7 Best Free WordPress Tabs Plugins
Tabbed sections on a website can be very convenient. They allow you to break up a lot of information and put it into one small space. Readers are less overwhelmed that way and therefore more likely to hang around and check out what you have to offer.
The easiest way to get tabbed content in WordPress is with a tabs plugin. Below we will go over the six best plugins we found for regular content, and then a plugin for putting a tabbed section in your sidebar.
1. WP UI – DOWNLOAD
The WP UI plugin lets you add tabbed sections, but also accordion, spoiler, and dialog sections. It comes with a LOT of different built-in styles and options. It also lets you add your own styles.
Here’s a look at a few of the different styles.
The plugin puts a new section on your visual editor that makes it easy to add the necessary shortcodes.
And here’s a look at a few of the many settings.
You can find a demo page here.
2. TheThe Tabs and Accordions – DOWNLOAD
The “TheThe Tabs and Accordions” plugin (no “TheThe” is not a mistake) is a relatively simple plugin that will give you a number of styling options for your tabbed or accordion section.
Here’s a look at a few:
The plugin works by inserting shortcodes for each section into your content. And while the shortcodes do need to be manually inserted, the plugin author offers a few models in the settings section to help get you started. You can simply copy and paste them, and then work from there.
Here’s a look at some of the style options from the settings section of the plugin.
3. WordPress Post Tabs – DOWNLOAD
The WordPress Post Tabs plugin is a simple plugin that lets you set up different tabbed sections in a Post or Page with shortcodes. The shortcodes need to be manually entered into your content.
Here’s a look at the default style with three tabbed sections.
Here’s a look at how to set up the different sections with shortcodes (from the plugin author’s page):
4. FancyTabs – DOWNLOAD
The FancyTabs plugin, ironically enough, is not really so fancy – at least not compared to some other tab plugins.
The content is divided into sections using manually inserted shortcodes. The plugin page mentions an Options page for styling options; however, I wasn’t able to locate one. In any case, the plugin worked for me.
Here’s a look at it in action.
5. Post UI Tabs – DOWNLOAD
The Post UI Tabs uses manually inserted shortcodes to create tabbed sections. The one nice advantage that this plugin offers is that it lets you see a preview of the style you choose in the settings area (see below).
Here’s a look at the plugin in action.
And here’s a look at the settings section
6. CTabs – DOWNLOAD
This simple tabs plugin works by manually inserting shortcodes. It doesn’t have any styling options, and so a reason to choose this plugin would seem to come down to liking the default style that it offers.
Here’s a look at plugin in action.
7. Tabber Tabs Widget – DOWNLOAD
Finally, the Tabber Tabs Widget allows you to put a tabbed section in your sidebar. You can then drag various widgets into this area, and a tab for each will automatically be created.
Here’s a look at the set-up on the widget settings page.
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