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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 visitors in a format that can make your information easier to understand.

The WordPress visual editor offers many features, but there are some things that the default editor doesn’t let you do, like being able 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 many non-technical WordPress users, this is simply not a feasible option.

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

In this tutorial you will learn how to easily create and insert tables into your pages and blog posts without requiring knowledge of HTML or CSS or coding skills.

Adding Tables In WordPress Pages And Posts

If you want to create and add tables to your WordPress posts or pages without touching code, the step-by-step tutorial below will show you how to add tables into your WordPress posts and pages using a FREE WordPress plugin called TablePress.

WP Plugin – TablePress

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

TablePress doesn’t require you to have any knowledge of HTML, CSS, etc. It provides a simple interface that allows you to easily edit your table data. Your tables can contain any type of data, even formulas.

An additional JavaScript library can be used to include features like sorting, pagination, filtering, and more for your visitors. You can insert tables into your post content using shortcodes and even display these using text widgets.

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

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

How To Use TablePress – Tutorial

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

You can download the plugin here:


Or install it from your WP Dashboard …

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

Click on TablePress and choose 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 modify the position of the TablePress menu entry in your Dashboard menu.

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

The TablePress menu item will now show near the top area of the menu list …

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

With TablePress, you create edit and format your tables inside the plugin screen. Tables are then inserted via a shortcode into your text. The table will then display or update when your content is published or updated.

The advantage of doing this is that you can easily update the information in your tables without having to touch your posts. TablePress then updates all of your table data in all instances where the table has been added to your content.

To create a new table select TablePress > Add New Table

Type in the table name, an optional description, and the number of rows and columns you want for the 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 table at anytime…

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

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

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

In the “Table Content” section, just 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. bold or italicize words, insert hyperlinks, etc …)

Once your new table is created, additional options appear that let you 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, print 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 add images or links, hide, show, insert, delete and duplicate 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 site users to sort, filter and search your table content, set the number of table rows displayed on your post (and also allow users to change the number of rows displayed), display table information, etc …

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

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

Click the Save Changes button after you are done editing to save your new table information …

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

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

Using The Shortcode To Embed Tables Into Your Content

You insert a table into your posts and pages using a shortcode.

Get the shortcode for your tables by clicking on the Show Shortcode menu item under 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 cursor where you want your table to be embedded then click the TablePress menu icon …

TablePress Menu Icon In WordPress Visual Editor Screen

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

TablePress Menu Icon In WordPress HTML Editor Screen

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

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

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

The table and table contents 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 open your post or page. Tweak the content in the plugin area, then save your new table settings and refresh your post to view the updated content.

Another great time-saving feature of this plugin, is that if you plan to keep adding data to an existing table, just export your current table, then add new data, 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, select TablePress > Export a Table in the main menu …

In the “Export Tables” section, select 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 table file to your hard drive …

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

To import a table, go to the sidebar menu and choose 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 import source in the “Import Tables” area. You can also import multiple tables from compressed (ZIP) files and select whether to import tables as a new table or write over an existing table.

To learn more about using TablePress, including where to access the plugin documentation for additional features, get technical support for the plugin, 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 an extremely powerful time saving plugin that is free and will help you easily create and add tables into your WordPress posts and pages.


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