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How to Remove the Powered by WordPress Footer Links

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Do you want to remove the ‘powered by WordPress’ footer links on your site?

By default, most WordPress themes have a disclaimer in the footer, but this can make your site look unprofessional. It also leaves less space for your own links, copyright notices, and other content.

In this article, we will show you how to easily remove the ‘powered by WordPress’ footer links.

How to remove the powered by WordPress footer links

Many different WordPress themes show a ‘Proudly powered by WordPress’ disclaimer in their website’s footer, which links to the official website.

The Powered by WordPress disclaimer

Some theme developers take this further and add their own credits to the footer.

In the following image, you can see the disclaimer added by the Astra WordPress theme.

The Astra footer disclaimer

While great for software developers, this ‘Powered by….’ footer can make your site seem less professional, especially if you are running a business website.

It also lets hackers know that you are using WordPress, which could help them break into your site. For example, if you are not using a custom login URL, then hackers can simply add /wp-admin to your site’s address and get to your login page.

This disclaimer also links to an external site, encouraging people to leave your website. This can have a negative impact on your pageviews and bounce rate.

Removing the footer credits link on your site is perfectly legal because WordPress is free and released under the GPL license.

Basically, this license gives you the freedom to use, modify, and even distribute WordPress to other people.

Every WordPress plugin or theme that you download from the official WordPress directory is also released under the same GPL license. Even most commercial plugins and themes are released under GPL.

This means you are free to customize WordPress in any way you want, including removing the footer credits from your business website, online store, or blog.

With that in mind, let’s see how you can remove the ‘powered by WordPress’ footer links.

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Method 1: Using the Theme Settings (Quick and Easy)

Most good theme authors know that users want the option to edit the footer and remove the credit links, so many include it in their theme settings.

To see whether your theme has this option, go to Appearance » Customize in your WordPress admin dashboard.

Launching the WordPress Customizer

This will open the theme customizer where you can now look for any settings that let you customize your site’s footer.

For example, the Astra theme has a section called ‘Footer Builder.’

Customizing the Astra theme disclaimer

If you are using this theme, then simply click on the ‘Footer’ section and select ‘Copyright.’

This opens a small editor where you can change the footer text or even delete it completely.

How to remove the 'powered by WordPress' disclaimer

No matter how you remove the footer disclaimer, don’t forget to click on ‘Publish’ to make the change live on your site.

If you are using a block-enabled WordPress theme, then you can remove the footer disclaimer using Full Site Editing (FSE).

This is a quick and easy way to remove the ‘Powered by’ credit across your entire site, although it won’t work with all themes.

To launch the editor, go to Appearance » Editor.

Opening the WordPress full-site editor (FSE)

By default, the full site editor shows your theme’s home template.

In the left-hand menu, select ‘Patterns.’

How to edit a block-based template using the full-site editor (FSE)

This shows a list of all the patterns and template parts that make up your WordPress theme. Under ‘Template Parts,’ click on ‘Footer.’

This shows a thumbnail of your website’s footer. To see the footer, give the preview a click.

Editing the footer template using the full-site editor (FSE)

You’ll now see a preview of the theme’s template.

To edit the footer, go ahead and click on its pencil icon.

Removing the WordPress disclaimer using the full-site editor (FSE)

Next, select the ‘Powered by’ disclaimer.

You can now replace it with your own content, or delete the disclaimer.

Editing the 'Proudly powered by WordPress' credit using the full site editor

When you are happy with how the footer looks, simply click on ‘Save.’ Now, if you visit your site, then you’ll see the change live.

Method 3: How To Remove the ‘Powered by’ Disclaimer Using a Page Builder

Many WordPress websites use the footer to communicate important information such as their email address or phone number. In fact, visitors might scroll to the bottom of your site just to look for this content.

With that in mind, you may want to go one step further and replace the ‘Powered by’ text with a custom footer. This footer could contain links to your social media profiles, links to your affiliate marketing partners, a list of your products, or other important information and links.

This is how we use the footer area on WPBeginner:

WPBeginner footer

The best way to create a custom footer is by using SeedProd. It is the best page builder plugin and comes with 100s of professionally designed templates, sections, and blocks that can help you customize every part of your website.

