Adding tables to your website can help you with organizing your content.  Before going through this lesson please first read our class on HTML Basics.

To add a table to your website, the basic HTML code is:

<table>
<tr>
<td>row 1, cell 1</td>
<td>row 1, cell 2</td>
</tr>
<tr>
<td>row 2, cell 1</td>
<td>row 2, cell 2</td>
</tr>
</table>

which would look like:

row 1, cell 1 row 1, cell 2
row 2, cell 1 row 2, cell 2

How do I create a table with HTML?

To break it down, first we have the tags to start and close the table:

<table>
</table>

Now we will add the first row.  A row is shown with a <tr> tag:

<table>
<tr>

Next, the cells will be added.  A cell is shown with a <td> tag:

<tr>
<td>row 1, cell 1</td>
<td>row 1, cell 2</td>

Finally we will close that row, and then start the next row:

<table>
<tr>
<td>row 1, cell 1</td>
<td>row 1, cell 2</td>
</tr>
<tr>

You can repeat this to have as many rows and columns as you need.

Adding a Border to your Table

In the example above we created a table with no borders, but you can create a table with borders as well.  Using the above example:

<table>
<tr>
<td>row 1, cell 1</td>
<td>row 1, cell 2</td>
</tr>
<tr>
<td>row 2, cell 1</td>
<td>row 2, cell 2</td>
</tr>
</table>

All that needs to be added is in the first tag, the border attribute can be input:

<table border ="1">
<tr>
<td>row 1, cell 1</td>
<td>row 1, cell 2</td>
</tr>
<tr>
<td>row 2, cell 1</td>
<td>row 2, cell 2</td>
</tr>
</table>

Which would create:

row 1, cell 1 row 1, cell 2
row 2, cell 1 row 2, cell 2

There are other attributes you can add to a table as well such as cellspacing and cellpadding to increase the space between the cells and around the table, but these are the basics to creating a table to your website. 

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