in this article we will discuss, removing the Powered by WordPress credit from the footer of your web site, this tutorial will go through the steps on how to do that.
Is it legal to Remove Powered by WordPress footer credit links?
We get this question a lot. Yes, it is absolutely legal to remove footer credits link on your WordPress site.
WordPress is free, and it is released under the GPL license.
In short, that license gives you the freedom to use, modify, and even redistribute WordPress. Any WordPress theme or plugin that you download from the official WordPress.org directory, and even most commercial WordPress themes are also released under the same license.
So you have full rights to do what you please with your website including removing the footer credit links.
Let’s take a look at how to customize your WordPress footer and remove these credit links.
Method 1: Through The Theme Customizer
The first way to do it is through the Theme Customizer. As mentioned before, not all WordPress themes or builders support this possibility. But if they do, the easiest way to get rid of the “powered by WordPress” credits is by doing it this way. Start by going to your WordPress dashboard > Appearance > Theme Customizer.
Once you’re in the Theme Customizer, you can scroll down the different options until you come across ‘Footer’. Depending on your theme, you can there find the option to disable and/or modify the footer credits.
Method 2: Through The Editor
The next possibility you have is deleting (or modifying) the credits within the Editor of your WordPress website. If you notice that your theme doesn’t help make the changes in the Theme Customizer, you can find the code you need in the Editor. Know that for each theme, the code is different.
It’s also important to note, that if you want your deleted or modified code to remain changed after your next theme update, you’ll want to make sure you’re using a child theme.
Start by going to your WordPress Dashboard > Appearance > Editor > And opening the footer.php file. Once you’re there, you can look for the part where the site info is mentioned. One of the ways to do that is to simply search for ‘powered’. In the Libre WordPress theme, which we’ll be using in our example, the code that determines the credits in the footer is the following:
Within those lines of code, you can make the modifications you want to the credits of your footer. You can also get rid of it in total by just erasing the part that’s included in the div. Afterwards, just save the modified footer.php file and once you refresh your website; you’ll see that the footer credits are gone or modified!
In this post, we’ve shown you how to easily remove the “powered by WordPress” link from the footer of your website. In overall, we’ve seen that there are two ways to do that: through the Theme Customizer or through the Editor. However, we’ve also come to the conclusion that not all WordPress themes support editing the text within the footer through the Theme Customizer. If that’s the case, then you’ll have to manually remove it from your footer.php file in the editor. If you have any questions or suggestions; feel free to leave a comment in the comment section below!