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Since BoldGrid's launch, we have seen different questions come in about the use and design of the software. These questions help us to make changes and create more documentation for the end user. However, one question that comes up is the one about removing the Special Thanks link or the Attribution page. Here we discuss this issue.

Why can't I remove the Special Thanks link from my site ?

BoldGrid allows you to search and use free and premium images using the BoldGrid connect search feature. While premium images are those you pay for, the free images that are there may come with their own 'price.' While this price is not monetary, many of them require attribution, or credit, to be given to the images used. This is fair, right? Someone allows you to use their images for free, you just have to say who they came from. Not providing credit or attribution would mean that many of the images you are able to get for free would no longer be available. BoldGrid also uses open source code, so the attribution is also to give credit for those contributors as well. This is why BoldGrid requires the Special Thanks link and Attribution page.

What if I only use my own images?

While using your own pictures is a great option as it gives you unique images and no copyright issues, it still will not allow you to remove the Special Thanks link or attribution page as that is part of the default structure of BoldGrid. Again it is not only about images but contributed code as well. There simply is not an option or setting to disable it.

What if I paid for every image on my site?

Although purchasing all the images on your site would certainly take care of any copyright issues and you would not have a direct need for the attribution page or Special Thanks link, there still is no setting within BoldGrid for you to remove them. They are part of the structure of every BoldGrid theme. It is always there to credit code contribution and in case you decide to use images under the Creative Commons license.

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2016-03-17 11:04 pm
i don't mind the special thanks footer, but why does boldgrid added a full page in the menu as "attribution"?
Staff
8,984 Points
2016-03-18 7:26 am
If the Attribution page shows up by default, you can disable it under the "Customize" options.
n/a Points
2016-03-21 9:59 pm

I can't believe you are making me keep the "Special Thanks" link in the footer.  If I had known something like that existed I would never would have used InMotion and BoldGrid.  Your advertising indicated I could make the site my own.  It is not my own if I have a special thanks link and attributes page which insinuates that a bunch of people who I don't know had a hand in building my site.  It makes the whole site look cheap, cheap, cheap, like I just pulled some freebie off the web.  And seeing Nancy Pelosi's picture associated with my site makes me want to barf!  BoldGrid is a GREAT product, I loved it until I realized there is no way to remove this stupid, pointless link?  I am not going to utilize any of the stock photos and I have no need to credit anyone for anything.  I HATE this link it and want it removed NOW!!!!!!!!!!!  If I can't remove it then I want to cancel your service and get a refund, I am just utterly and completely disgusted that I spent all this time building what is now a useless website.  Bad move all around guys.  Now I need to figure out how to cancel and get my money back.  

n/a Points
2017-04-19 10:21 pm

Thank you everyone for sharing your valuable feedback. I'm so glad I read this before I paid to join Inmotion. It totally doesn't make sense to me. It looks cheap and anything but professional. I wouldn't mind paying more and have the credit removed. Boldgrid looked like a good option, not because of the price, but because of the user friendliness.

Staff
29,164 Points
2017-04-20 9:08 am
Hello Shamayah,

The instructions for removing the "special thanks" are shared by other users, in the comments on this page. BoldGrid is a very user friendly option especially considering it is free, can be used with any host, and is powered By WordPress.

Thank you,
John-Paul
n/a Points
2016-05-13 11:49 am

I use all my own images, artwork and photos which is exactly why I am not using BoldGrid. Pity.

"What if I only use my own images?

While using your own pictures is a great option as it gives you unique images and no copyright issues, it still will not allow you to remove the Special Thanks lnk or attribution page as that is part of the default structure of BoldGrid. There simply is not an option or setting to disable it."

Staff
10,077 Points
2016-05-13 12:00 pm
Hello,

I apologize for this inconvenience but I will put a recommendation in with the developers.

Best Regards,
TJ Edens
n/a Points
2016-05-16 10:14 pm

This is especially annoying as it makes it seem as though this person that is linked to in the "special thanks" link is the person that created my website.  If there was an option to "KEEP the images & copy that were contributed by this author" or "NOT TO KEEP the images & copy that were contributed by this author" maybe that would solve the issue. Then those folks that need the images, can give this person credit and those that have their own copy, images etc, but just want to use the template, would be able to delete the "special thanks".

