How to Edit Footer in WordPress 2020 (5 Methods)

In this tutorial, I will show you how to edit the footer in WordPress.

There are a few different ways to achieve this. You can:

  • make edits with the theme customizer
  • install a WordPress plugin
  • use footer widgets
  • add CSS code
  • edit the footer php file of your WordPress theme

But the method you use depends on two things:

  • The WordPress theme you are using
  • The change you want to make to the footer area

For example, in the Divi theme, the customizer has footer settings to easily remove or edit the ‘proudly powered by WordPress’ copyright footer text. Like this …

But not all themes give you the option to change the copyright text using the customizer. In which case, you’ll need to find a different way to edit the footer using one of the other methods listed above.

That’s why it’s important to:

  • familiarize yourself with the different methods to edit the footer
  • know which method works best for the change you want to make

Keep reading and I will show you how to edit a footer in WordPress.

In This Tutorial

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The footer in WordPress is a section at the very bottom of your website. On most WordPress sites, the footer appears on every page and it looks the same on every web page too. 

Unlike the header section, the footer area is often forgotten about by most website owners because people only see it if they scroll down to the bottom – and not everyone does. 

But that doesn’t mean you should forget about the footer on your WordPress site! It’s a good location to add useful links and call to actions for website visitors who do see it. 

Picture of my WordPress footer

I’m listing the methods in order of difficulty.

Whenever you want to edit the footer in WordPress and you are thinking about which method to use, start from top to bottom.

For example …

If like most people you do want to ‘edit the powered by WordPress’ footer credit text, see if you can edit it using the customizer first.

If that’s not an option, look for a WordPress plugin. If you can’t find a plugin, see if you can use a WordPress widget, and so on.

If your theme allows it, the easiest way to make changes to your active theme footer is with the customizer.

Login to WordPress admin and go to Appearance >> Customize

Look for a tab in the theme options panel named ‘footer’ or something similar.

As you can see in the screenshot above, the Divi theme has multiple options in the footer settings section of the theme customizer.

Some examples of footer changes you may be able to make with the customizer are:

  • Remove or edit proudly powered by WordPress copyright footer text
  • Change background, text, link and menu colors
  • Change the layout of the footer area
  • Add or remove footer widget areas
  • Change font type, font size, letter spacing, and font weight
  • Add social media icons to the footer

2. Install a WordPress Plugin

If you cannot make your desired footer change using the theme customizer, you may be able to find a WordPress plugin.

Plugins make it easy to add new features and make changes to your site without knowing code.

Some examples of footer changes you can make with plugins are:

  • Add tracking code to the footer of WordPress
  • Remove the proudly powered by WordPress footer credit text
  • Add social media icons to WordPress footer menus
  • Make footer navigation menu sticky
  • Change footer widget font type, size, and color

If this is your first time working with plugins, take a look at my guide on: how to install WordPress plugins for more information.

With WordPress widgets, you can add and edit content in the footer of your site.

Most free WordPress themes are limited to two footer widget sections only …

But premium themes like Divi have up to six and let you choose how many widget areas you want to display in the footer.

To edit your footer using widgets, from the WordPress admin dashboard go to Appearance >> Widgets

To the left of the screen you will see a load of different types of widgets. And to the right, you will find all the individual widgets areas on your website.

To add widgets to the footer of your site, you just drag and drop them from left to right.

Some examples of footer changes you can make with widgets include:

  • Add a list of important pages on your site to the footer area
  • Add Google maps, images, social icons, and more to the footer
  • Display contact and about us information in the footer
  • Add a search form, recent posts, tags, categories, and more.
  • Change text and headlines already in the footer area.

CSS code is best used for styling specific footer elements that cannot be changed using the customizer, a widget, or a plugin.

For example, to change the footer area background color to black you would go to Appearance >> Customize >> Additional CSS

Then enter this CSS code:

[css]

.site-footer {
background-color: #000000;
}

[/css]

To add more space underneath widget headlines, you’d add this code:

[css]

.site-footer h2.widget-title {
margin-bottom: 40px;
}

[/css]

Some examples of other changes you can make to the footer with CSS are:

  • Increase the footer height
  • Change font size, font type, and font color
  • Add borders and shadow boxes to widget areas
  • Add a footer background image
  • Add more space between widgets

If you do have basic CSS knowledge, I encourage you to use code instead of a plugin when possible because less plugins is better for website performance.

Note: editing footer templates can break your WordPress website. I only recommend using this method if you have coding skills and experience. You should only edit the footer file if the other options in this tutorial don’t meet your needs.

If you absolutely must make changes to the footer.php file, make sure you first:

That way, if your site breaks, you can restore it. And any changes you make won’t be lost the next time your theme is updated.

Only after backing up your site and activating a child theme, from the WordPress dashboard go to Appearance >> Theme Editor

To the right, under theme files, find the footer template file named footer php. Click on it to open up the editor and make your desired changes to the footer code on the left with the theme editor.

Now that you know how to edit a footer in WordPress, you may have some unanswered questions. Below you’ll find answers to some of the most commonly asked questions about editing the footer. 

By the way, here at The Blog Mechanic, I help non-techie bloggers edit, secure, backup, update, and speed up their WordPress website. I can help you too. Click here to learn how.

How Do I Remove The Copyright Footer From my WordPress Theme?

If your WordPress theme has the option to do so, you can remove the footer copyright using the customizer. You can also remove it by editing the code in your footer.php file. However, I don’t recommend doing that unless you have coding experience. Instead, you can use a plugin called Remove Powered by WordPress.

Is it legal to remove WordPress footer credit link?

Yes, it’s 100% legal to remove or change the footer credit link. WordPress is a free open source software that is released under a GLP license. And with that license, you are free to use and modify WordPress any way you want to. That includes removing or customizing the footer credit text. 

How do I add social media icons to my WordPress footer?

Again, that depends on the WordPress theme you are using. There are a few different ways to achieve this. But for an easy one size fits all solution, see my guide at the link below. It’s not just for adding icons to your header. You can add them to your footer too.

How to add social media icons to WordPress header (and footer!)

I hope this tutorial has helped you learn how to edit the footer in WordPress.

You have learned 5 different ways to achieve this. But the method you use depends on the theme you are using, and on your desired footer change.

In most cases, you will be able to make your desired footer changes using one of the methods below.

  • the theme customizer
  • a WordPress plugin
  • WordPress widgets
  • adding CSS code

In the unlikely event that none of those techniques work for you, as a last resort, you can edit the footer php file. However …

I DO NOT recommend doing that unless you have coding knowledge and experience.

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