Most of the free WordPress themes have a footer text “Powered By WordPress” and it is linked with the WordPress Official website. It’s good when the links lead to official sites, or pages on social networks, it’s worse if it is hidden through a script and displays different content. But most of the website owners found this weird and they want to put their website link in the footer. In this article, we will show you how to remove the “Powered By WordPress” link from the footer easily.
Why WordPress Keep this Link?
When someone create something for other people for free he deserve some credit. WordPress provide us almost everything free and they think you will contribute to improve WordPress and promote them.
Is it Good Idea to Keep Powered By WordPress?
There are many people who think it is good to give WordPress their credit. But it is absolutely up to you whether you want to keep this link or not. I have seen many popular WordPress websites that didn’t remove “Powered By WordPress” or Proudly “Powered By WordPress”.
By putting a footer credit link WordPress want other people to know that your website is created with WordPress. And more people will know about WordPress and they will be encourage to use WordPress.
Why Should Remove this?
Different people think different reasons to remove the Powered By WordPress footer link. We have specified some common reasons why people want to remove this footer link.
- Looks Weird: Many people think it looks weird to keep the Powered By WordPress link in the footer.
- Put the Business link: All business owners think their website should be unique and represent their business.
- Poor Coding skill: Most of the WordPress developers believe that if they keep this link in the footer that means other people can feel his coding skill is poor. And that’s why it is a little weird sometimes to keep this footer link.
Is it Legal to Remove Powered By WordPress?
The WordPress CMS is released under the GPL(General Public License). And WordPress is an open-source program that gives its users full power to use it.
The answer is “YES”. It is absolutely legal to remove Powered By WordPress Link from the footer. Because WordPress uses GPL License.
In general GPL License gives you the freedom to edit, modify, share, or even redistribute the code. If you want to change the code and sell to earn money also legal. GPL has a slogan “Free as Freedom”.
So you no need to worry about is it legal to remove footer link “Proudly Powered By WordPress”.
How To Remove This?
There are many methods to remove this footer link. But in this article, I will introduce you two most effective and easy ways to remove Proudly Powered by WordPress link from footer.
Use Plugin to Remove
A great solution for beginners and who do not want to edit the codes in a theme. Because edit the code could be risky sometimes for new developers. There is a WordPress plugin “Remove Powered by WordPress” that has only one setting.
If you don’t know how to install the WordPress plugin then you can see our guide to install the plugin.
Install and activate the plugin. I will experiment on the Twenty Twenty theme. Go to Appearance> Customize. A page will open, go to the topic settings section, as we see the inscription while it is displayed.
At the very top there will be a section with a checkbox, click on it so that a checkmark appears and “Proudly powered by WordPress” will disappear. If the result suits you, then click Publish.
The plugin copes with all the templates of the Twenty family. But if you use other free themes then it won’t work. So follow the other methods to remove This link.
Use Footer.php to Remove Powered By WordPress
The method requires some technical skill, but I will try to write in detail. The problem is to find the file that controls the output of the text below. Usually, it is footer.php, but in different themes, it is hidden in other places.
We found out earlier that the output goes in the block with the site-info class. Let’s look at the footer.php footer file and see if there is such a block. We go into editing the theme from the admin panel.
Go to Appearance>Theme Editor and find out your theme footer.php file. Or you can edit this file from Cpanel File manager or using FTP. However, I will use the admin panel to edit this file.
Here you can change the credit from them completely or change the footer credit. Most of the website owners keep the credit on their website. The code looks like below.
<div class="footer-credits"> <p class="footer-copyright">© <?php echo date_i18n( /* translators: Copyright date format, see https://www.php.net/date */ _x( 'Y', 'copyright date format', 'twentytwenty' ));?> <a href="<?php echo esc_url( home_url( '/' ) ); ?>"><?php bloginfo( 'name' ); ?></a> </p><!-- .footer-copyright --> <p class="powered-by-wordpress"> <a href="<?php echo esc_url( __( 'https://wordpress.org/', 'twentytwenty' ) ); ?>"> <?php _e( 'Powered by WordPress', 'twentytwenty' ); ?></a> </p><!-- .powered-by-wordpress --> </div><!-- .footer-credits -->
If you want you can delete this code to remove the Powered By WordPress credit link from footer. Or you can change the to give your business credit.
<a href="<?php echo esc_url( __( 'https://wordpress.org/', 'twentytwenty' ) ); ?>"> <?php _e( 'Powered by WordPress', 'twentytwenty' ); ?></a>
You can change here the link to your website and change the credit text ‘Powered by WordPress’. Be sure to check that you have cleared everything correctly, opening the <div class = “footer-credits”> tag and closing </div>. Now check what happened. The content should disappear in the mobile version too.
There are some custom themes that not allow changing the footer credit. In this case, you have to contact your developer to remove the Proudly Powered By WordPress link.
Also some other methods can apply to change the footer credit link. Such as CSS can apply to remove this. But I have found that this method can effect your SEO. So that I didn’t write about this method.
I hope this post will help you to remove or modify Powered By WordPress footer credit links. If you like this article then visit our website regularly. We always share unique and quality articles. Thanks to staying with us.