How to Remove the WordPress Footer Branding

Branded footer text WordPress

When you first install WordPress, the theme you have will show filler information and sometimes the designers branding. The image to the right shows the default Footer information on the “Twenty Twelve” theme. To remove the branding in the footer of your WordPress site, you can use the Appearance editor to edit the code. Below are the steps to remove the branding from the footer of your WordPress “Twenty Twelve” theme.

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Steps to change the footer text

  1. Log into the WordPress Dashboard.
  2. Appearance editor WordPress

    Click the Editor link on the Appearance section of the navigation to the left.

  3. Edit the Footer WordPress

    On the right hand side, click the Footer link to edit the footer.php page.

  4. Find the code WordPress

    Find the code that displays the footer text at the bottom. The image to the right shows what the code looks like in the “Twenty Twelve” theme.

  5. Comment the code out WordPress

    Comment out the code for the default footer text and add your own footer text. In this example, the following code will be placed in the footer.

    <p>Copyright © 2012, My Personal website | by John Doe Web Master</p>


  6. Click Update WordPress

    Click Update.

    Now your custom text is in the footer WordPress

    Now your footer will show the text you placed in the footer.php code.

Thoughts on “How to Remove the WordPress Footer Branding

  • Hi,

    I can only visible Editor Access, can’t see Editor option..Is it possible to change the footer code.

    • If you’re trying to change a WordPress Themes, then you should log in as an Administrator to the WordPress dashboard, and then go to Appearance. You can change the Theme there.

  • Hello,

    I have a website with 2 languages (English & French). How to apply the update in the footer for 2 different languages page? I’ve updated in English page and the update works. But when I changed the page to the French page, the page which shows up is the English one, I can’t find the French one which consists of French texts. Any advices are really appreciated. Thank you in advance for the help!

    • The footer is not an element that can be modified per page. It’s either going to be English or French, throughout the entire site. You may be able to locate a plugin to establish multiple languages on one website, however, by default you will not be able to do this.

  • I am using sidney also. When I open the child theme in the editor, there is nothing listed in the theme files section, except the style.css and functions.php that were created when setting up the child theme. The only way to access the footer.php file seems to be through the parent theme. Have I missed something?

    Thanks,

    dave

    • In the case of the child theme, you will need to create the files you want to edit and copy in the content from the parents. Or, you could copy and paste the file from the parent theme into the child theme and edit as needed.

  • Hello. I have done this and have had great luck with it. I’m currently running the Sydney theme. I do have a question for you,which I haven’t been able to get an answer for yet. I’ve changed my footer to cutomized text that I’d like to display and it works great, however, whenever the theme updates I have to go back in and correct it back to my customized text. Do you know if there is a way to avoid this?

    Thanks!

    • Hello, I’m sorry to see the changes you are making are being overwritten during updates to your theme. I recommend creating a child theme to make these kinds of changes. This will allow the “parent theme” to update without overwriting the changes made to your “child theme”.

      Following our guide, you can create a child theme, then make the modification as described in this article to the child theme. In this case, when you update the parent theme, the child theme will remain with the customization and not be overwritten (since the parent theme is receiving the update). I hope this helps!

      Sincerely,
      Carlos D

  • This worked very well, but I find I have a forward slash “/” just above my new footer. I looked over the code with the object of removing it but couldn’t find this slash anywhere. Has anybody else had this problem? Thanks for any suggestions!

    • Sorry for the trailing “/” – we’re not sure how that is happening. I would review the theme, or check out this article that goes through removing the attribution in the footer.

  • Hi, How would you do this with the Layers Parent theme and the LT Agriculture child theme? The layout is much different than shown here. Thanks!

    • It is likely that you will still need to edit the footer.php file. However, it’s possible that file is not in the main theme directory. It may be in a templates directory, or a “template parts” directory.

  • Excellent post! It was nice article. it would have saved me so much time! It was really helpful for me.

     

    Thanks.

    • Hello Hamidah,

      You can images by using HTML code (as per the location in the article above), or you can use a plugin. Here’s an example of one from the WordPress.org site: Insert Headers and Footers.

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

      Regards,
      Arnel C.

  • I tried making the above change but now my footer.php file not working and causes site to go down. Any assistance offered is much appreciated.

