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How to Create and Manage Tables in WordPress Posts

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How to Create and Manage Tables in WordPress Posts

One of the downsides to using the TinyMCE Editor is that it doesn’t have any options for you to make tables. So unless you are good at HTML there isn’t anyway for you to do this in the visual editor. In this article we are going to show you how you can easily add and manage tables in your WordPress posts without knowing any code.

First thing you need to do is install and activate the Easy Table plugin. Upon activation, you will notice a new tab under Settings » Easy Table.

Easy Table for WordPress Settings

Here you not only gave various table options but also the ability to preview your tables using whatever settings you have selected. Before you start playing around with these though, we need to make a table. In order to do this you must use the following format:

[table]
Year,Make,Model,Length
1997,Ford,E350,2.34
2000,Mercury,Cougar,2.38
[/table]

Notice that the table is wrapped with a “table” shortcode. Separate any elements that you want to keep on the same row with a comma and whenever you want to start a new row just start a new line (just like you would in a normal table). The sample table above will output this:

Easy Table WordPress Plugin Sample

Download Easy Table plugin


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  • icoco_de

    I am new to WordPress, so this may be a silly question for some, sorry.
    Am I right that plugins like this one for creating tables do only work on self hosted WordPress sites, but not with WordPress.com websites?

    • http://www.wpbeginner.com Editorial Staff

      Yes that is correct. You cannot use plugins on free WordPress.com sites.

  • Terence

    ? This sounded like a great plugin, but after downloading it, carefully reading your instructions and examining the settings, I still cannot see how to insert a table into an actual post.

    • http://www.wpbeginner.com Editorial Staff

      You use the shortcode that we mentioned in the article. Each line should have elements separated by comma. Look at the example shortcode that we mentioned in the article.

  • Portalpower

    Excellent plugin, I have many posts with tables, will give a work around most apparently worthwhile.

  • Brent Pittman

    Interesting plugin. I might have to use it sometime. I always have trouble cutting and pasting from excel.