How To Style A WordPress Table Using CSS

  • Table header styling
  • Table rows styling
  • Styling columns
  • Search bar alignment
  • Bonus tips!
Styling a table with CSS in Ninja Tables

Styling an HTML data table in WordPress can be both easy and challenging, depending on how you approach the issue. Many table plugins offer various customizing and styling options such as table color, position, borders, etc. But styling a table with CSS is something advanced-level users are curious about.

Often, basic users need to have an idea of styling a table too, to ensure the best possible outlook of their pages based on their business objectives. So, in this article, we will focus on how to customize table styling with CSS selectors.

We have chosen Ninja Tables for demonstration because apart from the built-in styling features, this plugin has an easy CSS customization option as well.

What is the difference between HTML and CSS?

Before getting into the depth of how to style HTML tables with CSS, maybe we should clear up what these two terms actually mean.

HTML or “Hypertext Markup Language” is basically the content of a webpage. It can be texts on a page or anything. An HTML table has specific HTML code that defines the table- <table> tag for the table, <th>, <tr>, and <td> tags for table content.

On the contrary, CSS or “Cascade Styling Sheets” handles the design, layout, or visuals of a website.

If you have a WordPress table in HTML and want to style it using CSS, there are CSS selectors to precisely find and style the HTML element.

Styling a table with CSS using Ninja Tables

All tables have certain CSS classes and HTML table IDs. Since Ninja Tables is one of the leading table plugins right now, many users want to know how to style Ninja Tables HTML tables with CSS.

You can add your styling commands in the Ninja Tables Custom CSS panel to style header, rows, columns, etc.

Here are a few examples of how styling a table with CSS in Ninja Tables works.

Note: Custom CSS feature isn’t available in Ninja Table free version. To use the styling guide, upgrade to Pro.

Firstly, we’ve created a table with mock data to show you the process. The table ID is “4615”.

how styling a table with CSS works

In case you didn’t add the parent ID as a selector, you can use #footable_parent_NT_ID.

The CSS selector for the table header is-

#footable_parent_ID table.ninja_table_pro > thead

Here, “thead” indicates the table header, and “ID” is the particular table’s ID that you want to style.

To select the content of the table header, the CSS selector will become-

#footable_parent_ID table.ninja_table_pro > thead > tr > th

In the table shown earlier, we have opened the Custom CSS panel to change the header style. For instance, we want the header background in orange and the header texts in yellow. Following the table ID, the CSS will be-

styling a WordPress table with CSS

#footable_parent_4615 table.ninja_table_pro > thead {
background-color: orange;
color: yellow;
}

You can write more properties before the last curly bracket. We also wanted to change the font style and size of the header.

how to style a WordPress table with CSS

font-size: 35px;
font-weight: bold;
font-style: italic;

Now, save the custom CSS and preview the table. You will see the header style has changed.

styling a table with CSS to color it

The header background is orange, and the texts are yellow. Similarly, the font size and style have changed too. You can customize your table using the selectors.

2.Table rows styling

CSS style for HTML table rows can change the color, font, and even select odd/even rows.

For table body (tbody) and rows background and text color, CSS is-

#footable_parent_4615 table.ninja_table_pro > tbody > tr {
background-color: green;
color: white;
font-size: 20px;
}

We have chosen the body color to be green and texts as white. Also, font-size 20px.

manage styling a table with CSS

Note: Reduce the header font-size for convenience.

If you want to select odd/even rows, then use the CSS-

#footable_parent_4615 table.ninja_table_pro > tbody > tr:nth-child(even) {
background-color: teal;
color: white;
}

Or,

#footable_parent_4615 table.ninja_table_pro > tbody > tr:nth-child(odd) {
background-color: blue;
color: pink;
}

style and design a table with CSS

After you save the style command, open the preview window again to check the changes.

A styled table with Custom CSS

Just like the commands, the odd rows are now blue with pink texts, and even rows are teal with white texts.

3. Styling columns

Each of the table columns has a specific CSS class, and it’s “ninja_column_ColumnIndex”. Please note that the Column Index for Ninja Tables starts with “0”. As a result, we need to write the code as “ninja_column_0” to select the first column.

styling a table with CSS to change color

You can add an extra CSS class in the Advanced Settings panel of the individual column editor.

The default search bar position is at the top right corner. The “Other” tab in the Table Design panel lets you choose the position you want- Left, Center, Right, Default.

In case you want the search bar at the center or to the left side using CSS code, then here’s how it should be-

how styling a table with CSS works in Ninja Tables

#footable_parent_4615 table.ninja_table_pro tr.footable-filtering form {
text-align: center;
}

Save the CSS with the search bar at the center. Or you can change its position to the left.

Bonus

3 bonus points:

a) Color code

You can simply put the color code of the particular color you want for the background or font. We have typed the name of the color, but it’s troublesome in some cases, such as picking a lighter shade.

So, you can just paste the code and update it to change the color. We have updated the odd/even row background colors to light hues of green rather than teal and blue from earlier.

table styling with css

You can color the table header, texts, and rows with any color in this way.

Just paste the code and hit update.

styling a table with CSS for WordPress

b) CSS for all tables

One more tip is that if you want the CSS to be applied on all tables, use “.footable_parent.ninja_table_wrapper” instead of #footable_parent_NT_ID.

c) Background image

If you want the table to show a background image, upload the preferred image in WordPress media and paste the link with the respective CSS code.

adding table background image with CSS

Conclusion

This article is for users who are fluent in advanced features and, of course, CSS code. Otherwise, Ninja Tables takes care of every styling and design without code in a much simpler way. Using the designing features, you can color the rows, texts, or background.

You can style the table with more straightforward directions using the core features. But styling a table with CSS does come in handy at times.

Check out Ninja Tables documentation about CSS styling while you’re at it. If you hit a wall somewhere, we are all ears!


Nusrat Fariha

Hi, this is Nusrat Fariha, a creative content writer at WPManageNinja who loves to work on diverse topics. And when I am not writing, you'll find me going through my favorite books.

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