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How to change the footer copyright text

To change the footer copyright text in WordPress, go to Theme Options -> Footer. It’s not uncommon to see the copyright footer separated from the rest of your website text so you can design the font and size to match your website. Some default WordPress themes display a copyright footer this way, but you can change it to whatever layout you prefer. You just need some simple code tweaking to remove or edit the copyright information in the footer section of your selected theme. It’s no secret that one of the most frequently edited areas of the website is the footer. In this detailed guide, we will tell you how to change the footer copyright text.

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There are several ways to do this. We will cover some of the most common techniques:

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  • WordPress Customizer Cambiar
  • Theme Options Cambiar
  • Change child theme copyright text
  • Change footer text using page builder
  • Mistakes you can make when editing a WordPress footer
  • Notable plugins to remove footer credit

Change WordPress Customizer Footer Copyright Text

Most of the free WordPress themes from wordpress.org have their footer text option within Theme Options. All you need to do is navigate to Appearance/Customize and look for footer options. Give a specific example, nous utilisons Meks Blog Theme named Johannes . You need to find the footer options and then edit the text inside the post.

How to edit the footer in WordPress

All you need to look for is the ‘ Footer copyright text ‘ option , edit the following text and click ‘ Save ‘ in the customization options.

How to write a copyright footer

Our WordPress themes that use this type of footer option are: Roogan, Toucan, Megaphone, Trawell and others.

Modification des droits d’auteur du pied de page WordPress à partir des options de thème

If you are using a premium WordPress theme there is a big chance that you have Redux Theme Options installed. Take a look at our Vlog WordPress theme – here you will find the usage of Redux Theme Options – all you need to do is to look for Theme Options and go to the Footer section.

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Here you need to look for copyright website footer set of options and change the following text to desired.

Pie de página del sitio web con derechos de autor

After changing the text, all you need to do is to click “Save” inside your Theme Options.

Meks themes that are using this set of options to change footer copyright text are Voice, Gridlove, Herald, Vlog, and others.

Changing footer copyright text from the child theme

Here you will need to do some coding, but no worries – with our help you will feel like a rocket scientist :). All you need to do is follow these steps

  1. Create child theme
    1. All of the Meks WordPress themes have child-theme.zip file installation inside their zip package
    2. If you don’t know how to build a child theme here is how to use child themes
  2. Inside your theme installation folder look for the footer.php file
  3. Copy footer.php file to your child-theme-folder
  4. Browse footer.php code and look for code that you want to change
  5. Change desired code and don’t forget to click “Save” 🙂

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Changing footer copyright text using WordPress page builder

A theme builder makes it easy for you to customize your site and match your brand. Trawell Kit WordPress Theme gives you the ultimate control by allowing you to customize your footer using a visual editor. It’s simple to add images, video, forms, links, icons—anything into your footer. Your website can look unique and professional with this feature.

Copyright sur le pied de page du site Web Elementor

Simply click on “Edit Footer” and you will get the following page

Pied de page de copyright WordPress Elementor

Mistakes that can you make when editing a WordPress footer text

Using CSS to hide the footer

One of the most common mistakes that you can make on your website is to hide the footer with the following CSS code

.footer{ display:none; } .footer a{ display:none; }







. footer {

display : none ;


. footer a {

display : none ;


This method will work if you want to hide your footer, but please note that Google sees this as a Black Hat Seo and may penalize your site as a result. We can recommend you to use the following methods from the list in our post.

Theme license documentation – you should take a look at it

Third-party themes may have stipulations in your license agreement that restrict you from removing copyright notices. Our recommendation is to contact the theme provider, communicate with them and see if you can remove the copyright notice.

Notable plugins for removing footer credit

Remove footer credit

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Source: wordpress.org

This plugin is useful in the case where a user wants to remove or replace any specific part of the content on that page, usually in the footer. The most common uses for this plugin are removing advertising, adding copyright information, adding affiliate links, adding custom CSS/JS, and replacing “Powered by” links. It is created by “WPChill” and has more than 80.000 installations.

Editor’s note: This post was originally published in Jul 2017 and has been updated in May 2021 for comprehensiveness.

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How to Remove the Footer Credit in WordPress Themes

By Michael Phillips / WordPress Themes

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There may be times you wish to remove the footer credit from WordPress, either to replace it with your own footer credits or to remove it entirely for design or aesthetic reasons. In WordPress, you can change the footer credit rather easily, but if you’ve never done it before, knowing where to go to do it can be a bit tricky.

