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How to remove the WordPress footer

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WordPress is a fantastic content management system (CMS). But that doesn’t necessarily mean that you want to advertise the fact you use it to build and maintain your site. By default, most WordPress themes use the footer area to display something along the lines of “Powered by WordPress.” Many theme developers also add their own (or their theme’s) details such as “Powered by WordPress, theme designed by XYZ” or “Powered by WordPress running the ABC theme.”

So with this in mind, how do you go about removing, or perhaps changing, that pesky footer content? As with all things WordPress, there are a number of ways.

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The theme route

Some theme authors have taken on board the fact that you might want to change or remove the footer content. As a result, your existing theme might have an option to switch it off, or an area within the theme dashboard to update it to something more fitting (such as copyright information). If your theme does support this, it will usually be an easy-to-find option, so check your theme documentation or ask the authors.

The CSS route

If your theme doesn’t have a specific option for removing or changing the footer text, you can easily remove it using custom CSS, though it is harder in this instance to replace it with different content. Again, many themes offer an easy to find custom CSS panel where you’ll be able to add your code.

If you view the source or code view of the live site, you’ll be able to find the class or id attributed to the footer content – in the default “twenty fifteen” theme for example, the “Powered by WordPress” footer is contained within a DIV with the class of “site-info.” A quick line of CSS – in this case, inserting #site-info {display:none} in the backend will hide the footer from the front end.

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The PHP route

If you’re happy to jump into the PHP files powering your site, head to the editor and you’ll find the footer content (perhaps unsurprisingly) within footer.php. Using this method, you can either remove the footer entirely or overwrite it with contents of your choice. You can use HTML links and/or assign CSS classes to your content to make it easy to apply styles at a later point… but personally I’d recommend a simple “like for like” replacement of text. It might also be worth taking a copy of the footer.php file and saving it elsewhere as a backup  – you can simply highlight all the text and copy/paste it into an empty notepad document on your desktop. That way, you’re backed up in case something does go wrong.

Remember, when editing the core PHP files, it’s recommended to use a child theme to avoid any errors crashing your site, and to ensure your changes are carried forward in future updates to the theme. If you choose not to use a child theme, you’ll have to remember to make the same changes again after theme updates.

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There you have it! A few easy ways to remove (or replace!) that WordPress footer.

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Comments ( 61 )

  1. muyat

    November 9, 2015

    Hi,

    Its not a good idea to remove footer brand name unless we paid the subscription of it.

    Though sometime we need it badly rite.

    Can any one there to tell me, how to remove "powered by livesite"? Without paying any subscription.

    Thanks

    • John

      November 10, 2015

      Hi Muyat,

      This article is focussing on WordPress, not livesite, which is a completely different platform (and different model). WordPress is open source, and as such you can remove or add whatever you might like to your site. From a quick look at their site, livesite appears to be a subscription based drag and drop website builder.

      I don't think I can be of any use with removing that. If its part of a premium subscription to have the capability to remove it, I wouldn't want to either - you would probably be breaching their terms of service.

      Apologies that we can't help more!

      John

      • Girish

        January 7, 2017

        how to remove footer logo . my theme name is Theme by Tesseract can anyone please help as early as possible

  2. Elena

    February 8, 2016

    Hi i got to edit and add cpyriggt etc
    Also to put my own icons on the footer menu but i cannot get rid of the wordpress default icons.

    • Siddharth Mitra

      May 8, 2019

      How were you able to do that ?

  3. Raj

    May 26, 2016

    Paste the following code in footer section of style.css (after site info class).

    span.credit-link
    {
    display: none;
    }

  4. Peter

    June 25, 2016

    I tried it, but it is still showing, if I checked my site on my mobile, the theme info is still displaying there

  5. Peter

    June 25, 2016

    i if i check my website with a mobile device it is still showing the theme info, how do i remove it completely, help

  6. خرید اپل ایدی ارزان

    June 29, 2016

    thnaks for sharing this post

  7. Zegi

    July 3, 2016

    Thank you :)

  8. تبلیغات گوگل

    July 23, 2016

    thanks, i share it in facebook & linkedin.

  9. Kızlar Günlüğü

    August 10, 2016

    Thanks You :)

  10. DarLUKMAN

    September 5, 2016

    Thank you

  11. Resep makanan

    January 17, 2017

    Thank u ?

  12. Resep makanan

    January 17, 2017

    Thank you?

  13. Lowongan Kerja

    January 27, 2017

    nice

  14. دانلود

    April 19, 2017

    good article thanks ...

  15. 2ubes

    May 13, 2017

    Thanks you

  16. دانلود آهنگ

    May 31, 2017

    very good , thanks

  17. vahid

    June 5, 2017

    thanks, i share it in facebook & linkedin.

