How to remove Proudly powered by WordPress from Twenty Eleven theme?

Since WordPress 3.2 has been released, I have received few emails and lots of search traffic asking for how to remove “Proudly powered by WordPress” from its new default theme Twenty Eleven.

Procedures are almost same as we did for Twenty Ten theme.

  1. Log in to your dashboard and go to Appearance > Editor.
  2. Select the footer.php file from Templates column.
  3. Now find the following piece of code between <div id="site-generator"> and <div id="site-generator"> tags.
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    <?php do_action( 'twentyeleven_credits' ); ?>
    <a href="<?php echo esc_url( __( '', 'twentyeleven' ) ); ?>" title="<?php esc_attr_e( 'Semantic Personal Publishing Platform', 'twentyeleven' ); ?>" rel="generator">
    <?php printf( __( 'Proudly powered by %s', 'twentyeleven' ), 'WordPress' ); ?></a>
  5. Remove the code, press Update File button to save the changes.

Once the code is removed, you can place your links, copyright message and other information between the tags.

Jinnat Ul Hasan

By | On Tuesday, July 19th, 2011 | Under How To's | 24 Comments Β»


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  • Betsy

    Even weirder – I wrote a first comment and pasted my footer code so you could see what I was talking about (different than what you referenced). But most of the code didn’t show up once I published the comment. It “condensed itself,” in my published comment, into a link to In Motion, and when I clicked it out of curiosity, the whole comment disappeared. Was I not supposed to copy/paste that code here? I’m very new to all this… Betsy

  • Betsy

    Hm – the code I pasted into my comment didn’t show up in my published post… Can you advise? Or can you see all the code at your end? Betsy

  • Linda

    Thank you so much!

  • Very helpful. Thank you.
    Do you know how to add a Copyright notice in its place for the Twenty Eleven theme?

    • Disregard my previous question. I was able to figure it out. Thanks for your site. It is awesome.

  • Thanks for the tip, Jinnat. I used the snippet in a blog post to explain how to Implement and customise a Twenty Eleven child theme:

  • Johhny Rotton

    Thanks my friend. Worked perfectly.

  • How do to modify the copyright without deleting in the footer by using an action hook then?

    • No hook can give you a nice footer customization for Twenty Eleven theme. Instead you should edit the footer.php file to remove the existing footer and add your own customization.

      If you are using Child Theme, you should edit and save the footer.php file to child theme folder.

      You can add your own stuff to the footer just calling add_action for twentyeleven_credits, but that won’t remove any existing stuff.

  • Mark Thompson

    Great post, really inspired me.

  • Fripp

    Hello jinnat, your site is very useful!!

    As a newbie here I want to know if in order to remove that form I have to delete the blue part in your example or the black part??

    THANKS in advance!!

    • Our team has contacted you via email. Please respond to their email.

      Thank you.

  • Thanks a lot Jinnat. I was trying this new theme and I think it’s great. I have some problems to remove this footer.php part, but finally I did it. You mark the exact part of code I was trying to modify with no success, Congrats for a very useful site!!

    • You are welcome. Let me know if you need further assistance.

  • Ben

    It works! But only for all other pages except the Home/Main page, it’s still there.. πŸ™
    Any ideas why it still shows up on the Main page?

  • HA! Worked like a charm! Thank Jinnat! I am by far not a coder so I love when I can easily follow instructions that work πŸ™‚

  • I read various articles from this site. I like your articles and will continue follow you site!!

    Good job!

  • Thanks for the information. It worked.

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