 

Staff
8,984 Points
2016-05-17 10:46 am
At this point, the nature of the licensing system requires that original creators of content receive due attribution for providing free content to those who need it.
n/a Points
2016-05-28 2:30 pm

I think it's a big mistake not to have the option to remove "Thank You" attribution. There should be at least the option to remove any images used for the "Thank You" link to appear in BoldGrid.

I think not warning your clients about this is wrong and I would certainly not have subscribed to inmotion.

Please guide us on a way or a work around even if it means removing BoldGrid.

 

Staff
43,758 Points
2016-05-31 10:02 am
The "Special Thanks" attribution is not only for images, but for code contribution as well. Without the code contributions, BoldGrid or parts of it would not exist. As this is the current agreement the BoldGrid developers made, we do not provide instructions on how to remove the link.
n/a Points
2016-06-01 6:34 pm

Hi there,

I don't mind the attribution page, but I can see myself wanting to remove it at some point. After reading the other comments, clearly some people have stronger feelings about it than I do...

In any case, I have a suggestion.

For a small fee, we should be able to have the Attributions page hidden from view. Say, a yearly fee of about $10. I would happily pay a small yearly licensing fee.

Boldgrid would get compensation for their work, and we would be able to have the option of having of removing/hiding the attribution page from view.

Thoughts?

-Keith

n/a Points
2016-06-02 12:22 am

Wait, what?  That "special thanks" link cannot be removed?  This is not going to go over well at Exec Staff meeting next Monday.  I can appreciate the BG developers POV, but for companies that are attracting Corporate customers, this looks hokey, bush league, second rate, junior varsity...atrocious.  This may not be good.

n/a Points
2016-06-02 9:49 pm

Is there some way to edit the attribution page?  I used mostly my own, free for commercial use, no attribution required images, but I still want to credit the site I acquired them from, and the attribution page is the perfect spot for them.

Staff
10,077 Points
2016-06-03 9:45 am
Hello Mike,

I do not believe you can edit the page in question but you could add another to provide your thanks.

Best Regards,
TJ Edens
n/a Points
2016-06-09 9:27 am

This is very annoying as it makes it seem as though this person that is linked to in the "special thanks" link is the person that created my website.  I am using my own images & contents, but just want to use the template. I would be able to delete the "special thanks".

Staff
39,275 Points
2016-06-09 3:57 pm
Hello Jaimes,

Apologies for the problem with the Special Thanks. As noted in the article above, it cannot be removed. However, your comment is appreciated and you are not the only one to have the issue.

If you have any further questions or comments, please let us know.

Regards,
Arnel C.
n/a Points
2016-06-11 11:14 pm

Thanks for answering this so I won't waste more time trying to find the Attributes page. I do think this should be mentioned when the selling point of owning your own website is made. I don't mind it so much as it looks weird and as if I didn't finish customizing the site.

 

n/a Points
2016-06-13 3:13 pm

well...at least now I know. was going NUTS trying to figure out where this 'attribution' page was located.

 

i agree with others on the wording.  it's so effusive and groveling...major self-pat on the back by developers.

 

they should get credit for their code...though as others have noted, many of us aren't using the fairly lame stock photos (MANY of which have watermarks on them, even when listed as 'free').

 

i probably wouldn't have used BoldGrid had I known this, and when (and IF) I have to move from InMotion, I'll revert to normal WP.org.

But by and large the themes are good, and the service from InMotion is stellar.  I'd rather pay another 5 bucks a year and not have to do the whole attribution dance. 

As others noted, it makes it look like we're running some free service, which of course..we ain't!!

 

n/a Points
2016-06-15 11:56 am

if you want to delete the "spceial thanks" footer follow the instructions below:

go to cutomize tab and click on "CSS/HTML Editor"

then on the right side of the screen look for "Theme Footer (footer.php)" click on it.

