WordPress is, undoubtedly, an awesome CMS when it comes to building a website or a blog. As an open source platform, the benefits that WordPress provides are numerous such as an array of responsive WordPress themes, powerful WordPress plugins, robust security framework and much much more. Additionally, it is easy to make a website with WordPress and as such, this CMS can be used by all - newbie bloggers as well as professionals.
However, though WordPress is a great platform for building any type of website, some may not want to advertise that their site is running on WordPress. The “Powered by WordPress” credit that is in the footer of WordPress themes might be annoying to some people, who may want to completely remove it. As such, if you are one of them then regardless of your technical know-how, you can sort this out in no time.
In this post, I will show you different ways via which you can effortlessly remove the “Proudly Powered by WordPress” link from the footer.
So let’s get started!
#Can I Remove The “Proudly Powered by WordPress” Link?
Yes, you can! It is totally legal to remove or hide it if you want to and the good news is that it comes with no price. Licensed under the GNU General Public License (GPL), WordPress is a free software and as such, it can be used, modified or even redistributed by anyone. Moreover, any WordPress themes that you download from the official WordPress.org theme directory or for that matter most commercial WordPress themes are also covered under the same license.
Thus, as an owner of your WordPress website, you are well within your rights to make any kind of changes/edits you want on your site, which includes removing the footer credit link.
#How To Remove The “Proudly Powered by WordPress” Link?
Most theme authors envision that their users might want to have an extra option to remove footer credit links. As such, they provide you with the option in their theme settings area, thus making it easier for even novice users to remove/hide this link from the theme.
So, the first method we are going to start with is the WordPress theme customizer (Appearance » Customize), which is the simplest and easiest ways to tackle the footer link.
A) Hiding The Footer Link via the Theme Customizer
The below-mentioned steps are just meant to hide the footer link and not permanently remove it, which means that you should use this method only if you want to hide it.
Step 1. Log in to your WordPress dashboard
Step 2. Look for ‘Appearance’ on the left sidebar menu and click on ‘Customize.’
Step 3. Click on ‘Additional CSS.’ You will find this at the bottom of the menu.
Step 4. Paste the below-mentioned CSS code in the given box.
Click on the ‘SAVE’ icon to implement that change and that’s it! Now, refresh your website and you will see that the footer link is gone.
The aforementioned steps to hide the ‘Proudly Powered by WordPress’ link is a short and effective way, however, since Google doesn’t like hidden texts and links this could affect your site’s SEO. Hiding texts and links on a website is a technique that is mostly used by spammers. Thus, there is a high risk that Google could penalize your website if this is spotted, which could lead to loss of traffic. However, if you aren’t concerned about this then you can proceed with this method or you can use the second method mentioned below.
B) Permanently Remove The Footer Link by Editing the footer.php
To get rid of the footer link permanently, you need to edit the “Footer.php” file and remove the code sequence. Sounds difficult? Don’t worry, it is easier than it sounds. So, let’s begin.
Step 1. Go to ‘Appearance’ and click on ‘Editor.’
Step 2. Find the footer.php code file and click on it.
Step 3. Find the following lines of code. Here you have two option, you can either remove the section permanently or you could modify it to suit your need. However, whichever one you opt for, you are essentially removing the “Proudly Powered by WordPress” link which is your end goal.
Next, click on 'Update File.'
C) Removing the Footer Credit via a Plugin
As mentioned before, WordPress is the best CMS and thus, to make this task further easier for you it provides you with useful plugins that can help you to effectively remove the ‘Proudly Powered by WordPress’ link from the footer. With the Remove "Powered by WordPress" plugin, you can easily remove the footer credits from all default WordPress themes. This plugin is extremely easy to use & lightweight and as such, is a great option for those who don’t want to alter their site’s coding.
The ‘“Powered by WordPress” link in the footer though not a nuisance could still annoy people, especially clients. Thus, it is better to remove it or modify it as per your requirements. The above step-by-step guide includes all the tried and tested methods and thus, we hope that this quick tutorial was useful.
However, if you cannot do either of these things on your own, for the fear that you might unintentionally break the site, then we recommend hiring a professional to help you remove your footer credit links or even consider downloading or buying a new theme for your WordPress website.