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How to add tables & columns to your WordPress Pages & Posts

Add tables & columns to your WordPress Pages & Posts using WP Easy Columns

I must make a confession here…I am not a very technical person and I sure don’t know how to program in any language. One thing has challenged me for years when it comes to website design. I could never get things aligned properly on the page (like in columns and such). I did quite a bit of research on the subject and this always lead me towards created a table structure using HTML.

So I began using this technique on my pages and I was able to get it to work but it was VERY time consuming and often presented a number of challenges. I know that I may sound stupid to a lot of people, but it just was not worth the effort to me. I needed a better solution. I have a lot of background in desktop publishing and have quite a bit of experience working with tables and aligning information. I had to find a solution to continue making website—this wasn’t an option.

The Easy Tables & Columns Solution

The one thing that I really like about make websites using WordPress is the number of tools that make your task easier. I am ALWAYS looking for the easy solution. So I started looking for solutions again online and in the WordPress plugins. Then I stumbled on one called, “WP Easy Columns”. Que the angels singing.

This plugin did/does everything I want it to do. It automatically builds columns without me having to program in HTML. Not only that, but it gives me various options, like 1/3 width columns (column 1=1/3 width, column 2=1/3 width, column 3=1/3 width). The size options are plentiful and so good. I freaking love this plugin and use it all of the time. The website (https://wordpress.org/plugins/easy-columns/) indicates that the plugin do the following:

  • Over 30 column variations
  • Works on pages and posts
  • Works with any theme
  • Responsive designImage of plugin to add tables & columns to your page or posts

How to Download and Install the add tables and columns plugin

  1. Visiting that website (https://wordpress.org/plugins/easy-columns/) allows you to download the plugin (click the Download button).
  2. It will save the plugin as a zipped file to your computer.
  3. Then open your WordPress website and click the Plugins option in the left navigation panel.
  4. Choose Upload Plugin and then choose to upload the file.
  5. Upload the zipped file (keep it zipped).
  6. Once uploaded you must then activate it.
  7. To use the tool open a new page or post
  8. Click the columns tool on the toolbar
  9. Choose the column structure you want to use
  10. The code will be placed on to your page
  11. Simply place your content (text, photos, etc…) in the text areas (highlighted above) between the brackets
  12. Publish your page or post and then view your page to view the results
  13. You can copy the columns code to create multiple rows or you can insert different arrangements, if you desire
  14. In the example below, I used the 2/3 and 1/3 options for my columns. I then copied the code to make 3 different rows:

Does the Easy Columns Solution Work?

Now I must be honest…this plugin has not been updated in over 2 years (today is January 5, 2018) so I don’t know when it will quit working, but until that time I will keep using it. It has not failed me yet so I continue to use it daily. I know that one day it will stop and I just hope that another option exists. In fact, there may be another option already—I haven’t looked. I didn’t need to look for another option.

Here is an example of how I use it on my site. I chose to go with the 1/3, 1/3, 1/3 option.


To have done this using HTML would have taken me a while (30 minutes to an hour). Using the WP Easy Columns I had this whole setup completed within 10 minutes.

You can add an unlimited number of column layouts on your website. One drawback that I have found, which is no big deal, is it doesn’t allow you to add multiple rows. So what I do is choose the column structure I want and drop it on to my page or post and then copy and paste it. This allows me to set up multiple columns and rows where I can put links to post or different pages. Again, this would have taken a long time had I programmed this in html.

I don’t know how much longer I will be able to use this plugin, but I will guarantee that I keep using it until I no longer can. It gives me so much control on the layout and look of the website that I am creating.
Check it out and let me know what you think.

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