Tables are a great way of presenting data in an easy-to-view style.
But have you ever tried creating a table in WordPress?
It’s not so easy. In fact, it’s rather tricky, and before long you can end up in a right mess.
WordPress doesn’t have a built-in table editor, and that means you have to start fiddling around with HTML code. Even programmers will tell you it’s not straightforward.
So, what do you do?
Give up and paste a long wall of text that turns off your most avid readers?
Create a static image and insert that into your page?
Thankfully there’s another much easier way. You can use a plugin.
As you might expect, there are plenty of table plugins for WordPress. But there’s one important question you need to ask yourself when choosing a table plugin:
Will it produce mobile responsive tables?
If there’s one thing worse than not using a table, it’s using a table that goes skew-whiff on a mobile device. That’s just plain ugly and cumbersome.
So, in this roundup, we’ve collected five mobile responsive table plugins for you to check out.
Tables are everywhere
Before we dive into the plugins, let’s look at a few examples of when you could use a table on your site.
Offline you’re probably used to seeing tables in Excel, Google Sheets, and other spreadsheet programs. And they’re also popular in newspapers and printed publications.
Like I said earlier, tables are a great way of presenting a lot of data in a concise visual way. They’re used in many different enterprises including business, eCommerce, sports, science, education and non-profit.
I love checking out the football league tables. I don’t often like the league position of my favorite team, but I do like to see what’s happening through the season.
On the BBC website the Sports pages have menu items specifically for tables:
Tables are also useful for comparing products and prices. I’m sure you’ve seen tables like this:
Amazon are the masters of comparison tables!
And finally here’s an example of how a real estate company are using tables on their corporate site to help clients choose a potential new residence:
OK, now you’re feeling inspired, let’s look at how you can get some tables on your WordPress site with one of these plugins.
TablePress is a free WordPress plugin that lets you create and manage tables via its menu in the WordPress Dashboard.
When you’ve finished entering your data you can add the table to your posts or pages with a shortcode; e.g. [table id=<the-ID> /].
Here’s a typical table where you can:
- Select the number of rows to display
- Search for data in the table
- Sort data on each column A-Z or Z-A
You can also change the styling of the table by entering CSS commands into the “Custom CSS” text area on the “Plugin Options” screen. For example, you could change the background color of a single row:
TablePress lets you input mathematical functions and formulas (like you have in Excel and other spreadsheets) in the table cells. Here’s an example table with some data, formulas, and results columns:
You can enhance the TablePress plugin with premium extensions. TablePress Extensions are like regular WordPress plugins, which you install in the same way. Although these are available to download for free, the developer asks for donations to support these.
Here are a few examples of the premium extensions:
- Responsive Tables – Adjusts the tables, so they fit all screen sizes
- Row Filtering – Allows you to display only items with a particular keyword in a column
- Table Row Order – Lets you display the rows in random, reversed, or sorted order each time
- Embed the tables into posts, pages, or text widgets with a simple shortcode
- Edit the table data in a spreadsheet-like interface, so no coding is necessary
- Import and Export tables from/to Excel, CSV, HTML, and JSON files
- Use the premium extension to make your tables mobile responsive
- Use additional extensions for sorting, pagination, and filtering options
- Free plus Donations for the premium extensions
wpDataTables is a premium WordPress plugin that simplifies the process of creating and publishing tables to your website. You don’t need any HTML coding knowledge as you configure everything via its settings panel.
It’s ideal for working with financial, scientific, statistical, commercial and other data.
There are several ways of creating your table in wpDataTables. You can either upload your file, paste a MySQL query, provide a URL, or just input the data manually.
Data can look quite dull and boring even when you present it in a table:
But with wpDataTables, you can add some color to bring your tables to life!
You can choose what colors you want for particular rows and columns when you create your table. But in this example, we’ve used some conditional formatting like you might have applied in Excel.
All values below $30,000 are highlighted in red, all values between $30,000 and $60,000 are colored in yellow, and everything above $60,000 is green:
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