InMotionHosting modifying WordPress footer

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InMotionFans
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2014-03-24 8:03 am EST

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I have paid for a year of hosting with InMotionHosting. Is there something in the agreement that gives InMotionHosting the right to advertise and link to itself on my WordPress site without my permission and without compensating me?

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JeffMa
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2014-03-24 8:06 am EST
We do not make any modifications to your WordPress site hosted on our servers. Many 3rd party themes, however, have links placed within them by their authors.

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JeffMa,

Sorry to have to be blunt, but you're lying. I used InMotion Hosting's WordPress installation. I did not at the time know how to do a manual installation, and I still don't know for sure how to alter a WordPress theme footer.

So, prima facie, it is highly unlikely that I inserted a link to InMotion Hosting in the footer of a WordPress blog and I am the only administrator.

Which raises the question of who did? Some third-party hacker fan of InMotion Hosting, or InMotion Hosting itself? Or perhaps we should confirm that it's not just my browser playing tricks. Please go to http://lullabyillusion.com, scroll all the way to the bottom, and tell me if you see more than "Proudly Powered by WordPress."
dubosqued
48 Points
2014-03-24 10:54 am EST
At one point, quite some time ago, Softaculous installs contained a link in the footer on the default theme, but is only located within the theme footer, and only on the default theme. This is no longer the case for any current installs. To remove it, open the theme editor, navigate the the footer.php file, and remove the referenced line. you could also simply re-install the theme to use one that does not contain this.
JeffMa
8,378 Points
Staff
2014-03-24 12:02 pm EST
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dubosqued
2014-03-24 12:36 pm EST
Aha—thanks for the explanation, and sorry for my accusations (the idea was actually put in my head by an "expert" who was upset with me). The theme is WordPress's own Twenty Twelve, and my WordPress installation has only happened in the last couple months. I had none before then.

Thanks for the instructions on editing the theme, something else I knew little about.

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dubosqued
2014-03-24 2:00 pm EST
I just installed the Twenty Twelve theme on a site hosted by another company, and guess what? No additional link appeared in the footer. The Inmotion Hosting WP install within the last two months, whether through script or Softaculus, inserted the link to InMotion Hosting in the footer of the Twenty Twelve. This is apparently not behavior that only existed "quite some time ago."

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Hello dubosqued,

Thanks for letting us know about these issues. I do see when doing a fresh install from Softaculous for WordPress that a link to our site is getting added to the footer.php file across all themes. What's odd is I'm looking at the global server-side settings for Softaculous right now where it does give the option to add something globally like that, and it doesn't appear to be set at the moment, so we are trying to determine where exactly this is coming from.

Sorry for the inconvenience and thanks again for letting us know!

- Jacob
JacobIMH
9,968 Points
Staff
2014-03-24 4:15 pm EST
Hello dubosqued,

We have now removed our link from the Softaculous installer, so any fresh installs of WordPress should no longer include the footer link.

We greatly apologize for this oversight, it looks like the ability to modify CMS footer info from Softaculous has been active for some time. However most applications at the individual level like WordPress didn't support this modification.

So I believe we had been testing this at one point and saw it didn't have any affect on WordPress, but left the global Softaculous settings in place. Now that WordPress is running a later version through Softaculous where WordPress does support these footer modifications, it was allowing them to happen.

- Jacob
JacobIMH
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Staff
2014-03-24 5:38 pm EST
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