Should you want to remove the “Proudly Powered by WordPress” footer credit, I’ll show you how to do that with a single plugin, and no code, for the Twenty Seventeen theme.

For those that feel like removing the credit of our beloved content management system is a bad thing, there is a small security argument to be had, and that’s, obscurity.

Tricking malicious bots that crawl websites for the word “WordPress” in the footer, gives you a small leg up on hackers by removing the branding. Let’s dive in!

Install Advanced Twenty Seventeen Plugin

In this video, I show you how to customize Twenty Seventeen theme well-beyond it’s out-of-the-box options.

First, install the Advanced Twenty Seventeen plugin. This plugin will add a slew of new customization options to the theme’s customizer, which you can access at Appearances > Customize.

From background colors, to fonts, to content layout — Advanced Twenty Seventeen plugin is pretty darned powerful. That said, we’re only interested in modifying the footer credits today. Browse to Appearances > Customize > Advanced: Footer > Custom Copyright. 

Type in your new footer credit

Type in your new footer credit

At this customizer panel, you can overwrite the default slogan with your own credits phrase. Pretty simple, eh?

If you’re only looking for a plugin to modify credits, this plugin might be overkill, but there is a bonus. You can customize the font and overall layout look & feel in this customizer panel. The plugin is all about making your own theme edits, and it’s a breeze when you’re in the customizer.

twenty seventeen fonts

While this plugin is great for changing that footer text, you might find yourself enjoying this plugin for customizing other areas of the Twenty Seventeen theme. I plan on doing more tutorials on WordPress’ new default theme in future videos and posts. If you have one that you would like me to cover, drop it in the comments below.

Posted by Matt

Host of The Matt Report & PluggedIn Radio. WordPress service & product business owner. Publisher at


  1. good article thanks for sharing …


  2. Is it legal to remove Powered by WordPress….


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