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In this post, we answer a question often asked by owners of online stores and blogs based on different content management systems “How to remove the ‘Powered by…’ credits in the footer of a free theme?” We explain the main reasons why keeping this reference is not a good idea, especially when it comes to e-commerce. Then, we describe the tried-and-tested techniques you can apply to remove this link in WordPress, Shopify, and Squarespace.
We at GetDevDone are e-commerce development experts with over 16 years of experience under our belts. We know everything about the major e-commerce platforms. Not all of them are free. Most, however, provide free themes that users can install on their online stores or blogs.
While free does mean ‘without having to pay’ anything, there’s one thing that many users are unhappy about: the “Powered by…” credits (the wording can slightly differ from platform to platform) at the bottom of their sites.
Every free theme comes with it, regardless of the specific system: WordPress, Squarespace, Shopify, or another. Some third-party themes can also include a reference to the theme developer.
If you’re an online store or blog owner we recommend that you do away with this text as soon as possible. Here is why.
Can you remove “Powered by…”? Yes, you can. Moreover, it isn’t difficult at all if you know where to look and what to do.
Below, we have described the most common methods to free your site from the “Powered by…” credits on three popular platforms: WordPress, Shopify, and Squarespace. Before we actually get down to the instructions, there are a couple of important considerations to keep in mind.
As a result, the credits will no longer be visible in the footer. This simplicity comes at a cost, though. By applying CSS, you only HIDE the reference from Bing and the like, not DELETE it.
You’ll become an enemy to search engines. When you try to hide links from them, they immediately put you on the “suspicious sites” list. From now on, forget about high search engine rankings. This can be particularly painful for online store owners.
Instead of using CSS to stop the “Powered by…” link from being displayed, consider more reliable ways to achieve the goal. To help you out, we’ve picked one method for each of the three platforms listed in the post title. Without further ado, let’s dive into the nitty-gritty.
You certainly know how important it is to please search engines if you want Internet users to find your blog or online store quickly. This is why the method to delete the “Powered by WordPress” credits we suggest is the best from an SEO perspective.
It does require a technical background, but if you follow the instructions precisely, you’ll keep your search engine rankings intact and free your footer from the “Powered by…” link at the same time.
Visit the official WP guide for more information on creating child themes.
Now, here’s how to get rid of “Powered by WordPress” by modifying the core code:
This is how you can remove “Proudly powered by WordPress” right inside the theme code. If you find this method complicated, our WordPress developers are always ready to assist you with this task.
Squarespace is another popular website builder that displays the default “Powered by…” link in the website footer. Here are the steps to get rid of it:
As is the case with WordPress, our Squarespace developers are just a few clicks away from showing you how to get rid of “Powered by Squarespace” (“Made with Squarespace”) or fix any problem you might experience.
As far as Shopify is concerned, we suggest following the manual path to do away with the default credits. This is not the quickest way but is the most effective to delete the “Powered by Shopify” link once and for all. It’s also the right decision from an SEO standpoint. Here’s what you need to do:
Congratulations! You’ve learned how to get rid of “Powered by Shopify.” Should you need any assistance with this process, our Shopify developers are always at your service.
The “Powered by…” text displayed in the footer of websites based on most content management systems can be detrimental to the success of a blog or online store. It can represent a security threat, confuse shoppers, or make a website look amateurish.
Thus, we recommend removing this link or replacing it with your own. To do that, follow the guidelines above depending on your platform.
GetDevDone is a web design and development company that provides a wide range of e-commerce development services, covering the major content management platforms: WordPress, Shopify, Squarespace, Drupal, Magento, and more.
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