables, default language, etc. If you don’t need to change these settings, then just leave the options as the default.

With TablePress, tables are created and edited within the plugin area. Tables are then inserted via a shortcode into your pages. The table will then display or update after publishing or updating your post.

The great thing about working directly from the plugin is that you can easily modify the information inside your tables without having to touch your pages and posts. The plugin then updates all of your table information in all instances 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 change the name, description and size of any table you create at anytime…

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

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

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

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

Once your new table is created, displays a number of additional options that will 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 a row when a visitor hovers their mouse over the table, show the table name and description above or below the table, and more …

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

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

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

A preview window will open allowing you to preview your table. Certain features like JavaScript options are disabled in preview mode, but will display when your post or page is published …

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

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

Your tables are displayed in this section. You can edit, see the shortcode, copy, delete, export and preview tables …

How To Use The TablePress Shortcode To Embed Tables Into Your Pages And Posts

You embed tables into posts and pages with a shortcode.

Click on the Show Shortcode menu item under your 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 be inserted then click the TablePress menu icon …

TablePress Menu Icon In Visual Editor Screen

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

TablePress Menu Icon In WordPress HTML Editor Screen

Clicking on the menu icon brings up a list of all the available tables you have created.

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

Your TablePress shortcode will be placed in the location you specified …

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

As stated earlier, one of the great things about TablePress is that you can edit things 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 this plugin, is that if you plan to keep adding data to an existing table, you can simply 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 a table, click on TablePress > Export a Table in your WP admin menu …

In the “Export Tables” section, choose the table(s) you want 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 changing and resaving your file, you can then easily reimport the table into WordPress.

To import a table, go to the admin menu and choose 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 resembling a webpage, or its own JSON format.

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 choose whether to import tables as a new table or replace an existing table.

To learn more about the plugin, including where to access documentation about extra 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

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

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