Are you in the process of creating your own WordPress site? With many WordPress themes (such as the Twenty Sixteen) the site info “Proudly powered by WordPress” or “Powered by WordPress” placed. You can easily remove this link (it takes your users to in just a few steps.

Why should I even remove the “Proudly presented by WordPress” info?

It's simple: blackhats use this little piece of information to use the search engine to locate a large number of blogs and add them to to flood spam comments. So-called search operators, for example, make it very easy to identify websites that Powered by WordPress or Pridely proudly powered by WordPress did not remove and additionally contained a certain word in the title (e.g. Travel):

"stolz präsentiert von wordpress" intitle:Travel
"powered by wordpress" intitle:Travel

After entering these search operators, the Google search results page returns all websites where Powered by WordPress can still be found. And that's a lot.

May I remove “Proudly presented by WordPress”?

Yes. This is not a copyright, but a thank you inserted by WordPress itself. The same applies to the English version Powered by WordPress.

Three methods to remove Powered by WordPress

  1. Method: Classic method via the CSS file
  2. Method: Edit footer.php file
  3. Method: Use a plugin

1. Method: Edit CSS file

First of all: This method does not work with all themes. To do this, go to the customizer area in WordPress and add the following code to “additional CSS”:

.site-info {display:none;}

This hides the site info in the footer. Warning: it is still visible to the search engine. This is also the reason why this method is only a purely cosmetic removal of the hint. The reference is still visible in the source text and will therefore continue to be indexed by Google.

2. Method: Edit footer.php file

To completely remove the notice, you need to edit the footer.php file. Go to the Editor (In the menu: Design / Editor) and switch to the Theme file footer.php. Here you will find (relatively high up) the following code:

<div class="site-info" style="float:left">
<?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 –>

You can completely remove this block. Attention: Please make sure that you really only remove this code and no other characters, otherwise display errors may occur. In principle, it is advisable to create a backup of the website before making any changes to your site.

3. Method: Use plugin

If you use the Twenty Seventeen theme, you can also simply use a plugin to remove the notice. Install the free plugin for this Advanced Twenty Seventeen. After the installation you have more options in the Customizer (Design / Customizer). Under Custom Copyright you will find the note, which you can now replace with your own link:

Stolz präsentiert von <a href=""></a>

I hope the post has helped you a little. If you know other options or have questions about the individual methods, please write me a comment. You can find more tips about WordPress in my new section of the Tips and tricks. In my article Rollback of broken WordPress plugin For example, I'll show you what to do if updating a plugin crashes your site.

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