CM Footnotes – Citations and Bibliography Plugin


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Make the process of adding footnotes to your WordPress pages and posts effortless with the WordPress Footnotes Plugin.

This plugin allows you to seamlessly add footnotes to any page or post on your site, providing additional context and information to your readers without cluttering the main content.

With its easy-to-use interface, you can add footnotes with just a few clicks, streamlining your content creation process.

By adding footnotes to your WordPress site, you can provide additional resources, citations, or explanations for your readers, which can improve their understanding and engagement with your content.

Additionally, the plugin is fully compatible with mobile devices, ensuring that your content is accessible to all users.

Footnotes Premium Edition

The Footnotes Plugin Premium edition includes even more powerful features, such as: import footnotes from a CSV file, choose footnotes style, multiple shortcodes support and much more.

Footnotes Plugin Introduction Video

Basic Footnotes Plugin Features

  • Add a footnote to every page or post, or custom post types.
  • Customize the basic footnote style and design.
  • Footnotes can be placed anywhere in the post or page using a shortcode.
  • Specify unique footnote link symbols for each definition.
  • Supports autoscrolling from the footnote link to the definition at the bottom of the page

Pro Version Features

Pro Version Detailed Features List | Demo Site

  • Supports backlinks to footnotes from definitions at the bottom of the page.
  • Extended styling settings for footnote links, footnote list at the bottom of the page and for tooltips.
  • Add dashicons to every footnote. These are displayed next to the definition at the bottom of the page, making your articles much more attractive.
  • Add external links to each footnote definition.
  • Display definitions in posts and pages as nice-looking tooltips.
  • Import footnotes from a CSV file.

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  • Example of footnotes on a post
  • Adding a footnote to a post using a metabox
  • Plugin settings


  1. Upload the plugin folder to the /wp-content/plugins/ directory
  2. Activate the plugin through the ‘Plugins’ menu in WordPress
  3. Define your footnote terms under the footnote menu item in the administration interface. The title of the page should be the term. The body content should be the definition.
  4. Create a main footnote page (example “Footnote”) with no body content if you wish to. If you do not create this page then your terms will still be highlighted but there will not be a central listing of all your terms.
  5. In the plugin’s dashboard preferences, enter the main footnote page’s id (optional as above)
  6. There are a handful of other optional preferences available in the dashboard.

Note: You must have a call to wp_head() in your template in order for the footnote js and css to work properly. If your theme does not support this you will need to link to these files manually in your theme (not recommended).


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2022年11月23日 1 reply
Updated: I have the free version of CM Footnotes. I created three blog posts, each with its own footnotes. I was dismayed to find that the footnotes for the latest post had also been applied to the previous articles. That should not have happened. Support for the free verion through the forum was quick, excellent and resulted in a bug being diagnosed, fixed and a new release is being rolled out. This plugin now does what it says on the side of the tin, and I am very happy with it. I am also very pleased with the support I received. I will upgrade to the pro version when the roll-out of the new release has been completed.
I’m using this on a volunteer site that includes the text of a book with lots of footnotes. Works great and is relatively easy to use. Looks very professional on the site.
2018年9月12日 1 reply
I installed this plugin and it worked out of the box even if when I click on the little number of a footnote, the page sends me to the anchor but too far below the place where the footnotes are on the page. So you’re looking everywhere trying to see the footnotes, but they are a bit higher, and you have to schroll back up a little. That’s a bit weird, but I’m guessing you cannot fix that (unless you buy Pro and contact support). Plus, I thought it was sneaky to put this little promo link that says “Powered by CreativeMinds WordPress Plugin CM Footnotes” below the footnotes, which encourages you to buy the Pro version if you want that removed. I thought that was really nasty, and made me not buy the Pro version and prompted me to give it a 4 stars instead of 5. Post scriptum: I actually tried to remove a star after I gave it 4 stars, but the system would not let me do that.
Just wrote a long explanation about why but lost connectivity. Sorry, don’t have time to repeat, basically I wanted to cite the source of a statistic (0.70) and didn’t work. Use Tooltips for definitions, not footnotes.
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..


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Release Date: 18 May 2024
* Fixed security issues


  • Fixed the bug


Release Date: 21st Mar 2023
* Update package info


Release Date: 23th Nov 2022
* Fixed the bug when displaying the footnotes on the archive/blog/home page


Release Date: 9th Nov 2022
* Replace Internal support links

View Release Notes in CM Footnotes Plugin Site