Joomla 3.0 – How to Remove the Second Line in the Footer

by Elaine on November 28, 2012

Joomla 3.0 Tutorial on how to remove the second line in the footer that says

Joomla! is Free Software released under the GNU General Public License.

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It has taken me about 2 days to try to figure this out.  I’m perfectly fine with the first line, but the second line I really want gone.  I know it’s not supposed to be removed and that’s why it’s so well hidden.   If you added a footer to your Joomla 3.0 website you will see this second line added below your footer.  See my tutorial here on how to add a footer to you website.

Overview of steps to Remove the Second Line in the Footer:

  1.  Use Telnet or the Webhosting File Manager
  2. Edit the file default.php
Steps:

1.   Use Telnet or the Webhosting File Manager

Use telnet/ssh or access your web hosting file manager to edit files.

  • Login to your Webhosting through SSH or access your file manager
  • Go to the Directory /modules/mod_footer/tmpl

2.   Edit the file default.php

This file contains both lines in your footer.  You will need to delete the second line.

  • Edit the file ‘default.php
  • Search for:

<div><?php echo JText::_(‘MOD_FOOTER_LINE2′); ?></div>

  • Delete this line from the file.
  • Save the file – default.php
  • Your file should look like the screenshot below afterwards:
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Now you can refresh your Joomla 3 website and you won’t see the second line in the footer anymore.  It should only contain your copyright and site name.

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FYI.  This is not a permanent solution.  Once you upgrade your Joomla installation this file might get over written and you will need to make these changes again.

If you have any questions let me know.

Thanks,

Elaine

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Elaine

Elaine is the founder of CmsMind, an online blog providing Joomla and Wordpress tutorials. Elaine lives in Toronto and when she is not online, she is either Marathon and Triathlon training or travelling and racing somewhere in the world. Find her also at: Save Money, Premium Themes and Templates, and at Webhosting Tips.

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JRD June 3, 2013 at 6:12 pm

Hi Elaine !
You made the things so simple.Just a ‘Thank you’ is not enough for this post of yours.I have to say Thank you very much with lots of love.

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Guido June 24, 2013 at 3:03 pm

Dear Elaine,

A better way to alter the mod_footer is to replace it in the template.
under-> templates//html/

You make a map called mod_footer, in this map you make a protecting index.html and the most in portend one; default.php.

In the default.php you place your new look of the footer.

Greetz, Guido

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Elaine June 26, 2013 at 11:00 pm

Hi Guido,
Thanks for your comment. I will look into your solution, it sounds like an interesting way to remove the second line of the footer.
Thanks for your visit,
elaine

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Kay August 5, 2013 at 7:02 pm

Hi Elaine,
Thanks for your tutorials, they are excellent!
I was trying to remove the second line in the footer …but got ‘into trouble’. Now the footer shows the following:

+ADw?php /+ACoAKg +ACo +AEA-package Joomla.Site +ACo +AEA-subpackage mod+AF8-footer +ACo +ACo +AEA-copyright Copyright (C) 2005 – 2013 Open Source Matters, Inc. All rights reserved. +ACo +AEA-license GNU General Public License version 2 or later+ADs see LICENSE.txt +ACo-/ defined(‘+AF8-JEXEC’) or die+ADs; ?+AD4>

And my copyright info has disappeared.
Can you help??
Thanks very much,
Kay

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kevin burke March 15, 2014 at 9:24 pm

Thanks for the help, they changed the method from 1.5 where you could just edit the template php file and remove it that way.

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