Easy Footnotes


Easy Footnotes let’s you add footnotes throughout your WordPress posts by using the shortcode [note]Footnote content.[/note]. Easy Footnotes will automatically add the number of the footnote where the shortcode was entered and add the full footnote text to the bottom of your post in an ordered list with a corresponding number.

Hovering the footnote label will show the user the full text of the footnote using the jQuery Qtip2 plugin. Clicking on the footnote label will take the user down the page to the corresponding footnote at the bottom of the WordPress post. Each footnote at the bottom of the post has a icon that can be clicked to return to that particular footnote within the post copy.

That’s all it takes to start adding footnotes to your WordPress blog!


  • Displaying a footnote on hover.
  • Several footnotes (feetnote?) at the bottom of the post.


  1. Upload the ‘easy-footnotes’ folder to the ‘/wp-content/plugins/’ directory.
  2. Activate the plugin through the ‘Plugins’ menu in WordPress
  3. That’s it! Now simply start using the [note]Footnote content goes here.[/note] shortcode within your posts.


Installation Instructions
  1. Upload the ‘easy-footnotes’ folder to the ‘/wp-content/plugins/’ directory.
  2. Activate the plugin through the ‘Plugins’ menu in WordPress
  3. That’s it! Now simply start using the [note]Footnote content goes here.[/note] shortcode within your posts.
How do I insert a footnote into my post.

Simply use the shortcode [note]Footnote content goes here[/note] and Easy Footnotes will enter numeric footnotes into your post that open on hover and take the user to the footnote at the bottom of the page on click.

That’s awesome!

I know, but that’s not really a question.

Oh right, why is that so awesome?

Because it’s easy. And it’s integrated with the qTip2 jQuery plugin to display your footnotes in lovely tooltips on hover. Plus it automatically numbers your footnotes in the order you enter them into your post.

Any plans for the future?

Yeah, I’ll be integrating more of qTip’s options for displaying the tooltips. Give users the ability to set their own icons and labels. And much more as I get user feedback.

That sounds great, but I was thinking more personally. You know, are you up to anything tonight? Want to grab some pizza?

How did you even get in here?

It’s cool I’ll let myself out. One last question though. Any advice on filling up a new plugins FAQ section?

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Good replacement to FD Footnotes

I’ve been using FD Footnotes for years. Now it is not anymore supported – this plugin is the best alternative.

More: FD Footnotes didn’t work well with SiteOrigin page builder, this plugin does. Big thank you to the developer!

A compatibility mode to FD Footnotes would be great!

If someone needs inspiration, here is my CSS to add a horizontal separation line and reduce the footnote font:

.easy-footnote a { /*for twentyseventeen theme */
text-decoration: underline;
box-shadow: none;
padding-right: .1em;

.easy-footnotes-wrapper {
width: 80%;
padding-top: 1.2em;
border-top: 1px solid #000;
margin-top: 1.8em;

.easy-footnote-single {
font-size: .8em;
margin-bottom: 1em;
margin-left: 1em;

Simple Time Saver

This plugin is great. It’s easy to use, and takes the pain out of generating footnotes. I am very appreciative of the fact that the plugin defaults to the styling of the theme, and if I need changes, I can just override the classes from the plugin in CSS. Excellent job!

Simple and very useful.

This plugin does exactly what the title says and has no extra bloat. It’s very easy to use. It has made the writing workflow easier for clients of mine who wanted to use footnotes but did not want to edit html directly.

great plugin

it does the job and it looks great.

only thing i would wish for is a button in the wysiwyg to insert the shortcode for me.

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  • Fixing footnote counts for the last time! (Hopefully)
  • Added post ID to footnote IDs to make them more unique
  • New setting to hide the footnotes after content in Settings > Easy Footnotes
  • Prep for a bigger update and beginning Gutenberg support


  • Being a noob and not testing a link added in on settings page. It works now.


  • CSS tweak in admin screen


  • Fixing PHP notice on shortcode when content not found


  • Changing how footnotes are numbered to avoid duplicates caused by the_content filtering being applied earlier in themes.


  • Fixed bug to prevent tooltips from opening off the screen


  • Added in extra sanitization for user inputs within admin


  • Fixed issue causing notice of undefined index on admin screen. Adjustment to how footnote’s handle html special chars.


  • Added the Qtip2 unfocus event for hiding footnotes on iPad and other touch devices.


  • Fixed issue where Footnote title was showing on pages without any footnotes once activated through the settings. Also changed the priority of the add_filter(‘the_content’) call to be 20 in order to show above Jetpack Related Posts


  • Added the ability to insert a title above the footnote section at the bottom of the post content. This is controlled in the Easy Footnotes Settings page that can be found under Settings in the WordPress Dashboard.


  • Updating logic for appending footnotes to the bottom of posts. Now only appends to single posts, custom post types and pages that are using the main post query. Also fixed footnote count when multiple posts are shown in the content on one page, such as the home page. Footnotes outside of the single post also now link to the footnote within the single post.


  • Fixed bug where footnotes were being appended to the end of the content on home pages and ignoring the more tag


  • Added a delay of 400ms to the footnote closing so it stays open better when hovered


  • I messed up the version tag on 1.0.1. Just upping ti 1.0.2 for precautions.


  • Footnotes now stay open when moused over for interacting with links


  • Initial release