How to Edit Footer in WordPress

This tutorial explains how to edit the footer in WordPress easily.

All steps described in this tutorial include screenshots, making it easy for any WordPress user to follow them.

Editing your footer properly may make your site stand out among others. It may also impact your ranking before search engines since it may be easier for search engines to find your website and relevant sections depending on its content.

There are additional benefits of editing your footer you must know to use it correctly:

Footer is useful for showing static information such as the type of content on your site, contact information, location, and firm. For example, if your site belongs to a company that wants to show your business’s physical location, placing it in the footer is a good idea. You also can include a copyright disclaimer.

The footer is where websites link terms and conditions, mandatory content for many platforms like Facebook APIs.

You also can include search bars within your site and a website map, making it easy for your visitors to browse your website and positively impacting your SEO.

Many websites use the footer to increase trust among visitors, including the SSL logo, secure payment, official or state agencies, and additional information related to your site safety and partnerships.

Editing footer in WordPress from the dashboard:

The first section of this tutorial explains how to edit the footer through the WordPress dashboard. This is done from the Widgets area.

To access the widgets area, press Appearance and then press Widgets, as shown in the screenshot below.

If that’s the first time you access the widgets panel, you will see a welcome window as shown below; just close it.

In the widgets area, find the Footer bar section; you may have more than one, as in the following image. Press the Footer bar section you want to edit.

If the footer is empty, you only will see a + button, as shown below. If your footer already has content keep reading below.

If the footer already has content, you will see a + button at the bottom of your sections.

In both cases, to add content to your footer, just press the + button.

After pressing the + button, a new menu will be displayed. The menu contains a Search field to type the item you want to add to your footer; you also can use the Browse all button.

For example, to add your logo to the footer, press the Image icon as shown below.

The Image block to add an image will show up. You can select an image from your computer or from your media library.

Select the image you want to add.

As you can see, the item will be added.

You can add more blocks to your footer by pressing the + button again and selecting other items. The process is the same.

Once you finish editing your footer, remember to update changes to apply them.

That’s how you can edit your footer from the dashboard; keep reading below to learn to edit your WordPress footer using the Customizer.

Editing the footer in WordPress from the Customizer:

To begin, log in to your WordPress dashboard, and on the left menu, press Appearance, then select your theme and press the Customize button.

On the customization screen, you will see a left menu containing the Widgets option; press it as shown in the image below.

In my case, I finally selected the Twenty Twenty theme, and my footer is divided into two widgets, as you can see below. A widget for the right side and a widget for the left side.

Other themes may have an empty footer, in whose case you may see “Footer” or “Site footer” without added widgets.

You will see a live preview in the center of your screen to see all editions you apply.

Whether you have only a footer or more than one, it will display an options menu to add and edit when you press any of them.

Some themes include predefined templates for you to use as samples. Normally they have contact information, mail address, geographical localization, links to social networks, sections, etc.

Edit the title and description and use your creativity to use it as an opportunity to increase your site design or user experience quality.

You can begin editing an existing footer starting from the red square section. You also can access each section using the pencil icons on the central screen.

Below you can see how the editing window seems.

Of course, you can add more than text or HTML code to your footer. By pressing the + symbol, you will see additional options for your footer. By pressing the Browse All button, a complete menu will be displayed with all options and a search field to facilitate selecting the proper item you want to add.

Below you can see the options which, by default, will show up when displaying the items menu.

After adding items and editing your footer, always press the Publish button to apply changes.

That’s how to edit your footer from the Customizer. The advantage of this method is that you can get a live preview of your changes before publishing them.


As you can see, editing the footer in WordPress is pretty simple and can be done both from the Customizer and from the dashboard. Any WordPress user can do it by following a few instructions described above. To create a productive footer for your site, always remember the footer purposes and how it can help search engines to understand your website. Adding a logo, payment methods, contact information, certifications, etc., are good choice items for a footer. Both methods explained in this tutorial are official and acceptable.

Thank you for reading this WordPress tutorial explaining how to edit your footer in WordPress. I hope it was useful for you. Keep following Linux Hint for more WordPress tips and tutorials.

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David Adams

David Adams is a System Admin and writer that is focused on open source technologies, security software, and computer systems.