Have you ever skipped reading an article, because it was too long, you got bored, and you could never reach the section you wanted to read? This wouldn't have happened had the publisher used a table of contents on the blog.

A table of contents highlights the critical sections of an article so that a reader can either read it in its entirety or jump to the part that is the most relevant.

A table of contents also has other significance. One of the most important factors is that a table of contents helps Google to show rich snippets in the search results.

Now that you know the benefits of adding a table of contents to your blog, you probably are ready to add one. Although you can code to get this result, there is an easier way, and that is adding a plugin.

The WordPress market has very few plugins that will help you add a table of contents to your blogs. Even though you will find articles listing various plugins, many plugins have expired or have not been updated over the years.

This article lists the best active WordPress plugins that will simplify things without any coding.

Best Table of Content WordPress Plugins

1. Fixed TOC

Fixed TOC is a very powerful and neatly coded WordPress plugin that will help you add a table of contents to your blog very easily. This plugin can automatically scan your headings throughout a post and create the table of contents, which is fixed in the page display.

By using this plugin, you can rest assured that your readers will find the content they want more smoothly and quickly. It comes with more than 50 awesome animated effects, a great meta box for each page, various customization options, and a lot more. Fixed TOC is translation-ready, so you can localize posts to any language that you want.

This theme is compatible across various browsers and works brilliantly with the latest versions of WordPress.


2. Easy Table of Contents

This plugin comes with various advanced functions and is perfect for anyone who has just started web designing.

It automatically generates a table of contents for your posts, pages, and custom post types by parsing content for headers. You can choose where and when to insert your table of contents in your articles. You also get several options to configure your table of contents and control how it is going to appear.

Easy Table of Contents also supports smooth controlling and multiple counter bullet formats. It allows the user to hide the table of contents from posts if desired.

If you think this plugin lacks a useful feature, you can suggest it to the developers. If your suggestion is valid, they will surely add it to the plugin.

Easy Table of Contents

3. Ultimate Blocks

Ultimate Blocks is primarily a custom Gutenberg plugin that has more than 15 blocks, and one of its amazing blocks is a table of contents. This allows you to add a table of contents to your WordPress posts or pages.

It doesn’t have any additional settings. Once you insert the ‘Table Of Contents’ block, it will generate a table of contents automatically from the headings. Then, you can give a custom name to the table of contents.

4. CM Table of Contents

This is another free table of contents WordPress plugin that helps you generate a table of contents by defining any HTML tags and classes. You can place this table of contents anywhere in a post using shortcodes. This makes it easier for your readers to navigate through your content and read exactly what they want to.

The best thing about this plugin is that it allows you to generate a fully customizable and multilevel table of contents. Customize your table of contents with different sections, titles, positions, sidebars, and headers, all of which are defined by your page or post content. You can define the table of contents using div/span tags or CSS classes instead of only by h1/h2 tags.

CM Table Of Contents

5. Thrive Architect

This plugin will take away all the hard work of manually creating an attractive table of contents. By using this plugin, you can automatically generate a beautiful table of contents with ease. Thrive Architects allows you to categorize your content and make it easily readable for your audience.

With this plugin, you can select which headings you want generated in a table of contents, so every time a particular title appears, a table of contents will be automatically generated. With many other functions, this plugin is one of the most loved of its kind in the WordPress market.


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Originally published Jan 11, 2018 3:53:49 PM, updated October 18 2019