How to insert a table in WordPress? Here’s an easy, step-by-step tutorial in which I show you how to insert a table in WordPress. Just follow the instructions and you can easily accomplish it.
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1. Download and Install a Plugin
Log into your WordPress Dashboard and click on Plugins → Add New. Then, under Search, type in Tablepress and click on Search Plugins. Under Tablepress, you want to install and activate it.
Once you do that, a Tablepress icon appears on the WordPress toolbar.
Also, you find TablePress button and its sub-menu in the sidebar.
2. Create a Table using TablePress
now that the plugin is installed and activated you can start creating a table. Just hover over Tablepress in the sidebar and click on Add New Table. A window opens where you can give your table a name, write a short description and choose how many rows and columns you need. All these things you can change later too.
After that hit Add table. Your table is ready, and you can start filling it with data. Also, you are provided with the shortcode that you can use in your blog post (I come to this later):
3. Ppulate the Table With Data
After your table is created, the next Tablepress page is divided into five sections:
- Table Information – here you can edit your settings like table name and description
- Table Content – here you insert and edit data
- Table Manipulation – here you add links, also add and delete rows and columns
- Table Options – here you deal with head and foot rows, etc.
Now I show you how to enter data into the newly created table.
3.1. Table Content
That is the section that you are interested about because after creating a table you want to enter your data. Your empty table in edit mode looks like this:
The first row which is light blue is table head row. It is because this feature is checked in the Table Options section. So the first row is for titles of respective columns. All other rows are for data. Just click the first cell and type your data.
As for my example, let’s say I want to make a table where I collect some data about websites that I am interested. This is what I do:
Use these checkboxes to delete rows and columns.
After you have finished just scroll up and hit Save Changes and then Preview.
This is the preview of the table that will later show up in a blog post:
You need to copy and paste that shortcode into your editor. We will do it soon.
3.2. Adding Links
But before that, I want to show you how to add links into the table. I can tell you, the way to do it is a little bit tricky, and I struggled to figure out how to do it. So I better give you step-by-step instructions.
Let’s say I want to add links to each of those websites in my table. How do I do it?
First, I hit an Insert Link button in the Table Manipulation section. Yes, FIRST you have to hit this button!
THEN you select the piece of text that you want to be a link:
Insert/Edit Link window opens where you can enter the URL. After that click on Add link and that’s it. After saving changes and hitting Preview, you can see a nice link showing up in your table cell.
4. Insert a Table into Your Blog Post
After you have finished editing your table you want to enter it into content, right? You probably have already understood that the table is a separate piece of data and IS NOT inside of any blog post or article. For this, you need to copy and paste a shortcode that I mentioned earlier, into your post.
a. Open your blog post and find the place where you want to enter the newly created table.
b. Hit the Insert a Table from TablePress button
b. Select the table and click on Insert Shortcode button. That’s it. The shortcode of the table is automatically inserted. The code is short, but once you publish your post, an excellent, cool-looking and sortable table shows up in a right place.
Even better. TablePress makes it easy to use the same, already created table in other posts and web pages too. Just hit the Tablepress button in the WordPress Editor toolbar and insert a shortcode of the table.
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What About You?
TablePress Plugin has other features that I don’t cover here. I just wanted to keep the post short, simple and easy to follow. I wanted to cover the very basics of how to insert a cool looking table in a WordPress web pages.
So what other ways do you use to add a table in WordPress?