After clicking on the Theme Footer (footer.php) look for this code/script in the editor in which we will delete this code/script out:

 

<?php do_action( 'boldgrid_display_attribution_links' ); ?>

</div><!-- .attribution -->

 

ONLY DELETE THAT CODE/SCRIPT OUT and update the file after you delete that exact script.

Refresh your webste and that "special thanks" should be gone.

n/a Points
2016-06-15 11:57 am

if you want to delete the "spceial thanks" footer follow the instructions below:

go to cutomize tab and click on "CSS/HTML Editor"

then on the right side of the screen look for "Theme Footer (footer.php)" click on it.

After clicking on the Theme Footer (footer.php) look for this code/script in the editor in which we will delete this code/script out:

 

<?php do_action( 'boldgrid_display_attribution_links' ); ?>

</div><!-- .attribution -->

 

ONLY DELETE THAT CODE/SCRIPT OUT and update the file after you delete that exact script.

Refresh your webste and that "special thanks" should be gone.

n/a Points
2016-06-23 12:00 am

Thanks for the tip-was going to load this and then reading the comments decided not to...But, I will load and try your suggestion. Thanks.

n/a Points
2016-07-18 2:52 pm

I tried this 'tip' and it did not work .... instead I got an error where the 'Special Thanks' pereviously was. I am just going to UNINSTALL BOLDGRID and take my website to another hosting service.

n/a Points
2016-06-15 8:43 pm

Dear friends,

The "Special Thanks" attribution bothers me as well. However, I found a solution that would make you happy. 

Let's start by saying I really enjoy Boldgrid and I respect the hard work and effort that lots of people have put to make this website builder easy for novice like me. Now that I am starting getting slighty confident with some coding and CSS I even enjoy it more.

- I am building a website and I am using the Haven Theme.

- Using the Inspect Element option (right click with your mouse on any object on the screen and will show you the coding. On my theme, the id for the "Special Thanks" is ( id="attribution").

-From your website homepage Open Customize, Advanced, Custom JS & CSS, Custom Theme CSS, Open Editor

- Add the following code:

#attribution { font-size: 0px!important; position:relative; top:30px; }

 

Explanation:

The # sign is to access the id of an element. If the attribution name on your theme has a different name, use that name.

font-size is to change the size of the font of my Special Thanks attribution. If you play with the value number you can see it getting bigger or smaller. Zero value is enough to make the Special Thanks disappear. As we cannot remove it, we can make it smaller!!!

The !important part is to override the configuration of the theme.

As I use a footer menu with social icons it was important for me to give some space between my social icon menu and the Special Thanks attribution. So I add position:relative; and thentop:30px;

I suggest you adding position and top first to see what I am talking about and then add the font size code.

After the coding is done, the Special Thanks attribution will be so small that is almost impossible for the mouse cursor to select it.

 

Hope this would help lots of people out there, especially the Super Frustated one.

I also want to say that InMotion offer an amazing service at an amazing price, with an amazing free to use website builder and an amazing customer service, always there to help with any issue. The Special Thanks from my side, goes to them!!! Bravi!

 

n/a Points
2016-07-30 5:08 am

I should have just used a Wix or Weebly feebie! I will be making moves to cancel the service. This is a VERY poor marketing decision and should be made very clear that this junk looking link cannot be removed. I am so disapointed as BoldGrid was looking like a credible tool. Make it and OPTION not COMPULSORY.

The First paragraph on your Meet Us page staes "We Understand Business" but I am in a business of building websites that are unique for each of my clients. Not with a link jammed in at the bottom. If you truley do "Undertand Business" you would not have this permanent link. Good bye BoldGrid. Good bye Inmotion Hosting. So disappointed.

n/a Points
2016-09-02 9:14 pm

The "Special Thanks" makes my entire site look very unprofessional, and that is not just my opinion, I've received several comments stating just that from colleagues who have visited my site.

It is disingenuous to claim that this is the "price" of using BoldGrid - it was implied when I signed up for WebHub hosting that BoldGrid was part of the package price I paid for.

