At present, WordPress is undoubtedly the most popular content management system (CMS) available. Its versatility and user-friendliness are second to none. However, that doesn’t mean that WordPress comes without its faults.
In reality, WordPress has several less-than-perfect aspects that pop up from time to time. One especially frequent annoyance is that WordPress still has no built-in table creation function.
It’s certainly puzzling. You’d think that the most evolved blogging software in the world would have thought to offer table support as a native functionality. Particularly when you consider that adding table support is by no means a complex coding task.
But no. As of right now, it isn’t an option. Despite this, it’s not a fatal issue. Thankfully, due to WordPress’s immense plugin index and the hordes of WordPress developers, you don’t have to look far to find perfectly adequate table-creating solutions.
Below, I’ve gathered a list of the top six table plugins that build support for data tables into WordPress.
TablePress (My site chose it for we used this for long time)
TablePress is a great free options for creating tables for your posts and pages. The plugin includes an easy to use interface built much like a standard spreadsheet, as well as a simple shortcode that can be used to insert your tables anywhere. Posts, pages, widgets – any where you can paste it.
wpDataTables is one of the best selling premium WordPress table plugins available. Why? Because it’s a powerful plugin with the ability to aggregate and display data as tables, charts and graphs. Plus it supports large data sets, offers easy front or back end editing of tables or charts, includes built-in formula support, is compatible with the popular Visual Composer plugin and more.
League Table makes it possible to add responsive, customizable tables to your WordPress powered website. The plugin can be used for a variety of purposes including sports statistics, top ranking universities or businesses, healthcare cost comparison, video game specs and more. The plugin comes with tons of options for custom colors, fonts, borders, sortable columns, responsive layout and and easy to use shortcode for inserting tables.
Another free option, Ultimate Tables, makes managing data with tables in WordPress super easy. Use the “Ultimate Tables” settings option to create custom tables, choose from 3 predesigned styles (or customize your own), configure widths and heights plus more. Then add tables with the related shortcode and table id.
Easy Table is just that – easy. This handy free plugin makes adding tables easy. You just type in your table data right into the post, page or widget editor while your creating your content. Just open the table shortcode, add your data separating entries into columns with commas and creating new lines for each row, then close the table shortcode. Quick, easy and to the point.
Advanced Tables Premium WordPress Plugin
For more options try the Advanced Tables WordPress plugin. This plugin adds a Tables custom post type to makes creating and managing your tables easier. The spreadsheet-style editor offers an easy and familiar interface for adding data, and additional options for responsive tabs, custom styling, material design elements, and more.
Table Maker Free WordPress Plugin
Table Maker is a free plugin that offers easy options for creating data comparison tables. From the Table Maker panel in the WordPress dashboard you can create new tables, add columns and rows, include heading and subheadings, select a custom header color, and of course add your actual data (images included).
Tables for Layers Premium WordPress Plugin
Love the Layers site builder but want to add tables? Easy – get Tables for Layers. This premium plugin makes it possible for you to create tables using an Excel-like interface and easy styling options via the Layers Design Bar. Once you’re done creating, insert your tables like you would any other Layers page element and save.
Table Generator Free WordPress Plugin
The Table Generator is another free table creator plugin that makes tables for WordPress easy with a simple little shortcode. A neat feature of this plugin in particular is that there are a variety of built-in font icons you can use plugin easy options for swapping and resizing rows or columns.
Dynamic Data Tables Premium WordPress Plugin
WP Dynamic Data Tables is a quick table plugin that makes importing from Excel, CSV, XML, ODT and even MySQL queries possible. Just import the data table file to be able to add sorting options, create charts, set widths and more. Plus it’s fully compatible with the Layers plugin for you can easily insert your plugins into any custom create page layout.
Responsive SEO Friendly Tables Free WordPress Plugin
The Responsive SEO Friendly Table plugin is a quick and easy way to create unlimited tables on your WordPress installation. With 10+ elegant table styles, a simple shortcode and a responsive layout this is probably one of the easiest to use table plugins on our list.
Now Go Make the Table (or Tables)
Now that you’ve seen 10+ of our favorite table plugins for WordPress, get one and start organizing your data sets. All of the plugins listed will make your job of adding and organizing content easier.