How to Edit Footer Copyright Text In Any WordPress Theme

Updated: December 19, 2017
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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

How to Edit Footer Copyright Text In Any WordPress Theme

Adam @ WPCrafter

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  • Rajan kumar says:

    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.

  • Rajan kumar says:

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

  • LM says:

    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

  • Mks says:

    Sir but in hastia theme it is not happening

  • Jordy Lalangui says:

    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

  • Simon says:

    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?


  • Gregory Robinson says:

    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’ ), “

    • Greg says:

      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.

  • Harrison Freeman says:

    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.

  • Eva says:

    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

  • Gjoe says:

    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

  • Kanyi says:

    Awesome! Your tutorial worked perfectly.

  • ANAND says:

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

  • Phil says:

    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.


  • Joe Bloggs says:

    What about themes that use hooks in the footer?

  • Yash Gupta says:

    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

  • Helmut says:

    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.

  • Natalie Carey says:

    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!

  • les says:

    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.

    • Adam @ WPCrafter says:

      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.

  • Cat Larkin says:

    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?

  • maya angkang says:

    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

  • Jenilee says:

    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 );

  • Marty M says:

    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?

  • joanne says:

    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,


    • Adam from WPCrafter says:

      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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