A few weeks ago, I wrote a review post about the new WordPress plugin repository. Most of the developers wanted meta team to bring back the tabular interface. That means, tabbed interface is still popular; mostly because with tabs you can create user flows that lead to smooth UX.
That’s why I have decided to write about how users can create tabbed based UX Flows throughout their WordPress websites by using plugins. In this article, you are going to learn about the easiest way of creating tabbed content in WordPress. I have researched a good deal of tab building plugins and collected a selected few. Let's get started!
Tab Interface in WordPress
When you have tons of content to accommodate in a WordPress website, while maintaining both the design and user interface, then I can’t think of a better solution than to use tabs. Tab UI offers an easy to follow user experience where users can click on a particular tab to view the content inside it. Tab interfaces can be created in many shapes and sizes using distinct icons, colors, and animated effects.
In the context of WordPress you can find tab interface inside the admin dashboard where tabs appear at the top of a page, and when you click a tab, it displays new content in the same viewport area. For a better understanding go to Appearance > Menus and find out how tab interface is being used.
In WordPress, tabs can be easily added to posts and pages to organize your content in a more intuitive way.
When Using Tab-Interface Can Be a Good Idea?
Tabbed interface provides a handy way of reading content without having to scroll long pages. Tabs can help you organize information in a way that helps create a better user experience and site flow.
The concept of adding tabs is important when you want to consolidate large portions of information in less space. E.g. When you are building an eCommerce site, on a product page, you need to list down the features, full specifications, reviews, FAQs, etc. These are a different type of data sets. Putting them all on one single page while expecting users to scroll down and read it all can be a costly experiment. I have managed to increase product sales by keeping these data sets separate, each one in their tab.
To cut the long story short, tabs incorporate a structured approach in WordPress which in turn helps you improve the conversion rate.
Bringing Tabs to Life
Following hand-picked plugins provide easiest of ways for creating tabs in WordPress. These plugins were picked with ease of use and inherent utility in mind. Let’s take a look.
WP Tab Widget
WP Tab Widget can help you create a tab widget for your site’s sidebar. This tab widget can include Popular Posts, Comments, Tags, and Recent Posts. This plugin is developed by MyThemesShop a very well known theme shop. With over 80,000 active installs, the plugin delivers impressive features like a pre-built pagination system, cache system, three layout styles, AJAX based content loading, etc.
The plugin creates tabs that are fully responsive, and you can display it in any widget area. You can control the post date, excerpt, number of comments and tabs which appear in the widget. Despite all these cool features the WP Tab Widget remains quite lightweight and is a very good choice.
Tabby Responsive Tabs
When it comes to creating tabs that are unique in design and cleanly coded, Tabby Responsive Tabs is the plugin you should use. The plugin includes many convenient options, including multiple sets of tabs appearing on the same page, keyboard access for tabs, and content markup.
Thanks to jQuery that Tabby Responsive plugin creates horizontal tabs which can be easily converted to an accordion interface. It uses a semantic header and to pace up readability aria attributes are included as well.
Make sure you read about how to use the tabs shortcode for this plugin since there are no admin options in the light version. However, you need to buy pro add-ons to customize the look and feel of this plugin. This plugin is super light and enjoys a user base of more than 30,000 active installs.
Easy Responsive Tabs
Easy Responsive Tabs is an easy-to-use plugin which adds responsive bootstrap 3.0 tabs in a WordPress post/page. Tabs are created by clicking the custom tinyMCE editor icon which appears in the WordPress editor right after you install the plugin. It is a feature-rich plugin with options to make tabs responsive, display tabs on the top or bottom of the page, edit tab styling, etc.
With this plugin, you can set an external page link to load any particular tab and also set a default tab to be displayed on page load.Overall the plugin is simple and can be customized with great ease.
WP Tab Slides
With WP Tab Slides you can add both tabbed content and slides inside the content. This makes it unique w.r.t to its counterparts. What is fascinating about the plugin are its two separate layouts both for the tabs and slides. For tabs, it is the multi-page interface while slides depict an accordion-like structure.
WP Tab Slides is simple and a straightforward plugin, built with Bootstrap. Currently, it has 6000+ installs which add it to my recommended list of tab plugins.
Tabbed interface is an intuitive way of grouping together related pieces of information on a single page. It's relatively easy to implement by using plugins. So, if you’re looking for something straightforward and handy, then one of these plugins can make your job easy. Try them all and let me know which tab plugin you chose in the end? Did I miss a good plugin? Name it in the comments below and I will make sure to check it out.
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