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Step 30: How to Remove the Thesis 2 Attribution from the Footer

Thesis 2 Footer

Out of the box, Thesis 2 has a footer that contains the 2 links as shown in the picture above.  The top line is called the Thesis 2 attribution. You probably want to put your own text in the footer so we’re going to remove the Thesis 2 attribution and WordPress admin links, and replace them with our own statements.  In Step 25 we learned how to change the color of the footer background.  You probably noticed that after our color change the text became hard to read.  I knew we would eventually remove the Thesis 2 attribution so this is why we didn’t worry about the color of the text in Step 25.  We’ll make the appropriate changes in this step to make sure we can read our new footer text.

To remove the Thesis 2 attribution, navigate to the Thesis 2 Skin Editor HTML Home page.

Thesis 2 Skin Editor HTML Page

Scroll down to the “Footer” section and click the black arrow on the right to expand it.

Thesis 2 Attribution in Footer HTML

Notice the two dark boxes, “Thesis Attribution” and “WP Admin Link”.  To remove the Thesis attribution, all we need to do is shift-click, and drag these two boxes out of the Footer and over to the “drag boxes here to remove them from the page” box.  Be sure to “drop” them on the label as shown in the example below.  The label will turn a brighter yellow indicating that it is OK to drop the box there.

Thesis 2 Box Removal

After you finish this, you can click the green “Save Template” button to make the changes live on your site.  If you go to your home page and click refresh, you’ll see that the footer is very small and the text links (Thesis 2 attribution and WP-Admin) are gone.

Thesis 2 Footer without text

Now we can add our own text to the footer.  To do this we will need to use the Thesis 2 “Add Boxes” function.  At the bottom right of the page you will see a box called “Add Boxes” (see picture below).  Click the drop-down and select “Text Box”.

Thesis 2 Add Boxes Text Box

After you select “Text Box” you will be asked to give the box a name (see New Box Name below).  While it is optional, I like to name my boxes.  After you give it a name, click the blue “Add Box” button.

Thesis 2 Add Boxes Custom Footer

You will now see a blue box called “Custom Footer”, or whatever you named your box.

Thesis 2 Custom Footer Box

Shift-click and drag this box over top of the Footer box on the left side of the screen.  Drop it on the “Footer” label.  It will turn brighter yellow to indicate you can drop the object there.  You will now have an HTML Text box we can use for adding our custom footer text.  Move your cursor over the Custom Footer blue box and a gear will display.  Click the gear symbol to open a pop-up where we can enter our text.

Thesis 2 Footer HTML Text Box

Enter your custom text i nthe “Text/HTML” box.  For now I’m just adding a copyright statement.  You can place any HTML in here that you want.  When you’re done, click the “X” at the top right to close this box.  Click the green “Save Template” button to save your changes.

Thesis 2 HTML Text Box

Refresh your home page in your browser.  Again, you will notice that the text we entered is still hard to read.  We’ll fix this now.

Thesis 2 Footer with Custom Text

We are done with the Thesis 2 HTML page.  Go to the Thesis 2 Skin Editor CSS page.  Here we will fix the footer text so that we can read it.  Click on the Footer CSS Package.

Thesis 2 Footer CSS Package

Change the Text Color to white (hex “ffffff”).  This will make the new footer text stand out against our new background color.  Click the green “Save” button then click the green “Save CSS” button.

Thesis 2 Footer Text Color

Refresh your browser on your home page and your footer should now look something like the picture below.

Thesis 2 Footer Text Color Change

However, notice that the footer rests right on top of the browser.  I like to see a little space between the footer and the bottom of the browser.  You will notice that the header is already displayed this way.  Open the Footer CSS Package up again by clicking on it.  Scroll down until you see “Bottom Margin”.  I used 20 for my desired value.  This will move the footer up 20px (pixels) from the bottom of the browser.

Thesis 2 Footer Bottom Margin

Click the green “Save” button then click the green “Save CSS” button.  Refresh your browser on your home page and you will now see some space between the footer and the bottom of the browser.  This is much more pleasing to the eye.

Thesis 2 Footer Margin


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{ 18 comments… add one }
  • Noel April 21, 2013, 12:38 PM

    Hi Doug, it will go yellow for me – even after lots of playing around. Anyway to resolve that? Thanks Noel

  • Doug Macklem April 21, 2013, 1:46 PM

    Noel: what do you mean by “yellow”? Are you unable to drag the attribution links off? Be sure to hold the “shift” button when you click-and-drag the boxes off the page. To move on-and-off you have to do a shift-click.