I am building a new website from scratch by other means and will be taking down the BoldGrid sight as soon as possible. I can't really afford to, but the cost of this chessy website blemish to my professional image is much too great.

I am part of a large network of independent consultants who are actively building web presences, and I am proactively warning them away from BoldGrid at every opportunity.

n/a Points
2016-09-04 9:08 pm

With appreciation and respect for the work of the BoldGrid folks, it's unacceptable that they require me to display an element where they want it to go and how they want it to look. The site I'm designing today is for a healthcare professional whose work requires strict confidentiality; leaving aside esthetics, a link on the front page with the text "Special Thanks" and that opens a detailed page conveying gratitude is inappropriate for this site. "Special Thanks" suggests intimacies that degrade that confidentiality -- please don't suggest that you know better -- and a big attributions page is way out of balance for this small site..

As others have said, the "Special Thanks" requirement isn't a minor annoyance but a deal breaker. If InMotion had to agree to it to get BoldGrid at a decent price, I understand. But InMotion's failure to state the requirement clearly before the customer invests hours in learning the tool is improper, and disrespectful, especially after others have complained. I will try to code around it, and I appreciate the above suggestions in that direction, but InMotion should (1) put a clear warning on the BoldGrid install page; and then (2) go back and negotiate either a more flexible policy that allows us to give attribution much, much less obtrusively, or better, get rid of the requirement altogether.

Staff
8,984 Points
2016-09-06 2:53 pm
We understand the objections BoldGrid users have voiced about the Special Thanks links. These links can be easily removed with a code modification, and some users have even been kind enough to share their code in this thread. However, we encourage our users to follow the proper Creative Commons attribution guidelines because it is not only a kind duty to the authors of free content you're using, but it is also a legal obligation. While most authors may not enforce Creative Commons attribution for their work, they would have recourse to do so if they should choose. BoldGrid automatically attributes those authors so the user does not have to do so manually.
n/a Points
2016-09-15 4:52 pm

in css add:

#attribution a { 

    display: none;

}

n/a Points
2016-10-02 4:19 pm

It's not that BoldGrid is free ... it appears to be an optional part of the service I'm already paying for. However, unlike some of the other comments, I separate BoldGrid from InMotion hosting even though InMotion appears to have been at least one of the primary drivers of BoldGrid - a great concept even if not fully as customizable as claimed.

I have no intention of dropping the fine hosting service that InMotion provides simply because I may disagree with a fine-print detail of one of the >options< they offer. I may not even stop using BoldGrid, but ...

That said, in effect I >am< paying for BoldGrid through my hosting fees. I believe the developers are - or should be - getting credit in the good old form of free enterprise called $$$. I notice I am not required to give direct credit to the InMotion personnel - who are MUCH more important to my web site than the BoldGrid developers.

Even Microsoft does not require me to put Microsoft's name on a Word document, let alone publicly state credit to the individual Microsoft employees. MS provides a framework - for which I pay - to develop my own work which I may then copyright without including MS on the legal documentation.

I receive the same type of "credit" for my professional work. My work is presented to the public in the name of my employer; my employer credits me with a paycheck and continued employment. My employer does not put "Developed By Scrum" on its products

I don't know who pays the developers of BoldGrid but this is an issue between them, their employer, and InMotion (or others that license BoldGrid - I assume there's a licensing agreement).

I have to agree with many of the others - this forced addition gives an unprofessional appearance - especially to people that may follow the link ... enough so that it seems many people are dropping BoldGrid ... and therefore the eventual employment of these developers.

I firmly believe the developers have the right to demand this "credit" be permanently displayed (and that their employer has the right to say "No"). I also fully believe that the potential users of BoldGrid have the right to not use the product at whatever price. I don't suffer from not using BoldGrid; the developers may suffer if enough people stop using it. At this point, my recommendation for BoldGrid would be neutral to slightly negative - a great idea but not fully as implied in advertising - much because of this issue. Are there other similiar fine details I've not yet discovered?

