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Can I legally removed "Proudly powered by WordPress" from Twenty Ten theme?

Discussion in 'WordPress' started by juhasan, Jul 26, 2010.

  1. #1
    Hi Guys,

    I don't know much about GPL stuff. So can you tell me if I can remove "Proudly powered by WordPress" credit link from WordPress Twenty Ten theme footer LEGALLY.
    SEMrush
    Thanks in advance.
     
    juhasan, Jul 26, 2010 IP
    SEMrush
  2. Deacalion

    Deacalion Peon

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    #2
    Yes, you can remove it. GPLv2 has very few restrictions.
     
    Deacalion, Jul 26, 2010 IP
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    lelkoun Active Member

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    #3
    But why should you do that?
     
    lelkoun, Jul 26, 2010 IP
  4. juhasan

    juhasan Well-Known Member

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    Actually I received a request from a blogger to remove the footer credit link from his blog. I'm just clarifying the confusion.
     
    juhasan, Jul 26, 2010 IP
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    Cash Nebula Peon

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    #5
    Hide it instead of removing it. You, the blogger, and Wordpress all win. :D
     
    Cash Nebula, Jul 26, 2010 IP
  6. juhasan

    juhasan Well-Known Member

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    #6
    Hiding text is not good for SEO point of view, the site may get penalized. I'm leaving it to the blogger. However, here is an article how i removed the footer credit from Twenty Ten theme.
     
    juhasan, Jul 27, 2010 IP
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    #7
    you can remove it
     
    bablu, Jul 27, 2010 IP
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    Yeah, because people love having hidden backlinks. :)
     
    Deacalion, Jul 27, 2010 IP
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    ashutoshkj Guest

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    #9
    Wordpress is released as GPL license and you can modify and edit its source code and there is not restriction that u keep any link to wordpress official website. You can remove "powered by Wordpress" link from ur website.
     
    ashutoshkj, Jul 27, 2010 IP
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    Dean_Saliba Well-Known Member

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    #10
    I was also wondering about this, glad to see it can be removed. :)
     
    Dean_Saliba, Jul 27, 2010 IP
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    #11
    No search engine is going to remove a site just for one hidden link, especially when it's on a Wordpress theme and points back to Wordpress.
    To answer the OP's question, there are lots of big Wordpress sites that have no credit link. I'm surprised when I find a site that has one.
     
    Cash Nebula, Jul 27, 2010 IP
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    hauntin Peon

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    #12
    you can remove it ! But always try to credit WP.
     
    hauntin, Jul 28, 2010 IP
  13. Im-love-wp

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    #13
    Crediting WP is something we all should do more.
     
    Im-love-wp, Jul 28, 2010 IP
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    #14
    you can actually remove the link.
     
    ayekaye01, Aug 1, 2010 IP
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    craigedmonds Notable Member

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    #15
    Yes you can remove it.
     
    craigedmonds, Aug 10, 2010 IP
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    #16
    Hiding it is a good idea.
     
    james_pitt, Aug 10, 2010 IP
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    #17
    Thank you for the information
     
    samazgor, May 19, 2012 IP
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    #18
    It can be removed.
    You shouldn't try to hide it or mask it with CSS. This is a bad practice.
    There is no reason to credit WordPress, they do an awesome job but there is really no need.
     
    pressingprojects, Feb 11, 2013 IP