Today I decided that I want the footnotes in my WordPress blog posts to actually work. Up to this point I have been pasting directly from Word. This method creates footnotes and hyperlinks, but the hyperlinks don’t actually go anywhere.1 This will not suffice if I want my site to be a useful academic tool. So, like any good WordPress user, I hunted around through the wonderful world of the WordPress plugins library. I found a few hopefuls, but landed on one that is really simple to use and seems to work well. It is called WP-Footnote.
All you have to do is put the text of your footnote–((inside a double parenthesis))2. If you put a space between the last character and the first parenthesis, then whatever is inside the double parentheses will appear in the footnote.3
Now, when I quote a source, like Theories of Culture4 I simply switch over to Endnote, right click on the resource, choose “Copy Formatted”, and paste it in-between the double parentheses. Viola, a functional footnote.5
You can choose a few options, like placing an automatic header above the section which holds the footnotes.6 One feature that I like is that when you hover over a footnote it will display the content of the footnote in a flyout box.7 It also has the nice feature of creating a return link at the end of the footnote that allows the reader to return to the text and continue reading. The code does all that work for you. Very nice.
- Basically, it’s all dressed up and has no where to go [↩]
- I put that — in there so that it wouldn’t turn it into a footnote. clever, right? [↩]
- it really is that easy [↩]
- Tanner, Kathryn. Theories of Culture: A New Agenda for Theology Guides to Theological Inquiry. Minneapolis: Fortress Press, 1997. [↩]
- that makes me happy [↩]
- You’ll see that I chose that option below [↩]
- if you are reading this in a small yellow box, then you tried it. Good job [↩]