WP-Footnotes (a plugin for WordPress)

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Feature requests and bug reports should be recorded on the WordPress Plugins Trac system (make sure you select wp-footnotes as the component).


  1. Download it from the official WordPress Plugin Repository.
  2. Upload the footnotes folder and all it’s contents to the /wp-content/plugins/ directory
  3. Activate the plugin through the ‘Plugins’ menu in WordPress.
  4. You’re good to go!


Creating a footnote is dead simple, just include it with double parentheses ((Your very own footnote!)), like that. With the WP-Footnotes plugin enabled the previous sentence will end up looking like this:

Creating a footnote is dead simple, just include it with double parentheses1, like that.

Important note: Make sure you include a space before your opening double parentheses! or the footnote won’t work2.

Old School

Back in the day when the very first version of WP-Footnotes was released the mark-up used was a little different. If you’re one of those people who was around back then, rest assured that an upgrade won’t make your posts using the old mark-up look totally stupid. In fact they will look exactly as they’re supposed to, footnotes and all3.


You have a fair few options to do with how the identifier links4, footnotes and back-links look which can be found in the WordPress admin area under Settings » Footnotes. Most of the options are fairly self explanatory.

Other Features

Paginated Posts

Some of you seem to like paginating post, which at this point is kind of problematic. By default each page of your post will have it’s own set of footnotes at the bottom and the numbering will start again from 1 for each page.

At this point the only way to get around that5 is to know how many posts are on each page and tell WP-Footnotes what number you want the list to start at for each of the pages. So at some point on each page6 you need to add a tag to let WP-Footnotes know what number the footnotes on this page should start at. The tag should look like this

  1. <!–startnum=5–>

where “5” is the number you want the footnotes for this page to start at.


Sometimes it’s useful to be able to refer to a previous footnote a second (or third, or fourth…) time. To do this, you can either simply insert the exact same text7 as you did the first time8 and identifier should simply reference the previous note. Alternatively, if you don’t want to do all that typing again, you can construct a footnote like this: ((ref:1)). and the identifier will reference the footnote with the given number9.


Download it from the official WordPress Plugin Repository.

  1. Your very own footnote! []
  2. This was a deliberate decision made when writing the second version of footnotes (v0.9) so that if WP-Footnotes was to stop working for some unholy reason, it wouldn’t end up looking((really silly)), but only ((kind of silly)). []
  3. Yes, that means you can, if you like, continue using the old mark-up
    1. <footnote>

    like this

    1. </footnote>

    . []

  4. That’s the little number bit. []
  5. This problem could be solved much more elegantly if WordPress provided one or two more filter hooks for manipulating the post content at different points in the stack. []
  6. That is, between each
    1. <!–nextpage–>

    tag. []

  7. Like this. []
  8. Like this. []
  9. Even though it’s a little more typing, using the exact text method is much more robust. The number referencing will not work across multiple pages in a paged post (but will work within the page). Also, if you use the number referencing system you risk them identifying the incorrect footnote if you go back and insert a new footnote and forget to change the referenced number. []

data estrazione articolo originale 22-02-2011 – link