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1) Table Block

New Post, Add Block, Create.

Look under Formatting to find the Gutenberg block for Table.

If you know the number of rows and columns, and want to fill in each data cell manually, then this will work for you.

Table code is displayed when you “Edit as HTML”
Copy this HTML text to use later in a plugin
Update and View Post

NEXT: We’ll paste the HTML code into a plugin, and create the exact same table in your test post by using a shortcode.

2) Shortcode

Edit your test post to run a plugin. Find the Shortcode block under Widgets.

Add the shortcode API and then Update your test post.

Go to the Plugin Editor. We’re going to cannibalize the Hello Dolly plugin that comes as default with every installation.

Delete everything except the Plugin Name, and change that to “My Table”.
Create the shortcode’s function after the add_shortcode function.
Paste the HTML text string as the function’s return value.
Activate the My Table plugin. * **
Refresh the test post.
Notice that the two tables are identical.

* The reference to “a new version of My Table” is actually a reference to Hello Dolly, somehow remembered by core. If you click “update now”, all the code for the Hello Dolly plugin will revert back.

** Note: It is possible to modify and update the plugin code while it is active, and still get the shortcode in the post to display as you’d expect. But, sometimes you’ll get an error. If that happens, open another window, deactivate the plugin, then go back and update the code.

For your future reading pleasure:

3) For Loop

You can copy & paste in order to add rows, if you want.

But, it might be better done programmatically using a loop.

Play with using variable values within the loop.

Notice that the HTML string is broken up and string concatenation operations are performed with a dot equals sign.

Use a “for” loop if you know in advance exactly how many rows are needed.

Update the plugin code and refresh the post.

9) Copy & Paste

Plugin Name: My Table
add_shortcode( 'mytable', 'myTableFun' );

function myTableFun( $atts ) {
    $a = shortcode_atts( 
            'cost' => '',
            'fee' => ''
            ), $atts 
    $c = $a['cost'];
    $f = $a['fee'];

    $h = "<table id='rowfocus'>";

    $h .= "<caption>WordPress-Saratoga</caption>";

    $h .= "<tr><th>Number of Members</th>";

    $h .= "<th>Annual Fee</th></tr>";

    do {              
        $i++; $q = $c/$i;         
        $h .= "<tr><td>" . $i . "</td>";         
        $h .= "<td>" . "$";              
        $h .=  number_format($q,2);         
        $h .= "</td></tr>";         
        } while ($q > $f); 

    $h .= "</table>";      
    return $h;      
th, td {text-align:right;}

th {

rowfocus tr:hover {

background-color:#ddd; }

caption {font-size: 22px;text-align: center;}