How to Edit or Remove the Branded Footer on Your WordPress Website
After installing WordPress, you’ll notice some WordPress branded copy at the bottom of your webpages. This branded footer reads “Proudly powered by WordPress” and is the default text that appears on all new websites.
A customized footer will help visitors identify with your brand. Read on to learn how to edit the footer on your site.
Is It Legal to Remove “Proudly Powered By WordPress”?
In short: Yes. WordPress is open-source software. It’s designed to allow anyone to change the source code.
You have the ability to modify your default WordPress templates. You won’t be breaking any laws if you change your footer to fit your company’s brand.
But before you make any changes, you’ll want to backup your WordPress website. This proactive step ensures that you can quickly restore your site if you make a mistake. Whether you’re editing your footer or doing a full redesign, it’s a good habit to backup your site.
It’s simple to edit your footer in WordPress. You can either change the theme settings, update the footer widget, use a plugin, revise the footer.php code, or use a theme builder with a plugin. Select the method that works best for you.
Method 1: Change the Theme Settings
Most theme developers know that you’ll want to edit their default footers. So, they usually offer a built-in option in the theme to make changes.
Every theme isn’t the same. So, this setting may be available in different sections within the theme.
1. Log in to the WordPress dashboard.
2. Go to Appearance > Customize.
3. Under Copyright Area, make changes to the footer text.
Method 2: Use a Footer Widget
Some WordPress themes use widgets to add specific features, like footers. You can find your footer widget by going to Appearance > Widgets.
On the right, you’ll find the footer widget section, Footer. From the list on the left, drag and drop the Text widget underneath the Footer. Click the down arrow and then add your content in the text field.
WordPress plugins extend the functionality of your site. It’s an easy solution when you want to make minor tweaks or major changes to your site. Plus, it requires no coding experience. Follow the steps below to edit your footer with a plugin.
1. Install and activate the Remove Footer Credit plugin.
2. Go to Tools > Remove Footer Credit.
3. Enter the text or HTML you would like to remove in the first text field. Then, add your own footer text to the second text field.
4. Click Save.
The footer is defined in a WordPress template file as footer.php. You can edit the file by going to Appearance > Theme Editor. Then, follow the steps below.
1. Select the specific theme in the right-hand corner.
2. Locate the theme footer (footer.php) under Theme Files on the righthand side. You can use Crtl+F to find it if you’re having trouble.
3. Find this PHP code:
4. Replace the PHP code with the code below and change “add text here” with your specific content.
5. Press the Update File button.
6. The final result will look like this:
Theme builders make it easy for you to tweak your website to match the look and feel of your brand. Most theme builders come with a built-in footer plugin.
For example, Jupiter X lets you customize your footer with the help of a drag-and-drop visual editor. You can add, modify, and remove the widgets in real time. There are also dozens of ready-made footer templates available if you’re in a hurry.
Elementor offers dynamic templates to build beautiful pages with no coding skills. Choose from a variety of footer template blocks and add them to relevant categories and pages across your website.
Last but not least, you can try Themify’s builder, which is an intuitive page designer. You can remove the default copyright information and create custom footers with a few simple clicks.
Editing any part of your website is a big deal. A harmless error can temporarily shut down your entire website. Here are a few common mistakes to avoid when editing your footer.
1. Updating the CSS.
Changing the CSS in the theme is another way to edit your footer. You can do that by adding the code snippet below. This method hides the links in your footer. However, the act of hiding links tricks the search engine algorithm to boost your rankings. Google sees this action as a violation of its website guidelines and drops your SEO rankings as a result. So, we recommend avoiding this method altogether.
2. Not reading the license documentation.
Third-party themes may have stipulations in their license agreements that could restrict you from removing copyright notices. You’ll want your legal team to contact the theme developer with any questions or concerns.
Editing your site footer removes unwanted copy and helps you create a customized look that your visitors will come to recognize each time they come in contact with your brand.