Free Table of Contents WordPress Plugins

I recently started using the RankMath SEO plug-in and in an ongoing quest to get perfect 100 ratings for my on page SEO, I realized I would need to find a plug-in to handle highlighting content via a table of contents. So, why not review some free table of contents WordPress plugins to see which ones the best?

Of course, this is all just my own personal opinion, but I’m going to highlight these free table of contents plug-ins to see which one I like personally. All show and on page example of how this looks for my a recently built collection of T-shirt shop WordPress themes.

Free Table of Contents WordPress Plugins

Here they are, some on awesome table of contents plug-ins to help guide your visitors through your content in a way that keeps everything incredibly simple to find.

Table of Contents Plus

Table of Contents Plus
Table of Contents Plus

Created by a developer named Michael Tran, Table of Contents Plus is a user-friendly plug-in in my experience and it helps automatically create context specific indexes or tables of contents. I’ve chosen to put it in a right-handed sidebar and there it is. You get a chance to see headings for all of the posts I created in that T-shirt shop WordPress theme collection I just built.

There’s not a lot of bells and whistles, at least not with the free version. It operates as a short code and that lets you put your table of contents anywhere you want it. It can appear at the top of your content before the first heading, you can put it in the sidebar, you can even put in the footer. Hey, you can have it in multiple¬† places at once. Stylewise, it’s very stripped-down and basic, but it gets the job done.

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Easy Table of Contents

Easy Table of Contents
Easy Table of Contents

Next up, Easy Table of Contents. This is another free plug-in that allows you to insert a table of contents anywhere you want into a post, page, sidebar or even in a custom post type. It automatically connects to any heading you’ve created in a post, assuming there are at least four or more headings. That’s the default setting, though it can be changed up. You can place your table of contents pretty much anywhere you want it and it works with Gutenberg, Divi, Elementor, WP Bakery Page Builder and the classic WordPress editor.

You can choose from different bullet formats, choose to display your table of contents in a hierarchical manner or not and there are a few other options that you can used to customize your table of contents, though this plug-in and the first one I highlighted actually look quite similar. It looks like the developer has done a pretty good job of staying up-to-date with requests on WordPress and that means you can probably count on support to continue in the future.

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LuckyWP Table of Contents

LuckyWP Table of Contents
LuckyWP Table of Contents

Lucky WP is yet another table of contents WordPress plug-in with a really SEO friendly set up, plenty of flexibility and I think of the plug-ins I’ve reviewed so far, it offers the most visual set up for creating your table of contents and allowing it to be placed anywhere you want with a lot of flexibility. It looks like it takes just a couple of clicks to set up, to create a style that fits with your branding and you can even pin it to the top of your sidebar.

You can insert your new table of contents using a short code, put it in a Gutenberg block or widget. Change of the minimum number of headings to display, create hierarchical or linear views, number your table, the list of features goes on and on. This is a bit less popular than the first two plug-ins I’ve highlighted, but it was only recently released. So, I think is a lot of room to grow and it looks like it’s going to deliver a pretty good user experience overall.

I like the fact that it’s easy to install, doesn’t seem to disrupt anything else in WordPress and it also has pretty good settings. Once you’ve installed and activated the plugin in your plugins section in WordPress, you can go in and set up your options in the WP Lucky TOC settings page. Here I found a really good variety of features, including being able to sort alphabetically, create hierarchical or linear views, choose from different headings styles or assign your own CSS classes for any element on your table of content.

You’re going to get a bullet point style list with line breaks between each element by default but if you’d rather have a horizontal menu with support for multiple columns so be sure to enable it before running short-codes. I tested this out, by creating a quick one to see how it looks and while the menu didn’t look particularly good on the page, no big deal here.

I’m not sure if it’s just me, but you have to ensure that other plug-ins are disabled in order to use this option properly. One of my favorite options is having your table of contents pinned to the top of the sidebar because I’ve seen other sites using these kinds of Table Of Contents for navigation purposes and they did make things easier for visitors to find their way around. And last but not least, you can also add an ID or Class attribute which might come in handy for styling purposes later on.

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