I’m going to show you two ways to remove the footer credit, first with a plugin called Remove Footer Credit, then manually, by editing a theme file.

How to Remove the Foot Credit in WordPress

Unfortunately, not all themes will let you remove the footer credit from the WordPress customize dashboard. Most premium themes have this feature, but most free versions do not.

One of the easiest ways to remove a credit from a WordPress theme in the footer is by using the Remove Footer Credit plugin.

  1. Install the Remove Footer Credit Plugin
  2. Find Footer’s Code in the Theme
  3. Paste the Code in the Remove Footer Credit Plugin
  4. Add Text and Save

It’s literally that quick and easy to remove the footer credit from a WordPress theme.

Let me break down the steps a bit even further…

Step 1: Install Remove Footer Credit Plugin

Log in to your WordPress admin panel.

In the left column navigation mouse over the “Plugins” link and click the “Add New” link.

passez la souris sur le lien "Plugins" et cliquez sur le lien "Ajouter un nouveau" passez la souris sur le lien "Plugins" et cliquez sur le lien "Ajouter un nouveau"

In the “Search plugins…” box, enter “Remove Footer Credit.”

search for the WordPress Remove Footer Credit plugin search for the WordPress Remove Footer Credit plugin

Once you have located the plugin, click the “Install Now” button.

click to install the WordPress Remove Footer Credit plugin click to install the WordPress Remove Footer Credit plugin

When the plugin has been installed, click the “Activate” button.

click to activate the WordPress Remove Footer Credit plugin click to activate the WordPress Remove Footer Credit plugin

Step 2: Find the Footer’s Code in the WordPress Theme

In the left column navigation, mouse over the “Tools” link and click the “Remove Footer Credit” link.

click the "Remove Footer Credit" link click the "Remove Footer Credit" link

You use the plugin by entering the text or HTML that you would like to find, and the text or HTML that you would like to replace it with.

You can copy and paste the text that you want to remove, but it’s better to copy the underlying HTML. That way, you’re sure that you’re only removing the footer credit, and you won’t inadvertently remove the same text if you use it elsewhere.

Like in a post about removing the footer credit. 😉

So to get to the HTML, we’re going to view the page source for any page or post on your site.

view page source view page source

Search for div class=”site-info” (or just scroll down near the bottom) and copy everything between:

<div class=”site-info”>


</div> <!– .site-info –>

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Step 3: Paste the Code into Remove Footer Credit

Go back to Tools > Remove Footer Credit and paste the code you copied into the “Step 1: Enter text/HTML to remove (one per line)” field.

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Step 4: Add Your Own Text and Save

In the “Step 2: Enter your own footer credit (one per line)” field, enter your new footer credit (or leave it blank to remove the line altogether). In this example, I am simply putting “My blog.”

enter replacement text enter replacement text

Click the “Save” button.

Click the "Save" button Click the "Save" button

That should remove the footer credit from your WordPress site and replace it with your text or code.

replacement text replacement text Alternate Method: Remove the Credit Line by Editing the footer.php File for Your Theme

Using a plugin is a fast and easy way to replace the footer credit on every page of your site. But it comes at the cost of the resources needed to scan every page that loads looking for the code and replacing it on the fly.

You can avoid that by editing the footer.php file for your theme to make the change. The process is a bit more involved, but it will save the resources used on every page load by plugins such as Remove Footer Credit.

Before We Proceed…

Never edit WordPress core or theme files without creating a child theme first.

Working in the child theme has a couple of advantages. First, if you break something, you can revert to the parent theme until you figure out what went wrong.

Second, and perhaps more importantly, when you make changes to a child theme, they will not be overwritten or erased when you update either your theme or WordPress itself.

Once you have created a child theme, mouse over the “Appearance” link and click the “Theme Editor” link.

click the "Theme Editor" link #1 click the "Theme Editor" link

Click the “Activate” button for your child theme.

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Open up your FTP program or cPanel file editor and copy the footer.php file from your parent theme to your child theme.

In most FTP programs, you won’t be able to copy and paste files, in which case you’ll download footer.php from the parent theme and then upload it to the child theme.

