Tables are a great way of presenting a lot of information to your visitors in an easily digestible format. Whereas styling tables with CSS can be an art form, creating basic tables is incredibly easy. It can be time consuming if you are creating tables regularly though.
Today I would like to show you 5 plugins for WordPress that allow you to create and manage HTML tables with ease. They are free to download, easy to use and will speed up the process of displaying tables on your site.
* As always, all plugins were tested for the purpose of this article :)
A fantastic plugin for those of you who aren’t comfortable using HTML. To create a table you simply need to enter the number of rows and columns you want. The data can be modified easily. You can change the order in which data is displayed and insert links and images directly into the cells too.
Rows and columns can be switched too. All you need to do is select the rows and columns that you want to change around.
It’s easy to style tables too. By default row colours are alternated to make it easier to read information. You can also highlight rows when someone hovers over it. The head, footer and description can be added to the table too and if you want to customise the style of the table more, you can link to an external style sheet.
A feature rich plugin that is perhaps more suitable to those who have experience administrating MySQL databases. CSS can be edited directly through the admin area and data can be imported into tables using CSV files.
Custom Tables: Information & Download
3. Easy Table Creator
A user friendly plugin that adds a table creation button to your post editor. You need to make sure you do not have the visual editor disabled when writing posts as the button is only added to the advanced editor.
Creating tables is a breeze. By default a table of four by four rows is created though you can add and remove more columns and rows easily.
Easy Table Creator: Information & Download
Another plugin that is perfect for those of you who aren’t comfortable editing HTML code. When you add columns you can set the cell to include text, an image or a link.
The plugin comes with a clean blue design for your table though you can style tables yourself if you wish.
WP Compare Tables: Information & Download
One of the most popular advanced post editors for WordPress, TinyMCE Advanced also features a user friendly table creation option. You can drag and drop the table buttons anywhere in your post editor layout.
Creating a table is very straight forward. The number of rows, columns, table width, alignment and styling can be set. It’s not as advanced as WP Table Reloaded and is much more suited to those of you who want something simple.
TinyMCE Advanced: Information & Download
What’s your favourite plugin for creating HTML tables?