One of the things I love about WordPress is that the project has a clearly-stated philosophy. One of the principles is to design for 80% of users and leave plugins to fill in the more advanced features.
This is happening with the Gutenberg block editor. Many developers are adding extra features on top of the default blocks.
Inside the PublishPress Blocks plugin, the Advanced Table block is based on the default Table block in Gutenberg.
The Gutenberg team have done the hard work. We're standing on their shoulders.
If you want to show data inside tables in WordPress, both of these blocks are a great choice.
The Advanced Table Block has functionality that the extra 20% of WordPress users may find helpful. If you are a WordPress power user, you'll want to check out these features, including colors, border settings, cell merging, padding, and text alignment.
Here's a side-by-side rundown showing the extra features in the Advanced Table block. The features on the left are enough for 80% of users. The power features for 20% of users are on the right.
Merge Row and Columns
Text Alignment Settings
Video guide to the Advanced Table block
Advanced Table Block demos
Here are two live-action demos of the Advanced Table block:
|Plugin||Description||Number of Installs|
|PublishPress Authors||Add many authors to one WordPress post.||5,000|
|PubishPress Blocks||Gives you more control over the WordPress block editor.||30,000|
|PublishPress Capabilities||Trusted to manage the permissions for over 100,000 WordPress sites.||100,000|
|PublishPress Checklists||Define tasks that must be completed before your content is published.||4,000|
|PublishPress||Helps you organize, schedule and plan your WordPress content.||8,000|
|PublishPress Permissions||Customize your WordPress permissions in very advanced ways.||10,000|
|PublishPress Revisions||The plugin for managing, scheduling and approving WordPress revisions.||6,000|
The Gutenberg development team have done an excellent job with the default block. On multiple occasions, our developers have been able to build on top of their work and add 20% more. Some examples include the Advanced Button block, the Advanced List block, and the Advanced Video block.