Note: I have another paid web structure on WordPress hosted on InMotion. I am not required to post developer credit for that template and I am allowed to modify it. I may drop my experiment with BoldGrid and revert back. I'm still undecided ... but you get what you pay for.

Staff
43,758 Points
2016-10-02 4:45 pm
BoldGrid is usable by any host and any user of those hosts. It can be downloaded at BoldGrid.com and added to any self-hosted WordPress. It is currently completely free, attribution requirement aside. They also have a support section for questions and concerns regarding the product.

Also, if you look above in the thread, there is a small code solution to the issue that can be added via the Advanced tab and Custom CSS.
n/a Points
2016-10-03 3:49 am

I believe you missed the point of my post ... but your job is to push BoldGrid. I'm a customer of BoldGrid - not quite yet "former" - and I'm not under that obligation. I have two choices: try to work through the problems and find an acceptable - to me - solution, or, if I can't, remove BoldGrid from my site. Right now, I'm on the fence - mainly because I like the concept and maybe I can find solutions.

But just to address a few points,

1) christorpherm tells us it's a contractual violation to use this blocking code - even if not enforced at this time. So are you advising me to violate your company's contractual requirements? (By the way, do you work for InMotion or BoldGrid? Or are they the same company? I like to know which organization I'm discussing this with. I'm not in the least displeased with InMotion hosting.)

2) in any case, the codes didn't work on my installation. Since you advise it, I will try the codes again.

3) in spite of separate "staging" and "active" areas, changes made in staging BoldGrid - particularly "Posts" - spills over into my active site. Or maybe it's the posts on my active site spill over into the staging site. Actually, I find the result pleasing ... but that's not the manner in which the software is claimed to work - the two themes don't seem to work well together in spite of being "separated". I find this to be a bigger issue than Special Thanks - I begin to doubt the validity of the software quality control. But I get what I pay for, eh?

I've noticed a few other areas I can't seem to "customize" as well ... but I'm still exploring.

In reality, I've become more interested in the Staff responses.

We shall see.

Staff
43,758 Points
2016-10-03 9:33 am
The BoldGrid product is for use by any host, not specifically InMotion. InMotion is one of the first hosts to use BoldGrid, but BoldGrid is its own company.

That is why we provided the links to BoldGrid.com for request or concerns about the features. If you need help with the configuration of BoldGrid, then we are happy to help in the InMotion Support Center.

As for the posts, they have no designation of either 'Active' or 'Staging', so they can be viewed by either version. Pages have distinct development groups that can be separated into 'Active' and 'Staging'. So pages can be separated, posts cannot.

The Customizer itself does not work with Posts, it is the only the theme. Any changes made to posts will display on both since posts are across both active and staging.

The theme structure has changed, so some of the code above may no longer work. Here is one that works currently for the Custom CSS:

.attribution-theme-mods{display:none;}

As far as contractual obligation, you are not under contract with BoldGrid. BoldGrid believes in the Creative Commons License and has it there because it is the right thing to do. If you use the provided code to remove it, then you may certainly do so. BoldGrid simply does not provide a setting within the interface to do so.

Kindest Regards,
Scott M
n/a Points
2016-10-04 8:05 am

Thank you for your clarification

Scrum

n/a Points
2016-12-05 3:58 am

Hello. Where would you enter the code .attribution-theme-mods{display:none;} ? 

 

Thanks!

Staff
43,758 Points
2016-12-05 6:34 pm
From the Customizer, click on "Advanced", then "Custom JS & CSS", then click the button for "Custom CSS". Then you can enter the code on the editor and close it. Be sure to click "Save & Publish" in the Customizer to save the changes.
n/a Points
2016-10-28 1:50 am

Links have been added to my Special Thanks page, but I have not added their images.  How can I remove the images to remove them from the Special Thanks page?  

