How to remove powered by wordpress from Footer – Hide wordpress credit

How to remove powered by wordpress - Hide credit links in wordpress footerWhether its users or self-hosted websites, most of the newbies have this question? How to hide the wordpress credit links from footer. People (especially the new ones) think that by removing the credit links in footer, they can hide that their site is running on wordpress platform. False statement, today even a non tech savvy can easily find out that your site runs on wordpress. But anyhow if you wish not to show those links, then it’s simple to remove it.

Removing blog at

If you are running your site at (free platform) then in your footer you will see “blog at” instead of “powered by wordpress”. Your custom theme design grants you the ability to remove that credit links by using CSS. After all going through the wordpress forum we came to know that it violates wordpress TOS. You are not permitted to remove credit link and if you do so then your site will be suspended. Even VIP users should need to hold the footer credit link.

Check out CNN website’s footer.

Anyhow self-hosted website is fully under your control and you can make whatever you want.

How to remove powered by wordpress

Recently a user asked us about how to remove powered by wordpress link and even some asked about changing the credit link and name. If you are a web design company then you wish to remove or change the powered by wordpress from your clients websites. is licensed under GPL, so you don’t have to worry about customizing the credit links in your footer.

Some premium themes have the option where you can edit your footer straight from the theme panel. But how about free themes (twenty eleven, twenty twelve, and twenty thirteen); all you need to do is edit your footer.php file.  Go to Appearance >> Editor in your wordpress dashboard and open footer.php file. Now you will see a line like this, just remove it or modify it accordingly. It’s clear in the code, where you can change the wordpress link and powered by wordpress text.

<div class="site-info">
			<?php do_action( 'twentytwelve_credits' ); ?>
			<a href="<?php echo esc_url( __( '', 'twentytwelve' ) ); ?>" title="<?php esc_attr_e( 'Semantic Personal Publishing Platform', 'twentytwelve' ); ?>"><?php printf( __( 'Proudly powered by %s', 'twentytwelve' ), 'WordPress' ); ?></a>
		</div><!-- .site-info -->

The above method in temporary which removes the powered by wordpress text and link, but when you update the theme it appears again. So by using CSS you can hide it forever.

Just copy the following CSS and paste it in your theme’s custom CSS file.

.site-info {
   display: none;

It varies from theme to theme, the above CSS trick works on twenty twelve theme. Whereas the twenty eleven div id is site-generator <div id=”site-generator”> and in such case you have to add the CSS like this.

#site-generator {
    display: none;

Having credit links in footer is a nice idea because you can show some gratitude to wordpress and to your theme author.

Hope this post helped you on how to remove powered by wordpress text and links in footer.