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How to Remove the "Proudly Powered by WordPress" Footer Link Credit to Keep Your Site More Secure

updated on Jun 14, 2017
How to Remove the "Proudly Powered by WordPress" Footer Link Credit to Keep Your Site More Secure It is not an easy job to make your website secure because there are many potential risks you may ignore. For example, the "Proudly Powered by WordPress" footer link credit which is located at the bottom of your WordPress site tells attackers that your site is based on WordPress and it may be exposed to the common WordPress security threats.

Fortunately, the footer link can be removed if you want. This article tries to give certain answers to the below questions which are likely to occur in your mind.
  • Why remove the "Proudly Powered by WordPress" footer link credit?
  • Is it legal for you to remove the "Proudly Powered by WordPress" footer link credit?
  • How to remove the "Proudly Powered by WordPress" footer link credit?

Why Remove"Proudly Powered by WordPress"

WordPress allows you to download themes and plugins from the WordPress.org directory. However, the default WordPress themes come with a footer link credit - "Proudly Powered by WordPress". Here we advise you to remove it, but this does not mean that it does not have a single good point. Actually, there are some instances where you will get more trust because you have selected the most widely used and the most powerful content management system.

If you run a business site, however, the credit may leave an impression on customers that you are not professional enough to get their trust. It is also possible for customers to follow the link and navigate way from your WordPress site. In this sense, you will lose some traffic because the "Proudly Powered by WordPress" link will be redirected to WordPress.org.

To be honest, the most important thing is that you are exposed to some potential risks which have a negative impact on your WordPress site. For example, hackers will easily identify that your website are using the default themes with known security issues. If necessary, you can remove the "Proudly Powered by WordPress" footer link credit to keep your site more secure at the same time avoiding other problems.

Is It Legal to Remove "Proudly Powered by WordPress"

WordPress, an open source CMS, is released under the General Public License. Similarly, the default WordPress themes are also released under the terms of the license which gives you the rights to modify or redistribute them. Thus, there is no need for you to worry about that it is not legal to remove the footer message - "Proudly Powered by WordPress".

How to Remove "Proudly Powered by WordPress"

By default, WordPress does not give you the freedom to remove the footer link credit. However, there are two popular workarounds available for you. One is to remove the footer link credit via footer.php file and the other is to hide the footer link credit via style.css file.

Remove the Footer Link Credit via footer.php File

On the right side of the Appearance > Editor page, the footer.php file (Theme Footer) is one of the links under the Templates item. The footer.php file is used to display information in your footer area, for example, the WordPress link credit. That is to say, you can remove the footer message from your website through footer.php file. All you need to do is to delete the below lines of code.

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Note that your change will be wiped off every time you update your theme. In other words, you need to get the theme credit out of your WordPress footer again after each theme update. If you are bothered by this issue, follow our guide to updating WordPress themes without losing customizations.

Hide the Footer Link Credit via style.css File

Alternatively, you can also make some changes to the style.css file (Stylesheet) on the Appearance > Editor page to hide the footer link credit. Just enter the below code into the end of the style.css file and then upload the file. In this way, your footer message will no longer appear at the bottom of your WordPress site.

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To be honest, it is more convenient for you to modify the style sheet. However, you need to pay attention that search engines like Google do not show their preference to the websites which hide the link. Therefore, we do not recommend that you hide the footer message via the CSS method for the higher search engine rankings. It is true that you should give priority to the PHP method, but you'd better create a child theme because you are very likely to crash your website if you are not careful enough about the code.

Create a Custom Footer Message

Indeed, it is possible for you to change the default footer message into your own copyright statement with an exclusive plugin which is called "Footer Putter". However, note that there is no option for you to change the text color, background color, etc. That is to say, this plugin can only create a simple footer message with a copyright statement for which the year information will update automatically. In this way, the credibility of your WordPress site will be taken to a higher level.