How To Insert Tables Into WordPress Posts And Pages Easily With No Coding Skills Required

The ability to easily add tables to your pages can be really handy. 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 great features, but there are some things that it won’t do by default, such as letting you create tables without having to learn code.

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

Fortunately, you can do just about anything you need done on a WordPress site with plugins, and adding tables to your content is no exception.

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

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

TablePress

How To Insert Tables Into Pages And Posts In WordPress

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 user 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 sorting, pagination, filtering, and more for your site visitors. You can easily include the tables into your posts and pages using shortcodes and even display these 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 written and 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 using TablePress, first install and activate the TablePress plugin.

Download the plugin here:

http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/tablepress

Or install it from your WP Dashboard …

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Once the plugin has been installed and activated, a new menu item will appear on your WordPress admin menu called TablePress

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

How To Create And Insert Tables Into Your Content With No Programming Skills Required

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

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

Normally, the menu entry appears somewhere near the middle of your menu bar. If you plan to use this plugin often, then you can easily position the menu option closer to the top of your Dashboard menu by specifying “Top-level (middle)” on the User Options > Admin menu entry dropdown menu …

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The TablePress menu item now appears at the top section of your menu …

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

With TablePress, you create and edit your tables within the plugin screen. Tables are then added via a shortcode into your posts. Your table will then display or update when republishing or saving your content.

The advantage of doing this is that you can easily update the information inside your tables without having to open any of your pages. 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

How To Insert Tables Into Posts And Pages In WordPress

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

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Once your new table has been created, it will appear in the “All Tables” list and get assigned a unique Shortcode ID …

How To Create And Insert Tables Into Pages And Posts In WordPress

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

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

In the “Table Content” section, just click inside 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 hyperlinks, etc …)

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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 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 colors on consecutive rows, highlight rows when visitors hover their mouse over the table, print the table name and description above or below the table, and more …

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You can also modify your table content after it has been created in the “Table Manipulation” area. You can add images or links, hide, show, insert, delete and clone selected rows and columns, add new rows and columns, combine cells, etc …

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Using The TablePress Shortcode

You insert a table into any page content with the TablePress shortcode.

You can get the shortcode for your tables by clicking on the Show Shortcode menu item under the table title to get the shortcode …

How To Create And Add Tables Into WordPress Posts And Pages Easily Without Programming Skills

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 your table to show then click the TablePress menu icon …

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TablePress Menu Icon In Visual Editor Screen

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

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TablePress Menu Icon In WordPress HTML Editor Screen

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

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

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Your TablePress shortcode will be added …

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

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As stated earlier, one of the great things about TablePress is that you can change data after publishing the table without having to open your post or page. Change 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 this 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 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 a table, click on TablePress > Export a Table in your admin menu …

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

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

To import a table into WordPress, select TablePress > Import a Table

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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” section. You can import multiple tables from a compressed (ZIP) file and choose whether to import a table as a new table or to replace an existing table.

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For more information about TablePress, including accessing documentation about extra features, or get technical support, contact the plugin developer, etc., click on the “About Tab” in the plugin admin section, or select TablePress > About TablePress

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As you can see, TablePress is a very powerful time saving free plugin that will help you easily create and insert tables into your WordPress posts and pages.