Staff
2,858 Points
2016-10-28 12:11 pm
Jeff, you should be able to do a comparison of the images you are seeing on the 'Special Thanks' page to the ones you see in your "Media Library". Then you need to remove the image from the page using it. You can find out which page or pages it is uploaded to by clicking the image in the Library, and looking at the "Uploaded To" portion.
n/a Points
2016-10-30 12:57 am

Scott, thank you for providing this useful information.  It is the customer-centric thing to do, and enables each user to make their own choice on whether or not to display the "Special Thanks" link.  I am new to BoldGrid and InMotion and I am pleased with the way this issue was resolved.  

n/a Points
2016-11-17 1:27 pm

I understand the creative commons requirements for the Special Thanks link, and I've no objection to giving credit where credit is due.

However, as implemented, the link is confusing to site visitors, who don't have the benefit of an explanation for who these people are, or even why the link is there. Also, the captions beneath the images are misleading. Generically, they give the impression that "author: J. Doe" wrote the actual website content. More specifically, I am an author, and having a list of "authors" under my site header can be misinterpreted by visitors.

Would it be possible to have the link open in a new tab on the Boldgrid website? That way the creative commons contributors would not appear to be directly connected to the originating website, which is how it looks now. This would also allow you to display a better sales pitch for Boldgrid and InmotionHosting.

Failing that, would it be possible to update the wording on the attribution page to make it clear the people shown are being thanked for contributing to Boldgrid, not to the entity named in the site header?

Thanks

Staff
29,164 Points
2016-11-17 3:49 pm
Hello Brenda,

Thank you for contacting us and providing your helpful feedback. There is currently no built-in way to do this, but if you add the following custom theme javascript in the advanced customizer menu it will cause the special thanks to open in a new window:
// Open the special thanks in a new window.
jQuery('.attribution-theme-mods').find('a').last().attr('target','_blank');


Thank you,
John-Paul
n/a Points
2017-01-29 9:13 pm

Wow. I'm not sure what's more ridiculous - the fact that this link exists the way it does, or the lame responses of those who have tried to cover up the fact that it is completely removable. I'm not opposed to giving reasonable credit where credit is due, but come on - if you're providing a free platform and I'm not using anyone else's images/content, such a link should absolutely be optional. And given that the target audience is obviously people who are not inclined to spend a bunch of time coding, don't make us swim through a bunch of code to figure it out on our own! Thank goodness Scott and a couple others here have shed some light on how to make this part of the page "disappear" via the display:none approach.

 

However, there's also another scenario to be considered, which I don't believe anyone has brought up or addressed yet. What if you want to include a copyright notice in the footer of your site? A lot of folks would recommend this, and it's exactly what I’ve done on my site. This disputed “special thanks” section of the footer is the natural place to put something like that. (All this assumes, by the way, that you’re not using anyone else’s images / copyrighted material and therefore owe no attribution to anyone.) Or maybe you just want to give a shout-out to your grandmother here. Or whatever - you get the point. If you don't owe attribution to anyone, you should be able to do what you want with this part of the footer as well as the rest of your site (within InMotion's T&C, of course).

 

Since I had to figure this out on my own, I wanted to share it with others here to hopefully spare you the same tedious steps. To reclaim this space and customize it to your own liking, you’ll have to go a little further than the stylesheet. But have no fear; it’s really not that complicated. As I found, the key is simply knowing where to look.

 

First, you’ll need to remember / look up the name of the Boldgrid theme you’ve selected.

 

Then, you’ll need to login to cPanel (you can get here from the “My Account” tab in AMP). From cPanel, select File Manager. Then go to the folder where you have Boldgrid installed (this will probably be the public/html folder, unless you have it in the root directory, a subdomain, or some other random place).

 

Then, recall your theme name, and stay with me, because we’re about to go 7 folders deep. Here’s the path:

 

wp-content > themes > boldgrid-{yourselectedtheme} > inc > boldgrid-theme-framework > includes > customizer > class-boldgrid-framework-customizer-footer.php

 

Select that file (boldgrid-framework-customizer-footer.php), and click “Code Editor” (or “Code Edit” in the right-click menu).

 

Scroll down until you find the section that starts with:

 

public function attribution_link

 

A handful of lines down, you’ll see a line that starts with “$link”. Look familiar? That's right  now you can dispense with the "special thanks" link and use that space for something more relevant.

