How to Create Footnotes in WordPress

How to Create Footnotes in WordPress
Sometimes you might want to add a clarification to a text. But, as soon as you add it, you realize it’s too much text. Footnotes to the rescue!

In this tutorial, we’ll show you an easy way to create footnotes in WordPress.

Footnotes Example

Here’s an example of how footnotes work. In HTML, they are simply anchor links that go to the Notes section at the bottom of the page. Clicking on any of them will take you to the respective note.

Install Simple Footnotes Plugin

Use our Install WordPress Plugins tutorial to install the Simple Footnotes plugin.

Add Footnotes

Wherever you’d like the footnote to appear, simply add [ref][/ref] with your footnote text in the middle. So if I want my note to say “The standard opening of Lorem Ipsum”, I’d use the following:

The plugin will automatically move the notes to the bottom of the page and order them properly.


Finally, save and preview your post or page to make sure it’s working. Click on the footnote and make sure it goes down to the respective note.

That’s all there is to it. Congrats!


  • Nick Savov

    Nick is the Director of Support at OSTraining and you can find him in almost every area of the site, from answering support requests and account questions to creating tutorials and software.

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Dan Knauss
Dan Knauss
8 years ago

If you use Markdown and don’t want to use a [ref] shortcode tag in your markup, there’s this: [url=]…[/url]

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