So in my example here, I FTP’ed to:


downloaded footer.php, and then uploaded it to:


Now in your WordPress admin panel, mouse over the “Appearance” link and click the “Theme Editor” link.

click the "Theme Editor" link #2 click the "Theme Editor" link

Choose your child theme from the drop-down and click the “Select” button.

choose your child theme choose your child theme

Now, as we did when using the plugin, look for

<div class=”site-info”>

in the footer.php file. I’m using a child of the Twenty Nineteen theme, so we’re going to replace:








<?php $blog_info = get_bloginfo( ‘name’ ); ?>

<?php if ( ! empty( $blog_info ) ) : ?>

     <a class=”site-name” href=”<?php echo esc_url( home_url( ‘/’ ) ); ?>” rel=”home”><?php bloginfo( ‘name’ ); ?></a>,

<?php endif; ?>

<a href=”<?php echo esc_url( __( ‘https://wordpress.org/’, ‘twentynineteen’ ) ); ?>” class=”imprint”>

     <?php /* translators: %s: WordPress. */ printf( __( ‘Proudly powered by %s.’, ‘twentynineteen’ ), ‘WordPress’ ); ?>



“My blog.”

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Click the “Update File” button, and the footer credit link will be changed.

click the "Update File" button click the "Update File" button new footer new footer

Going Further

I used text here to simplify the demonstration, but you can replace the default footer credit with more than just text. The fact that you can use PHP in the footer makes some cool things possible. Like automatically showing the current year if you use a copyright notice.

To do that you can use something like:






$thisyear = date(“Y”);

print (” My blog &amp;copy;$thisyear by me. “);


a dynamic copyright date a dynamic copyright date

Am I allowed to remove the footer credit from WordPress?


WordPress is licensed under GPL (General Public License). One of the freedoms allowed by GPL is the “freedom to change the software to suit your needs.”

So don’t worry, you aren’t going to land in hot water when you remove the footer credit from WordPress.

Have you used other methods to change or remove the footer credits in your theme? Do you use a child theme when you make changes? Let me know in the comments.

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How to Edit or Remove the Branded Footer on Your WordPress Website

Shayla Price

Shayla Price

Updated: May 10, 2022

Published: December 01, 2021

After installing WordPress, you’ll notice some WordPress branded copy at the bottom of your webpages that reads “Proudly powered by WordPress.” This is the default text that appears on all new WordPress websites in the footer.

desarrollador editando el pie de página de wordpress

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What is a WordPress footer?

A WordPress footer is the section of your WordPress website that typically appears at the bottom of every web page after the main content. By default, it contains copyright that reads ‘Proudly powered by WordPress.’ The WordPress footer is usually designated in the footer.php template file.

To your visitors, the default text can seem unprofessional and even out of place. So, it makes sense not to display a default footer on your WordPress website. You’ll be relieved to know that you can remove it or edit it to your specifications should you choose to display more pertinent branded information like the logo, copyright notice, or a link to your privacy policy.

To learn what to put in a website footer, check out Website Footers: Best Design Practices & Examples.

A customized footer will help visitors identify with your brand. Read on to learn how to remove and/or edit the footer on your site.

Is It Legal to Remove “Proudly Powered By WordPress”?

In short: Yes. WordPress is open-source software. It’s designed to allow anyone to change the source code.

You have the ability to modify your default WordPress templates. You won’t be breaking any laws if you change your footer to fit your company’s brand.

But before you make any changes, you’ll want to backup your WordPress website. This proactive step ensures that you can quickly restore your site if you make a mistake. Whether you’re editing your footer or doing a full redesign, it’s a good habit to backup your site.

How to Edit a Footer in WordPress

There are a few common methods to edit WordPress footers: removing the footer completely, changing the copyright area using the built-in Customizer, using a footer widget, revising the footer.php code, or using a theme builder. The method you choose will depend on the specific theme you’re using and what will work best for your goals.

Method 1: How to Remove WordPress Footer

If you simply want to remove the footer altogether, the easiest solution is using a plugin.

WordPress plugins extend the functionality of your site. It’s an easy solution when you want to make minor tweaks or major changes to your site. Plus, it requires no coding experience. Follow the steps below to edit your footer with a plugin.

1. Install and activate the Remove Footer Credit plugin.

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2. Go to Tools > Remove Footer Credit.

3. Enter the text or HTML you would like to remove in the first text field. Then, add your own footer text to the second text field.