 

Select everything between the '' marks and delete it - but make sure not to delete the '' marks themselves - what will show up will be exactly what is between them. Now that you've gotten rid of the "special thanks" link, you can replace it with your own text. Tip: if you want to include a copyright symbol, the code for that is: &copy; (including the semi-colon).

 

You're almost done - but not quite. There will be another $link line of code a couple lines down with the same stuff. Repeat the above process here.

 

Now, just remember to save the changes, and you should be good to go!

 

Hope this is helpful to some other people like me who got into Boldgrid to not have to spend time doing stuff like this.

 

Cheers,

 

TW | messageqa.com

Staff
43,758 Points
2017-01-30 4:32 pm
While you are correct and can do it that way. If you have not created a child theme and your theme updates, those changes will be overwritten and you will need to do it again. That is why I would go with hiding it via CSS.
n/a Points
2017-01-31 1:16 am

Good point about the child theme, Scott. So that should be the first step in the approach I've outlined if you want to use that space for other purposes.

2017-02-02 6:13 am
Hi TW:

Great comments; great advice. Thanks for taking the time and putting up your results. Probably too late for me though

At first I found it easiest to just not use BoldGrid but something of the pushback on this thread finally drove me to start building my web site using SquareSpace. Does more or less the same thing as BoldGrid; so far, seems to do it better as well. Even has an option to not use the SS logo and to put my own copyright notice in the footer. Even got another domain name...

"But it's important for us to do the right thing and make sure it's included."; "wouldn't you want your work to be credited?"

I'm still looking for the semi-mandatory WordPress of InMotion credits - both of which were >much< more important to my site than BoldGrid ...

"We understand though, its a difficult position for everyone."
I'm sure you do ... but BoldGrid imposed this difficulty on its users. It's true, you get what you pay for.

I still like InMotion and recommend it to those looking for web hosting. I've kept my account but my site now simply points any viewers to my SS site.

If I had wanted to do my own coding, I wouldn't have bothered exploring BoldGrid in the first place.

Scrum
n/a Points
2017-01-30 7:49 pm

First of all, props to Scott and a couple others here who have shed some light on how to make this part of the page "disappear" via the display:none approach.

 

However, there's also another scenario to be considered, which I don't believe anyone has brought up or addressed yet:

 

What if you want to not make this part of the footer disappear completely, but use it for something else - like, say, a copyright notice? A lot of folks would recommend this, and it's exactly what I’ve done on my site. This “special thanks” section of the footer is the natural place to put something like that. (All this assumes, by the way, that you’re not using anyone else’s images / copyrighted material and therefore owe no attribution to anyone.) If you don't owe attribution to anyone, you should be able to do what you want with this part of the footer as well as the rest of your site (within InMotion's T&C, of course). While I don't fault Boldgrid for wanting to get some props for the work they've put in (and I will say, this link aside, I've found it useful), the way they've approached this just does not make sense. But I digress...

 

If you want to know how to reclaim this space and customize it to your own liking (rather than just making it disappear completely) and be spared the same tedious steps I had to go through in figuring this out on my own, read on!

 

Be advised that you will have to go a little further than the stylesheet. But have no fear; it’s really not that complicated. As I found, the key is simply knowing where to look.

 

First, you’ll need to remember / look up the name of the Boldgrid theme you’ve selected.

 

Then, you’ll need to login to cPanel (you can get here from the “My Account” tab in AMP). From cPanel, select File Manager. Then go to the folder where you have Boldgrid installed (this will probably be the public/html folder, unless you have it in the root directory, a subdomain, or some other random place).

 

Then, recall your theme name, and stay with me, because we’re about to go 7 folders deep. Here’s the path:

 

wp-content > themes > boldgrid-{yourselectedtheme} > inc > boldgrid-theme-framework > includes > customizer > class-boldgrid-framework-customizer-footer.php

 

Select that file (boldgrid-framework-customizer-footer.php), and click “Code Editor” (or “Code Edit” in the right-click menu).

