Are you looking for a way to get rid of that tag line “powered by WordPress” from your website? Well, I can bet that anyone that says creating a website or a blog never did it alone. I say this because the process involving WordPress installation and picking out themes is relatively easy. However, there are lots and lots of minor details that are more often than not, very tiring, and that should be taken care of before your site is ready to go live.
These details are minor and chances are that you will not spot them until you begin customizing your site. One of the detail that is often forgotten is the “powered by WordPress” located at the footer of the website. There are so many personal sites online today with that footer still hanging around. Keep reading to find ways of removing it.
Many WordPress themes come with the tag “powered by WordPress” by default. With that said, as I can see, you’ve got two options: live with that link in the theme or you can get rid of it once and for all in this quick and easy tutorial.
There are two ways that will get this done:
- Editing the Style.css file and eliminate that link or
- Editing the Footer.php file.
With those two methods in mind, let us take a look at the finer details of How to Remove Powered by WordPress tag from your website.
How to Remove Powered by WordPress
- As usual anything that needs to be edited in WordPress requires that you login to your WordPress dashboard as an admin. So, go ahead and do just that.
- Once logged in, on the right, find the Appearance option and select Editor from the menu.
- Just close to the bottom of the templates, you should see css. Click on this file and the code should appear.
- What you need to do is add the following code at the very end of the Style.css.
display : none;
V. Click on Update File.
Once your changes have been updated, you can reload your page and voila! You have successfully hidden that “powered by WordPress” link.
Removing Powered by WordPress Completely from the Footer
The first method (editing the Style.css file) simply serves to hide the link in your website. That method does completely get rid of the link because that message will forever appear in the Template PHP files.
In order to permanently remove it, we need to edit the Footer.php file to delete the code. Sounds like a lot of programming huh? No need to worry because it’s as easy as the first method.
- Once again, login to your WordPress as an admin and navigate to Appearance and click on
- Once in the editor, on the right hand side of the page, locate Footer (footer.php). Click on this file and it should open up.
- Find the following code and delete it.
<?php do_action( ‘twentyfourteen_credits’ ); ?>
<a href=”<?php echo esc_url( _( ‘http://wordpress.org/’, ‘twentyfourteen’ ) );
<?php printf( _( ‘Proudly powered by %s’, ‘twentyfourteen’ ), ‘WordPress’ ); ?></a>
</div><!– .site-info –>
Congratulations, you have successfully removed powered by WordPress permanently from your website. You can now reload your website and confirm whether the message in the footer is gone completely.
How to add your Custom Footer
We have talked of how to remove powered by WordPress, but what if you want to add a custom footer to your website? How do you do that?
Follow steps 1 through 3 in how to remove powered by WordPress. Instead of deleting, we will be adding our own message that we wish to display.
You should note however, that when you update your theme, the edited files will be replaced with newer copies meaning that all chances made will be undone. You will therefore have to do this again.
To avoid this, we recommend that you use a child theme and make all the edits on the child theme. You can read more about creating one here.
I hope this article has been of great value to you in terms of getting rid of that minor detail. Keep reading our blog for new tips, tricks and interesting articles.
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