We’ve installed a plugin called “FD Footnotes” that will allow WordPress users to include footnotes in their posts and pages. To use the plugin, administrators need to first activate the plugin. To activate a plugin: login to your site, click “Plugins,” scroll through the list until you find “FD Footnotes,” click “Activate.” The plugin should now turn bracketed text into footnotes (see instructions below).

The following directions for adding footnotes to a post or page come directly from the plugin author.


Adding footnotes to a post is simple. Just type them inline in your post in square brackets like this:

Footnote Example 1

Each footnote must have a number followed by a period and a space and then the actual footnote. They don’t have to be unique but it is recommended. It doesn’t matter what the numbers are since the footnotes will be automatically renumbered when the post is displayed.

For example, this:

Footnote Example 2a

…produces this:

Footnote Example 2b

Footnotes can contain anything you’d like (except square brackets) including links, images, etc. Footnotes are automatically linked back to the spot in the text where the note was made.

Note: Do not include square brackets [] inside the footnotes themselves.

Note: Footnote numbers don’t need to be unique but it is recommended, especially if the text is identical for multiple footnotes. If you have multiple footnotes with the exact same text and number then you’ll get weird and incorrect footnotes on your post.

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Using more than one site

Some faculty and students may be an editor, subscriber or admin on more than one Duke WordPress site. To switch between sites, simply login to one of your sites and click ‘My Sites.’ Choose the Dashboard for the site you want to edit or post to.


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