After hours and hours of making your website look great, you take a step back from your work and admire what you've accomplished. The header looks perfect, the content layout is mesmerizing, and the site seems ready to be published. Yet when you turn your attention to the footer, you notice the tiny message saying: "Proudly Powered by WordPress"– all of your hard work being credited under the big name of WordPress. How disappointing!
The good news is that you can remove "Proudly Powered by WordPress" in just a few steps, and it’s all legal. Everything about how to change the default WordPress footer will be discussed in this short article, so drop your despair and read on to learn how to give your work the credit it deserves.
For those who don’t know what "Proudly Powered by WordPress" is, a short explanation may be required. It is a message that pops up in the footer of all websites powered by WordPress, whenever you use a standard WordPress theme. Even though the credit note is not harmful in any way for a smaller website, if you have big plans for yours then you will naturally want to take credit for how the site works and looks. Some people may want to remove this message simply because it looks unprofessional.
It is worth mentioning that the "Proudly Powered by WordPress" message is present on all default themes developed by the team behind WordPress, such as Twenty Seventeen and Twenty Sixteen. If you use one of these themes, the process of removing the footer message will be different, but not impossible. Below you will find different approaches to remove "Proudly Powered by WordPress" from your theme.
This is a beginner-friendly method that you should try first. It works with most WordPress themes and it doesn’t require deep programming knowledge. The downside is that search engines view the act of hiding content with CSS as possibly deceptive, so this approach might affect your site’s SEO. If you decide that this option is the best for you, add the following CSS code line to your site:
Keep in mind that there are a few ways in which you can add CSS to your site. The easiest way is by using WordPress’ native feature that can be accessed by anyone. To do it, follow these steps:
The Customize feature is useful because you can see the changes you make in realtime . This means that you can’t make mistakes and ruin the appearance of your website. You should only remove "Proudly Powered by WordPress", making no other changes to the code. After you’re positive that nothing else is changed, hit Publish.
If you’ve played with WordPress before, you probably know how to edit files in the root folder. The "Proudly Powered by WordPress" message is located in the footer.php file. The code section of this file contains the exact message that pops up on your website. You can customize this file directly from WordPress’ Appearance section, using the Editor, or you can edit the file yourself and upload it back to the server. The steps below will teach you how to edit the file using the WordPress admin panel.
The file location will be different if you use a parent theme like Twenty Seventeen. The file can be found here: template-parts/footer/site-info.php. The code is similar, and you can edit it using the same steps mentioned above.
Some theme developers are aware that users will do everything in their power to remove the credits from the footer, so they make it simpler for everyone by allowing users to switch off the credits’ appearance in their theme settings area directly. Considering that themes are quite different, you might find this setting under different parts of the settings panel or you might not find it at all. It all depends on the developer. The first place you should look is the WordPress theme customizer that you can find under Appearance.
Here is how the settings panel looks for a theme developed by Michael Hyatt:
For those who don’t understand how to remove "Powered by WordPress" using these methods, there are plugins that can do the job automatically. The Remove Footer plugin may help, although it only works with WordPress’ default themes. Some developers have made their themes compatible with such plugins as well, but it's not guaranteed to work. You will be required to find, download, install, and activate a suitable plugin in order to remove the footer credits. Before choosing this method, keep in mind that all you have to do to remove the footer message manually is to copy and paste a line of code in a specific section of your site.
In case you are certain that you might ruin the code if you try something by yourself, the plugin method will do the job just fine. Don’t take any risks when you know for sure that your skills are quite rusty and there’s a slight chance to break your site. When modifying the code manually, you will have to do it again every time the theme is updated because the code will revert back to normal, unless you are using a child theme.
By using the plugin mentioned above to remove "Proudly Powered by WordPress", you stay away from using any lines of code. The plugin has just one feature to keep the interface simple and easy to use, even for those who have never used a plugin before. It shows two text boxes. One is for typing in the text you need to find and the other one is for typing in the text you want to replace it with. This way, you can be certain that nothing else besides that specific line will be modified in the process.
When you decide to remove "Proudly Powered by WordPress" from a site, legal aspects might become a concern. Luckily, WordPress is an open-source platform, which means that you can use it and modify it to your heart's desire. It is free and licensed under GPL (General Public License), which allows people to use WordPress, change it, and redistribute it. This also applies for the themes and plugins included in the official WordPress.org listing.
Some commercial platforms that you pay for before using are also covered by this license, which means you can modify them as well. Pay attention to those themes whose developers clearly specify that you can’t modify anything about them. These themes are quite rare, however.
WordPress is indeed a great Content Management System and the footer message won’t bother you in any way other than aesthetically. However, if the credits make your site look unprofessional or you’d like to receive the praise for your hard work, you will need to remove "Proudly Powered by WordPress" from the footer (and perhaps, replace it with your own signature message). Removing it will only benefit your site's image.