by Adam Preiser updated July 28, 2019

How to Edit Footer Copyright Text In Any WordPress Theme


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Most modern themes will allow you to change the credits in the footer, I mean why not?

Unfortunately, there are still many themes that don't make it so easy. In this video, I will show you how to change them.

UPDATE: Some people had trouble with this method, so I came up with a new one that is easier to do: How To Change The Footer Copyright On Any WordPress Theme

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How to Edit Footer Copyright Text In Any WordPress Theme

My passion is making the best quality video tutorial online, for non-techies. When I am not behind the camera, I am usually helping out one of my YouTube subscribers.

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  1. How do i change site info from the footer?
    theme: foodie-world
    CATCH Themes

  2. How To Change Footer : Proudly powered by WordPress | Education Hub by WEN Themes, becuse can’t edit in footer.php

  3. Thanks a lot your video has been helpful. I have just one question can i give link to my website once i change the copyright?

  4. Thanks for putting this guide together! Getting started with WordPress and been trying to change the footer for a while with no success. This tutorial helped me out with it.

  5. hi,
    when i update my footer.php file i am getting the following error:
    Unable to communicate back with site to check for fatal errors, so the PHP change was reverted. You will need to upload your PHP file change by some other means, such as by using SFTP.

    plz help me out

  6. I always prefer using plugin like Automatic Copyrights Shortcode, and let it handle this for years of years after I visit again my site. By the way, nice information though. Thank you.

  7. Hi, ADAM

    please advise how to remove the below mention footer from website actually current time i am using eStore theme so help me to solve this problem

    Theme: eStore by ThemeGrill. | Proudly powered by WordPress.

    please advise for removing the ablove line from site.

    thanks for assist.

    1. The instructions in the video tutorial works on any theme.

  8. This process is not working in Consulting Theme and many other theme. What to do with these themes.

    1. It works with any theme, just go over the instructions again and make sure you clear your cache.

  9. Hi, Thanks for your video it was really hepful! I’m trying to get rid of the ‘Theme by X’ in the footer on the Krystal theme in wordpress but there isn’t any copyright text or link to the developer’s site in the footer.php file. Would you be able to help?


  10. Hi Adam – I have tried to follow your video “How to edit footer copyright text in any wordpress theme”.
    But when I go into Appearance -> Editor, there is no Footer to find under Theme Files; only Stylesheet and Theme Functions. I am using InVogue theme which is a child theme of Vogue and would like to know if there is anything I can do. Or mayby it’s just not possible to edit copyright text in child themes? Br Lena

    1. The video on this page has a different way. I would suggest following the instructions, it will work.

  11. Sorry sir but this video is not helpful. I m trying all the methods but I can’t remove this. Please make a video with Elead theme and solve my problem.

    1. No I am not going to be taking my time to create a video just for you and the random theme that you are using. Sorry.

      1. Rude reply ! Though its a platform to learn things. Felt Bad

        1. It is, but it’s not here for me to wait on you hand and foot. Here is the info, but don’t come here telling me that all this effort is “not helpful” just because you are not willing to put in the time to follow the instructions.

  12. how can i remove Elead theme footer(Elead by theme palace). please solve my query.

    1. Just watch the video, it will work on any theme.

      1. Adam is right. This method works on every theme. I have tested it on many themes including Elead by theme palace. Cheers!!

  13. Hi Adam. Thanks so much for showing that and making it look easy. I am a bit scared of changing things in the .php. I usually prefer to modify what I can using the css editor. I have a question for which is related to what you showed, but on a different theme, Pinboard, have you used it? It has an editable field for the site credits and I have managed to change them, but I can only seem to get straight text to show not a linked URL. Any ideas? Here is the site… Cheers, LM

  14. Sir but in hastia theme it is not happening

    1. This will work on any theme. Perhaps you need to clear your cache.

  15. Hello, good afternoon, I am developing a website using wordpress for a university project, in the footer I got a message “Handcrafted with love” I searched and changed the message in the file footer.php, but the message is not modified, I have installed reduxframework, and when I deactivate that plugin, the footer message that I previously modified in the footer.php is changed, but the site changes its appearance, please I need help

  16. Hi Adam,
    the last months I changed the copyright by myself, but since the update yesterday I can’t find the file/class where I can change the footer/copyright. (Onepage-Express Theme)
    Could you please help me to remove the standard copyright?


    1. I have a more recent video on this from last year and it is a whole lot easier to do. Just search my channel or website for copyright.

  17. Hestia Theme 2018, line 799 in file name “template-tags.php” located in themes/hestia/inc directory. Edit line “esc_html__( ‘%1$s | Powered by %2$s’, ‘hestia’ ), “

    1. Awesome – but how do you make it disappear without breaking anything? IOW, when you say edit the line, how do you edit it? I don’t want to replace it, just make it disappear. Looks much more complicated on Hestia.