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4. Click Save.

If the above option doesn’t work for you or you want to do some more advanced edits, read on for additional ways to make changes to the default branded footer.

Method 2: How to Change the Copyright Footer in WordPress

Most theme developers know that you’ll want to edit their default footers. So, they usually offer a built-in option in the theme to make changes.

Every WordPress theme is different. So, this setting may be available in different sections within the theme.

1. Log in to the WordPress dashboard.

2. Go to Appearance > Customise.

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3. Look to see if you have a Footer option.

haga clic en el pie de página en el personalizador de WordPress para continuar el proceso de edición del pie de página de derechos de autor en wordpress

4. If you do, select Footer > Bottom Bar. From there, you’ll be able to disable the footer or put in your own text.

5. If you have the Copyright Area option. If you do, you can make changes to this footer as well.

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If your theme does not have these presets built in, you’ll have to remove the default WordPress footer using another method. We’ve included other options below.

Method 3: How to Edit WordPress Footer Widgets

Some WordPress themes use widgets to add specific features, like footers.

1. You can find your footer widget by going to Appearance > Widgets.

Click Appearance > Widgets to begin the WordPress footer widget editing process

2. On the right, you’ll find the footer widget section, Footer.

3. From the list on the left, drag and drop the Text widget underneath the Footer.

4. Click the down arrow and then add your content in the text field.

footer widget on how to edit footer in wordpress

Method 4: How to Edit WordPress Footer PHP File

The footer is defined in a WordPress template file as footer.php. You can edit the file by going to Appearance > Theme Editor. Then follow the steps below.

1. Select the specific theme in the right corner.

2. Locate the theme footer (footer.php) under Theme Files on the right side. You can use Crtl+F to find it if you’re having trouble.

3. Find this PHP code:

get_template_part( ‘template-parts/footer/site’, ‘info’ );

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4. Replace the PHP code with the code below and replace “add text here” with your specific content.

//get_template_part(‘template-parts/footer/site’, ‘info’); echo “add text here”; ?>

5. Press the Update File button.

Le résultat final ressemblera à ceci :

tarte from page.php. code example in footer.php code on how to edit footer in wordpress

Méthode 5 : Comment modifier le pied de page WordPress via votre thème

Theme builders make it easy for you to tweak your website to match the look and feel of your brand. Most theme builders come with a built-in footer plugin.

For example, Jupiter X lets you customize your footer with the help of a drag-and-drop visual editor. You can add, modify, and remove the widgets in real time. There are also dozens of ready-made footer templates available if you’re in a hurry.

The Themify Builder is another intuitive page designer. You can remove the default copyright information and create custom footers with a few simple clicks.

Elementor also offers dynamic templates to build beautiful pages with no coding skills. Let’s walk through the process of editing the WordPress footer with Elementor below. 

1. Log in to your WordPress dashboard.

2. Click Templates > ThemeBuilder.

Click on Plantilla > Theme Builder to edit the WordPress page with Elementor

3. Click on the plus icon next to Footer in the left panel.

4. You can choose a pre-made footer block from the library or go out and create one from scratch. Here’s an example of a premade footer block:

Premade Page Pie Block from Elementor

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5. When you’re ready, click Publish .

6. You can click Add Condition to choose where to post the footer or stay with the default (ie site-wide).

Errors while editing a page page in WordPress

Editing any part of your website is a big deal. An inoffensive error can temporarily shut down your entire website. Here are some common mistakes to avoid when editing your footer.

1. Use CSS to hide links.

One method to remove the pie from the page is to aggregate the following fragment of code to the CSS editor. 

.site-info{display: none;}

This method works by simply hiding the links in the footer. Sans however, hiding links was a common trick used in black hat SEO (search engine optimization) to improve the ranking of websites in search engines. Google sees this action as a violation of your website guidelines and may penalize your site as a result. Pour autant, nous recommandons d’éviter la méthode complète.

2. Not reading the license documentation.

Third-party themes may have provisions in their license agreements that may prevent you from removing copyright notices. You’ll want your legal team to contact the theme developer if you have any questions or concerns.

Removing WordPress Branding From Its Page Pie

Editing your site’s footer removes unwanted copy and helps you create a personalized look and feel that your visitors will recognize every time they come into contact with your brand.

Editor’s Note: This post was originally published in January 2020 and has been updated for completeness.

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