How to Remove “Powered by Joomla!” Footer?

Many of our clients come to us and ask the following 2 questions:

  1. Is it legal to remove the “Powered by Joomla!” message in the footer?
  2. If it’s legal, then how can we remove it?

To answer the first question, yes it’s perfectly legal to do so. However, it is not legal to remove the information that states that your website is powered by Joomla from the PHP source code, such as the following one:

# Copyright (C) 2005 - 2010 Open Source Matters. All rights reserved.
# License GNU/GPL, see LICENSE.php

To answer the second question, removing the “Powered by Joomla!” message is very easy as of Joomla 1.5, and here’s how to do it:

– Open the file en-GB.mod_footer.ini located under the /yourjoomlafolder/language/en_GB folder
– Locate the following line:
FOOTER_LINE2=<a href="">Joomla!</a> is Free Software released under the <a href="">GNU/GPL License.</a>
– Change it to:
FOOTER_LINE2=The HTML of your choice

That’s it!

The steps above are tested many times and should work, but if you’re having difficulty removing the “Powered by Joomla!” message from the footer of your website, then feel free to contact us, and we’ll be more than glad to help you!

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