  18. Hello, I recently had a web-designer help me out with my website, but I can’t seem to get back up with him. I would like to update the year on my footer, and also not have any spaces, if possible. I would like the copyright to say “2018 | DopeRiverFlows All Rights Reserved” I tried using the video tutorial and everything.

  19. Could you please help me to remove the text from the bottom. Designed by FameThemes? I cannot find links that you show on the video. It’s hidden somewhere.

    Thank you

      1. Thank you for reply, I cannot delete Designed by FameThemes phrase.

        There are no links in the footer.php or functions.php

      2. Thank you for reply. I cannot find any links in the footer.php or functions.php

        I need to remove from the bottom of the site – Designed by FameThemes.

          1. Thank you very much for your help!!!! I worked perfectly!!!!

  20. Hi, i have been struggling to edit the footer for a “bakes and cakes” wordpress theme and i have gone nowhere so far even after this video, please help

  21. Awesome! Your tutorial worked perfectly.

  22. I opened footer.php. I found many lines there. Which line I have to remove ?

    1. You have to watch the tutorial video, it’s all there step by step.

  23. Hi, this does not work with Omega footers. Please find the .php below…

    If you could help me figure it out I would really appreciate it.


  24. What about themes that use hooks in the footer?

  25. I am using Masonic wordpress theme.
    I am unable to find any words like ‘powered by’ or ‘copyright’ or even wordpress or theme name. i am trying to find videos to help me out.
    Your video isn’t useful regarding my issue.please help me out

    1. Take a look at my most recent video on this topic.

  26. Morning Adam,
    I updated the themes on my website, it is currenlty running your child theme for Tesseract. The edit that you desrcibe here does not work, even after I changed the footer and updated the file it still shows the Tesseract Branding.

  27. It doesn’t work for my problem! I paid someone to help me with my site and I just noticed they’ve put ‘Powered By’ and a link to their site without asking! They didn’t even finish the job and their communication was terrible. I can’t find where they have snuck in their details! Any tips? Pls help!

    1. If you watch my most recent video on this, it will work for any WordPress theme and is very easy to implement.

  28. I have the basic GenerateTheme and want to change the footer information. Referencing your how to edit footer copyright video, I am unsure what to change. Here is a copy of the footer code:

    <div >

    Also, what are your suggestions on porting to my hosting co. (GoDaddy) as I am developing my site on my mac using Local by Flywheel.

    Any suggestions would be appreciated.

    1. Do you mean the theme you’re using is generate press? If it is generate press they have instructions on how to change it in their user forums. It’s very easy to do. Also I have a more updated way to change the copyright on any theme. Regarding you migrating your website to Go Daddy, first of all Go Daddy is not a good host, but that was it your question, in order to migrate your site it would be very easy using a free plug-in called all in one migration.

  29. So when you change the footer php stuff – like you did int he video – are those changes preserved when the them or WordPress updates are processed? I would have thought that they were over-written?

    1. Please see my most recent video on this topic.

  30. I have tried multi time with your video tutorial to remove or edit the footer credit but it didn’t work in a theme – Copyright © 2016 FitClub. Design By: ThemeGrill. I like the theme FitClub by ThemeGrill. so can you please show me the way to remove or edit this footer credit? i’ll be much appreciate. When i try with Child Theme, there was no FOOTER PHP. Please help. thanks

    1. I would suggest contacting the theme developer to instructions on how to do it.

  31. I’m using Woocommerce Storefront theme and I had to search a bit to find what to remove. I thought I’d share it with you guys if anybody needs it:

    You need to go in the file storefront-template-hooks.php

    And remove line 39: add_action( ‘storefront_footer’, ‘storefront_credit’, 20 );

    1. The problem with that is, as soon as there is a new update, your change will be overwritten. And the Storefront theme is updated constantly. My solution is much better, I have a dedicated video on it.

      1. Hi Adam, is the video with that better solution still around? Because I can’t find it anywhere.
        Does this better solution involve creating a child theme?

  32. I think the Sydney theme has been updated to thwart the “un-branding”. Where would that code be hidden in a new version of the theme?

    1. It depends on how you are changing the footer credits.

      1. You did not answer the question. I have a similar question with one-page-express theme

        1. Watch your tone with me. This isn’t a place where you say jump, and I say how high.

  33. Fabulous site. I’ve just spent my entire Saturday night with you, trying to tweak out all the little gimps in my sites!!
    Such an incredible resource. Thank you for making all of this available.

    Quick question, because I am totally stumped…

    What would you do with a theme like GREAT.

    The footer.php looks like this:

    I’ve removed the entire php great_wp footer, but it removes everything, including where any additional wigets would be.

    I would love to keep the copywrite bit, and where the author credits are , put something else.

    Any ideas,


    1. Thanks for your comment. Sorry I have never used that theme. Theme authors usually hide it in the footer.php files, or the functions.php file. I would look there first.

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