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Glossary Index

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The Glossary Index Page is automatically created upon plugin installation. It's a normal page with a shortcode which outputs a div containing a set of filters and the list of all your terms in an alphabetical order.

As you add more terms, the Glossary Index Page will be automatically updated to present all of your glossary items.

Warning: The free version of the Glossary plugin has a limit to show only 500 terms in the Index Page (performance reasons). In all of the Pro editions, the issues have been solved and this limitation is lifted.

Sometimes a site needs input from the community it serves.

With the Glossary Community Terms add-on users can help to build your glossary as you watch your key content grow.

More than one Glossary Index Page

If you want to have more than one Glossary Index Page it's possible, although in the settings you can setup just one "main" Glossary Index Page.

The best way to add more Glossaries, is to split the terms between the multiple categories ex.

  • Medicine - with slug "medicine"
  • Architecture - with slug "architecture"

Then for each of these categories, you should create a separate page/post containing the shortcode with category parameter:

  • [glossary cat="medicine"] - to display the Medicine terms
  • [glossary cat="architecture"] - to display the Architecture terms

Warning: Please note that you need to use the category slug not the name!

Setting up your main Glossary Index Page

When your first set up your preferences in the plugin settings, you can manually select an existing page from your site, which will be dedicated to the glossary index, or easily generate a new one.

Below: The setting to choose the main Glossary Index Page is the first setting of the General Settings of the plugin.

This option allows you to do three things:

  • Select one of the existing pages from the dropdown menu
  • Select 'None' from the dropdown menu (no Glossary Index Page)
  • Generate a page and automatically set it as the Glossary Index page (after checking the checkbox and Saving Changes)
    • Please note that having an index page is optional. If you choose not to have a glossary terms index page on your site, terms will still be highlighted as a mouse-over tooltip in the relevant posts and pages.


The remaining majority of the settings for the Glossary Index Page is located on the Glossary Index Page tab.

Defining the index page’s permalink and name

Glossary Terms Permalink is the part of the URL for glossary terms, but usually it's also the url of the Glossary Index Page.

Below: The settings of the Glossary Index Page ID are located on the General Settings tab.

glossary terms Index PageBelow: The default permalink of the page containing the Glossary Index.

You can learn more about setting it up on the  Glossary Terms Permalink User Guide page.

Glossary Index Templates 

The Pro editions have several available templates for the index page. While the Pro edition has 3 available templates, the Pro+ and Ecommerce have more options.

To set up the index view to display images follow the instructions in the video below.

Removing the Tooltip from the Glossary Index 

If you want to remove the tooltip from the Glossary Index Page, this is not controllable from the plugin settings. You should edit the page where the glossary index appears. 

Below: One of the easiest way of getting to the Glossary Index edit page is by clicking the (edit) link marked with the arrow.

While editing the page, choose in the glossary metabox  "Don't show the tooltip on this page"


To learn more about the pagination of the Glossary Index Page, please visit the  Index Pagination page.

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