Choosing The Best WordPress Table Plugin

Choosing The Best WordPress Table Plugin

So you’ve got a lot of data you want to present to your readers. Using tables seem like the obvious choice right? The problem is, tables are unsupported by the classic WordPress Visual Editor. The solution? Plugins of course!

In this post, I’ll be covering the following:

  • Why tables are an issue with WordPress.
  • What makes a WordPress table plugin great.
  • A review of the best WordPress table plugins.
  • Which plugin you should choose to add tables to WordPress – our recommended choice.

So let’s get to it.

Why Aren’t All WordPress Users Dancing On Tables?

One of the nice things about creating content in WordPress is that nearly everything you can do in word processing software (e.g. stylize text, add special characters, embed images) can be done right from within the WordPress editor.

The one type of functionality that hasn’t yet translated over to WordPress, however, is table design.

Although a table isn’t necessarily a common feature used in web design, it’s a basic enough element that would be great to have been included in the default editor settings.

On reflection, it seems slightly odd that WordPress didn’t have table support built-in until the release of the Gutenberg editor and its default Table block.

Perhaps it was part of that initial effort to keep the application as simple as possible, or perhaps the thinking was that if a post needed a table then it was easy enough to slip into text mode and add the HTML by hand.

Adding tables to WordPress manually can be a pain.

Manually adding a table is, of course, still an option but it’s tedious, laborious and prone to errors.

There are much better options available to WordPress users.

They’re called plugins 🙂

Unsurprisingly, a number of plugins are available to help users add tables in WordPress.

Plugin and theme developers have recognized a need for improving HTML table design in WordPress—especially as businesses seek out better ways to convey complex information to users, and display professional-looking tables and charts on their site.

So, we now have a plentitude of lightweight plugins and site builder tools that come equipped with table-building features.

But, which WordPress table plugin should you use for your site?

Well, of course, it depends on your needs.

For example:

  • Do you plan to use tables extensively in your content or only occasionally?
  • Are you presenting simple or complex information in your tables?
  • Will you be adding the content into tables yourself or importing table data from other sources?
  • How often will you need to update table information?
  • Will your tables contain only a few columns and rows of data or many hundreds—possibly even thousands—of entries?

What Makes A WordPress Table Plugin Great?

To help you choose the best plugin for

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This article was written by Martin Aranovitch and originally published on WPMU DEV Blog.

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