It also has settings that allow you to create a global footer, sidebar, header, and more.

First, you need to install and activate SeedProd. For more details, see our step-by-step guide on how to install a WordPress plugin.

Note: There’s also a free version of SeedProd that allows you to create all kinds of pages using the drag-and-drop editor, including a custom maintenance mode page. However, we will be using the premium version of SeedProd since it comes with the advanced Theme Builder.

After activating the plugin, SeedProd will ask for your license key.

SeedProd license key

You can find this information in your account on the SeedProd website. After entering the key, click on the ‘Verify Key’ button.

Once you’ve done that, go to SeedProd » Theme Builder. Here, click on the ‘Add New Theme Template’ button.

The SeedProd theme builder

Pro Tip: SeedProd also has a growing library of professional website kits that you can use as the base for your custom theme. For more information, please see our guide on how to install template kits in WordPress.

In the popup, type in a name for the new theme template.

Once you’ve done that, open the ‘Type’ dropdown and choose ‘Footer.’

Creating a custom footer with SeedProd

SeedProd will show the new footer template across your entire site by default. However, you can limit it to specific pages or posts using the ‘Conditions’ settings.

For example, you may want to exclude the new footer from your landing pages so it doesn’t distract from your main call to action.

When you are happy with the information you’ve entered, click on ‘Save.’ This will load the SeedProd page builder interface.

At first, your template will show a blank screen on the right and your settings on the left. To start, click on the ‘Add Columns’ icon.

The SeedProd theme builder editor

You can now choose the layout that you want to use for the footer. This allows you to organize your content into different columns. For example, you might display your WordPress widgets in columns.

You can use any layout you want, but we are using a three-column layout in all our images.

Choosing a layout for the WordPress footer

Next, you can edit the footer’s background so that it matches your WordPress theme, company branding, or logo.

To change the background color, simply click on the section next to ‘Background Color’ and then use the controls to choose a new color.

Changing the background color of a WordPress footer

Another option is to add a background image.

To do this, either click on ‘Use Your Own Image’ and then choose an image from the WordPress media library or click on ‘Use a stock image.’

Adding an image to a custom WordPress footer

When you are happy with the background, it’s time to add some content to the footer.

Simply drag any block from the left-hand menu and drop it onto your footer.

Adding blocks to the WordPress footer

After adding a block, click to select that block in the main editor.

The left-hand menu will now show all the settings you can use to customize the block.

The SeedProd advanced theme builder

Simply keep repeating these steps to add more blocks to your footer. If you are not sure what blocks to use, then it may help to look at our checklist of things to add to the footer of your WordPress website.

You can also change where each block appears by dragging them around your layout.

A custom footer, created using the SeedProd theme builder

When you are happy with your design, click on the ‘Save’ button.

Then, you can select ‘Publish’ to complete your design.

Publishing the SeedProd template part

To make the new footer live on your WordPress blog, you’ll need to finish building your WordPress theme with SeedProd. For step-by-step instructions, please see our guide on how to create a custom WordPress theme.

After building your theme, go to SeedProd » Theme Builder. Then, click on the ‘Enable SeedProd Theme’ switch.

How to enable a custom WordPress theme

Now, if you visit your website, you’ll see the new footer live.

Method 4: Removing the WordPress Disclaimer Using Code

If you can’t see any way to remove or modify the footer credits in the WordPress customizer, then you can always edit the footer.php code.

This isn’t the most beginner-friendly method, but it will let you remove the credit from any WordPress theme.

Before making changes to your website’s code, we recommend creating a backup so you can restore your site in case anything goes wrong.

Keep in mind that if you edit your WordPress theme files directly, then those changes will disappear when you update the theme. With that being said, we recommend creating a child theme, as this allows you to update your WordPress theme without losing customization.

First, you need to connect to your WordPress site using an FTP client such as FileZilla, or you can use a file manager provided by your WordPress hosting company. 

If this is your first time using FTP, then you can see our complete guide on how to connect to your site using FTP

Once you’ve connected to your site, go to /wp-content/themes/ and then open the folder for your current theme or child theme.

The FileZilla FTP client

Inside this folder, find the footer.php file and open it in a text editor such as Notepad.

