How to Remove the Powered by WordPress Footer Links

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Do you want to remove the Powered by WordPress link from your site’s footer? We’ve had many questions about removing this from your site as it is normally added in most WordPress themes but what is involved in removing it or if you are allowed to remove it. In this video, we will show you how to remove the powered by WordPress footer links from your site.

Many themes use the footer area to display the “Proudly powered by WordPress” link and it is legal to remove this from your site. WordPress is free and is under the GPL license which allows you to use, modify, and redistribute WordPress.

Before digging into the code of your specific theme, check your theme customization options as well as your theme’s documentation. Some theme authors have started giving the option to remove the Powered by WordPress link in these areas for this specific reason.

Should your theme not have a built-in option to remove the Powered by WordPress footer links then we will need to edit your footer.php file. To get there we will use the FTP program FileZilla. If you do not know how to use FTP you would want to take a look at our article:

http://www.wpbeginner.com/beginners-guide/how-to-use-ftp-to-upload-files-to-wordpress-for-beginners/

Go under wp-content, themes, and then the folder that has the name of your theme in the file manager and we want to download the footer.php file to edit. To edit the file in the video we used the program Notepad++ found on the site:

https://notepad-plus-plus.org/

In the footer.php file, you want to find the section where there is the text ‘Proudly powered by’ in between a div and a div with a forward slash in front of it. You can either change the text or fully remove the div to remove the powered by. If you are not comfortable removing the code you would want to reach out to your specific theme’s support and they should be able to assist.

Text version of this tutorial
http://www.wpbeginner.com/wp-themes/how-to-remove-the-powered-by-wordpress-footer-links/

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14 thoughts on “How to Remove the Powered by WordPress Footer Links”

  1. Very good tutorial – thanks. Can I also add that there is a third method you need to know for some theme companies. Imagely themes have their footer info, not in a 'footer.php' but in the "functions.php" file. The same thing applies – just download the file, open in a text editor and comment-out (using /* and */ top and tail) or delete the footer info then upload again to the site.
    Thanks again for the informative video.

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