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[resolved] Can display sidenotes in tdsimple theme (7 posts)

  1. lugoo
    Posted 3 years ago #


    After installation of the plugin, the sidenotes can't show up. I am using tdsimple theme. Please help. Thx


  2. setzer
    Plugin Author

    Posted 3 years ago #

    Hi lugoo,

    It looks like the TDSimple theme does not include a sidebar, just a fixed pop-out drawer for widgets. The plugin needs a theme with a true sidebar in order to position and display sidenotes properly.

    The theme developer may add a traditional sidebar to TDSimple in the future — you could ask them. Alternatively, you can use one of the various footnote plugins that do not need a sidebar (e.g. WP-Footnotes).

  3. lugoo
    Posted 3 years ago #

    Hi setzer

    Thank you for reply. I actually also tried Twenty Twelve and Thematic themes but still can't get the sidenotes working. Please help.


  4. setzer
    Plugin Author

    Posted 3 years ago #


    That's strange. The plugin should work with those themes.

    Are the sidenotes appearing at all? If not, make sure you've placed the SM widget in your sidebar using the Widgets admin screen. They should show up if the widget is active.

    If the sidenotes are appearing but not getting aligned with their references, it's probably a Javascript issue.

    Can you provide a link to your site? It would be helpful to see exactly what's appearing or not appearing.

  5. lugoo
    Posted 3 years ago #

    What I did is to activate the plug-in, and then dragged the "side matter" to the "Main Sidebar" on the right-hand-side of Widgets panel (Appearance>Widgets). In the post, I inserted [ref]This is a sidenote.[/ref] in the main text. In the preview page, I can see there was a superscript 1 there but there was no a sidenote in either the right-hand-side margin or the bottom of the page.


  6. setzer
    Plugin Author

    Posted 3 years ago #

    lugoo, sorry for the belated response. I took a look at your site the other day, and it looks like you were using the theme Twenty Eleven, which (similar to the above) does not include a sidebar on posts/pages and so won't show Side Matter notes.

    Twenty Twelve and Thematic should definitely work, though - let me know if you are still having trouble with those themes.

  7. lugoo
    Posted 3 years ago #

    Thank you setzer. It is. You are right. It works with Twenty Twelve theme but not with tdsimple. It is really a shame for such a good plugin.

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