How to edit footer in WordPress

How to edit footer in WordPress?

You might have started building your own website on WordPress. There are high chances that you are overwhelmed with the options and choices presented in front of you. Each offering their own granular customization in different niches. The design, plug-in, themes, customization, etc can be a lot to handle at times. You might have to slow-down your pace and take one at a time. In this article you shall learn, “How to edit footers in WordPress”. But before we delve deep into editing footer, you need to know what footer is.

What is Footer?

“Footer” means the bottom section of your website which hosts multiple things. You will find details and links of the website’s privacy policy, social media handles, copyright information, terms of service, etc.

Why is Footer important?

Footer is one of the most common things to be overlooked by new bloggers, or those creating a website for the first time. Footer is not something that every visitor of yours reads, but that does not mean it doesn’t have any importance. It’s important to ensure that it’s well-designed. And that it contains helpful navigation information you would want visitors to have access to at any time.

You can add and customize footer columns, which can be helpful if you’d like to include multiple sets of links. Most WordPress themes include user-friendly administrator panels to help you quickly and easily customize the look and feel of your headers. You can add calls-to-action on conversion opportunities in the footer. You can add your email for people to contact you or you can get visitors to subscribe to your newsletter.

In short, the WordPress footer is a place to let go of your creativity. Please do not let the space go empty and into waste.

Now that you know what footer is and why it is important, let us see how to edit footers.

How to edit footers in WordPress?

If you have installed a theme to build a WordPress website, you must have noticed WordPress branded copy in the footer. These texts come in all sites by default. To your visitors or the audience, the way this is presented might feel unprofessional and you might want to edit it. You might have a question in your mind regarding whether you are legally allowed to alter the “Proudly powered by WordPress” in the end. WordPress being an open-source CMS program gives you all the rights to edit, change, add, remove and modify any of its templates as required.

There are different ways in which you can edit the footer of your website.

Modifying footer through theme customizer

The theme customizer is the part of your back-end from where you can edit or change the contents of your website. This process would be similar for most of the WordPress themes.

  1. Log in to your WordPress Dashboard
  2. Click on Appearance ~> Customize

After doing this, you will reach the customizer of the theme installed. Amongst the different options you provided with, click on “Footer” or “Footer Settings”. The editable sections differ for different themes. You can edit, footer layout, background color and most of the content without having any coding skills.

If you delve into the Footer Settings, you can find “Footer ~> Footer Bar”. Here you can do the required edits to remove the “Proudly powered by WordPress” from your site’s footer. If your theme does not allow you to do so, you can click here and do the needful with the help of a plug-in.

Editing Footer Widget in WordPress

If you do not want to use the theme customizer, you can use widgets in WordPress themes to customize your footer. For that, you have to do the following,

  1. Log into your website’s WordPress Admin Dashboard
  2. On the left, you will see Dashboard menus. Click on Appearance ~> Widgets.

Now you will be presented with the widget sections based on the theme you are using. You can edit the footer using the footer widgets such as Footer Bar 1, 2,3,… and Footer Widget Area 1, 2, 3…

  1. Then, click in the top right corner of the section(on the arrow)
  2. Here, you can add HTML, texts, images, videos and GIFs using various plugins
  3. Make the necessary changes and then click on “Save”

Conclusion

You can go to your site and see the changes you made. You can do the necessary changes whenever you feel like doing. There is almost no limit to how many times or how well you can customize according to your needs.

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