Footnotes Plugin for WordPress by CreativeMinds

Footnotes Plugin for WordPress by CreativeMinds

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Easily and automatically add multiple footnotes to your WordPress posts and pages with our fully customizable WordPress footnotes plugin.

Provide readers additional information in the form of a footnote symbol linked at the bottom of a page

Various words and phrases require detailed description, but also unnecessary require space in your content. With our easy Footnotes plugin you can give detailed clarifications to your users and a stylish Footnotes Symbol will link the word to the explanation.

Focus readers to your content, but give them also an option to find text clarifications. Improve user reading experience while increasing search engine optimization with detailed content. Consider a footnote as a roadmap for referencing users to valuable content.

Easily create, elegant, simpler yet modern Footnotes in WordPress

The WordPress Footnotes plugin supports adding footnotes to any page or post on your WordPress site to add reference information and to clarify the text.

The footnote plugin helps you create endnotes, references, footnotes, citations, bibliography notes, pictures and other media.

Footnotes with featured images
Footnotes with featured images

Beautiful Featured Images

Every footnote can display a featured image.

The images are also shown in the float window, where you can choose its size.

Make your site more attractive with colorful footnotes.

Elegant Footnote Symbol

This easy footnotes plugin allows users to create footnotes, endnotes, bibliography, notes, footnote citations, footnotes images and more right individual posts and pages on your WordPress site.

Upon adding an Endnote a symbol will appear near the term. Clicking on the symbol will then lead to the footnote definition.

Clicking on symbol takes to the Footnote definition or shows the float window
Clicking on symbol takes to the Footnote definition or shows the float window
Float window triggered by click
Float window triggered by click

Persistent Float Window

Show a persistent float box when clicking the footnote symbol.

The float window has an enlarged featured image and footnote definition.

Customize padding, color and set a CSS class to the close button.

Handy Tooltip Preview

Drastically improve user experience by adding a beautiful tooltip preview to each footnote symbol.

Choose a tooltip background color that matches your site identity.

Footnote with tooltip preview
Footnote with tooltip preview

Using the WordPress Footnotes Plugin

  • Add user friendly footnotes to any page or post on your WordPress site
  • Add citations for post sources
  • Build an index of all your site footnotes or citations
  • Export and import footnotes between sites
  • Build a database of footnotes for selected terms or content and use them across your site
A widget showing at the bottom of the post with the related footnote definitions
A widget showing at the bottom of the post with the related footnote definitions

Post Footnotes Definitions Widget

This simple Footnotes plugin supports adding multiple footnotes to any post or page on your WordPress site, as well as the ability to hide or collapse the footnote text.

Our WP Footnotes plugin can be customized to fit the look and brand of your site.

Footnotes Index

All footnotes can be viewed from a central index page that displays all your footnotes each with a list of all related posts in which they appear

You can import or export footnotes between different sites using the CSV format.

Footnotes Index Containing Links to Posts Where Footnotes are Used
Footnotes Index Containing Links to Posts Where Footnotes are Used

WordPress Footnotes Use Case Examples

  • News & Blog Sites – Enhance readability and increase user reading time with term explanations. Boost your SEO without sacrificing user experience.

How the WordPress Footnotes Plugin Works

Easily Adding Footnotes

Once the WordPress footnotes plugin is installed and activated, a new meta box will be added to each page or post, allowing you to mark areas of the text and create footnotes or citations to display additional information.

You can choose whether to display those footnotes on all pages, or only show them on selected pages and posts.

Adding an endnote from Every Post Or Page Editing Screen
Adding an endnote from Every Post Or Page Editing Screen

Customize Footnote Style

Once a post is displayed a sign will appear next to the selected text which will take the user to the bottom of the post where the footnotes appear.

Customize the sign and the footnotes appearance

Footnote Style Settings
Footnote Style Settings

Footnotes Plugin Related Use Case

Footnotes Plugin Additional Resources

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Footnotes Plugin Basic Features

  • Easily add elegant footnotes from every page or post
  • Footnote list at the bottom of the post

