Trying to remove the “proudly powered by WordPress” text from your website’s footer?

People who say setting up a website is easy never had to do it without any help. Sure, WordPress makes things easy and choosing a theme that looks nice is also very easy to do but there are 10s if not 100s of minor (and often also tedious) tasks that you’ll have to check off of your to-do list before launching your website.

Removing “Powered by WordPress” from your website’s footer is the prime example of a tedious task.

Look no further, in this post, we’re going to take a close look at how you can get rid of this problem in just a few minutes. and why you should.

How to Hide the WordPress Copyright Footer

Although Google advises against linking externally in the footer, certain WordPress themes incorporate the infamous “powered by WordPress” link by default – including Twenty Fourteen, Twenty Thirteen, and Twenty Twelve.

All these popular themes come equipped with the link in the footer, so you have two options: either live with it once your theme is live or follow our quick tutorial to remove it.

Here’s a video on how to do it with a step-by-step walkthrough – external link, opens up in a new tab.

Yes, removing the link is officially frowned upon by WordPress, but there are two methods that do the trick:

  • Using the Style.css file to cover up the footer message
  • Using the Footer.php file to remove the footer from your site

Removed Powered by WordPress Using A Plugin – Remove Footer Credit Plugin

Remove or replace the footer credits or any text or HTML in the page before it is rendered without modifying code. Many WordPress “experts” recommend modifying code (such as the footer.php). Modifying code is a bad idea because if you don’t know what you’re doing (or even if you do) you can seriously break your site. Also, whenever you update your WP theme it will stomp over your changes and require you do make the modifications all over again.

With this plugin, you can easily modify your footer credits with no coding necessary. This plugin is very minimal to keep things simple and easy to use. There are just two text boxes: one to enter text/HTML to find and another to enter text/HTML to replace with (or nothing to remove). Contact me privately here or post in the comments if you have any questions, comments or suggestions.

1. How to Remove Powered by WordPress using CSS

Time to accomplish 2 minutes.

In this 4-step (really short) tutorial you’ll learn how to remove the infamous ‘Powered by WordPress’ site link using CSS code.

  1. Login to your WordPress dashboard

    Make sure you log in as an admin and that your account has full access to the Appearance sub-page inside the WordPress backend.

  2. Locate the ‘Appearance’ menu entry

    Hover over this menu entry and then locate the ‘Theme Editor’ link. Click on it. It should look like the below image.

  3. Locate your theme’s Stylesheet (most often also referred to as the style.css) file in the right hand sidebar.

    It’s usually pre-selected when you first open the Theme Editor sub-page. In case it’s not, try using your browser’s search functionality by either hitting CMD + F (Mac) or CTRL +F (Windows/Linux) and searching for the keyphrase “stylesheet”. Refer to the image below and notice the highlighted area.

  4. Type the following code at the end of the Style.css file and click the ‘Update File’ button.

    .site-info { display: none; }

You can now preview your site and be jolly – you’ve successfully managed to hide the “powered by WordPress” message!

2. How to Completely Remove Powered By WordPress from the Footer Using PHP

The method mentioned above will only serve to hide the footer message from your site. However, it will not completely remove the link; the original message will always be shown in your Template PHP file.

Therefore, in order to permanently get rid of it, you need to edit the “Footer.php” file and remove a code sequence. Don’t worry, it’s easier than it sounds. You simply need to delete a few lines of code. The example below was provided using the Twenty Fourteen theme.

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Remove Powered by WordPress by Editing the Theme Footer PHP File

Voilà! You can now preview your site in a browser to see that the footer message has completely disappeared.

Adding a Custom Footer Message

If you want to replace the WordPress footer message with a customized message like “Copyright @ Macho Themes,” modify the footer code as shown below:

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Adding Custom Footer in WordPress

Summary – Removing Powered by WordPress from Your Website’s Footer

We hope you’ve found this article helpful! Here’s a summary:

  • Removing the “Powered by WordPress” message is allowed
  • You can do it using this plugin
  • You can do it modifying your themes Style.css file
  • You can do it by modifying your themes Footer.php file

The method you choose to use is entirely up to you and depends on what you are comfortable doing, but the guide above will help you do it regardless of the method you choose.

Feel free to leave a comment below if you need some help! 💬