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How To Add Tables To WordPress Posts And Pages

The ability to easily add tables to your pages can be really handy. Tables are great for sorting and presenting data to people in a format that can make your information easier to understand.

The WordPress visual editor is great, but there are some things that the default editor doesn’t do, like being able to easily create tables.

Although you can create tables manually in WordPress if you know 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 creating tables is no exception.

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

How To Easily Add Tables In WordPress Without Programming Skills

To add tables to your WordPress posts or pages with no HTML or CSS knowledge required, we’ll use a FREE WordPress plugin called TablePress.

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. It lets you easily edit table data. You can add any kind of data, even formulas to your tables.

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

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

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

Using TablePress WP Plugin – Tutorial

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

Download the plugin here:

https://wordpress.org/plugins/tablepress

Or install it directly from within your own Dashboard …

After the plugin has been installed and activated, you will see a new menu item on your main menu called TablePress

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

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

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

Normally, the menu item displays somewhere around the middle of your menu column. If you plan to use this plugin a lot, then you can 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 appears at the top section of the menu list …

You can also play with other settings in the “Plugin Options” screen, like formatting styles for your tables, default language, etc. Leave all default options as they are if you don’t need to change things in this section.

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

The advantage of working directly from the plugin is that you can easily update the information in your tables without having to open any of your posts and pages. 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 a table name, a description (optional), and the number of rows and columns you want 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 table you create at anytime…

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

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

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

In the “Table Content” section, click inside the cell and either 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 links, etc …)

After your new table has been created, displays a number of additional options that will allow you to 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, 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 modify your table after creating it in the “Table Manipulation” section. You can insert links or images, hide, show, insert, delete and clone selected rows and columns, add new rows and columns, combine cells, etc …

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 displayed on your site (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 the Preview button …

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

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

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

All the tables you have created are listed here. You can edit, see the shortcode, copy, export, delete and preview your tables …

Using The Shortcode To Embed Tables Into Your Posts And Pages

You can insert tables into your pages and posts with the TablePress shortcode.

You can get the shortcode for your tables by clicking 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 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 the table to show 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 WP editor …

TablePress Menu Icon In Text Editor Screen

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

Select the table you want to embed in your post or page and click Insert Shortcode

Your TablePress shortcode will be added …

Publish your post or page to view the table and table contents …

As stated earlier, one of the great things about TablePress is that you can edit the contents of your table after publishing the table without having to edit your post or page. Tweak 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 new 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 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 file to your hard drive …

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

To import a table, go to the Dashboard 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 resembling a webpage, or its own 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 ZIP file and choose whether to import tables as a new table or to replace an existing table.

For more information about TablePress, including accessing documentation about extra features, 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 powerful time saving free plugin will help you easily create and embed tables into your WordPress posts and pages.

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