How to Remove or Disable Footers credits in WordPress Themes

The default WordPress themes always have a footer area to display the “Proudly powered by WordPress” link. WP theme developers often add their own credits, the result is something like “Powered by WordPress. Theme by developerX”. Therefore we will guide you on how to remove WordPress theme credits and disable footers

Sometimes when you’re running a business website, it may not sense to display these credits. Others even suggest that having credits makes your website look unprofessional.

So is it legal to remove? depends, on when to remove footer credits link on your WordPress site. WordPress is free, and it is released under the GPL license. In short, that license gives you the freedom to use, modify, and even redistribute WordPress. Any WordPress theme or plugin that you download from the official WordPress.org directory, and even most commercial WordPress themes are also released under the same license.

There are three ways to remove credits or disable footers:

Themes settings

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. Some theme developers will require you to purchase the full WP theme license before you can access the footer credits custom setting.

Different themes have this setting available under different sections. But the first place to start looking is inside the WordPress theme customizer (Appearance » Customize).

Remove WordPress Footer Text With CSS

If all you wanted to remove is the standard the “Powered by WordPress” text from a footer, you can do that by adding a single line of CSS code. For many WordPress themes, this is a just three-step process. However you must note that this method doesn’t actually remove the text from your blog. It merely hides it from public view.

  1. From your WordPress dashboard, click “Appearance,” select “Customize” and then click “Additional CSS.”
  2. Type the following code into the CSS file: .site-info { display: none; }
  3. Click “Save.”

There is a possibility that using this method may hurt your website’s search engine rankings. Some website onwners in the past have abused the CSS display:none code to pad page footers with links that are not visible to viewers in order to trick search engines, this is wrong. As a result, Google and other search engines could penalize your website, this is because if its algorithms notice that you are using the display:none code to deceive them you might get hit and drop some search SEO rankings. If you notice a sudden drop in your search rankings, try removing this CSS code and use another method to hide or disable footers.

If your WP theme however 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.

Removing/Editing via footer.php file

  1. Login to your WordPress dashboard as an Admin.
  2. Scroll over ‘Appearance’ and then click on the ‘Editor’ menu.
  3. Select the menu which you want to edit from Select theme to edit: from a top right corner.
  4. Click on Theme Footer (footer.php ) file.
  5. Edit the code to disable footers

This method hides the footer code from both visitors’ web browsers and search engines by disabling them as comments so you don’t have to worry about search engine optimization issues.

  1. Log in to your WordPress dashboard, click “Appearance” and then select the “Editor.”
  2. Select the “Footer” or “Theme Footer” link, which opens the footer.php file.
  3. Insert a new line at the top of the code and then type “/*” in that line. This is the beginning of a comment tag.
  4. Insert a new line below all of the ode and type “*/” there. This is the end of the comment tag.
  5. Click “Save Changes.”

Anything that is included inside the comment tags will be ignored by web browsers, thus effectively disabling any code between the tags.

If your WordPress theme have give you an option to edit the footer.php file, you will need to download the php file using an FTP software like FileZilla from your website and editing it with any basic text editor, like Notepad. Always ensure that you save a copy of the original file and then replace the footer.php file on your website with the edited file. Doing so will give you an option to revert changes in case your edits break the website.

Child Themes, disable footers:

Using a text editor to change the footer.php file, means that you might have to regularly update your changes always whenever your WordPress theme gets updated. Whenever a WP theme is updated the new changes alway will write over the files currently on your server, including the file you edited to hide the footer credits text.

In order to prevent the frequest similar edits, you may need to upload and install a child theme. A child themes relys heavily on the parent theme which is your current template, thus any modifications you want to make will remain stored in the child theme folders thus you disable footers.

To achieve this, you will need to be familiar with php webfiles editing.  Thus create a new folder for your child theme and upload it in your WordPress website themes folder or directory. Proceed and customize files like the footer.php file in the child theme, while using the functions.php file in your child theme to direct and call WordPress back to the parent theme for all other website functions. Any changes that your parent WP theme developer will not write over you own specificchild theme customizations.

If you follow these disable footers steps correctly you will minimize the risk of breaking your site. You can also check this link: WordPress Crashed? Fast Site Restoration After a Sudden Crash

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