Are you wondering- How to remove Credit links from WordPress theme footer?
Well, if you have started a new website or blog on WordPress, And want your site to look all yours thus wanna remove those powered by WordPress footer links and theme by links from your WordPress theme footer. Then you have landed in the right place. In this post, I am gonna reveal exactly how to remove footer credit from wordpress theme.
I have seen people asking like- “is it legal to remove credit links from WordPress theme footer”. Well, it’s legal for sure. Once you have bought a premium theme, you have all rights to customize it. And if you have a free theme, then also you can customize it as there is no law saying- “you can’t remove powered by WordPress from your theme footer”.
Deleting these credit links from your theme footer makes your brand look bigger and does not give your audience a feeling like you are using a free theme. If you have chosen WordPress for creating your website then most probably you may not know HTML or maybe you know it. Well, it does not matter as anyone could do that without any need of programming. There are several methods you can try to remove credit links from your WordPress theme footer depending on your theme. Let’s get started.
1. Remove credit links from WordPress theme footer using Customize method
That’s most simple way to remove credit links from your WordPress theme footer. Most themes have an option to modify footer text. but you are using a free theme then it might be possible that you don’t have that option. Check it out and if you don’t have that option then maybe the second method will work for you.
For example, the GetNoticed theme by Michael Hyatt gives users the option to customize the footer text as well as disable the credit links.
With this method, you can remove credit links from your WordPress theme footer very easily without using something like remove footer credit plugin.
2. Footer.php Code Method to remove credit links from WordPress
If your theme does not have the option to remove or modify footer credits from WordPress admin, then your only option is to edit the footer.php code.
You can find this file in your appearnce/editor/ /wp-content/themes/yourtheme/footer.php
Simply open this file in a text editor and search for the footer credit text like “Powered by”, and it will show you the section that you need to remove.
Avoid the CSS Method at All Cost to remove credit links
Now some WordPress tutorial sites may show you a CSS method that uses display: none to hide the footer credit links.
However doing so will put your site’s SEO at risk. Google does not like hiding links with display: none because that’s a technique that spammers use to hide the links from users while still showing it to Google (in hopes of higher rankings).
Your site might get flagged, and it will cause you to lose your search engine rankings.
So whatever you do, do not use the CSS method like this:
While it looks simple, it’s not good for SEO.
We strongly recommend using the two methods that we showed above. If you cannot do either of those, then we recommend hiring a professional to help you remove your footer credit links or even consider changing your WordPress theme. Hope this post helps you. Thanks and subscribe to get in touch.
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