  18. novintez

    June 10, 2017

    very good , thanks

  19. Pezeshkchi

    June 23, 2017

    Thank you for your valuable stuff

  20. deelino the geek

    July 15, 2017

    thank you for this useful tip

  21. Salian Safar

    August 5, 2017

    sometimes it depends on the theme options, and The PHP route method is the best.

    • تشریفات عروسی

      January 7, 2018

      its good
      i like it

  22. Abiola Oyeniyi

    August 14, 2017

    When I was a novice I found this a very hard task. Thanks to this article.

    • کاشت مو

      January 15, 2018

      its nice
      so thanks

  23. Abiola Oyeniyi

    August 14, 2017

    Nice one

  24. آهنگ کردي

    August 16, 2017

    very good , thanks

  25. فروش برنج

    August 21, 2017

    Thank you for sharing information

  26. nanoo

    August 29, 2017

    Exceptional post but I was wondering if you could write a litte more on this
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    bit further. Appreciate it!

  27. Erika Pieu

    October 20, 2017

    Thanks for sharing.

    • آموزش مکالمه

      April 30, 2018

      very goooooooooooooood

  28. Gunivortus

    December 11, 2017

    How can I remove the whole footer space in twenty seventeen?
    I will place the credits at another place at the site.

  29. Himanshu

    December 17, 2017

    Thank you for sharing this post.

  30. avinmusic

    January 13, 2018

    thanks for your post

    • ویزای شینگن

      March 18, 2018

      thanks so much

  31. اسکوتر برقی

    March 22, 2018

    Great design website

  32. اسکوتر برقی

    March 22, 2018

    Great article thanks a lot

  33. هاست

    March 22, 2018

    Thanks for sharing good information

  34. سئو یوزر

    March 22, 2018

    Great information it was very benefical thanks a lot

  35. آهنگ

    April 26, 2018

    Great article thanks

  36. آهنگ

    May 10, 2018

    good post merci

  37. اجاره آپارتمان مبله در تهران

    May 15, 2018

    thank you so much

  38. زیرنویس فارسی

    May 16, 2018

    very good . thanks

  39. جی پی اس خودرو

    May 27, 2018

    I wondered what the footer of my site seemed like to be locked. I do not know what to do

  40. آموزش پیانو

    May 27, 2018

    It was a great story. My problem was solved. Thanks

  41. خرید گوشی سامسونگ

    June 8, 2018

    tanks for sharig

  42. تبصدا موزیک

    June 26, 2018

    It was a great story. My problem was solved. Thanks

  43. SƠN DÂN DỤNG

    July 3, 2018

    Cảm ơn vì đã chia sẻ

  44. sơn sắt mạ kẽm

    July 3, 2018

    Bài viết chia sẻ rất hữu ích

  45. پروژه های دانشجویی معماری

    July 29, 2018

    I will place the credits at another place at the site.
    thanks for you

  46. حمل اثاثیه و بار در مشهد

    July 30, 2018

    sometimes it depends on the theme options, and The PHP route method is the best.

  47. دانلود زیرنویس فارسی

    August 4, 2018

    very good , thanks

  48. انتشارات حرف اخر

    August 10, 2018

    Hi Good day
    How can I remove the whole footer space in twenty seventeen?

  49. آموزش مشاور املاک

    August 15, 2018

    it's great thanks , I will place the credits at another place at the site.
    thanks for you

  50. قالب وردپرس

    September 25, 2018

    Hi Good day
    I will place the credits at another place at the site.
    thanks for nice sharing

  51. تور اروپا ماکان سیر

    October 15, 2018

    Exceptional post but I was wondering if you could write a litte more on this
    topic

  52. قالب وردپرس

    October 19, 2018

    I wondered what the footer of my site seemed like to be locked.

  53. اموزش سئو

    October 19, 2018

    I will place the credits at another place at the site.

  54. پروژه های معماری

    October 26, 2018

    When I was a novice I found this a very hard task.

  55. vpn

    November 24, 2018

    hi John Pawson
    Good things have been said
    thank you

  56. Eve Hunt

    December 7, 2018

    Hopefully, this blog article provided you the guidance and some best information about how to remove the powered text footer credit, specifically, “Powered by WordPress” footer link form your site.

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  57. Bram Stoker

    December 19, 2018

    Removing "Powered by WordPress" used to be a complex process, but not any more, thanks to the WordPress plugin "WP Hide and Security Enhancer", this plugin can also change and hide URL, I read about it on WpBlog, so do check it out for more details.

  58. گوسفند زنده

    January 8, 2019

    Hi,
    Thanks for nice sharing
    I will place the credits at another place at the site.
    thanks for you

  59. Lynks

    February 1, 2019

    Thanks in advance. Is there anyway to change footer only in one page.

  60. Kapil

    February 3, 2019

    You have to look at below link with easy steps to remove proudly powered by wordpress from footer.

    https://wekme.com/remove-proudly-powered-by-wordpress/

  61. james

    February 16, 2019

    Good things have been said
    thank you

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