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Simple Drop Cap



This plugin is discontinued and no longer supported. If you’re a developer and want to continue to maintain this plugin along with the pro version please contact me at mauris [at] yudhistiramauris [dot] com.


This plugin helps you transform the first letter of a word into a drop cap or initial letter automatically or simply by wrapping the first word with shortcode [dropcap]. If you want to know more about drop cap, please read this article from Wikipedia.

Pro version features

Here are some features in pro version:

  • Enable drop cap transformation on per-post basis, per-post type basis, or all posts.
  • Check a box to enable or disable drop cap on a certain post. No need to use shortcode.
  • Shortcode is still available in pro version to create drop cap in text widget, post, etc.
  • Unlimited styles of drop cap. You can have different styles for every drop cap.
  • Intuitive design panel lets you to style your drop cap without knowing CSS or any single code.
  • Dedicated support forum, better support priority than the free version.

How to use this plugin:

  1. Install and activate the plugin.
  2. Customize the settings on Simple Drop Cap settings page.
  3. For version 1.1 and later, you can transform the first letter of all posts, pages, and custom post types automatically by checking a checkbox on the settings page.
  • If you want to do it manually:
  1. You can manually wrap a word with the shortcode like this: [dropcap]word[/dropcap].

Plugin Translation

As of version 1.2.0, this plugin supports translation. If you want to translate the plugin, contact me at mauris [at] yudhistiramauris [dot] com. Here are some available languages:


  • Float Mode
  • Normal Mode
  • Drop Cap on a Widget


How to install this plugin:

  1. Upload ‘simple-drop-cap’ to the ‘/wp-content/plugins/’ directory.
  2. Activate the plugin through the plugin dashboard.


Installation Instructions

How to install this plugin:

  1. Upload ‘simple-drop-cap’ to the ‘/wp-content/plugins/’ directory.
  2. Activate the plugin through the plugin dashboard.
Can I automatically transform the first letter of all posts into a drop cap?

Yes, you can. Enable drop cap automation option on Simple Drop Cap settings page.

How do I change the color of the drop cap?

For version 1.1 and later, you can change the drop cap color using color picker on Simple Drop Cap settings page.

How do I change the style of the drop cap?

For version 1.1 and later, you can change the style of the drop cap directly on Simple Drop Cap settings page using custom CSS.


Really good

I previously wrote the below review, but suddenly the button on TinyMCE has reappeared so now I am using this plugin again and am really happy to be doing so. I now think the issue of the disappearing button is more to do with WP than the plugin

5 stars previously now only 1. It no longer appears in the TinyMCE menu and with no choices to put it there. Now difficult to use whereas it used to be one click.

An elegant touch, with one minuscule issue

First – this plugin is great. It does exactly what is advertised, gives you some basic control, and gives articles that small touch of dramatic, professional looking flair.

My only issue (and it is tiny) is that on the home page where the list of most recent posts is, the articles are displayed as pictures with teaser text. The first character on all of my teaser texts is clipped off. I’m not sure if anything can be done about this.

Definitely not a deal breaker, but it’d be nice to have it sorted out if possible. Otherwise, keep up the great work!

Easy to understand and works as advertised!

My apologies for the delay in reviewing your Simple Drop Cap plugin, as I have been using it for the past two years on three sites. It provides a simple, effective dropcap on every post, every time.

If you’re new to WordPress, then give Simple Drop Cap a try: it’s easy to understand and even easier to use.

Thanks and keep on keepin’ on!

simple and efficient

The settings are in board “settings > simple drop cap”

responsive is not functional. one star less.
but maybe we can add css in style sheet…

Adds a nice typographic touch, simply!

[dropcap]This[/dropcap] is a fast, efficient way to add the style I needed to complete the old-fashioned hand-set typographic look of a website about silent cinema. Here’a an example of its use: The drop cap actually drops a bit lower than I’d like — the top of the cap should align with the top of the ascenders — but I can probably fix that in their css field, or upgrade to pro which is very inexpensive. A character closer to professional typography for WordPress! Thank you.

Great & Simple

It’s a very useful plugin. No clutter, a simple to use shortcode and optional custom css.

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Contributors & Developers

“Simple Drop Cap” is open source software. The following people have contributed to this plugin.


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  • First official release


  • Add prefix to variables


  • Fix widget support
  • Cleaner code


  • Fix dropcap in post excerpt
  • Use custom wp_trim_excerpt() function


  • Enable dropcap button on all post type


  • Add multi byte character support


  • Add custom color feature
  • Add custom CSS feature
  • Add drop cap automation feature for post, page, custom post type


  • Fix issues with other plugins that insert HTML tags into the_content


  • Fix minor bug


  • Fix minor bug


  • Fix minor bug


  • Bug fix: Use preg_match() to match letter/number that will be dropcapped


  • Fix: improved regex rule to match html closing tag too.


  • New feature: support plugin translation.
  • New feature: added Serbian (sr_RS) translation.
  • Fix: improved regex rule


  • Fix: fixed text formatting on excerpt


  • Fix: better multi byte character support. Credit:
  • Fix: add conditional check to decide drop capped character. Credit:


  • Fix: regex match for cyrillic characters


  • Add: enable shortcode when automatic feature is enabled


  • Fix: improved automatic drop cap regex.


  • Fix: remove wpautop filter.


  • Fix: improve regex rule


  • Fix and improve: tinyMCE drop cap button