10 Best “Table Of Contents” WordPress Plugins In 2019

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Long posts dominate the search results, everyone knows that. But how do your visitors navigate through the giant piece of content?

The answer is very simple – add a Table of Contents (ToC) to your blog posts. This will provide clear information about what the post contains and enable them to jump directly to their point of interest. This also leads to a significant enhancement in the user experience.

What’s more, adding a table of content will enhance the search engine visibility of your content. For articles with ToC, Google will add links in meta description to jump to the links directly from the search results.

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Since adding ToC offers so many benefits, it makes perfect sense to add the table of content to your WordPress blog. There are several WordPress plugins to help you do that. Continue reading to know more about the best WordPress table of contents plugins.

Best Table of Content WordPress Plugins

Even though a quite number of Table of Content plugins are available in WordPress repository, most of them are outdated. It’s not a good idea to use an outdated plugin.

To help you to find the right plugin, I’ve compiled a list of 10 Best ‘Table of Contents’ WordPress Plugins.

*This table of content is created with Ultimate Blocks.

I’ll also show you How To Manually Add Table Of Contents In WordPress.

Now let’s get started with the first WordPress ToC plugin.

1. Ultimate Blocks

Ultimate Blocks is not a dedicated ‘Table of Contents’ plugin, rather it offers a collection ‘Custom Gutenberg Blocks’ including ‘Table Of Content’ Block. It’s a must-have plugin for Gutenberg users.

The plugin doesn’t have any additional settings. Once you’ve activated the plugin, all you need to do is inserting the ‘Table Of Contents’ block to your blog post.

It will automatically generate Table of Contents from headings. You can change the name of your table of contents. And you can place anywhere you want.

A Typical ToC Created With ‘Ultimate Blocks’ Looks Like…

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Things To Know Before Choosing This Plugin

  • It’s not a dedicated ToC plugin, rather it’s a collection of custom Gutenberg blocks.
  • It will not work in WordPress Classical Editor. You need to have Gutenberg editor.

2. CM Table Of Contents

CM Table of Contents is the most up-to-date Table of Contents plugin in WordPress directory. It’s created by the team at CreativeMinds.

The plugin comes with a dedicated option to ensure that the table of content is displayed only on single posts and pages. It is also possible to provide a custom title for the ToC. You will find all the admin options at the CM Table of Contents > Settings page.

And the plugin doesn’t generate ToC automatically. To enable the ToC, you have to check a box at the end of the content.

There are dedicated fields to manage the six levels of the ToC. For each level, you can define the relevant heading tag, assign a custom ID or class, and choose the font size.

If you want advanced options like automated ToC creation, inserting the ToC into custom locations, collapse ToC when the page is loaded, and multiple pages ToC, you have to purchase the premium version of the plugin.

A Typical ToC Created With ‘CM Table Of Contents’ Looks Like…

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Things To Know Before Choosing This Plugin

  • It has only 800+ active installations, but it gets regular updates.
  • It has both free and premium version. The premium plan starts at $29 for 2 websites.

3. Easy Table of Contents

As you can guess from the name, this plugin provides you with an easy way of adding ToC to your WordPress site. The plugin will automatically generate the ToC by collecting the headings of your content. It works perfectly with posts, custom posts, and pages.

There are separate options to enable, auto-insert the ToC in various types of contents. You can choose the position of the table of contents as well. The available options include before or after first heading, top or bottom of the content.

You can set the minimum number of headers to show the ToC. This enables you to hide the ToC from shorter posts. For the counter type, you can choose from numeric, roman alphabets, or decimal.

The plugin also comes with some powerful customization options. For instance, you can choose any of the relative or fixed widths defined by the plugin, or provide a custom width. You will find a separate field to determine the font size as well.

There are five readymade themes to help you get started. However, it is also possible to create your own theme by choosing the background, border, title, link, link hover, and link visited colors. The advanced setting section enables you to define which header tags should be included in the table of contents.

A Typical ToC Created With ‘Easy Table of Contents’ Looks Like..

You can customize the ToC in various ways. Here’s how a typical ToC looks like.

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Things To Know Before Using This Plugin

  • It’s the most popular ToC plugin which is compatible with current WordPress version.
  • It’s a free plugin and you can download it from WordPress.org repository.

4. Fixed TOC

This stylish plugin enables you to create and display uniquely styled table of contents on your WordPress site. The Fixed TOC Plugin will scan your content and automatically create the ToC based on the headings. It works correctly with all content types.

There are two ways to show the ToC – the smart show and fixed on the sidebar. The plugin comes with several attractive styles to help you get started. You can customize the font, color, position, size, etc. for these styles.

