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Recommended WordPress Plugin for Inserting Tables

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This member asked for a suggestion for a plugin that would easily allow inserting a table in the content section of a post or page. In this video I show my recommended plugin WP-Table Reloaded. I demonstrate how easy it is to add tabular data with the plugin. I include a demonstration of using the plugin’s shortcode and editing a table once it is installed.

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Rick: Okay. So let’s take on that 2nd question which is, “What’s the best way to add tables or what’s the plugin that would be good in adding tables to your WordPress website?” So I have a table plugin that I’ve used a few times on client sites.  I don’t actually use them myself because I don’t use tables very often. But I have a couple of clients who have needed tables, I’ve used this with them quite successfully, it’s fairly straightforward.

And I’m gonna install that on this categories website here so you’ll see its operation.  So I’m gonna come down here to plugins and add new and we’re gonna search and I believe this is WP tables reloaded.  Yeah, WP table reloaded.  So if we go ahead and install that, activate the plugin.

The way this thing works then is that I now have under tools, I have WP table reloaded.  If you select that, we can go ahead and press add a new table…didn’t occur to me that this might not work on WordPress 3.1 so bear with me if it doesn’t but we’ll go ahead and hit add a table.

And now you can just add stuff right? Type “This is a table example.” And then, “This is another example table.” And then let’s see… let’s just add one more row. “I need something else to say.” Okay, and so there are our 3 rows in this table and we’ll go ahead and add a couple of things. We are going to start column…you can see there’s a bunch of controls you can add. I’m just going to very briefly, just update the changes and then the way you do this… the way you insert this table is by using this short code.

Essentially how you do it is just… in this case, it’s tableid=1, there’s our table id right here.  Take that and come over to a post or a page and we edit and we’re just going to come right down here and post that there.  Hit update.

We can go ahead and take a look at this post and now you can see here’s a table.  The first one we entered was the heading and then you have the 2 other rows below that.  You could’ve added a footer if you want. And you can see that these things can be sorted.  Each of the table can be sorted with this little tab.  And while we don’t have time to talk about how to style this, the styling of it is really quite straightforward. So this is I think a fairly useful plugin for tables.  Do you have a follow up question on that, Brian?

Brian: What I’m interested in now is what happens if the client wants to add a new line?

Rick: Well when the client wants to add a new line, they just come back over here to this table, so it’s WP Table Reloaded under tools and they can edit the table and they can…edit the table and add text “There is a new line.” They update the changes, come back over here and refresh this… there is a new line.

Brian: Okay, Rick.   Sorry, so does the client, not being site builder, see exactly the same page as when I am creating this.

Rick: Yes, yes they do.  So they will see this page here.  You do have to tell them how to do this obviously.  In fact, I think for one client, I made a quick little video on how to do this. Now that I say that, I should take a look and see if I’ve brought that some place, but this is obviously, this is quite a bit easier than creating a table in Content.  Now if you wanted to adda here in that post again… if you wanna add a table here, it’s a whole lot easier to use that plugin than say, creating a table from scratch inside of your content area. But nevertheless, it’s a skill set that a client would have to acquire.

Brian: Yes.  Fine so the client when they log in to the dashboard they see the dashboard same as I see it.

Rick: Right.

Brian: Okay. Thank you very much.

Rick: No, thank you and I’m…

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  • Jeanine July 27, 2011, 9:22 pm

    Thank you for the step by step video! I had this plugin and thought it was great, but I uninstalled it because I didn’t know how to make categories out of it.
    Example: I add the lines and in each box I add “Shopping”, “Fitness”, etc. I want to click into Shopping and see links of websites to shop online.
    Can this be done with this plugin? If so, can you explain how please?
    Thanks in advance

    • Rick Anderson July 28, 2011, 6:05 am

      Jeanine – this plugin behaves essentially like an Excel spreadsheet. You certainly can put HTML links in each cell of the table, although I’m not sure why you’d use a table for that purpose. Perhaps I don’t understand what it is you are trying to accomplish. What I’d suggest is you ask yourself “Can I do this in Excel?” If the answer is yes, then you can do it in this plugin.

  • Jeanine July 28, 2011, 2:04 pm

    Thanks for your timely reply! What I wanted to do is add exchanged links in that table. I have added the clickable links under the category, but to my surprise, the other link is not being shown on that page!
    I guess it isn’t made for what I was looking to do. But this plugin is amazing and makes tables extremely easy for people like me! Thanks!

  • murthy December 2, 2011, 4:36 am

    I would like to add the Column Filter Add on to this plugin. Because, I would like to be the table like But I don’t know how to implement it. Can you please guide me in this regard?

  • Ellie Mc February 18, 2012, 9:45 pm

    Hi Rick,
    I would like to upload a table already created in a word document. How can I do this please.
    Many thanks

    • Rick Anderson February 19, 2012, 11:28 am

      Ellie, it is generally a bad idea to try to insert a table created in Word (or any other desktop publishing software) into a WordPress page or post. Word tables are different from html tables. You are much better off using the plugin in this post and importing your Word table into the plugin. You’ll notice that there is an import option in that plugin.

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