Footnotes Plugin Premium Features

Please check the user guide to learn more about this plugin

Add Footnotes and Citations to WordPress posts – Add modern footnotes with the click of a button inside any post or page. Each footnote can be defined to appear only locally, globally or on selected posts or pages. View screenshot: CM Footnotes – Meta box in each page or post
Footnotes Style – Footnotes can be placed anywhere in the post or page using a shortcode. The styling of the footnote is defined in the plugin settings. View screenshot: CM Footnote – Example of footnotes in a post
Featured Image – Add featured images to every footnote. These are displayed below the footnote title and on the float box, making your articles much more attractive
Footnotes Index – All footnotes that appear on the site can be displayed on the index page with all the related articles in which the footnotes are used. View Screenshot: Footnotes Index Page
Float Window – Trigger a float window with image and description when clicking the tooltip symbol. The float box is persistent and customizable, enhancing navigation
Footnotes Metabox – Easily define footnotes and citations within a customizable meta box on your page or post. View screenshot: CM Footnotes – Meta box in each page or post
Footnotes Range – Define where your footnotes are displayed across your WordPress site. It can be shown only in one post, a group of posts or across all the site. View screenshot: CM Footnotes – Footnote properties
Local Footnotes using a Shortcode – You can use a shortcode on any post or page to add a local footnote which will only appear on that post and will not be recorded in the footnotes database table
Add Images to footnotes – Add a featured image to each footnote. The featured image will show up next to the footnote at the bottom of the post
Import and Export – Export and import your footnotes across sites
Custom posts support – Support any custom post
Synonym support – Add a synonym to any footnote term, so once the synonym is found, it will be linked to your footnote
Paged post support – If the page includes pagination, footnotes will also support linking to the correct post page

Footnotes Plugin Frequently Asked Questions

Please check the user guide to learn more about this plugin

Can I add the same footnote on multiple posts?

Yes. The Plugin manages each footnote in the database. It is possible therefore to connect a single footnote to multiple pages or posts, including custom posts.

Can I export my footnotes for another site?

Yes. The plugin comes with a built-in import and export tool which makes it easy to move footnotes between sites.

To learn more about exporting and importing footnotes with the built in export/import feature read our Help guide by clicking here

Can I find a central location for my footnotes?

Yes. The plugin creates an index page for all the footnotes created. The index page includes the footnotes and all the related posts or pages where this footnote is shown. The index page can be used for admin only usage or also as a reference tool for site visitors

Can I customize the appearance of footnotes?

Sure you can! Go to the Footnote styling section to create a unique appearance for your footnotes, including custom fonts, colors, sizes and weights of footnote descriptions and titles. You can also add a featured image.

Can I add images to my footnotes.

Yes. Every footnote can have one featured image, which will be shown under the title in the footnote area or inside the float box.

Will footnotes appear on all pages and posts?

That’s up to you to decide. Generally, footnotes appear wherever a related term appears, but you can determine post types in which footnotes should or should not appear, as well as to exclude specified pages from parsing footnote information.

Where will my footnotes be displayed?

Footnoted appear at the bottom of pages and posts where the particular word or term related appears in the content. They also appear in a central footnotes index, which can easily be accessed by clicking on individual footnotes.

Can I add footnotes to any blog post?

Yes, adding blog footnotes are possible.

Footnotes Plugin Online Demo


This demo shows how an article can include footnotes at the bottom of it and links to the footnotes in the terms found in the articleArticle with Footnotes Live Demo


This demo shows how an article can include footnotes at the bottom of it and links to the footnotes in the terms found in the articleSecond Article with Footnotes
DemoThis demo shows an index containing all footnotes used in the site with reference to the article in which they have been usedFootnotes Index Demo

Footnotes Plugin Gallery

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Customer Reviews for the Footnotes Plugin

  • Excellent plugin
    I installed this plugin and had an issue with it, the problem was solved within hours and I’m now upgrading to the pro version for the extra features. Excellent plugins with outstanding service.. Thanks guys..
  • Highly recommended!
    I got the CM Footnotes Pro version of the plugin after comparing several other plugins. It has several advantages like ability to display an index of all footnotes on site and also ability to use footnote on several posts across the site. Highly recommended if you need such support for your articles and posts
  • Great plugin !
    Was looking for something like that. One of my client wanted to have footnotes for all posts and pages on his site. I spent couple of hours for searching and testing best plugin and there it is. Really easy to use for everyone.Fully recommend, my client is also happy 🙂 So what else do I need !Thank you and looking forward new features !

Footnotes Plugin Release Notes

Version 2.0.5 10th July 2021

  • Definitions automatic sorting added
  • Tooltip event trigger has changed
  • Admin shortcodes display values after change bug fixed
  • Type Error in main php script fixed

Version 2.0.4 29th June 2021

  • JS new version added
  • Shortcodes and its copy button styles changed

Version 2.0.3 18th June 2021

  • Redesign for new release of free plugin
  • Added the option to easily copy the shortcode in metabox

Version 2.0.2 16th June 2021

  • Old options saved bug fixed

Version 2.0.1 14th June 2021

  • views small bugs fixed
  • backlinks redeveloped logic

Version 2.0.0 10th June 2021

  • Local footnotes support only for page/post/custom post types
  • no global footnotes , no parsing, no other custom shortcodes
  • External links added to the tooltips and footnote definitions
  • backlinks wikistyle added

Version 1.5.3 6th Oct 2020

  • Minor fixes

Version 1.5.2 3rd Oct 2020

  • Added Gutenberg support

Version 1.5.1 20th April 2020

  • Added new option for footnote behavior, added float window and tooltip.
  • Fixed some minor issues
  • Updated the licensing package

