How to change or remove the footer copyright notice in your theme

Learn how to add your own copyright notice to your website

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With the purchase of Premium WordPress themes by MH Themes, you are able to easily change or remove the copyright notice from the footer of your WordPress theme. You can find an option to enter your own copyright notice in your WordPress dashboard under Appearance => Customize => General Options. Feel free to add your own copyright notice based on your personal requirements.

If you are not using one of our premium WordPress themes yet, you usually won’t have an option included to change the copyright notice in the footer. This usually also applies to free WordPress themes. In that case you could take an alternative route to display your own copyright notice accordingly by modifying the code of the particular WordPress theme within a custom child theme.

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Usually you will be able to find the code that contains the copyright notice within the file footer.php of your WordPress theme. This applies to most WordPress themes, although some themes might handle the copyright notice differently through a custom PHP function.

However, before you remove the copyright notice of your WordPress theme, we recommend that you check the terms of the theme developer / provider. You should also check the license of the WordPress theme in order to ensure that you are allowed to change or remove the copyright notice in the footer. This will ensure that you know the terms and avoid any potential legal issues.

MH Magazine Variations

If you’re using the premium version of our popular MH Magazine WordPress theme, you can easily change or delete the copyright notice in the footer. You’ll find an option in your WordPress dashboard under Appearance => Customize => Theme Options => General. Feel free to change the footer copyright text as you like. If you haven’t purchased this popular magazine theme yet, you can do this in our shop. After you’ve installed the premium theme, the copyright option will be available.

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It’s important to understand that while you usually are allowed to modify the code of WordPress themes, it’s still required to respect the copyright of the theme developer in order to avoid legal issues. That means the copyright notices within the original theme files of the WordPress theme (e.g. within style.css or readme.txt) usually need to stay intact. These can’t be removed in order to get rid of the license or copyright information as your WordPress theme still is copyrighted work.

This especially is important if you’re a web developer or agency who creates client websites based on 3rd party WordPress themes or other open-source code. While you may modify code to meet the requirements of your clients, you can’t just remove the copyright notices in WordPress themes or other 3rd party bundled resources and claim this as your own work. It always must be clearly stated that your work is a derivative from the orginal product while keeping the copyright intact.

More information about copyright notices in WordPress themes

If you are using premium WordPress themes by MH Themes and encounter any issues with the copyright notice in the footer, for example in case you don’t know how to remove it or where to find the particular option etc. then please see the following support article we’ve created for more information about changing the footer notice: Solving issues with the copyright notice in the footer.

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15 Comments

  1. I don’t have this option either even though I purchased the theme. Appearance => Customize => General has no option to modify the footer text.

    • Hi Lea, please be aware that everything you can find on our website is about WordPress themes for self-hosted WordPress websites. That means if you’re running a self-hosted website at a hosting company of your choice and if you’ve purchased one of our WordPress themes, then you’ll definitely have the option to change the footer copyright notice available.

      But for example if you’re running a WordPress.com website (which is not a regular self-hosted WordPress site), then you won’t be able to change or remove the copyright notice in the footer of your website because that is against their terms of use. WordPress.com is something different than running a regular self-hosted WordPress site, especially since you can’t install WordPress themes or plugins there and you won’t be able to access the code of your site.

  2. I bought your MH Magazine theme last week and I can’t find that option to modify the footer text you’re talking about. Could you show me how to do that?

  3. Do you possibly have an in-depth tutorial on removing credit link in the footer? I’m using a free WordPress theme and the copyright owner allows to remove footer link. I’m just a blogger and don’t know how to modify the code of my WordPress template.

    Can you help me to remove the footer credit and the year from my page? It’s just a minor copyright change in my websites footer. Or do I need to hire web designers for this job? I’m looking forward to your feedback, it would save me a lot of time.

    • Hi Steven, it seems you’re not using one of our WordPress templates and we don’t know what theme you’re using. But if the copyright owner allows to remove the footer link, there probably should be a tutorial somewhere if the theme doesn’t have an option to remove the credits link.

      If there isn’t an option to remove footer credit in your WordPress template, then you would need to modify the code of your theme. The footer credit usually is located in the file footer.php, we’ve also covered this in our article. If you need help, you could contact the developer of your WordPress theme for further assistance.

  4. Hi, thanks for this post. I’ve modified the code of my template and removed footer credit link. But now after my code change my website includes strange symbols and after publishing new posts, my post layout is broken.

    I also noticed that my contact from is broken. I’m afraid my footer change has broken my WordPress theme and I don’t know how to fix this. How can I add footer back into my WordPress theme? I don’t know what exactly I’ve changed in the footer.

    • Hey Christine, it’s very likely that while you tried to remove the footer credit link, you’ve introduced a coding error. Probably the best you could do is re-download your WordPress theme and install it again to re-store the original codebase.

      If that isn’t an option, you could do some troubleshooting to debug your site and see if you can find the coding error in the footer. In case you need assistance, you could contact the theme developer of your WordPress theme for further analysis and support.

      The developers of your WordPress theme very likely will also be able to assist in order to remove the footer credit link correctly or maybe your theme even has an option for this.

  5. I want copyright protecting my publication work. Others are infringing my copyright and copying my work. They are putting publication copies somewhere else. I notice my work on other websites and want protecting my works copyright.

    How can I protect my work? The links bloggers are putting in the copied publications are not even leading to my website. Can you help me? Sorry for my bad English.

    • Hi Diego, this post is about removing the footer credit link in WordPress themes. It seems your question isn’t about a footer credit link in your template, but you’re rather having issues with other people who are copying your content on their websites.

      If you publish original content, it definitely is copyright protected (unless the law in your country says something else). In reality you won’t be able to 100% prevent that other people copy your content, but there are some tools to help protect your content. Have a look here: How to fight plagiarism and stolen content on blogs and websites.

  6. Hi, how can I change the copyright section in different languages? I was able to do it in the English version but I’m not able to find the copyright tab for the other 2 languages my website is published in. Thanks!

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