Remove “Powered By WordPress”Guide 2017

Many WordPress site owners want to remove the "Powered by WordPress" text on their website. They can make the site look less professional and it sticks out like a sore thumb.

The problem gets worse if you use a theme since you will also see “Theme created by…” link in the footer as well.

If you want to get rid of this text and clean up your site, (it might be a great thing to do immediately after starting your first blog) we'll walk you through the different options available so you can choose the best one for you. 

Legality of Removing "Powered by WordPress"

Alright, before we start, let’s get legal stuff out of the way. WordPress is completely free to use and distribute. They are released under the General Public License (GPL) which means anyone can change the contents and redistribute it as they wish.

This means that any change you do to your site is solely your discretion and you don't need permission or have to pay any money. WordPress cannot implicate you for removing these links. 

Publicly available themes are okay to edit and remove credits from since they usually have GPL licenses as well (always check!).

For premium themes, you might need to contact the developer before doing anything. Paid themes are usually not covered by the GPL and the developers can take you to court if you don't follow the rules. Always check with them to make sure you are in the legal limits.

There are a few ways you can go about removing the WordPress link from your site footer. Here are the most foolproof ways we recommend. We list them from least technical to most technical so you can decide which one works the best for you depending on your technical experience.

1. Theme Customizer

use theme customizer

Let’s try not to make it harder than it is. Some themes have built-in options to remove any links that they have on your site. This might be the easiest method to remove the “Powered by WordPress” or any theme links that you have on your site. Always check the theme setting first!

Some themes allow you to do this for free, but this theme requires you to pay for it. In general, if you love a theme you should support the author. They put in a lot of work to produce free themes and a few bucks is a small token to pay for all of the ease of use you get.

edit footer.php in WordPress Dashboard

**DISCLAIMER** We are not responsible if your website breaks due to tinkering with your theme files. Anything you change is solely your responsibility.

Wait... I thought you said no coding. This isn't so much coding as it is search and replace. Your WordPress site is made of a collection of PHP files that create the layout, pages, and posts. You just need to find the file that contains the string "Powered by WordPress" and delete it.

If you’ve explored your WordPress installation, you’ve definitely come across the Appearance Menu. Under Appearance > Editor, you can see all the files related to your theme’s installation. Find your footer.php (in this case, Theme Footer) and modify the code inside to remove the links. Note that any errors in the modification can cause your website to go haywire. Proceed with CAUTION. Always create a backup first if you decide to go this route.

ALTERNATIVE: For people who are more comfortable working with the raw WordPress files,, you can find footer.php at your /wp-content/themes/<theme name> folder. You can just edit it and update the file on your hosting to see the changes. Personally, I recommend using the Appearance menu since it’s faster. It can be a little risky though since it has more risks involved.

modify footer.php over ftp

Using the alternative method will add more steps to the process. Depending on your hosting, you may have to use the FTP method or the Control Panel of the site. Although this method is slower than just using the code editor inside WordPress, it’s much safer. It’s the only way for developers to have a backup of the footer.php file ready in case anything goes wrong.

3. Using JavaScript

use javascript

Some themes add the links using javascript that is not part of the basic HTML so you won't find it in the php files. If you run into a theme like this (and have permission to modify it) you can use your own JavaScript to remove the links.​

To remove the entire footer (the whole bar and all contents) it would look something like this:​

<script>
document.querySelector('footer').style = 'display: none'
</script>

Just replace 'footer' with the id of the element you want to remove.

While this will remove the text for your visitors, it may still be accessible by search engines so depending on why you want to remove the link this may not do everything you need.

4. Use CSS

use css

If doing JS isn’t really your style, you can opt for something slightly different and use CSS to control the visibility.

This is a very simple way to hide the obstructive footer links on your site. 

5. Change your theme entirely

change_theme_entirely

If none of the recommended options are working for you, the best option is to change your theme. Although it might mean that you have to start from scratch. This is the only way for you to not violate any licenses while still keeping the integrity of your site. Try finding some themes that will allow you to edit the footer links.

Final Thoughts

Did we miss a method? Have you found something even better? Comment below to help out the next reader of give us something we should add to the list!