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Remove "Proudly powered by WordPress" from the footer | WP Learning Lab
Many free WordPress themes, and some paid ones, have a "Proudly Powered by WordPress" message in the footer. Although, there is nothing wrong with message, for the sake of branding many site owners want to get rid of it. Here's how.
In the new 2017 WordPress theme that ships with the new version of WordPress the "Proudly Powered by WordPress" message is featured prominently in the footer.
2017, as well as every previous WordPress-made theme (2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010), does not have a theme options panel. Meaning there is no easy way to edit the footer content.
You can use Customizer to make edits to content on the site and make layout changes, but the ability to edit the footer is conveniently missing.
Premium themes, and some free themes, have theme options panels where the footer is easily edited. This video demonstrates how to make changes in the premium Avada theme.
For the 2017 theme, the only option we have is to edit the footer.php file directly.
To find that file all you have to do is go Appearance, then Editor in your WordPress admin dashboard.
In the editor you will see a list of all the template files in the theme along the right side the page. Find footer.php and click on it to open it.
In the PHP that loads is all the content in the footer template and somewhere in there is code that is outputting the message.
To delete Proudly Powered by WordPress, we have to identify the correct PHP function. We do this by finding the wrappers of the footer content and selectively turning PHP functions offer using PHP comments.
Then we can see which function is generating which part of the footer.
Once we find the one outputting the footer message we can comment it out.
Following that, we can echo our own footer copyright statement.
And we're done.
If you're theme has a theme options panel things become even easier.
Open the theme options for your theme and find the footer section. Inside that section there is almost always a place where you can enter the text that will be displayed in the footer.
Update that text, same the update and voila, a new footer message.
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