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How to Edit The Footer in WordPress (6 Easy Methods)

Posted by Stacey Corrin on April 12, 2021

Do you want to learn how to edit the footer in WordPress?

With a well-structured website footer, you can add helpful features like social media buttons and menu links to improve your user experience.

This article will show you how to edit the footer in WordPress using several easy methods.

The footer in WordPress is an area of your web design that shows at the bottom of every web page. You can typically see it after the content area.

Example of SeedProd's WordPress footer area

This part of your website is usually so far down the page that many website owners overlook it. But there are many ways you can use your WordPress footer to make it more useful for your users, website SEO, and your business growth.

When someone scrolls to the bottom of your WordPress site, it signifies that they need more information. It could be that they need your phone number or the link to your contact page. And if users can’t find that information quickly, they’re bound to be annoyed.

Your WordPress footer is the ideal place to answer your visitor’s needs and questions. For instance, you can use that area to include:

  • Your company logo
  • A brief about section linking to your about page
  • Your contact details or contact page link
  • Social media profile icons
  • Website navigation menus
  • Privacy and cookie policies
  • Copyright text
  • Your website sitemap
  • Company disclaimers

Plus, typical WordPress templates come with the phrase “Powered By WordPress.” This can take away from your company’s branding and show unnecessary information to your customers.

By editing your footer in WordPress, you can remove or edit that phrase to better suit your business and users.

Now that you know why your website’s footer is essential let’s look at how to edit the footer in WordPress.

Many of the best WordPress themes nowadays have customizable widget areas in the WordPress footer. You can use these widget areas to add almost any type of content.

To add widgets to your WordPress footer, navigate to Appearance » Widgets from your WordPress dashboard. Then find your Footer sidebar in the list and click the plus (+) icon to search for a new footer widget.

add a widget to your WordPress footer area

Many themes, like the one in the example above, have more than 1 footer area. Plus, each theme shows the footer differently.

That’s why it’s important to preview your website after making any changes to ensure your widget is where you want it.

You can also use this method to add links to important pages in your WordPress footer. To do this, you first need to create a new menu in WordPress.

So navigate to Appearance » Menus from your WordPress dashboard and click the Create New Menu link.

Then enter a name for your menu and click the Create Menu button.

Create a new WordPress menu

Now you can add links to your menu. Just select any posts, pages, or categories from the left panel to add them to your menu.

Add posts, pages, and categories to your new menu

Then, go ahead and click the Save Menu button.

You’re now ready to add your new menu links to your WordPress footer widget area. Head back to your widgets page by navigating to Appearance » Widgets.

Add your navigation menu to your WordPress footer

From there, click the plus icon and search for the Navigation Menu widget and it into your footer area. And in the dropdown menu, choose the footer menu you just made and click Save.

Now you can visit your website and see how your custom footer links look.

WordPress footer area with navigation links

When you first install WordPress, your site may often show a ‘Powered by WordPress’ footer credit link at the bottom of each page. The problem is, this isn’t a footer widget, so it isn’t easy to figure out how to change it without help from WordPress experts.

Many WordPress themes alter this line of text in your site’s footer to promote their theme like the one below.

Remove powered by WordPress link in footer

They also often include the option to edit it with your own text in the WordPress theme customizer (also known as the theme editor or WordPress customizer). 

Just head to Appearance » Customize from your WordPress dashboard and scroll through the list until you find a heading called Footer.

Find the footer section in the WordPress theme customizer

We’re using the Hestia WordPress theme for this example, and the footer section is called Footer Options. Clicking the heading gives you the option to change the content of the footer text to suit your website better.

Edit your WordPress footer credits

Once you’ve finished editing the content, click the Publish button at the top of the screen. You can then preview your website to see the changes.

Preview your new WordPress footer credits.

For more help, check out this guide on removing the ‘Powered by WordPress’ footer link. It details how to edit the footer.php file of your child theme files manually.

Sometimes you may need to edit your WordPress footer to add new code snippets to your website. You can generally do this to connect an app or analytics program like Google Analytics.

For example, if you want to add a Pinterest button to your site, you’ll need to add Pinterest’s script to your WordPress footer.

The easiest way to add scripts to your WordPress footer is to install and activate the Insert Headers and Footers plugin. For help, follow this guide on how to install a WordPress plugin.

After activating the plugin, go to Settings » Insert Headers and Footers from your WordPress admin area. Then copy and paste your footer code into the ‘Scripts in Footer’ box.

Paste your script into your WordPress footer area

When you’re finished, click the Save button to store your settings. WordPress should now install your footer scripts correctly in WordPress.

The above methods for editing your WordPress website’s footer are excellent for changing your footer content. But what if you want to make your theme footer look completely different?

