CM Tooltip Glossary – Better SEO and UEX for your WP site


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Easily create a glossary, encyclopedia or dictionary of your terms and show responsive tooltips when users hover over the terms. New 2021 Version!

CM Glossary Tooltip is a WordPress plugin that enables you to check posts or pages for defined glossary terms, by adding links to a glossary term page that contains the definition of the term used.

The CM Tooltip Glossary plugin displays a tooltip containing the definition when users hover over the specific term.

The CM Tooltip Glossary plugin also creates a responsive glossary index with all tooltip glossary terms used.

This tooltip plugin allows users to add unlimited tooltips to a site or within a glossary of terms.

The Pro editions of the tooltip plugin for WordPress include even more powerful features, such as: audio and video tooltips, Wikipedia, Google Translate and Merriam-Webster integrations, terms with abbreviations and variations, multiple glossaries, several index templates and much more.

The CM tooltip glossary plugin integrates easily with external data from dictionaries, thesauruses, and Wikipedia.

Add-Ons & Extensions


(Some might include pro features)

  • Dictionary – Creates a dictionary of specifically used terms on your site.
  • Tooltip – Adds tooltip as an anchor to predefined terms that are contained in your site.
  • Knowledge base – Creates a knowledge base of useful terms and definitions.
  • Encyclopaedia – Builds an internal Encyclopaedia for your site.
  • Synonyms – Keeps and displays synonyms of terms that you are using
  • Lexicon – Builds a lexicon of terms.
  • Vocabulary – Builds a vocabulary of custom words and expressions.
  • Explanations – Explains the meanings of words in your posts or pages.
  • Translate – Translates terms and definitions into any defined language using Google Translate.
  • Wikipedia – Add Wikipedia content to your site.
  • YouTube – Show YouTube / Vimeo videos once hovering over a term
  • Music – Include mp3 voice or music file for each tooltip
  • Amazon – Enhance your site with Tooltips including Amazon product recommendation

Basic Features

  • Automatically generates a Glossary index of terms. Example
  • Each glossary term has its own unique post. Example
  • The tooltip window can optionally appear when the term is hovered over by the cursor. Example
  • Term pages can be linked directly from posts or pages.
  • Several filters to optimize the Tooltip window and limit the length of description displayed.
  • Prevents the glossary from parsing text, when needed, by using a Shortcode [glossary_exclude] text [/glossary_exclude].
  • Support Excerpts (if they exist) as a hover-over text that appears in the Tooltip window.
  • Control the location and area where the Tooltip appears (pages, posts, homepage)
  • Control if the Tooltip should appear more than once.
  • Supports UTF-8

Pro Version Features – Content APIs

  • Support for Wikipedia – Embed content from Wikipedia on the term page and on the tooltip. (eCommerce edition only)
  • Support for Audio files with tooltip – Attach an audio file to each term and customize the look and feel of the play button. (eCommerce edition only)
  • Support for Video files with tooltip – Embed a video file taken from YouTube or Vimeo or other video sharing sites and show it in the tooltip. The tooltip can also be transparent to show no background behind the video. (eCommerce edition only)
  • Google Translate Integration – Display translated words into the language of your choice for all terms and definitions, uses the Google Translate API (Pro+/eCommerce editions only)
  • Merriam-Webster Dictionary Integration – Display the dictionary definition of a term from the Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary for all words on your Term page and Tooltip. View Demo (Pro+/eCommerce editions only)
  • Merriam-Webster Thesaurus Integration – Display the thesaurus synonyms and antonyms from the online Merriam-Webster Thesaurus in your Term page and Tooltip. View Demo (Pro+/eCommerce editions only)
  • Support for Amazon Product Recommendations – Choose from one of many Amazon categories and show a product recommendation widget matching the selected term. The link to the product also includes your Amazon Associate ID. (eCommerce edition only)
  • Featured image for each term – A term can have a featured image associated with it. It will show on both the tooltip and the term page. The image size can be defined in the term page settings. (eCommerce edition only)