Thanks to the smooth scrolling feature, visitors can scroll to any section by using the ToC. The heading indicator will show their current position in the content.

If your content includes additional points under each sub-heading, the ToC will become longer. Fixed TOC Plugin has come up with a unique solution to this issue. Visitors can toggle the sub-headings to view or hide the additional points.

You can customize the ToC colors from the live customizer section. The fully responsive table of content works great on mobile and tablet devices as well.

A Typical ToC Created With ‘Fixed TOC’ Looks Like…

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Things To Know Before Choosing This Plugin

  • You can show both fixed and floating ToC by using this plugin.
  • It’s a premium plugin which costs $20.

5. Table of Contents Plus

By numbers, Table of Content Plus is the most popular table of contents plugin in WordPress repository. More than 300,000+ websites are using this plugin. But the problem is, this plugin hasn’t been updated for last 3 years.

With being said that, it still offers the simplest way of adding ToC to your WordPress website. The plugin enables you to show the table of contents on all of your posts, pages, and custom post types. It is possible to enable automatic ToC insertion for different types of contents.

You can display the ToC in different locations like before or after the first heading, top or bottom of the content. There is a handy option to define the minimum number of heading tags for displaying the table of contents.

By default, the plugin will show “Contents” as the heading of the ToC. You can replace this with your own text or hide the heading altogether. You can enable the visitors to toggle the ToC visibility and choose to hide the ToC initially.

Other notable options include displaying numbers in the table of content, showing hierarchy, enabling smooth scrolling effect, and so on.

ToC+ comes with a couple of customization options. These enable you to define the ToC length, wrapping style, and the font size. You can choose any of the five default styles for the ToC or create your own design from scratch.

The plugin also features a few custom shortcodes. You can use these shortcodes to show the ToC in custom locations, hide ToC from a specific content, show the full sitemap or only the posts, pages, or categories in the sitemap

A Typical ToC Created With ‘Table of Contents Plus’ Looks Like

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Things To Know Before Choosing This Plugin

  • This plugin hasn’t been test with the last 3 major WordPress updates.
  • We would recommend you to use another plugin on this list as a Table Of Contents Plus alternative.

6. Thrive Architect

Thrive Architect is not just a Table of Content generator, it’s a complete page builder with tons of features.

It offers an automated ToC builder element. Once you insert the element into the content, it will automatically create the ToC. You can drag and drop the element to anywhere in the content.

Next, choose which heading tags (h1-h6) you want to include in the table. Once you do that and click update, the ToC will be automatically created for you. It’s that simple.

There are lots of admin options to help you control the table of content. First of all, you can provide a custom name for the section. The Max-width and Min-width options enable you to set up the width. It is also possible to choose the text alignment. Available alignment options include left, right, justified, and centered.

The default setting will create the ToC in two columns. You can change this to create one, two, or three-column table of content. There are separate options to use custom margin and padding for this section. You can choose the background, border, and header background colors too.

A Typical ToC Created With ‘Thrive Architect’ Looks Like….

Thrive Architect offers the most dynamic way of adding table of contents. It offers complete customization options. Here’s how a typical ToC looks like.

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Things To Know Before Choosing This Plugin

  • It’s a premium page builder plugin that costs $67 for a single site.
  • You will have to build your content with ‘Thrive Architect’ to use this table of contents option. I mean you can’t use it on WordPress editor.

7. Multipage

As the name suggests, it creates table of contents for multiple pages. This plugin allows you to divide a post into multiple subpages. And you can show table of contents on first or every subpages.

The table of contents will redirect users to the subpages. And it will count as a pageview.

The plugin also allows you to customize the look if you have CSS knowledge. You can create a new new multipate.css file and put it on theme /css/ folder.

A Typical ToC Created With ‘Multipage’ Looks Like…

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Things To Know Before Choosing This Plugin

  • Only use this plugin if you are about to create subpages of your blog post/page.
  • It’s a free plugin available in WordPress repository.

8. Shortcode Table of Contents

As you can guess from the name, this plugin generates table of contents from shortcodes. You need to use the shortcode to add table of contents on your blog post.

There are a handful number of parameters for shortcode.

  • Content
  • Headers
  • Speed
  • anchor-text
  • anchor-class
  • top_class
  • spy true/false
  • position append/prepend
  • spy-offset

Here’s an example of how to use shortcode –

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A Typical ToC Created With ‘Shortcode Table of Contents’ Looks Like…

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Things To Know Before Using This Plugin

  •   As this plugin deals with shortcode, you will have to learn how to use different parameters for shortcodes.
  • It’s a free plugin available in WordPress repository.