 

Scroll down until you find the section that starts with:

 

public function attribution_link

 

A handful of lines down, you’ll see a line that starts with “$link”. Look familiar? That's right  now you can dispense with the "special thanks" link and use that space for something more relevant.

 

Select everything between the '' marks and delete it - but make sure not to delete the '' marks themselves - what will show up will be exactly what is between them. Now that you've gotten rid of the "special thanks" link, you can replace it with your own text. Tip: if you want to include a copyright symbol, the code for that is: &copy; (including the semi-colon).

 

You're almost done - but not quite. There will be another $link line of code a couple lines down with the same stuff. Repeat the above process here.

 

Now, just remember to save the changes, and you should be good to go! 

 

I hope this is helpful to othere here who were also hoping Boldgrid would help you avoid having to spend a bunch of time neck-deep in code.

 

Cheers,

 

TW | messageqa.com

n/a Points
2017-01-21 7:19 am

Just reading through this thread. I  cant beleive how cheap this makes my website look. I have a couple of site on WIX and was planning to move to inmotion+boldgrid. I cant do this now as website looks so cheap and amateurish. really bad. I feel like i have been robbed.

Staff
43,758 Points
2017-01-23 4:34 pm
The instructions to remove it are in the thread above.
2017-01-23 10:15 pm
Hey Rob:
This is Scrum. I had to open a new account - forgot the original one (but I guess I'm still on the email list)
It was clarified to me that BoldGrid was not InMotion.
Yep, BoldGrid looked cheap ... maybe they've changed it since I last bothered to look.
It's not the "credit" issue - it's the way it's forced upon the user - and the way it looks on the site.

But I want to let you know I'm happy with InMotion; I simply stopped using BoldGrid.
I didn't originally sign up to have to do my own coding; luckily there are other alternatives.
You get what you pay for.
Scrum
Staff
13,361 Points
2017-01-24 8:09 am
It's like any work, its customary to give appropriate thanks and credit to the author whether it be free code (like WordPress/BoldGrid), content, or images. I understand that you may not like it, I would probably feel the same way. But it's important for us to do the right thing and make sure it's included. If you were the author of the code or photographers who's images were used, wouldn't you want your work to be credited? On the other hand, we've also explained how to hide those pages in this thread. We understand though, its a difficult position for everyone.
n/a Points
2017-05-15 1:30 pm

Could there be a possible compromise where people square with the rights of the images could hide the attribution link at the footer but display the link somewhere deep in the site perhaps under the About Us section?

Staff
43,758 Points
2017-05-15 2:13 pm
There are unofficial instructions provided in the comments in one of my posts.
n/a Points
2017-08-03 6:51 pm
And bless you for those instructions. I have no complaint with giving them credit. I do have a complaint with it intrusively being on the bottom of each page saying "Thank You." It's like saying "Of course you can use my road to get to your land but I force your car to stop and you must get out and kiss my boots everytime you use it and that includes all your friends who may visit you." when my poor friends have no blanking clue what they are doing that for and the page is so badly designed, it doesn't tell them it forced me to keep it but looks as if I lost my mind and put it up there. And yes, some of the images are paid. However I've noticed quite a few that came from Pixabay because I use them on my previous website. If I were the owners of those pictures, I would be more than a little ticked at the creators of the plug in at this point.
Staff
411 Points
2017-08-03 7:20 pm
Hi!

Thank you for your feedback. I'm sorry to see this is unsatisfactory. We understand the objections BoldGrid users have voiced about the Special Thanks links. These links can be easily removed with a code modification, and some users have even been kind enough to share their code in this thread. However, we encourage our users to follow the proper Creative Commons attribution guidelines because it is not only a kind duty to the authors of free content you're using, but it is also a legal obligation. While most authors may not enforce Creative Commons attribution for their work, they would have recourse to do so if they should choose. BoldGrid automatically attributes those authors so the user does not have to do so manually.

Additionally, your feedback can be submitted to BoldGrid directly, via their feedback form. Again, I'm sorry to see your dissatisfaction. I hope this helps!

Sincerely,
Carlos E

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