How to change page footer?

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  • #213272

    zenway
    Member

    Hi, experts out there:

    I would like to change the default footer from:

    Theme: Contempt by Vault9.
    Blog at WordPress.com.

    into: Copyright 2008 by MyCompany.

    Is there a way to do it? Do we have to buy CSS credit in order to do that.

    #213510

    Yep

    #213547

    rosclarke
    Member

    Plus, it’s considered very, very rude to remove the information about the designer of the theme. It would be better just to add a line.

    Content: Copyright 2007 by Your company.

    #213603

    zenway
    Member

    If wordpress consider it rude, I guess we might have to go to google. If we pay an annual fee, I guess our main purpose would be to remove that “free ad” footer. Otherwise, why pay? They design something to collect annual rent. So the user can remove the free ad after paying the rent, right? As far as I know: No paid web pages show their designer’s name. Right?

    If fact, if we move our site elsewhere away from wordpress, it would be that “footer”, which looks unprofessional after we send in our payment to wordpress.

    So WordPress, please let us pay you to remove that silly footer!!! Or we are going to google. No footer there in google and it’s even 100% FREE! We pay wordpress because we want a website solution, not to advertise to the world that we have a “free blog”. WordPress has better designs than google pages. But stick that footer to us, after we pay, is perhaps not a good idea. Google pages are 100% free with no stinky footer.

    Enough ethical thinking and grumbling… :):)

    Here is the original CSS code. Any expert could teach us how to remove the footer?

    .postmetadata {
    clear: both;
    }
    .narrowcolumn .postmetadata {
    padding-top: 5px;
    }

    .widecolumn .postmetadata {
    margin: 30px 0;
    }

    #footer {
    padding: 0;
    margin: 0 auto;
    width: 750px;
    clear: both;
    border-top: 1px black solid;
    }

    #footer p {
    margin: 0;
    padding: 10px 0;
    text-align: center;
    }
    /* End Structure */

    #213604

    vivianpaige
    Member

    Sounds like you might want to go to Google.

    #213606

    Designers have work hard to create themes for us to use for free. WordPress.com did not “create” any of the themes here, they are GPL licensed (free) themes done by outside designers. That is starting to come to an end as more and more theme designers are getting “sponsors” or they are selling (licensing really) their themes as “premium.” The have a right to be compensated for their hard work. With sponsored and premium themes, you are typically not allowed to alter them or remove the footer links they have put in them (terms of the license), and in many instances you are not allowed to modify the theme files or CSS. That is what things are coming to.

    Keeping a link in a theme to a theme designer’s web page, that they have created and allowed you to use for free (GPL license), and modify as you see fit, is in my opinion the ethical thing to do.

    You of course are entitled to your opinion.

    By the way, when you get your blog up and running, send me the link to it and I will copy all your content, claim it as my own, and put it up on another blog.

    It’s the same thing, really it is.

    #213608

    zenway
    Member

    I guess the key is the payment here. If you pay me an annual fee, I will be more than happy to let you use my design without a footer. What I am saying is that wordpress can negotiate with the designers so we can pay a fee to remove the footer. Seriously, without an option to remove that footer, many business users would have no choice but to find another website solution. Shall we lobby wordpress that the footer is a serious problem with them? And sooner or later, google with catch up with the style design.

    #213610

    rosclarke
    Member

    You can lobby if you want, but I can’t see it changing any time soon. And really, I think you’re wrong. A lot of professional websites include designer credits somewhere and it doesn’t detract at all from the business of the site.

    #213611

    /nod to rosclarke

    Nearly all sites that have been designed by web design companies will have a link to the designer’s site. You can certainly negotiate taking it off. We did on our business website, but decided that $500 per year was not worth it.

    #213638

    OK, so can someone actually help one who wants to just add “Textual (c) by so and so”, and not discredit the designer ?

    #213640

    rosclarke
    Member

    Here. Scroll down a bit for the answer.

    #213707

    zenway
    Member

    Most professional business websites do not show “blog by wordpress”. Could you show me a big business with blog as the footer?
    Look! He removed the footer. I wonder how?
    http://internetducttape.com/

    #213708

    ellaella
    Member

    I don’t know your definition of professional business website, but the NY Times and CNN fit mine. And they both leave WordPress.com in their footers:

    http://ac360.blogs.cnn.com/
    http://themoment.blogs.nytimes.com/

    #213709

    flynnsblogs
    Member

    I have to agree with ‘zenway’. I’ve too paid for an ‘annual’ CSS upgrade and feel that my current ‘design’ should be have a ‘copyright’ in place of the original author’s ‘footer’.

    #213710

    deltafoxtrot
    Member

    The theme authors have licensed the themes under the GPL. This requires any derivative work to attribute them as the original authors. Your Custom CSS (for that matter my Custom CSS too) are derivative works as they build directly on this original. While I’m not sure about whether the attribution has to be kept visible I think it’s only fair to give the person credit who allowed you to build on his/her work for free.

    #213711

    raincoaster
    Member

    Engtech designed his own site, so he’s entitled to remove the footer. If you, like many professional sites, hire a designer and host your own site you are of course entitled to do whatever you like with the footer.

    Anderson Cooper’s blog says “Powered by WordPress”:
    http://ac360.blogs.cnn.com/

    Time magazine writer Mark Halperin’s blog does as well:
    http://thepage.time.com/

    #213715

    zenway
    Member

    Ok, so let give them the free ad even though we paid them. But how do we change the footer to: “Powered by WordPress” instead of “blog at wordpress”?

    Also is there a way to insert another row before or after the footer?

    #213721

    rosclarke
    Member

    ‘Powered by WordPress’ is the standard way of indicating a WP.org blog. Why would you want it to say that on a WP.com blog?

    #213722

    zenway
    Member

    Ok, thanks, guys.

    #213725

    tropicat
    Member

    I agree that the WordPress footer should stay.

    But I believe that we should also be able to ‘add’ a copyright footer.

    If that is not possible, maybe WordPress could add a default copyright to the author of the blog…

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