10 Best Free WordPress Accordion Plugins

A subtle alteration to the design of your WordPress site can have a huge impact on user experience. Do it right, and the impact will be positive. Anything that improves user experience on your site is great for conversions e.g. email signups, inquiries, orders – whatever. Keep reading to learn more about the best free WordPress Accordion Plugins.

Choosing the Best Free WordPress Accordion Plugins

That’s why accordions can be a great addition to your WordPress site. They improve your design and the user experience, while allowing you to display content in a fancy manner. I have an accordion set up on my homepage, and it saves me a lot of space.

I use a WordPress plugin, just like the select ten we are about to unveil. So get ready because in this list, you just might find a gem.

Xpert Accordion

WordPress Accordion Plugins

What would you do with an accordion plugin that adds ease to the whole process of creating accordions? You would achieve so much in lesser time. You would keep it in your professional toolkit. You’d fall in love with it over and over.

Xpert Accordion is one such plugin. Creating accordions using this plugin is a matter of drag and drop. It’s highly customizable, and comes with an artistic UI that makes creating accordions a breeze.

Get a ton of preset styles, use shortcodes, and take advantage of a responsive design built on the Bootstrap framework. These are just some of the features, the list is endless.

Arconix Shortcodes

Arconix Shortcodes WordPress Plugin

Taking our number ten position today is Arconix Shortcodes, a shortcodes plugin that is built around the idea of style and elegance. It’s bursting at the seams with the usual suspects – buttons, tabs, styled boxes, lists, columns, headings – and our today’s special – accordions.

It’s responsive, and comes with a compatibility mode to avoid shortcode conflicts. The demo looks amazing you ought to have so much fun. Arconix Shortcodes has a rating of 4.6/5.0.

Easy Accordion Free

Easy Accordion Free Plugin

Brought to us by Lazypersons, Easy Accordion Free is an easy to use WordPress accordion plugins that adds fun to the whole idea of accordions.

Create accordions in posts, custom post types, and custom taxonomies, and post them wherever using shortcodes. Features include unlimited colors, responsive and lightweight design, easy installation, and compatibility with major browsers among others. There’s a pro version too.

Nextend Accordion Menu

Nextend Accordion Menu Plugin

Do you need to add life and style to your WordPress menu? If that’s a yes, you’ll find Nextend Accordion Menu a great option. You get a preset theme (and three more when you upgrade to the pro version), beautiful animation effects, colors, and menu levels.

You can now build accordion menus that give a thoroughly rewarding navigation experience for you, and your web visitors. This plugin has a rating of 4.6/5.0, and over 8k installs.

Symple Shortcodes

Symple Shortcodes Plugin

This is the solution I use on my website. Right off the bat, I would like to mention this isn’t a WordPress accordion plugins per se. Rather, it’s a WordPress shortcode plugin developed by WPExplorer, that helps you to implement everything from cool buttons, fancy testimonials, beautiful callouts, maps – and for our purpose – nicely built accordions, among other shortcodes.

Just install the plugin, activate it and have fun!


WordPress Accordion Plugin

Could the title be more obvious? Well, if you have a thing for responsive design, the latest HTML techniques, and beautiful CSS3 design, you’ll love Accordion.

With a superb rating of 5.0/5.0, and a slew of sweet features such as shortcode support, unlimited accordions anywhere, different themes, custom colors, different fonts, and mobile ready design just to mention a few. There’s a premium version as well if you desire more features.

Squelch Tabs and Accordions Shortcodes

Squelch Tabs and Accordions Shortcodes

Couple your accordions with beautiful tabs, and you have a winning formula. You can save plenty of space, improve interactivity, add style, and separate content – all with a single plugin; Squelch Tabs and Accordions Shortcodes.

Create tabs as well as horizontal and vertical accordions in a matter of seconds, and place them anywhere on your site using shortcodes. Squelch has a rating of 4.7/5.0 and over 5K active installs.


Whistles WordPress Plugin

Built by renowned WordPress plugin author, Justin Tadlock, Whistles is a unique WordPress accordion plugins. According to Justin, “it was born out of the idea that we need to get rid of all other plugins like this and start from scratch.”

Whistles adds ease and a new twist to accordion, tab, and toggle management. You get professional support, and a great set of features.

Olevmedia Shortcodes

Olevmedia Shortcodes

Just like Symple Shortcodes, Olevmedia Shortcodes isn’t just the WordPress accordion plugins. It’s a multi-purpose plugin that helps you to add a couple of shortcodes including accordion, tabs, toggle, dividers, icons, buttons, and drop caps just to mention a few.

Just plug in and play; you don’t need to memorize any shortcode. Olevmedia Shortcodes has a rating of 4.8/5.0, and over 10k active installs.

These plugins provide many different shortcodes from buttons, columns, lists, tables, and infoboxes.

It has a handy button as well that is situated on the visual editor which enables you to select the type of shortcode you need.

Squelch accordions shortcodes

This plugin provides you with two shortcodes, for tabbed content and accordions. This plugin is unique because it allows you to select vertical and horizontal options which is not the case in other plugins. Guidelines have been provided for you on the author’s website.

This plugin contains a huge collection of different themes. Go to the appearance and click accordions and tabs for you to access these themes. From the pulldown menu, select one theme that you need.

However, this plugin comes with one disadvantage, it lacks a button to the visual editor which is not the case with other plugins. Many people don’t take this as an issue.

Light shortcode plugin

This plugin not only provides accordions but provides buttons, pricing tables, highlights, among other things.

After activation, a button will pop up on the visual editor. From here you will select the shortcode that you need.


Appearance is a key factor as well. However, we thought it would be wise to provide you with our high ranks. Plugins which included extra styles to be used got a high score. Many accordions closed and opened very effectively, this factor feel into the category of appearance.

Accordion Shortcodes

This plugin does one job and does it effectively. It’s a spiffy little plugin that adds two accordion shortcodes to your WordPress site. The accordions blend seamlessly with your WordPress theme, so you don’t have to worry about styling.

At the same time, you can use CSS to customize your accordions as you wish. Accordion Shortcodes was developed by Phil Buchanan and has a rating of 4.7/5.0 and more than 10k active installs.

Which is your favorite WordPress Accordion Plugins?

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  • Bijay Pradhan
    Posted at 07:38h, 06 March Reply

    Hello, you can check Accordion for WordPress – Accordion, FAQ widgets, Shortcode, Tabs and many more (https://wordpress.org/plugins/accordion-for-wp/). This is really handy plugins with unlimited short-code with multiple templates.

  • Johnas
    Posted at 06:14h, 29 September Reply

    I know about one more else, this is “Iks Menu”, also a good choice

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