  • Wendy May 30, 2013, 6:02 PM

    I followed this lesson but I am not licensed so I want to put the thesis attribution back like it was before but it doesn’t allow me to. It’s back in larger font on the left side even though I made those changes in the footer. Any suggestions?

  • Doug Macklem May 30, 2013, 6:14 PM

    Wendy: what do you mean by your are not licensed? Your website is yours and there is no commitment to leave the attribution on the site. Put whatever you want in the footer.

  • Wendy May 30, 2013, 7:08 PM

    Ok. I thought I had to have it on there. If I remove the admin part how do I get into my site?

  • Doug Macklem May 30, 2013, 7:12 PM

    Wendy: All WordPress sites work the same for login. Simply type the following (or bookmark) into your address bar: and you will be taken to your login page. Note the “/wp-admin” part of the address.

  • Wendy May 30, 2013, 9:30 PM

    Thanks Doug! Hope you add more lessons. Your site has been REALLY helpful!

  • Eric June 21, 2013, 2:43 PM

    When I removed the “Thesis Attribution” and “WP Admin Link” from the footer the changes appeared only on my home blog page and not the other pages (“About” “Photography” and “Birds”). What can I do so the changes I make occur throughout my blog so it looks consistent?


  • AjitElev July 17, 2013, 10:13 AM

    Hello Doug Macklem,
    Thanks for the post, but i have some issue,
    i followed the same procedure but when i try to drag the file out, i can drag it but when it reach to (drag boxes here to remove them from the page ) no color is changing and am unable to change the footer.
    Hope u can come up with some explanation.

  • AjitElev July 17, 2013, 10:15 AM

    Sorry for my last Comment as this time when i tryed i was successful, so thought to let you know are else u would have wasted some of ur valuable time,
    thanks again for the valuable post.

  • Doug Macklem July 21, 2013, 7:51 PM

    Glad to hear you got it working. I’m always open to edits if someone finds I didn’t document well enough.

  • Josh August 20, 2013, 6:38 PM

    Hi Doug,

    After following these instructions to a tee, and spending far too much time on trying to solve this issue, I still can’t delete the black boxes in the footer called “WP Admin Link” and “Attribution.”

    Shift + clicking and dragging them off to the right does absolutely nothing, no matter where I drag them or how many times I try doing it differently. I’m running Thesis 2.1 by the way.

    I do see that I can click the settings icon on the HTML container called “Footer” and that by clicking into the Admin tab I can specify a hook name… would this possibly offer any method for hiding these pesky elements?

    If you scroll to the bottom of my site, you can see what I mean. Just above the footer there’s a WP Admin link on the right side that I really want to get rid of.

    I’d really appreciate any advice you could offer.

    Thanks in advance!

  • Doug Macklem August 20, 2013, 9:17 PM

    In Thesis 2.1 you need to go to Thesis => Skin => Editor => HTML. Select the template you want to edit the scroll down to the Footer and click the “+” (plus) to expand it. You should see two purple bars on a fresh install. One for “Attribution” and one for “WP Admin Link”. Shfit-Click and drag them to the right into the grey box to remove from the page. Click the green Save Template button and you should be good. You will have to do this for each template used on your site. Also note that your “home” page may be using the “Front Page” template and not the “Home” template. You can tell by logging into your site then open your site in another tab and the bottom left of the page will show you the template being use.

  • Drew November 16, 2013, 3:18 PM

    Hey it was pretty self explanatory to remove the links in the footer. However, I am having a problem. On my homepage the links are gone and I’ve added a copyright to my site – this is perfect. However, on JUST the individual posts, the WP Admin keeps showing up. What is going on here?

  • Drew November 16, 2013, 3:22 PM

    Just fixed the problem. Didn’t know how to switch between templates and only had done the home page. All is good.

  • Doug Macklem November 16, 2013, 10:11 PM

    I’m glad you figured it out. The templates thing has tripped up quite a few people. One way to get around this is to only edit a single template until you have exactly what you want, then copy it to the other templates used by your site.

  • Mark November 5, 2014, 9:24 AM


    I have managed to remove the foot links which were purple by dragging them whilst holding shift. It shows they are removed and when I log out and log back in they are still not there in the skin editor section but the changes do not show on the site?

    I have tried this with other things such as removing of the site title and tag link, it shows the changes have been made as the boxes are no longer in the skin editor section but the changes are not showing on the site?

    Any ideas?

  • Doug Macklem November 8, 2014, 8:34 AM

    It is possible your browser is caching your site. You can try deleting your browsing history or using a different browser to view your site. Other than this, I can’t think of a reason this would be happening.

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