Have you felt jealous by seeing an awesome post that has neatly organized tables? Do you think you can’t do it in your posts? Tables in WordPress seem to be an issue to lots of people; outwardly it seems to be a tedious task.
On the contrary, it is an easy and straight forward task to implement once you have learned it. As soon as you hear the word tables does it ring as HTML in your brain? Yeah HTML is one important concept with tables; however even without HTML you can build tables in WordPress by use of plug-ins. These are two ways to create tables.
With just normal WordPress Editor and HTML coding you can create high quality tables. When you create tables with HTML then it will surely be a clean job. However, you must have some basic knowledge about HTML.
There are various tags which you must learn first (don’t worry, not too tricky!), in order to create a table successfully.
To Create Table
Build First row
Table data (non-header).
With all these basic tags, you will able to create a simple table in your WordPress posts. Additionally you can use these tags for sophisticated and stylish tables.
&lt;table border= “borderval” bgcolor= “color” width= “val” cellpadding= “val” cellspacing= “val”&gt;
These attributes associated with table tag provides your table a border, color, width of cells, spacing, etc.
This attribute is used to create merged columns and rows.
&lt;th colspan = “val” rowspan= “val”&gt;
This attribute is used for alignment of table data.
&lt;td align= “val” valign= “val”&gt;
Does all these < > stuff make you go dizzy? Are you an alien to HTML or computer coding? Then your ultimate option to create tables is to use plug-ins. Hands free!
The beauty of WordPress is that it offers a variety of plug-ins for our various needs. So search one of them, install it and start creating beautiful tables. I would personally recommend the TinyMCE Advanced plug-in; not only because of the fact that it is widely used but also because of my personal experience with it.
Basically the TinyMCE editor of WordPress doesn’t have any options to create or modify tables without HTML coding, but with TinyMCE Advanced plug-in you can create wonders. All you have to do is the following
Install the plugin from the WordPress plugin directory and activate it.
After successful installation, you can select the TinyMCE Advanced from the settings.
This will lead you to a drag and drop box with about 11 items (this one is similar to the WordPress editor stuff).
Now you can use these 11 tools to insert table and modify it.
This option leaves you free of mind boggling codes. This plug-in usually gives satisfying results if you use tables occasionally.
However if your every post needs to contain table then you can opt for use other plug-ins like WP-Table. Even WP-Table installation and use is somewhat a similar procedure, but it is even easier and you can even import tables from HTML, XML formats.
If you want to use table for index or table of contents then you can alternatively use Table Of Contents Creator (TOCC), Table Of Contents or jQuery Table of Contents.