Pro Version Features – Language Tools

  • Support WPML – Support WPML plugin and Multilingual sites
  • Related Post – Shows all related posts and pages for each glossary term. This option is cached to enhance performance View Image
  • Synonyms – Users of the CM Tooltip Pro can add several Synonyms for each term, so that the Tooltip is be made to appear for all Synonyms in posts or pages that are listed in the Glossary index View Demo
  • Singular and Plural – Supports different variations of nouns that allow the user to specify a definition for each term according to the specific use of the word. The Tooltip will appear for all variations in all posts and pages.
  • Related Glossary terms – Relates Glossary terms to a specified term which is displayed according to control settings. View Demo
  • Glossary Search – Glossary index page is included within a local search engine. Demo (Pro+/eCommerce editions only)
  • Glossary Categories – Glossary categories are supported and can be used in the glossary page, also set with a Shortcode. View Demo , Categories in Glossary Index (Pro+/eCommerce editions only)
  • Tags – Tooltip Glossary now supports tags per each term. Tags are shown also on the Glossary index page and allow easy filtering of terms. (eCommerce edition only)
  • Exclude Term – Glossary terms can be excluded from the Glossary index and Tooltip.
  • Term Target Link – Terms are linked and can be targeted to go to an external or custom link View Demo – Click on Ajax and you will be taken outside of site
  • Custom Characters – Support for custom characters in alphabetical index

Pro Version Features – Customization

  • Link Style – The Pro version of the CM ToolTip gives you the ability to change term link style.
  • Tooltip Style – Ability to change Tooltip shape, color and border. View Demo
  • Term page Template – Term page uses a template that can be edited and changed.
  • Change tooltip font – Select the Tooltip font from 8 available Google fonts
  • Transparent tooltip background – Tooltip can now have a transparent background. This supports showing images and videos.
  • Index page style – Show the Terms AND Definitions in an Alphabetically sorted index. View Image

Pro Version Features – Benefits

  • Anchors inside Tooltip – Tooltip can include anchors which the user can click. View Demo – Hover over HTML
  • Widget – The CM ToolTip Pro version includes a glossary widget that shows a random selection of a number of specified terms with a link to the Glossary index. View Demo (Scroll down and look at the right side for Glossary)
  • आयात / निर्यात – Import and Export your glossary file to and from .CSV format.
  • Internal Links – Options to add a link back to your glossary page from each term page. View Demo
  • Search & Replace Tool – Includes an on the fly search and replace tool to replace text or html code in your posts and pages with newly replaced content.
  • Support for double click on any word in a post or page – Any word on any page or post can be double clicked to retrieve information from Wikipedia / Amazon Products Recommendations / Merriam Webster Dictionary or Thesaurus.

Pro Version Features – Settings

  • Mobile-Friendly – Detects Mobile devices and displays the Tooltip only when term is clicked. Tooltip includes a link to the term page.
  • Optimized for Speed – Parsing engine is optimized for speed and can hold many thousands more terms without slowing down the site
  • Permalink – Tooltip permalink can be changed.
  • Pagination – The CM ToolTip Pro version gives you the ability to add pagination to the glossary page on both server side and the client side of the plugin. (Support is provided to speed up extra large glossaries). Administrators can also control the number of items that appear on each page. View Demo
  • Editor Button – Editor button to support glossary exclusions.
  • Multisite – Support for WP Multisite.
  • Gratitude Message – Does not include the CMinds Gratitude message in the footer.
  • Localization – All labels are external in the settings and can be localized easily.
  • Shortcodes – Many shortcoes to support glossary operation and embed within post or pages.
  • Custom Links – Manually add custom links from your Term page
    recommendation in the tooltip once hovering a term

Code and Style Issues

The Tooltip is created with JavaScript and is based on the article written by Michael Leigeber here The Tooltip can be customized and styled through the tooltip.css and tooltip.js files.
The alphabetical index for the Glossary index is based on jQuery ListNav Plugin


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  • Tooltip in a Post using Skins
  • Glossary Term Page with Related Articles
  • Glossary Index Page
  • Glossary Index Page - Second Template
  • Admin's Glossary Terms
  • Plugin's Settings
  • Log Information
  • Statistics of Usage
  • Plugin's Settings Tooltip Tab
  • Video In Transparent Tooltip
  • Merriam-Webster Embedded Content
  • Wikipedia Embedded Content
  • आयात / निर्यात


Detailed Free Version User Guide

  1. Upload the plugin folder to the /wp-content/plugins/ directory
  2. Activate the plugin through the ‘Plugins’ menu in WordPress
  3. Define your glossary terms under the glossary menu item in the administration interface. The title of the page should be the term. The body content should be the definition.
  4. Creates a main Glossary page (example “Glossary”) with no body content, if you so wish. If you do not create this page then your terms will still be highlighted, but without a central listing page of all your terms.
  5. In the plugin’s dashboard preferences, enter the main Glossary page’s id (optional as above)
  6. There are a handful of other optional preferences available in the dashboard.

