When using themes on a WordPress site, can I customize (I mean modify/change files) that makeup the theme? So as to remove a particular section on stock photo provided in the pages?

I like certain themes, but most of them include a footer, header, or something somewhere with extra information I would not want displayed, i.e.) theme name/version, developer link, etc.

Is it ok to remove those from displaying on the website?

  • This is a ''copyright'' question about third-party Themes, and not a question specific to ''WordPress''. Consult the license terms of the specific Theme in question. – Chip Bennett Feb 27 '14 at 22:43

Well, this is totally up to the theme, its author(s), and the licence that the theme should be accompanied by.

WordPress itself is published under GPL(v2). A huge amount of themes and plugins is too. Or at least a similar licence (e.g., MIT).

But in every case: What counts is what the product is shipped with.

  • So if the theme is under, License: GNU General Public License v2 or later ...it means I am free to modify it correct? – bretonics Feb 27 '14 at 20:57
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    Of course you can modify the code in the theme. Its the redistribution that's in question depending on how its licensed. – Brad Dalton Feb 28 '14 at 2:53
  • I don't plan to distribute it, I just want to use it modified on a website. Thanks! – bretonics Mar 1 '14 at 20:15

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