How to remove ‘Proudly Powered by WordPress’ from the new Twenty Twelve theme

Davco Media - WordPress course Weds Jan 30thTwenty Twelve is now the default theme when WordPress is installed for the first time. As is always the case with the default theme, it has the “Proudly powered by WordPress” credit in the footer. This tends to irritate people and I am often asked if it can be removed.

The answer is ‘yes’ it certainly can, but it’s not obvious how to do it.

High resolution Video

My video tutorial below shows you how you can remove “Proudly powered by WordPress” easily and quickly.

Please note the video has been recorded in hi-resolution, so it may take a few seconds to ‘kick in’. It’s worth the wait! 🙂

You can watch it in full screen by hovering over the player and clicking on the bottom right hand corner. Clicking ‘esc’ will close it and take you back to this page.

If you find the video useful I would really appreciate you adding your comments at the bottom of this page.

If, after watching the video, you are still unsure about how to remove the credit or don’t feel confident about editing the file, Davco Media can remove it for you for only £9 (approximately $14.50 USD). There is more information about this service here.

+Ian Davies

About Ian Davies

Ian Davies is a professional WordPress trainer who specialises in teaching complete novices and inexperienced users how to make the most of WordPress. In addition to being the founder of Davco Media, Ian is also the founder of 'Red Custard' - the Milton Keynes based design agency, specialising in WordPress websites.

21 Responses to How to remove ‘Proudly Powered by WordPress’ from the new Twenty Twelve theme

  1. yanxu October 5, 2012 at 9:14 am #

    Hi Ian!

    Thank you very much.

    • Ian Davies October 5, 2012 at 10:04 am #

      Hi Yanxu

      Many thanks for your comment.

      Ian D

  2. Sean Mc Namee October 25, 2012 at 11:50 am #

    Could you transcribe the video also? I don’t want to watch it but I need the information! Also transcribing it is great for SEO.

    • Ian Davies October 29, 2012 at 11:06 pm #

      Thanks, Sean.

      I’ve no plans to transcribe the video at the moment.

  3. Phil Stone December 1, 2012 at 5:12 pm #

    Thank you Ian! Can you show us how to add a copyright statement?

    • Ian Davies December 1, 2012 at 5:42 pm #

      Hi Phil

      Many thanks for your comments.

      Adding a copyright statement: That’s a great idea for a video. Give me a couple of days and I’ll record it.

      I’ll email you when I’ve uploaded it to the site.

      Thanks again.

      Ian D

  4. grafik komputerowy December 17, 2012 at 7:22 pm #

    Is it legal ?

    • Ian Davies December 18, 2012 at 7:13 pm #

      Hi and thanks for your comment.

      WordPress is released as a GPL v2 licence, enabling you to remove the credit legally.

      Hope that helps.

      Ian D

  5. Leonardo December 22, 2012 at 7:21 pm #

    Thanks Ian,

    Used this for another site I am working on – spot on 🙂

    • Ian Davies December 22, 2012 at 9:07 pm #

      Hi Leonardo

      Thanks for that. I’m really pleased to know the video has helped.

      Makes recording them well worthwile for me.


      I just looked at your site. I see you’re using the Modernize theme – one of my favourites.

      Thanks again.

      Ian D

  6. Paul Bedford January 4, 2013 at 11:21 am #

    Hi Ian,

    The only problem with doing it like this is when a theme update comes along you changes could be overwritten. It is much better to create a child theme and make your changes there thus making sure your changes will remain even if the parent theme is updated.

    • Ian Davies January 4, 2013 at 11:39 am #

      Hi Paul

      Many thanks for your comments.

      Yes, I agree. However, in my experience the majority of people are nervous when it comes to updating themes once they’ve changed/added the header and made other modifications. Very few would consider creating a Child theme.

      My 2 minutes 16 seconds tutorial is the quick fix most people want.


      Ian D

  7. David Marsden January 15, 2013 at 5:44 pm #

    Thanks Ian. Very simple and straightforward advice – implemented in about 30 seconds.

    • Ian Davies January 15, 2013 at 7:19 pm #

      Hi David

      Many thanks for your comment. Makes recording the videos worthwhile.


      Ian D

  8. Bene Bailleul February 23, 2013 at 9:49 am #

    Hello Ian,

    Thanks for these clear & simple video.

    I can delete the part you indicated,
    but I don’t have the button ‘update file’.

    What can I do please?

    Thanks in advance, Bene.

  9. Jocuri Diferente March 27, 2013 at 12:11 pm #

    Thank you very much!

    • Ian Davies March 27, 2013 at 1:07 pm #

      Hi Jocuri.

      Thank you for your comment.

  10. Anil April 3, 2013 at 11:26 am #

    Many Thanks to you. This is Great!!!1

    • Ian Davies April 3, 2013 at 12:24 pm #

      Thanks, Anil.

      I’m pleased the video helped you.

  11. hulkshare April 9, 2013 at 7:04 pm #

    Thanks, Ian.

    I’m new about wordpress! nice video tutorial for remove that.

    • Ian Davies April 9, 2013 at 7:25 pm #

      Many thanks for your comments. 🙂

      Ian D

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