Note: You must have a call to wp_head() in your template in order for the Tooltip js and css to work properly. If your theme does not support them you will need to link to these files manually in your theme (not recommended).


More FAQ’s

Free Version User Guide

Detailed User Guide

Does my main glossary page need to be titled “Glossary”?

No. It can be called anything. In fact you don’t even need to have a main Glossary page.

Do I need to manually type in an unordered list of my glossary terms on the Glossary page?

No. Just leave that page blank. The plugin will create an unordered list of terms automatically.

How do I add glossary terms?

Simply add a term under the ‘Glossary’ section in the admnistration interface. Title it the glossary term you want (ex. “WordPress”) and put the term’s definition into the body (ex. “A neato Blogging Platform”).

What if I need to add or change a glossary term?

Just add it and then change it. The links for your glossary terms are added to your page and post content on the fly so your glossary links will always be up to date.

How do I prevent the glossary from parsing a paragraph?

Just wrap the paragraph with [glossary_exclude] paragraph text [/glossary_exclude].

How do I define the Glossary link style?

You can use glossaryLink. You can also define glossaryLinkMain if you wish to have a different style in the main glossary page


नोभेम्बर 1, 2022
Thanks for this useful plugin - please continue development!
अक्टोबर 28, 2022
Huge Functionality Simple Configuration Superfast Support Team Im totally happy with my purchase, thank you guys!
सेप्टेम्बर 9, 2022
I had an issue with Duplicating the Glossaries: was getting a 403 error that didn't log anything. It was hard to debug, but they went above and beyond and found the 'crazy setting that was causing this'.
सेप्टेम्बर 9, 2022
The SEO implications of having a glossary with auto-linking terms and tooltips are REALLY second to none, with exponential growth. The developer is second to none, and they bring out lots of good updates. Ultimately, I would highly recommend this plugin which can create a glossary of very good and specific gems.
अगस्ट 31, 2022 1 reply
The plugin developer is fraud person. Don't buy its pro version. They have 30 days refund policy to fool users. Actually They don't have refund policy. If you don't like its design they didn't provide refund. Cheater
मार्च 14, 2022 3 replies
If you want to destroy your mobile visitors use this plugin. I added 300 terms and when I checked a couple of days later it was not working. Don't waste your time and money
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Contributors & Developers

“CM Tooltip Glossary – Better SEO and UEX for your WP site” is open source software. The following people have contributed to this plugin.




Release Date: 9th Nov 2022
* Replace Internal support links


Release Date: 30th Oct 2022
* Bug: Fixed the issue with tooltips not beign closed on mouse out


Release Date: 20th Oct 2022
* Bug: Fixed the fatal error


Release Date: 20th Oct 2022

  • Bug: Fixed the positioning of the tooltip on the keyboard focus
  • General bugfixes


Release Date: 6th Sep 2022

  • Security fix


Release Date: 22nd May 2022

  • Bug fix and compatibility to WP 6

4.0.5 29th

Release Date: Jan 2022

  • Fixed bugs
  • Improved the builders compatibility (Oxygen builder, Elementor)


Release Date: 31st Aug 2021

  • Fixed the issue with the missing aria-label
  • Fixed the missing esc for attributes in shortcode


Release Date: 26th July 2021

  • Fixed the bug in the comment count
  • Fixed the bug in settings


Release Date: 13th July 2021

  • Re-added the option to distinguish between case sensitive/case insensitive term search
  • Fixed the issue with the text widgets parsing
  • Fixed the PHP 8.0.0 bug


Release Date: 9th July 2021

  • Fixed the bug in AMP class
  • Added the option to hide from search results


Release Date: 25th June 2021

  • Improved WCAG compliance
  • Fixed the package issue
  • Fixed the delay when showing tooltips

Earlier versions

For the changelog of earlier versions, please refer to the changelog on