In the text editor, look for a section of code that includes the ‘powered by’ text. For example, in the Twenty Twenty-One theme for WordPress, the code looks like this:

<div class="powered-by">
					/* translators: %s: WordPress. */
					esc_html__( 'Proudly powered by %s.', 'twentytwentyone' ),
					'<a href="' . esc_attr__( '', 'twentytwentyone' ) . '">WordPress</a>'
			</div><!-- .powered-by -->

You can either delete this code entirely or customize it to suit your needs.

For example, you may want to replace the ‘Proudly powered…’ disclaimer with your own copyright notice.

A custom disclaimer, created using FSE

After making your changes, save the file and upload it to your server. If you check your site, then the footer credit will have disappeared.

Warning! Avoid the CSS Method at All Costs!

Some WordPress tutorial sites may show you a CSS method that uses display: none to hide the footer credit links.

While this looks simple, it’s very bad for your WordPress SEO.

Many spammers use this exact technique to hide links from visitors while still showing them to Google in the hopes of getting higher rankings.

If you do hide the footer credit with CSS, then Google may flag you as a spammer, and your site will lose search engine rankings. In the worst-case scenario, Google may even delete your site from their index so it never appears in search results.

Instead, we strongly recommend using one of the other methods we showed above. If you can’t use any of these methods, then another option is hiring a WordPress developer to remove the footer credit for you, or you could change your WordPress theme.

We hope this article helped you remove the ‘powered by WordPress’ footer links. You may also want to check out our expert pick of the best contact form plugins and proven ways to make money online blogging with WordPress.

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  2. Dennis Muthomi says

    One question – is there a code snippet that can automatically update the copyright year when a new year begins?
    well currently, I have to manually change it to the new year on January 1st every year. Having it update automatically would save me that step.

    • WPBeginner Support says

      If you don’t have a footer.php, reach out to your theme’s support to see if they have a custom location for the footer.


  3. Neale says

    I had the same problem but ur site’s version is not the same as mine, so I couldn’t remove the Powered by WordPress footer this happend to me in other site’s too

    • WPBeginner Support says

      Not all themes have the same options which is why we have multiple options in this guide. If the methods in this guide were unable to help you then we would recommend reaching out to your specific theme’s support and they should be able to assist.


  4. Candy says

    I’m using my theme template & footer.php is missing & footer remove credits are not working :) What to do?

    • WPBeginner Support says

      You would want to reach out to the support for your specific theme and they should be able to assist you.


  5. Sandra Sakura says

    how do I move:

    My Website

    This is Visualize, a responsive site template designed by SitePad and is available with SitePad Website Builder.

    to the bottom so it’s not so prominent … I would like people to think it’s my website not SitePad.

    • WPBeginner Support says

      You would want to check under Settings>General to ensure your title and tagline are not that and if not then you would check under Appearance>Customize


  6. Dave says

    Thanks for this tutorial. Mine was a bit different, but your video helped me find it. In the footer.php file, I commented out this line and it removed the “powered by WordPress” footer:

    get_template_part( ‘template-parts/footer/site’, ‘info’ );

  7. Kevin says

    When I tried to remove I got the following message.
    Unable to communicate back with site to check for fatal errors, so the PHP change was reverted. You will need to upload your PHP file change by some other means, such as by using SFTP.
    I’m currently using localhost on XAMPP on my laptop.
    Please I kindly need your help.

    • WPBeginner Support says

      That means WordPress could not verify that the code change would not cause a problem so you would manually need to edit the file for that change to take effect.


  8. Atif Khawaja says

    Its been a great experience for me as a beginner of Word Press to learn and find solutions of my problems through the platform of WPBeginner. These days i have been facing the same problem as stated above i have watched all the videos related to this issue on this platform but it didn’t work for me, I am using word press theme Shop Elite in this theme there is an option to edit half of the footer but credit link remains,I have tried all methods you have suggested also tried some plugins like (Real time find and Replace, My Custom Function), Please look into this issue.
    I will wait for your kind response,
    Thank You!

    • WPBeginner Support says

      If you reach out to the support for your specific theme they should be able to let you know what theme specific setting could be preventing you from removing that credit :)


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