I’ve been experimenting with using WordPress as a private repository for longer-form content I wish to be able to archive, search and reference. The first time I attempted to transfer an academic paper into WordPress, I ran into the question of footnotes. There are a lot of plugins out there to add footnote capabilities to your site, but the one I’ve come to like the most is Civil Footnotes. The syntax is simple: just
((enclose your footnote contents in double-parentheses)), and they’ll render as a footnote at the bottom of the document.1 No need to manually keep track of reference numbers, and content is stored inline with the relevant text (in case the plugin is disabled or you move your content to a new site). Civil Footnotes is a highly recommended plugin, all around.
Note that you do need to have a leading space between the opening set of perens. ↩