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How to Remove Powered by WordPress from Footer

Remove Powered By WordPress

If you own a WordPress website, you might have noticed the WordPress credits in the footer section. The question is, can you remove “Powered By WordPress” from there?

This article will cover everything you need to know about WordPress footer credits including the legality of removing them, how to properly do it, and what you should avoid when doing so.

Is It Legal to Remove “Powered by WordPress”?

The short answer is yes — you can remove WordPress footer credit from your site legally.

WordPress is a GPL-licensed open-source CMS. The GPL (General Public License) enables you to use and modify WordPress to suit your needs. This includes customizing themes and plugins developed by WordPress and third-party developers.

3 Easy Ways to Remove “Powered by WordPress”

Now we can explore how we can execute this task properly.

There are three ways to remove the “Powered by WordPress” footer credit from your site that vary in difficulty and depend on the theme you use.

Make sure you back up your website before making any changes to avoid data loss.

Option 1 — Disabling via Theme Settings

This method depends heavily on your theme, as some don’t give you the option to hide the footer credit in the WordPress theme customizer. To check, navigate to Appearance -> Customize and you’ll see if the setting exists.
WordPress theme customizer's section where you can remove Powered by WordPress footer credit.Other places where you can find the option to disable footer credits include the Widget section and the individual theme’s options areas.

Option 2 — Modifying PHP Files

If the first method doesn’t work, you can try modifying one of the theme’s PHP files instead. Depending on your theme, this method requires you to edit the footer code in the footer.php or site-info.php file.

While you can directly edit the theme’s code, we advise you to create a child theme and make the modifications there. Why? The child theme helps avoid deleting the wrong code and breaking your site. Additionally, it keeps the changes you’ve made when you update the parent theme.

In case you don’t have a child theme, you can follow our tutorial and create one.

Here’s how you can remove the “Powered by WordPress” section by modifying the theme’s PHP file:

  1. From your WordPress dashboard, navigate to the Appearance -> Theme Editor.
  2. Open the footer.php file on the right column, then locate the code that contains the footer credit. If you’re using the Twenty Seventeen theme, the code should look like this:
    <div class="site-info">
      <?php
      if ( function_exists( 'the_privacy_policy_link' ) ) {
        the_privacy_policy_link( '', '<span role="separator" aria-hidden="true"></span>' );
      }
      ?>
      <a href="<?php echo esc_url( __( 'https://wordpress.org/', 'twentyseventeen' ) ); ?>" class="imprint">
        <?php printf( __( 'Proudly powered by %s', 'twentyseventeen' ), 'WordPress' ); ?>
      </a>
    </div>
    

    If you can’t find this code in the file, navigate to template-parts -> footer -> site-info.php.

  3. You can either delete the entire code snippet or modify <a href> section to make it displays your own credit. If you choose to modify it, here’s an example of what the new version of the code snippet looks like:
    <a href="<?php echo esc_url( __( 'https://hostinger.com/', 'twentyseventeen' ) ); ?>" class="imprint">
        <?php printf( __( 'Hosted by %s', 'twentyseventeen' ), 'Hostinger' ); ?>
      </a>
  4. Don’t forget to hit Update File once you’re done.

Option 3 — Using a Plugin

This is the Remove Footer Credit plugin logo.

If you don’t want to deal with editing code, using a plugin is your best option. Luckily, there are a ton of WordPress footer plugins to choose from.

In this tutorial, we’ll guide you through the process to remove the “Powered by WordPress” footer credit with the Remove Footer Credit plugin. This free plugin can help you delete or customize your website’s footer without coding. Its settings are quite simple, so even beginners can easily use it.

First, you need to install the Remove Footer Credit plugin. If you don’t know how to install a WordPress plugin yet, feel free to check this tutorial.

Once you’ve activated the plugin, here’s what you should do to remove “Powered by WordPress” from your footer:

  1. From your WordPress dashboard, navigate to Tools -> Remove Footer Credit.
  2. Open your page in another tab or window, then inspect the website elements. If you’re using Chrome, right-click on any area within the page, then select Inspect or click CTRL+SHIFT+I. Please note that other browsers might have a different method for accessing website elements.
  3. Copy the code snippet that contains the WordPress footer credit. To save time, you can click the Select tool at the top menu bar, then click on the “Powered by WordPress” text. It automatically highlights the code for you.
    The location of the footer credit code. And where you can find the Select tool.
  4. Paste the code snippet from the previous step in the first column. If you want to replace the footer credit with your own, add it to the second column. Don’t forget to click Save once you’re done.
    Location where to add  footer credit code in the Remove Footer Credit section.

What Should You Avoid When Removing WordPress Footer Credit?

You might encounter other tutorials that use the display:none CSS snippet to remove WordPress footer credits. While technically, this method works, we strongly advise against using it.

This method can harm your site’s SEO. Google associates this code with spammers as they tend to use it to cheat SERP rankings. Moreover, the code only hides the footer credit instead of removing it from your website.

That being said, using display:none will put your site at risk for getting flagged by Google and negatively affecting your SEO.

Conclusion

The “Powered by WordPress” credit is part of every WordPress website’s default footer. However, as a GPL-licensed CMS, WordPress allows you to remove it from your site legally.

There are three ways to remove the footer credit from your WordPress site safely:

  • Disabling it via the theme settings.
  • Modifying the footer.php or site-info.php file.
  • Using the Remove Footer Credit plugin.

Let us know which method best suits your preference!

About the author

Domantas G.

Domantas leads the content and SEO teams forward with fresh ideas and out of the box approaches. Armed with extensive SEO and marketing knowledge, he aims to spread the word of Hostinger to every corner of the world. During his free time, Domantas likes to hone his web development skills and travel to exotic places.

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