The best solution for redesigning your WordPress footer across your entire website is using a WordPress website builder plugin like Beaver Builder, Divi, or Elementor. They’re easy for beginners to use and don’t require any custom CSS or HTML coding to make an excellent footer design.

Plus, they include features that allow you to add global headers and footers to your site visually. Let’s take a look at adding a global footer using the Divi Builder.

Divi wordpress website builder

After installing and activating Divi, navigate to Divi » Theme Builder from your WordPress admin area. On this page, click the Add Global Footer option.

Choose divi's add global footer option

This shows the option of choosing a premade layout from the theme library or building a layout from scratch. For this guide, we’ll click the Build Global Footer option to start from scratch.

From there, you can use Divi’s drag and drop builder to design your footer visually and see the changes in real-time.

For instance, we’ve added a contact form, navigation menu, social media icons, and Divis’s Posts Slider widget in the example below. We also edited the footer background color and the total number of columns.

Customize your wordpress footer with Divi's drag and drop global footer builder

When you’re happy with your design, click the X icon in the top-right corner of your screen to exit the builder. Then, click Save Changes to store your new global footer.

Now when you view any page on your website, you’ll see your newly designed WordPress footer area.

Preview your custom sitewide WordPress footer

So far, we’ve covered editing your WordPress footer using the theme customizer, adding code with a plugin, and using a website builder to change your global footer design. But what if you want to change the footer design for a single WordPress landing page?

We’ll cover that next.

Many website owners use landing pages to drive more leads and conversions for their business. Landing pages function differently from regular web pages in that they focus on a single goal rather than lots of different pieces of information all at once.

With this in mind, you may wish to edit your landing page footer, so all the information on your page adds up to your primary page goal. And one of the easiest ways to do that is with a landing page plugin like SeedProd.

SeedProd best WordPress landing page plugin

SeedProd is the best drag-and-drop landing page builder for WordPress. Its user-friendly visual interface makes it easy for anyone to create high-converting landing pages without hiring a developer.

SeedProd comes with tons of responsive landing page templates you can customize in the visual editor and includes eCommerce support for online stores. It also has several built-in page modes you can turn on and off with a single click, including:

You can customize your landing pages with any of SeedProd’s powerful page blocks and customization options. For instance, you can add an optin form to collect email addresses by dragging the block onto your page preview.

SeedProd drag and drop landing page builder

It also comes with various landing page sections, making adding custom headers, calls-to-action, hero areas, FAQs, and footers easy.

This is the feature you’ll need to edit the footer in your WordPress landing page.

First, click here to get started with SeedProd and install and activate the plugin on your WordPress website. You can then follow this step-by-step guide to create a landing page in WordPress.

Once you’re inside SeedProd’s drag-and-drop page editor, click the Sections tab in the left-hand panel.

click on the Section tab in SeedProd's page builder

Now click the Footers heading to show SeedProd’s different footer layouts.

Click the footers heading to view the footer sections

You can click the magnifying glass icon to preview the sections before adding them to your page.

Preview the footer section and click the choose this section button

Then click the Choose This Section button to add it to your landing page design.

After adding the footer block section to your page, you can easily customize it in the visual editor. For instance, you change the section background color or add a background image.

Customize your landing page footer background

Or you can click the footer navigation elements to change the link colors or social media icons.

Customize WordPress landing page footer links

You can also check your footer to see how it looks on mobile screens like tablets and smartphones. To do that, click the mobile preview icon at the bottom of your screen.

Click the mobile icon to preview your landing page footer

This takes you to SeedProd’s mobile preview. If your landing page footer doesn’t look right, you can edit it right there in the mobile preview until it looks the way you want.

Preview your WordPress footer in mobile

When you’re ready to make your changes live, click the down arrow next to the green Save button and click Publish. You can then click the See Live Page button to preview your new WordPress landing page footer.

Custom WordPress footer for landing pages

This method isn’t recommended for most websites, but in some situations, it may make sense to remove the WordPress footer altogether. For example, if your footer causes too much clutter, or you don’t want search engines to crawl it, removing your footer isn’t a bad solution.

But remember this: removing your WordPress footer doesn’t delete it from your WordPress files. Yet the CSS code we’ll use, simply tells WordPress to hide your footer content.

To hide your WordPress footer completely, go to Appearance » Customize and click the Additional CSS tab.

Use custom CSS to remove WordPress footer

Then paste the following CSS code into the box:



Remove WordPress footer content completely

In mode cases, this code will tell WordPress to hide your footer content completely. And if you ever change your mind, you can delete the code to get your WordPress footer back.

And that’s it!

We hope this post has helped you learn how to edit the footer in WordPress. You might also like this round-up of the best WordPress plugins to grow your business.

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