Version 1.4.10 5th Sep 2019

  • Fixed minor issues

Version 1.4.9 2nd July 2019

  • Added text alignment option in footnote description text

Version 1.4.8 16th June 2019

  • Added footnotes preview in Post Edit mode

Version 1.4.7 2nd June 2019

  • Improved the Footnotes table display
  • Updated Licensing package
  • Bug: Fixed CM Footnotes Preview on the Edit Post page

Version 1.4.6 30th Jan 2019

  • Updated package 1.8.6
  • Added integration with Pay Per Post

Version 1.4.5 20th Nov 2018

  • Fixed the problem with ‘Only show footnotes on single posts/pages’ option
  • Improve plugin css display

Version 1.4.4 1st Nov 2018

    Fixed the problem with Footnote tooltip styles

Version 1.4.3 30th Sep 2018

  • Added option “Show each footnote on a separate line”
  • Fixed the problem with Footnote styles

Version 1.4.2 25th Sep 2018

  • Fixed the problem with hyperlinks in Simple Footnotes

Version 1.4.1 21st Aug 2018

  • Added option to show footnote content as a tooltip

Version 1.4.0 12th July 2018

  • Added option to show footnote content as a tooltip

Version 1.3.0 10th June 2018

  • Responsive Footnotes display in multiple columns
  • Added Dash Icon option to add/edit footnotes and rendering of the page along with footnotes
  • Separator Settings for Footnotes display

Version 1.2.7 26th Sep 2017

  • Added the option to disable the Automatic Footnotes Display on page (allows to display only in Widget etc)
  • Added the link from the Footnote table symbol to the place where the term appears on the page

Version 1.2.6 12th June 2017

  • Added the HTML support for Simple Footnotes
  • Fixed the bugs with adding Footnotes through modal
  • Added the option to change the priority of the filter outputting the Simple Footnotes

Version 1.2.5 10th May 2017

  • Fixed the problem with the plugin after updating from the Free version
  • Updated the Licensing Package

Version 1.2.4 22nd April 2017

  • Fixed some small bugs

Version 1.2.3 18th March 2017

  • Fixed the unexpected behavior/bug from last update

Version 1.2.2 17th March 2017

  • Add option to choose how to use line break

Version 1.2.1 12th March 2017

  • Fixed parsing function that removed paragraphs (

    tags) and/or line breaks from posts on the front-end

Version 1.2.0 4th Oct 2016

  • Added the new type of simple footnotes – added with the [cm_simple_footnote id=”X”] shortcode
  • Fixed the bug in the footnotes preview
  • Fixed some small bugs

Version 1.1.9 7th Aug 2016

  • Updated the Licensing API

Version 1.1.8 28th June 2016

  • Fixed the bug stopping the footnotes from appearing when their display setting is “Display on all pages”
  • Fixed the bug causing the footnotes loaded by the id not having their content displayed

Version 1.1.7 9th June 2016

  • Fixed the bug stopping the “Footnote Add” metabox from appearing on custom post types
  • Added the option to add the footnote with the shortcode [cm_custom_footnote content=”term description”] term [/cm_custom_footnote]

Version 1.1.6 22th May 2016

  • Update licensing version and dashboard

Version 1.1.5 19th April 2016

  • Security fixes based on advisory
  • Additional optimization and bug fixes

Version 1.1.4 15th April 2016

  • Big performance optimization (reduced memory amount used, number of queries, and loading times)

Version 1.1.3 20th March 2016

  • Updated licensing api support

Version 1.1.2 9th Mar 2016

  • Added the option to display the preview of the Footnotes on the post / page edit

Version 1.0.9 14th Feb 2016

  • Fixed bugs

Version 1.0.10 25th Feb 2016

  • Added automatic updates from plugin dashboard
  • Replaced plugin admin interface including license activation and user guide

Version 1.0.8 28th Jan 2016

  • Fixed bugs and css issues

Version 1.0.7 13th Dec 2015

  • Minor Changes in the licensing system

Version 1.0.6 20th Nov 2015

  • Fixed the mb_stringtolower
  • Fixed the bug with the link in the notice
  • Added the Non-SSL option to license
  • Removed the “AddOns” tab when not needed

Version 1.0.4 19th Nov 2015

  • Ensured the WordPress 4.4 compatibility
  • Small fix to the licensing package

Version 1.0.3 11th Nov 2015

  • Removed the parsing in the textareas
  • Removed the parsing in the style blocks
  • Fixed the bug in the BuddyPress group creation/editing
  • Fixed method of using synonyms

Version 1.0.2 23rd July 2015

  • Fix RegEX bug doesn’t support footnote number

Version 1.0.1 14th July 2015

  • Fixed bugs related to the editor

Plugin First Release 20th April 2015

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