The footer of your website is often an afterthought, due simply to the fact that it exists at the very bottom of the page. All of the “action” is taking place much higher up, so it’s easy to forget about. In fact, some webmasters might not even know what is in their footer right now, simply because they are more concerned with the content on their pages.
But the footer should not be overlooked, and it’s important that you put the information that you want in that location. If you have not adjusted the footer for your Genesis theme installation, then it probably has a link to your child theme, a link to Genesis, a link to WordPress, and possibly a “Sign In” link.
You can remove this information if you would like, and the simplest way to do so is with the help of a plugin called “Genesis Simple Edits.” We will show you how to install and configure that plugin below.
These steps will assume that you already have a Genesis child theme installed but, if not, you can browse StudioPress Themes to find one you like.
How to Customize the Footer Information for a Genesis Child Theme Using the Genesis Simple Edits Plugin
These steps are going to require you to install a plugin called Genesis Simple Edits. It’s a free plugin, and it makes it very easy to remove the links that are probably in your footer right now, and replace them with whatever you would like. These steps are going to show you specifically how to change the Genesis child theme footer so that it just says Copyright “CurrentYear” YourSite.com.
Step 1: Sign into the admin section of your website.
Step 2: Hover over Plugins in the left column, then click the Add New option.
Step 3: Type “genesis simple edits” into the search field, then click the Install Now button to the right of the Genesis Simple Edits search result.
Step 4: Click the Activate button once the plugin has finished installing.
Step 5: Hover over the Genesis option in the left column, then click the Simple Edits option.
Step 6: Check the box to the left of Modify Entire Footer Text, delete everything inside that field, then replace it with the code highlighted below:
<div><p>Copyright © 2024 <a href="http://YourSite.com">YourSite.com</a></p></div>
You can then click the blue Save Settings button when you are finished.
Just make sure to replace the “YourSite” part of that code with the actual URL of your site. You can scroll to the bottom of this page to see what that will look like. This is the exact code that I use for the footer on answeryourtech.com.
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