How to Remove the ‘Proudly powered by WordPress’ Footer Link

>How to Remove the ‘Proudly powered by WordPress’ Footer Link

WordPress comes with several free themes developed by themselves, like Twenty Seventeen, Twenty Sixteen, and so on.

These themes have a “Proudly powered by WordPress” link in the footer, which you can’t remove by going through the theme settings.

Some of you might want to remove that link because it can look a bit unprofessional if you’re using the theme for your business, or a client, or for something else.

In this article, I’ll show you two different ways to remove the “Proudly powered by WordPress” link from your default theme’s footer.

Remove the “Proudly powered by WordPress” link via CSS

While this is an easier method, it’s not the best practice when it comes to SEO since Google doesn’t really like it when you hide links.

All you need to do is to add this CSS code to your website:

.site-info{display: none;}

There are different methods which you can use to add CSS to your website. I’m going with WordPress’ built-in feature, Additional CSS, since everyone has and can access that.

1. Log in to your Dashboard, then go to Appearance -> Customize.

2. Click on Additional CSS.

Twenty Seventeen Additional CSS

3. Add the code .site-info{display: none;} in the CSS box to hide the link.

The Customize feature lets you preview changes in real-time, so when you add that code, the “Proudly powered by WordPress” link should disappear.

4. You still have to press the Publish button in order for the change to be implemented.

Remove "Proudly powered by WordPress" link

Remove the “Proudly powered by WordPress” link via footer.php

I recommend backing up the footer.php file or your entire website first! I also strongly recommend using a child theme. Copy the footer.php file in your child theme and edit it there, otherwise, the changes will be lost with the next theme update.

There are several ways in which you can access your theme’s files. For this example, I’m going to use a feature provided by WordPress, which is the Theme Editor.

This option might not be there for some of you, depending on your security features/plugins. Therefore, use another method pointed in the above link.

1. Go to Appearance -> Editor.

2. Your current theme will be selected, but if you want to remove the link from another theme, then select it from the drop-down menu.

3. Look for the Theme Footer file (footer.php) on the right side, and select it.

4. Find the following PHP code and remove it:

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

Remove footer link Twenty Seventeen

5. Press the Update File button.

Refresh your page, and the “Proudly powered by WordPress” link should be removed.

If not, perform a hard refresh on your browser to override the cache:

  • CTRL-F5 for Windows;
  • Cmd-Shift-R for Mac.

If that still doesn’t do the trick, then also clear the cache from your website, if you have any cache plugins or server cache features.

If the link is still there, then you should check if you properly removed the code.

The PHP code is different for older themes

The above example was for the Twenty Seventeen theme. For older themes, like Twenty Sixteen, Twenty Fifteen, and so on, the PHP code is different.

You’ll still find it in the footer.php file, but it will look like this:

<div class="site-info">
* Fires before the Twenty Fifteen footer text for footer customization.
* @since Twenty Fifteen 1.0
do_action( 'twentyfifteen_credits' );
<a href="<?php echo esc_url( __( '', 'twentyfifteen' ) ); ?>"><?php printf( __( 'Proudly powered by %s', 'twentyfifteen' ), 'WordPress' ); ?></a>
</div><!-- .site-info -->

So delete that, press the Update File button, and the “Proudly powered by WordPress” link will be removed from the footer on older WordPress themes as well.

Remove footer link Twenty Fifteen

That’s a wrap

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By |2018-11-15T13:54:49+00:00February 27th, 2018|WordPress|12 Comments


  1. Harry June 2, 2018 at 7:56 AM - Reply

    Thank you so much. it’s cool

  2. Rich July 25, 2018 at 6:51 AM - Reply

    Thanks a lot, I can usually figure out how to remove or change the footer text. But this one was a bit more difficult. Thanks for the info

  3. Musa July 28, 2018 at 11:41 AM - Reply

    I can usually figure out how to remove or change the footer text. Thank you so much.

  4. Carpediem August 1, 2018 at 11:36 AM - Reply

    Thank you so much!!! It worked for me.

  5. Vera October 9, 2018 at 1:41 PM - Reply

    Thank you, finally.

    • ThemeSkills October 9, 2018 at 2:40 PM - Reply

      You’re welcome!

  6. Asad November 10, 2018 at 8:03 PM - Reply

    Thanks For Sharing This Article. I really wanted to know that, how to remove footer link. By the way, you describe everything in an elegant way

    • ThemeSkills November 12, 2018 at 4:58 PM - Reply

      Thanks! I try to be as comprehensive as possible.

  7. ceci November 15, 2018 at 1:30 PM - Reply

    Thanks for the tip. Do you know how I can add my own link instead? or add an all rights reserved notice?

    • ThemeSkills November 15, 2018 at 6:53 PM - Reply

      I assume you want to do that in the Twenty Seventeen theme.

      You’ll have to edit the file found in /wp-content/themes/twentyseventeen/template-parts/footer/site-info.php. It’s best if you create those folders (“template-parts” and “footer”) in your child theme and copy the php file there, and then edit it.

      Once you open the file for editing, remove everything that’s between the <div>...</div> tags, and then add your own text. Here’s an example of how it should look like:

      <div class="site-info">
      &copy; <a href=""></a>. All Rights Reserved.
      </div><!-- .site-info -->

      &copy; is for the copyright sign.

      Hope this helped!

  8. Bram Stoker December 19, 2018 at 1:50 PM - Reply

    Or better, just look for, wordpress plugin “WP Hide and Security Enhancer”, removing “Powered by WordPress” is like a piece of cake with it, Do look for it on WpBlog, they have a very good article on it.

    • ThemeSkills December 19, 2018 at 4:38 PM - Reply

      If something can be done without a plugin, then it would be best to do it that way.

      Also, it’s not a good idea to install a pretty heavy plugin with a lot of features, just to use it for one small thing.

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