Footnotes for WordPress

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  • Author: Charles Johnson
  • License: GPL
  • Compatibility: WordPress 2.9, 3.0 and above
  • Status: Supported and mature. Bug fixes released as necessary.


Footnotes for WordPress is a simple plugin designed with a simple aim in mind: to make it dead-easy to include decently-formatted footnotes in posts and pages on your WordPress blog.[1]

The plugin includes three major components: (1) a PHP module which implements easy-to-use shortcodes for footnotes in FeedWordPress; (2) a small JavaScript module which allows JavaScript-enabled browsers to display the footnote in a small bubble that pops up over the footnote reference, for easy reading; and (3) a stylesheet and small collection of images, which control the default appearance of footnote references, the content of footnotes, and the content of footnotes when displayed inline. The plugin makes extensive use of CSS classes to determine the appearance of the footnotes, meaning that you can override it with your own favored appearance from within your WordPress theme’s stylesheets.

  1. [1] In fact, I am using the plugin on this installation of WordPress, so you can see what kind of output it produces right here.