How to Edit or Remove Genesis Footer?

A commonly asked question among Genesis users is nothing but how can they modify the stock copyright text into their own one. This post has the answer.

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In standard WordPress themes, footer.php file contains the credits. But in Genesis and its child themes, the functions.php file does the part. Genesis renders the credits by using the following action:

do_action( 'genesis_footer' );

Most of the times, the footer credits are automated and have the format like

© 2019. Gaurav Tiwari | Genesis Framework | Log In.

Certainly, a lot of Genesis users want to customize the credits according to their need but they don’t find a way to do so.

If you know how to edit WordPress themes from Dashboard, you can customize Genesis footer by writing single line of codes.

Customizing Genesis Child Themes’ footer

Step One:

  • Open Dashboard → hover over Appearance → click on Editor

Step Two:

  • Select Genesis child theme to edit.

Do not edit the parent files of Genesis Theme.


Step Three:

  • Open Theme functions (functions.php) file.

Step Four:

  • At the end of functions.php , enter
remove_action( 'genesis_footer', 'genesis_do_footer' );

This will remove the genesis footer.

Optionally, you can also hide the Genesis footer by writing the following CSS in style.css file or by using this code in Customizer’s Additional CSS tab:

.footer .wrap { display:none!important; }

Step Five:

  • Now if you want to write custom credits to footer, you can add an action by writing
add_action( 'genesis_footer', 'my_custom_footer' );

This action replaces default genesis_do_footer with your own my_custom_footer. At the end you will need to add a function to my_custom_footer which can echo your HTML code. It can be done by writing

function my_custom_footer() {  echo '<p>© Copyright 2019 <a href="">Gaurav Tiwari</a> | Anything Else using simple HTML or PHP</p>' }

So, the complete PHP code reads like:

< ?php remove_action( 'genesis_footer', 'genesis_do_footer' ); add_action( 'genesis_footer', 'my_custom_footer' ); function my_custom_footer() { echo'<p>© Copyright 2014 <a href="">Gaurav Tiwari</a> | Anything Else using simple HTML or PHP</p>' } ?>

Alternatively, the same can be done by writing the function as

function my_custom_footer() { ?>  <p>© Copyright 2014 <a href="">Gaurav Tiwari</a> | Anything Else using simple HTML or PHP</p> }

8 comments add your comment

  1. Thank you for the great article. Love how you explained everything. Could you please tell me how I can delete the (Powered by – Rugs & Carpets) at the very bottom of my homepage?

    I leave My website in the comment so you can check out and see better what I mean.
    Thanks again Gaurav Tiwari

    • Dear Hamed. Under Appearance → Theme Editor in your Dashboard, please open


      and delete the code similar to this:

      < p style="text-align: center; font-size:10px">Powered by < a href="" target="_blank"> - Rugs & Carpets</p>

      Hope this helps.

      • Thank you Gaurav Tiwari, I followed the instructions but wasn’t able to find the the code above.

      • I request you to look upon the same by searching - Rugs & Carpets

        inside footer.php, functions.php and index.php files respectively. If not found, I suspect there is a plugin interference or your database has been compromised.

  2. Gaurav Tiwari thank you very much for quick reply. Wasn’t able to located it. Probably plugin issue. I have another question if you don’t mind. If you look at the footer of my homepage, you will see a list. I’m trying to put them in a row instead of a column but can’t find the option to do so.
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    • Adding the following to the customizer’s Additional CSS should do:

      section#nav_menu-3 .menu-above-menu-container ul li {
      display: inline;
      padding: 10px;

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