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Remove Proudly Powered By WordPress Footer Links

Most default theme that comes with WordPress – including Twenty Seventeen – feature a footer message “Proudly Powered By WordPress”. Basically it is link that goes to WordPress.org. Some custom themes that you download from WordPress.org feature their own messages which links back to their website. Many experts says that it looks quite unprofessional for a website. So how to remove proudly powered by WordPress message from the footer of you website? In this tutorial I am going to tell you two ways by which you can remove footer credit from WordPress theme. So without wasting any time let’s start.

Is it legal to remove proudly powered by WordPress message?

Before we discuss the ways by which we can remove powered by WordPress footer, we first answer a very critical question. Is it legal to remove proudly powered by WordPress message from your site? The answer to this question is yes. Since WordPress is an open source software which is released under GPL licence, it is completely legal to remove proudly powered by WordPress message from your website. Not only this you can completely edit code of the WordPress and redistribute it.

So now it is clear that you have full right to remove that annoying message from your site, let’s look at the ways of removing it. You can watch the video or follow the tutorial given below

Remove Proudly Powered By WordPress Footer Link

There are many ways to remove proudly powered by WordPress footer link. Two of the most common and useful methods are shown below:

Method 1: The Theme setting Page

Many WordPress theme developers know that their user want to remove the footer credit from WordPress theme. So they give you the option to remove proudly powered by WordPress footer links/text in the theme setting areas. For example theme like GetNoticed theme by Michael Hyatt gives user option to customize or change the footer text. Here are the steps that you can follow to see if your theme provide this option:

  1. Go to Appearance>>Customize.
  2. if you find the option like Footer Area or Copyright Area or both then your theme provides the option for customizing the footer message.
  3. Use these option to hide or customize the message in the footer links.

Method2: Footer.php code Method

If your theme does not give you the option to customize the footer links/text then you have to do it manually by editing footer.php file. Follow the steps given below to edit the footer.php file:

  1. Connect to your server (Where your WordPress site resides) using ftp client like FileZilla.
  2. Go to /wp-content/themes/your-theme/footer.php.
  3. Open the file in text editor.
  4. Search for the footer credit text like “Powered by”
  5. In 2016 theme the code looks like this
    <div class="site-info">
                    <?php
                        /**
                         * Fires before the twentysixteen footer text for footer customization.
                         *
                         * @since Twenty Sixteen 1.0
                         */
                        do_action( 'twentysixteen_credits' );
                    ?>
                    <span class="site-title"><a href="<?php echo esc_url( home_url( '/' ) ); ?>" rel="home"><?php bloginfo( 'name' ); ?></a></span>
                    <a href="<?php echo esc_url( __( 'https://wordpress.org/', 'twentysixteen' ) ); ?>"><?php printf( __( 'Proudly powered by %s', 'twentysixteen' ), 'WordPress' ); ?></a>
                </div><!-- .site-info -->
  6. You can either delete the text or customize the text according to your own need.

CSS Method(Avoid this method at all cost)

In many tutorial you will find a method called CSS method to remove proudly powered by WordPress footer links/text. This method uses display:none property to hide the footer text/link. Take it as a warning “Never use CSS method”. This method looks quite simple but it will throw your website into great risk. As we all know google does not like links with display:none property because that’s the technique that spammers use to hide text/links from readers while still showing it to google (in hopes to higher ranking).

Your site might get penalized for this. So whatever you do, do not use the CSS method. If you are not able to edit the footer.php file and your theme does not provide option for customizing footer links, you can hire an expert to do these kind of stuffs for you or you can change the theme of your website as well.

That’s all for today. Stay tune for the next tutorial. You may want to check out our guide on the difference between WordPress.org and WordPress.com  If you haven’t subscribe for our weekly newsletter then click the link below to subscribe.

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