How to Remove the “Proudly Powered By WordPress” Link

How to Remove the “Proudly Powered By WordPress” Link

The free default themes that come with WordPress – including Twenty Seventeen – all feature a footer message that links back to WordPress.org: Proudly powered by WordPress.

It’s a small message that you’ll see in themes such as Twenty Sixteen and Twenty Fifteen that rightfully gives kudos to the folks who volunteer for the WordPress project. After all, they created the theme you’re using free.

While it may not be a big deal to keep this message on your personal site, you may think otherwise if you’re building a site for a business or client as it looks unprofessional. So in this post, I’ll show you a couple of different ways you can remove it from the Twenty Seventeen theme and other default themes.

The "Proudly powered by WordPress" credit link appears in the footer of all the free default WordPress themes.
The “Proudly powered by WordPress” credit link appears in the footer of all the free default WordPress themes.

Should I Remove the WordPress Footer Credit Link?

If you’re worried that it’s illegal or somehow wrong to remove the footer link, rest assured that you’re not doing anything wrong.

WordPress is free and licensed under the GPL, which means you’re well within your rights to use, modify, and even redistribute WordPress.

On top of this, any WordPress theme you download from the official WordPress.org theme directory is also covered by the same license, so you’re free to make edits to those, too.

How to Hide the WordPress Footer Message

While there are lots of different ways you can remove the WordPress footer credit links, there are two recommended methods we’ll cover in this tutorial.

Method #1: Via the Theme Customizer

The quickest and easiest way to remove the footer credit is to add some CSS to the Theme Customizer. To do this:

  1. Go to Appearance > Customize in the WordPress admin,
  2. Click Additional CSS at the bottom of the menu, and
  3. Paste in the CSS code below.

Click Save and the next time you refresh your website the footer credit link will be gone.

While this method is simple to implement, it does come with a word of warning: using this method could impact your SEO. Google doesn’t like websites that hide links because it’s a technique spammers use. So there’s a chance that if you use this method, Google could flag your site and cause your site to lose search traffic.

If losing search traffic doesn’t concern you, feel free to use this method! Otherwise, read on for alternative options.

Method #2: Editing Footer.php

Editing your theme’s footer.php file is another relatively easy way to remove the WordPress footer credit link. The footer.php file contains the information your site needs to display the footer of your site, including the WordPress credit link.

In previous years, the default WordPress themes made it easy for people who aren’t proficient in code to quickly spot which lines of code to delete in order to remove the footer credit link. All you have to do is search for “Proudly powered by” in the code.

1. Go to Appearance > Editor in the WordPress admin,
2. In the list of files on the right, click on Theme Footer (footer.php), and
3. Look for and delete the following lines of code:

Click Update File and the footer credit link will no longer appear on your website.

Older WordPress default themes such as Twenty Fifteen and Twenty Fourteen work in a similar way – if you search for “Proudly powered by” and delete the associated code, it will remove the footer credit link.

However, Twenty Seventeen has made it a bit harder to find and remove the code – sort of. While there’s just one line of code you need to remove, it’s not as easy to find.

In order to remove the WordPress footer credit link from the Twenty Seventeen theme:

  1. Go to Appearance > Editor in the WordPress admin,
  2. In the list of files on the right, click on Theme Footer (footer.php), and
  3. Look for and delete the following line of code:

Click Update File. The next time you refresh your website, the footer credit will no longer be there.

Now, before we wrap up, I should mention that you really should create and use a child theme rather than directly edit your WordPress website’s code. There are a couple of solid reasons for this:

  1. The next time you update your theme to the latest version, you will lose any changes and customizations you made to the code, and
  2. When you directly edit your code, there’s a chance you could change or delete the wrong code and crash your website.

If you’re new to creating child themes, you can read more about it in our guide How to Create a WordPress Child Theme.

Wrapping Up

I hope this tutorial has helped you customize your theme and remove the WordPress footer link credit. If you have any questions about the code I’ve included in this post, feel free to ask away in the comments. And if you need help customizing your WordPress website, our friendly support team is always on hand to help you with any WordPress issue, big or small.

Raelene Morey
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