9. LuckyWP Table Of Contents

Created by the team at LuckyWP, it’s another Gutenberg supported table of contents plugin. You can use this highly customizable plugin to add table of contents in your blog posts, pages, and custom post types.

This plugin allows both auto and manual insertion. You can also use shortcode or Gutenberg block. To make sure it generates ToC for longer content, you can set the minimum number of headings to display ToC.

You can display ToC in hierarchical or linear view. This plugin also offers you to customize width, float, title font size and weight, items font size, and colors. There are four color schemes are available – dark, light, white, and transparent.

Some other features of the plugin are toggle show/hide, customizable labels, smooth scrolling, etc.

A Typical ToC Created With ‘LuckyWP Table Of Contents’ Looks Like…

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Things To Know Before Choosing This Plugin

  • It’s still a new plugin with 300+ active installations, but it looks promising.
  • It supports both Classical & Gutenberg editors.

10. Element Pack (for Elementor)

Element Pack is an ‘Elementor Addons’ plugin that extends the functionality of Elementor Page Builder. It offers more than 100 addons including ‘Table of Content’ addon. If you are using Elementor, this is the right plugin to add ToC with Elementor.

This plugin offers a floating table of contents button. And users can toggle the button to show or hide table of contents. It also offers toggle option for sub-headings.

A Typical ToC Created With ‘Element Pack’ Looks Like…

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Things To Know Before Choosing This Plugin

  • This plugin is only for Elementor Page Builder. You need to have Elementor installed to use this plugin.
  • It’s premium plugin that costs $99 per year.

So these are the best ToC plugins that you can use to add Table of Contents on your blog posts or pages.

Now I’d like to show you the manual way.

How To Manually Add Table Of Contents In WordPress

Yes, you can add table of contents in WordPress without using a plugin. And WordPress makes it insanely easier in Gutenberg Editor.

Let’s see how you can add ToC in Gutenberg.

At first, highlight the header and click on “Advanced” from the right hand side. Then you need to enter the anchor name in “HTML Anchor” box.

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Now go back where you want to link it. Just select that text and link it with a # before the anchor name (follow screenshot).

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That’s it. You are done.

To learn more ways of Adding Table of Contents or Anchor Links in WordPress, follow this massive guide by Kinsta.

Final Words

So, those are the ways you can use to add table of contents to your WordPress site.

I personally prefer the manual approach rather than using a plugin. But sometimes, we need plugin to have other functionalities like toggle on/off, floating table of contents, etc.

If you are using Gutenberg editor, I’d recommend you to use Ultimate Blocks. It’s a must have plugin for Gutenberg users.

Are you using any ToC creator plugin right now? If yes, let me know which one you use in the comments below.

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17 thoughts on “10 Best “Table Of Contents” WordPress Plugins In 2019”

  1. Thank you very much istiak for writing such a helpful post. Based on your recommendation i am going to use the easy table of the content plugin now. I really love the thrive one but as a newbie into blogging, I don’t have the budget right now to spend on that particular plugin. I really love how you have formatted this content. Can you tell me what plugins you are using for the pop-up and the buttons on the blog please? that would be very much helpful.
    Thanks and god bless

  2. Hey Istiak,

    Thanks so much for this post – I found Ultimate Blocks because of it. Is it your plugin? It seems awesome. Just what a blogger needs!

    I loved how easy it was to generate the Table of Contents! I added the plugin and the TOC was autogenerated in a few seconds on my blog post. (https://nectarinecommunications.com/content-marketing-ideas-for-solopreneurs/)

    Lovely!

    My only wish would be an option to toggle hide and show.

    But thanks for this super helpful post, just when I needed it! Cheers! =)

    1. Yes, it’s created by our team. Glad you liked the plugin.

      And talking about the toggle option, I think you are already using it. I’ve just checked your post and I’ve found you are using the option.

      And thanks for using the plugin. Please feel free to reach us whenever you need any help.

  3. Jennifer at Hybrid Rasta Mama

    If I use Ultimate Blocks for a Table Of Contents will it be marked up properly? I know Google likes TOCs but thought they had to be marked up with the right SCHEMA?

  4. Hi Istiak Rayhan,

    You have shared a wonderful post full of valuable information. Can you suggest any plugin to make my WordPress site faster. I have tried Autoptimize plugin however, I am not very happy with it.

  5. Hey Istiak!
    I’m currently using the TOC known as Table of Contents Plus which is working amazingly for me. I’ll also love to give a try to a few these more.

    Thanks!

    1. Hi Yasar,

      Good to see you after a long time.

      Table of Contents Plus is a great plugin. The only problem is, it’s not been updating for last three years.

      I’d like to invite you to give a test drive on our plugin (Ultimate Blocks).

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