    • It is possible that one of the PHP tags was not closed or a similar syntax error occurred. I advise reverting the footer.php file to its former state, or restore the code from the default file from your theme. It is always best to make a copy of the file in its unedited state before editing the live copy.

  • How do I add a link inside the footer? This was great. Worked perfectly. Now, I’d like to make my website (jamesgangcreative) an active link. Is this an easy step? 

  • HI, i looked in footer.php, but there is no text given to remove as it should be according to you.there mentioned only php coding but no text please help me

    • Have you tried adding footer code, and seeing if your page loads the content? If not, your theme may not display a footer by default.

  • how to change photomania footer text.? can you please help me out on this.. the steps that have mentioned doesnot work on this theme, so required your support.

    • I would suggest reaching out to the theme developers. Also, in the theme itself, look for a readme.txt file. Most themes contain them, and have instructions on how to perform most tasks.

    • The above method should work with any WordPress plugin that uses a ‘footer.php’ file. WordPress reserves ‘footer.php’ to act as the site’s footer. However, since WordPress is open-source it is possible to use a custom file. I advise checking your index.php file to see if the theme uses WordPress’s reserved footer tag or something different.

    • It looks like this theme has several customized templates. I advise checking with the developer to see which one they advise you edit.

  • Hi Bro, thanks so much for your reply, I did check the footer.php file, but i did not see it there. This theme :

    Education Hub: is really tricky

    I will be very happy if you or any of you friends out there can help please

    • The guide above is correct for your theme, except you will select Theme Footer in Step 3 to edit the footer.php file.

      Thank you,
      John-Paul

    • If it’s similar to other WordPress themes you might be able to find what you need in the “footer.php” file.

    • Hello Hanna,

      That sounds pretty odd – not having a footer, as it is normally a part of the WordPress core files. If you’re not seeing it, then you should check your theme and version of WordPress. You can also use a tool like Firefox’s Firebug, or Chrome’s Inspect Element to identify the part of your site that you’re trying to change.

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

      Regards,
      Arnel C.

    1. Click the Editor link on the Appearance section of the navigation to the left.
    2. On the right hand side, click the Footer link to edit the footer.php page.
    3. Find the code that displays the footer text at the bottom. The image to the right shows what the code looks like in the “Twenty Twelve” theme.
    4. Comment out the code for the default footer text and add your own footer text. In this example, the following code will be placed in the footer.
      <p>Copyright © 2016, your website | by Name of Web Master</p>
    5. Click Update WordPressClick Update.
  • How do I self host the wordpress website?

     

    I did get a domain, but I’m trying to figure that out still…

    Is there a simpler way for this? I don’t mind starting over I just want to make sure it looks passably professional (no wordpress at footer, no wordpress in my URL)

    Thanks

    • Hi Sirine, since that appears to be a premium theme from ThemeForest, you should contact the theme developer directly for help. Typically, premium themes come with an installation guide to follow that would explain as well.

  • I think it’s a pretty standard theme and everything. It’s https://glasermanufacturing.wordpress.com/

    When I click “My Sites”, these are the options:

    View Site

    Stats

    Plan

    Blog Posts

    Pages

    Themes

    Menus

    Sharing

    People

    Plugins

    Domains

    Settings

    There’s an option for header image within “Theme > Customize > Header Image” but nothing about footer.

    There’s also an option for Footers under Widget, but the only option here is to add widgets.

    Would appreciate your help! Thank you!!

     

    • Hello Bob,

      Unfortunately you are using the free WordPress system which most likely would not allow you to edit footer content. You may need to self host the WordPress website in order to do so.

      Best Regards,
      TJ Edens

    • Hello Bob,

      I’m sorry to hear that you’re having problems with finding the Appearance or footer in your WordPress Admin. Are you using any custom themes or plugins? The information provided above is based on a non-modified version of WordPress. If you’re missing these standard options in WordPress then they’re mostly gone because of something like a plugin or a theme. You may need to look at your theme or plugin documentation to be able to make changes with these options in WordPress.

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

      Regards,
      Arnel C.

    • Most themes should have the same file layout and the footer will be in the same place. If you are still unable to locate it within the footer.php file, I recommend contacting the theme author as they may have placed it elsewhere.

    • Excellent! I wish I had found this article first, it would have saved me so much time!

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