Footer is the base end of a website which you will always see at the end of a particular website. I usually contain several links or (and) texts. But the most common is the copyright statement and year. Some websites have their Social Media account button link and email newsletter attached to the segment of their website. Some of the most common element you will find in the footer are: Links to pages like “Policy Page, Terms and Condition Page, Affiliate Page, Site Map, About Us Page, Contact Us Page, Testimonials” etc. But in this post, we want to talk about how to remove WordPress Footer branding and also how to create your custom WordPress footer Brand.
The default WordPress themes use the footer area to display the “Proudly powered by WordPress” link. Many theme developers take this further and add their own credits, so it looks something like “Powered by WordPress. Theme by Company Z”
When you first install WordPress, the theme you have will show filler information and sometimes the designers branding. To remove the branding in the footer of your WordPress site, you can use the Appearance editor to edit the code.
Should I Remove the WordPress Footer Branding?
If you’re worried that it’s illegal or somehow wrong to remove the footer link, rest assured that you’re not doing anything wrong.
WordPress is free and licensed under the GPL, which means you’re well within your rights to use, modify, and even redistribute WordPress.
On top of this, any WordPress theme you download from the official WordPress.org theme directory is also covered by the same license, so you’re free to make edits to those, too.
How to Remove WordPress Footer Branding
There are many ways to remove the WordPress footer credit links, but we only recommend the following 2 ways of doing this.
The Theme Settings Page
Most good theme authors know that their users want to have the option to remove footer credit links. That’s why they make it available in their theme settings area.
Different themes have this setting available under different sections. But the first place to start looking is inside the WordPress theme customizer (Appearance » Customize).
Footer.php Code Method
If your theme does not have the option to remove or modify footer credits from WordPress admin, then your only option is to edit the footer.php code.
You can find this file in your /wp-content/themes/yourtheme/footer.php
Simply open this file in a text editor and search for the footer credit text like “site-info”, and it will show you the section that you need to remove. Edit or clear the section out but becareful while doing this.
<div class="site-info"> <a href="<?php echo esc_url( __( 'http://wordpress.org/', 'dyad' ) ); ?>"><?php printf( esc_html__( 'Proudly powered by %s', 'dyad' ), 'WordPress' ); ?></a> <span class="sep"> | </span> <?php printf( esc_html__( 'Theme: %1$s by %2$s.', 'dyad' ), 'Dyad', '<a href="http://wordpress.com/themes/dyad/" rel="designer">WordPress.com</a>' ); ?> </div> <!-- .site-info --> </div> <!-- .footer-bottom-info -->
The code above is the footer.php file of dyad theme by Automattic
Now, before we wrap up, I should mention that you really should create and use a child theme rather than directly edit your WordPress website’s code. There are a couple of solid reasons for this:
- The next time you update your theme to the latest version, you will lose any changes and customizations you made to the code, and
- When you directly edit your code, there’s a chance you could change or delete the wrong code and crash your website.
You might also be interested in our Detailed Guide on How to Choose a WordPress Theme