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How To Add Tables To WordPress Posts And Pages

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

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

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

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

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

Inserting Tables Into Your Content Easily With WordPress

If you want to add tables into your WordPress content and don’t have the skills to create these using HTML or CSS, then the step-by-step tutorial below will show you how to do this using a FREE WordPress plugin called TablePress.

TablePress – WordPress Plugin

TablePress is a great WordPress plugin for creating, editing and managing tables in WordPress.

TablePress doesn’t require you to have any knowledge or skills coding HTML, CSS, etc. The plugin lets you easily edit your table data. Your tables can contain any kind of data, even formulas.

An additional JavaScript library can be used to add features like sorting, pagination, filtering, and more for site users. You can insert tables into your posts and pages using shortcodes and display tables inside text widgets.

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

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

Using TablePress – Tutorial

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

You can download this plugin here:


Or install it from within your own Dashboard …

After installing and activating the plugin, a new menu item will display on your admin menu called TablePress

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

The “Plugin Options” area affects the plugin’s styling and display settings …

For example, in the “User Options” section, you can specify the position of the TablePress menu entry in your admin menu.

Normally, the menu entry appears somewhere around the middle of your menu column. If you plan to use this plugin a lot, then you can easily position the menu option close to the top of your admin menu by choosing “Top-level (middle)” in the User Options > Admin menu entry dropdown menu …

The TablePress menu entry now shows towards the top of the menu …

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

With TablePress, you create edit and format tables within the plugin area. Tables are then added via a shortcode into your text. Your tables will then display after your post or page is saved.

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

Enter a 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 your table at anytime…

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

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

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

In the “Table Content” section, click in the cell and type or paste the content you want to display. 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, additional options appear that let you configure 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 colour, highlight rows when visitors hover 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 creating it in the “Table Manipulation” subsection. You can add links and images, hide, show, insert, delete and clone selected columns and rows, add new rows and columns, combine 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 content (and also allow visitors to specify 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 in your web browser displaying the table. Certain features such as the JavaScript options are disabled in preview mode, but will display once your post or page is published …

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

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

A list of all the tables you have created will be displayed in this area. You can edit, see shortcodes, copy, export, delete and preview tables …

Using The Shortcode To Embed Tables Into Your Pages And Posts

You insert tables into any pages and blog posts with the TablePress shortcode.

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

The plugin also adds a menu item 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 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 WordPress editor …

TablePress Menu Icon In WordPress Text Editor Screen

Clicking on the menu icon opens a window containing a list of your existing tables.

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

Your TablePress shortcode will be added to your content …

Publish your post or page to display your table contents …

As stated earlier, one of the great things about TablePress is that you can edit information after publishing the table without having to edit your post or page. Edit the content in the plugin area, then save the new table settings and refresh your post 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 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 the admin menu …

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

After making changes and resaving the table file, you can then re-import 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, an HTML file, or its own JSON format.

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

For more information about the plugin, including accessing documentation about extra features, or get technical support, 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 time saving free plugin will help you easily create and add tables into your site content.


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