How to modify or remove Genesis Theme Footer credit links

How to exactly modify or remove genesis footer credit links. If you use Genesis theme framework for your website and have installed any child theme or using just the framework, then you might have noticed that in the footer there is a link back to studiopress website.

This link can create some serious SEO problems, actually related to Google penguin. Since if you don’t remove the link then it will create a site-wide link-back to the developer’s website, now this might be taken as an paid link exchange. Now as we know penguin punishes both the sides linked in the backlink exchange so its better to remove those credit links.

Customize Genesis Theme Footer

Now there are two different ways to perform this task. You can either chose to use a free plugin called simple edits or can edit your theme’s function.php file on yourself. Both will require same time, but if you do the task manually then you would save your server’s resources.

Solution 1: Use genesis simple edits. This plugin creates a new Genesis settings page that allows you to modify the post-info (byline), post-meta, and footer area on any Genesis theme. Using text, shortcodes, and HTML in the textboxes provided in the admin screen, these three commonly modified areas are easily editable, without having to learn PHP or write functions, filters, or mess with hooks.

Solution 2: Install the simple Hooks plugin and go to the plugin settings page and navigate to the genesis_footer Hook. Tick the Unhook genesis_do_footer() function from this hook checkbox, then copy and paste the code below into the textarea:

<div class="gototop"><p>[footer_backtotop]</p></div>
<div class="creds">Copyright [footer_copyright] • Powered by <b><a href="">WordPress</a></b> . [footer_loginout]</div>

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Customize Genesis Theme Footer

Customize Genesis Theme Footer

Take note: The ‘Square bracketed text’ are referred to as WordPress shortcodes. You can decide to alter the position or remove any shortcode as you deem fit. HTML tags are also supported.

Below are list of Genesis footer shortcodes and their description you could find handy:

[footer_backtotop1] – The “Back to Top” Link
[footer_copyright1] – The Copyright notice (displays current year)
[footer_childtheme_link1] – The Child Theme Link
[footer_genesis_link1] – The Genesis Link
[footer_studiopress_link1] – The StudioPress Link
[footer_wordpress_link1] – The WordPress Link
[footer_loginout1] – Log In/Out Link

Note: Remove number 1 in the above shortcodes for working.

Solution 3: Edit your function.php file manually and please follow the instructions. Before proceeding please kindly create a complete backup of your theme or just of your function file. I recommend you use this solution because of using too many wordpress plugins will make you site runs slowly.

Now copy all the codes provided below.

/** Customize Genesis Footer */
remove_action( 'genesis_footer', 'genesis_do_footer' );
add_action( 'genesis_footer', 'haloseeker_footer' );
function haloseeker_footer() {
    <p>This site is licensed under a <a target="_blank" href="" rel="nofollow license" title="Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0">Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0</a> license. Feel free to change, reuse modify and extend it. Some authors will retain their copyright on certain articles. <em> utilizes affiliate links and may receive a comission if you click an affiliate link and make a purchase.</em>
<br>Copyright © 2013 - 2014 HALOSEEKER. All rights reserved. Hosted by <a href="" title="Justhost Shared Hosting" rel="nofollow">Justhost</a>. Proudly powered by <a target="_blank" href="" title="A Free Open-source CMS" rel="nofollow generator">WordPress</a> · <a href="" title="A Responsive WordPress Framework" rel="designer">Ricky1990</a>.</p>

Copy the exact snippet at the end of your function’s file. Now you can edit the link and structure. Once completed simply click on update and you are ready to refresh your website to see the changes.

Note: This code will make your genesis theme footer looks like haloseeker footer.

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