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This plugin provides the possibility to simply add short side notes to your WordPress blog, showing the date of publication, a title and a description. In addition the plugin provides a link to the site the side notes refers to. Simply activate it and add new side notes within the “Tools” admin panel. To show off your side notes just put <?php get_sidenotes(); ?> in your template. For easy syndication this plugin provides an additional RSS feed. The default URL of the feed is

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  • The "Settings" page for the Sidenotes plugin: There are many ways to customize side notes to best fit to your site.
  • The "Tools" page for the Sidenotes plugin: Here you can publish new side notes, edit existing ones or delete them.
  • The result: An example of horizontal side notes in the footer area of your site.


  1. Copy the “sidenotes”-folder to your /wp-content/plugins/ directory.
  2. Activate the plug-in through the “Plugins” menu in your WordPress admin panel and do some additional setup in the “Settings” menu if you want.
  3. Write your first side note within the “Tools” menu
  4. Place get_sidenotes() somewhere in your code


I want to show my sidenotes in a list as it is defined by default

You have to enclose the function call <?php get_sidenotes(); ?> with <ul> tags

Is there a demo of the plugin?

Yes of course! Just visit my homepage

Contributors & Developers

“Sidenotes” is open source software. The following people have contributed to this plugin.


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Interested in development?

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  • Initial version


  • Bug Fix: Cyrillic language support


  • Bug Fix: Display date / time in local language


  • New feature: Output all (or specific number of) Sidenotes via <?get_sidenotes_archives(); ?>


  • Bug Fix: Update database structure from timestamp to datetime to correctly display date / time
  • Bug Fix: Output of side notes entries in correct order
  • Bug Fix: Output of side notes in sidenotes-rss.php – please update file in your root-directory!


  • New Feature: Sidenotes RSS feed reworked to better support RSS readers (e.g. avoid HTTP 404 errors). Do NOT copy sidenotes-rss.php out of plugin-directory. This is not neccessary anymore.