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How to Remove the Proudly Powered by WordPress Text from a Website’s Footer

How to Remove the Proudly Powered by WordPress Text from a Website’s Footer

Every fresh installation of the default WordPress theme comes with the ‘proudly powered by WordPress’ credit text in the footer.

Many users prefer you disable this paragraph or use their own text instead.

In this article, you will learn how to remove proudly powered by WordPress from your website.

Are You Allowed To Remove the Footer Credit Links?

Whenever dealing with modifying software, oftentimes we would like to know if it’s legal to edit the files.

Because WordPress was released under the GPL (General Public License), it is perfectly legal to edit, modify, and redistribute any plugin or theme.

Due to that fact, web agencies modified to code and added their own text to the credit text like so:

‘Proudly powered by WordPress by Company Name’.

When running a business website, it is highly recommended to remove that text.

Removing the Proudly Powered by WordPress Footer Text

There are various ways to remove the text from the footer and in this article, we will show you these methods:

  • From the theme customization screen.
  • By editing the core file.
  • Using CSS.

Let’s start with the first method and remove the Proudly powered by WordPress from the theme customization screen.

Theme customization option

Most of the WordPress themes (free or pro), comes with the option to edit the text footer from inside the customize screen.

Navigate to Appearance -> Customize and look for the relevant option.

It is usually under the Footer tab.

Below is a list where you can find the right settings screen for the most popular themes.

  • Astra – footer -> footer bar -> custom text.
  • OceanWP – footer bottom -> copyright.
  • Divi – footer -> bottom bar -> edit footer credits.

OceanWP remove copyright footer text

Again, most likely the theme that you are using has the option to change the bottom text. You just need to find it under the right tab.

If you couldn’t find the option through the customization screen, we can still remove it by modifying the template files.

Edit the footer template file

This method is only recommended for intermediate WordPress users because it requires you to edit the theme core file.

Anytime before messing around with template files, it is very important to backup your website in case something goes wrong. If anything happens, you can always restore your website with the backup file you created.

Please note: It’s better to perform this method on a child theme so you won’t lose the changes in the next theme update.

Step #1: Inspect the element

First, we will need to find the ID or the class of the proudly powered by WordPress element.

To do that, right-click on this paragraph and click on ‘Inspect’.

Inspect powered by wordpress text

We can see in the console that the text is inside a div element with a class of powered-by.

Powered by WordPress class name

<div class="powered-by">

After finding the right class, we can move forward and look for it inside the footer.php file.

Step #2: Delete the element from inside the footer file

From inside your WordPress dashboard, navigate to Appearance -> Theme Editor and click on the footer.php file from the list on the right.

Template footer file

Click on COMMAND + F (Mac) or CTRL + F (Windows) and search for the class name.

Search the powered by element

After finding the opening div element with the ‘powered-by’ class name, we will click on it to see where the closing div is.

Footer credit element

In the Twenty-Twenty-One theme, we can see that the proudly powered by WordPress section is on line 56 (opening div) to 64 (closing div).

We will highlight the relevant lines and delete them.

Footer credit element

When done, make sure to click on the update file button and revisit your website.

Delete proudly powered by wordpress text from footer

If you don’t want to deal with core files, we can also use CSS to hide the copyright text.

Hide the text with CSS

This method is really easy but not recommended because it won’t remove the proudly powered by WordPress text but hide it instead.

While for the human visitors of the website it doesn’t matter, for some search engines it is.

Search engines may see this act as an attempt to mask links with keywords that can help you to rank higher. Although it is very unlikely, it is important for me to put it out there and inform you.

To hide the text with CSS, follow the first step of the method above and find the ID or the class name of the element.

Powered by WordPress class name

After finding the right attribute, navigate to Appearance -> Customize -> Additional CSS.

Additional CSS

Here, enter the CSS rule below:

.class-name-here {
display: none;
}

Make sure to replace the class-name-here with the actual ID or class of the element and click publish.

Remove footer text with css

When targeting a class, use a period (.) before the class name. When targeting an ID, use a hashtag (#) before the ID name.

If you couldn’t find the right attribute, let us know down below which theme you are using and we will provide you with the right CSS.

This is just one aspect of how to modify your website’s footer, feel free to read the how to edit WordPress footer in four easy steps article and learn more cool ways.

Conclusion

In this article, you learned how to remove the ‘Powered By’ text from the footer of your website.

Leave us a comment down below and let us know which one of the three methods is the one you chose.

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