Am I allowed to remove the "Powered by WordPress" link in the footer?

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Yes WordPress is licensed using the GPL v2 license so you are "free" to do whatever you want to with it ("free" as in "free speech", not "free" as in "free beer!".)


Yes, and an easy way to suppress it, without modifying the actual HTML, is to use the following custom CSS:

#site-generator {
    display: none;
  • +1, this is interesting solution - apparently this option will leave the SEO goodness for wordpress.com while not visually telling every user that the site is running on WordPress (not that this would be the aim:))
    – Marek
    Sep 1, 2010 at 10:28

The plugin Adminimize has an option for this

  • @bueltge - I think I've heard of that plugin... so who wrote it? ;-) Aug 31, 2010 at 21:11
  • actually has the plugin to much options, it is to big for me and a great support. I will write a smaller version with the new possibilities of WP 2.9 and higher. I had write this plugin for an long time and the community wouldnt so much options and many options is now not required. Actully it works and the nect great version was a rewrite.
    – bueltge
    Sep 1, 2010 at 5:04

The other option is to remove it entirely from functions.php. Search in functions.php for "powered" and take out the portion of code reading: . Powered by [wp-link].

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    Could work, but in a lot of themes the credits link is hard-coded in footer.php. Check there as well. Mar 5, 2011 at 10:40

Yes WordPress is licensed using the GPL v2 license so you are "free" to do whatever you want to with it. The plugin Adminimize has an option for this


Since you didn't specify a theme , I'll assume you are using the default theme, now TwentyEleven, or one that is similarly built.

In the theme's root directory, you will find the footer.php file. Look for the following html:

<div id="site-generator">
            <?php do_action( 'twentyeleven_credits' ); ?>
            <a href="<?php echo esc_url( __( 'http://wordpress.org/', 'twentyeleven' ) ); ?>" title="<?php esc_attr_e( 'Semantic Personal Publishing Platform', 'twentyeleven' ); ?>" rel="generator"><?php printf( __( 'Proudly powered by %s', 'twentyeleven' ), 'WordPress' ); ?></a>

Delete it, and save the file, or you can replace it with your own link like so:

<div id="footer-links">
    <a href="<?php echo home_url( '/' ); ?>" title="<?php bloginfo( 'name' ); ?>" rel="home'><?php bloginfo( 'name' ); ?></a>
</div><!-- #footer-links -->

Here's how to remove or modify the footer text in the WP admin, put this into functions.php of your theme :

function modify_admin_footer () {
  echo 'Developped by <a href="http://www.mycompany.com" target="_blank">My company</a>';
add_filter('admin_footer_text', 'modify_admin_footer');

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