Shopify & Ecommerce

Shopify is an excellent platform for building your eCommerce site, with easy-to-edit theme files and a vast selection of apps to set you up for success.

However, you've probably noticed the link in the footer that reads "Powered by Shopify" and might be wondering if that will be a permanent feature in your store.

This text is part of the default footer and lets others know that your store has been made using the Shopify platform. It can be found in the footer but also on the 'Coming Soon' page of your store if it is not live yet and is password protected.

Some store owners might want to remove this snippet (especially a well-known brand name) to create a more authentic brand image, keep the footer completely clean of links, or replace it with something else.

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The good news is no, it's not permanent, and yes, you can remove it. We're here to help you out with a step-by-step guide on removing "Powered by Shopify". Let's take a look…

  • How to Remove Powered by Shopify From Your Site 🤓
  • Remove Powered by Shopify Using Edit Code 👩‍💻
  • Remove Powered by Shopify Using Edit Language 📝
  • How To Change Powered By Shopify 🧩
  • What To Include In A Footer Design 🎯
  • Conclusion 🙌
  • How to Remove Powered by Shopify From Your Site 🤓

    This tiny piece of text may seem trivial but footers are actually highly visible and stats show that they're as important as your main navigation menu.

    Footers typically contain a copyright notice, link to a privacy policy, sitemap, logo, contact information, social media icons, and an email sign-up form but some site owners may clean this up completely while some will include only one or two aspects.

    Removing "Powered by Shopify" can give your site a more polished look and means you can also replace it with more relevant links or information such as trust badges.

    We'll take a look at what to include in the footer further down, but first, let's remove 'Powered by Shopify'.

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    Please note that you will need to reach out to your theme developer if using a third-party theme/custom theme.

    Remove Powered by Shopify Using Edit Code 👩‍💻

    Removing the text by editing your theme code is a lot easier than it might sound and does not require in-depth technical knowledge.

    To get to the code editor, navigate to 'Online Store' → 'Themes'. Open the Actions dropdown menu and select 'Edit code'.

    Scroll down until you see the sections folder, open it, and click on 'footer.liquid'. The footer code will open up on the right-hand side.

    Open the code search box by clicking anywhere in the code window and pressing Ctrl + F on your keyboard.

    Search 'powered_by_link' and delete the following bit of code: <small>{{ powered_by_link }}</small>.

    Depending on what theme you are using, there may be more than one instance of this bracketed code that you’ll have to delete. For instance, Shopify's default theme, Debut, uses the code twice. The code might be a little different but it will still include {{ powered_by_link }}.

    Once you’ve removed the code hit 'Save' in the upper right-hand corner.

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    If you decide to change your active theme, you will need to repeat the steps above. Because the changes you make only apply to the theme you have selected.

    Remove Powered by Shopify Using Edit Language 📝

    An alternative method to editing your current theme code is to head to themes from your admin page, open the actions dropdown menu, and click on 'Edit languages'.

    In the filter search box type in "powered".

    You can also navigate directly to the "Powered by Shopify" message by clicking the ellipses, and then selecting Checkout & System. The "Powered by Shopify" message is in the Links section of Checkout & System. It's just a little tedious as the links section is right at the bottom of a long list of editable sections.

    Click on the 'Powered by Shopify' text box and press the space bar on your keyboard to type a single space. The text should now be removed. Click 'Save'.

    You can repeat these steps for the 'Powered by Shopify HTML' box just below. This is the text which appears on your store's Opening soon page if your store is password-protected.

    How To Change Powered By Shopify 🧩

    For those of you who want to change 'Powered by Shopify' instead of removing it, you can quickly and easily do this by navigating to your themes page and selection 'Actions' → 'Edit languages'.

    Use the search function, as above, to look for 'powered' and scroll to 'Powered by shopify'. You can now replace the content in the box with your brand name, or anything else you want.

    Similarly, you can edit the 'Powered by Shopify HTML' box by erasing the existing text and adding any other text you would like to show instead. This will change the default ‘Powered by Shopify’ text from the password/coming soon page of your store.

    Click Save to finish.

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    What To Include In A Footer Design 🎯

    • Copyright notice: This is included on most website footers and is arguably the most important. All you need is either the copyright symbol © (or the words "Copyright" or "Copr.”), the year of the website’s publication or most recent substantial update, and the name of the copyright owner.
    • Privacy policy link: If you will be collecting any personal data from users then, by law, you will have to have a Privacy Policy agreement in place. It is best practice to put a link to this in your website footer and most readers will expect to find it there.
    • Sitemap: This is a common link found in footers and is considered best practice for SOE. Visitors don't usually click on these but an XML sitemap will help search engine bots crawl your website more accurately, especially if your site is large or content-rich.
    • Social media icons: Social media opens up some additional sales channels for your business and including links to your social pages is an easy way of growing your following across platforms.
    • Navigation: If a customer has scrolled all the way down the page, it's possible that they haven't found what they're looking for. Capitalize on the footer by offering them a few navigation options.
    • Trust badges: These are icons that you add to build trust with consumers and include logos from companies such as Visa, Mastercard, Stripe, etc. Stats have shown that customers are more likely to make a purchasing decision if they see trust badges.

    Other items you might want to include are email signups, contact details, or a company logo/branding.

    Conclusion 🙌

    And there you have it, how to remove 'Powered by Shopify'!

    If you have followed the steps above and are still seeing the link, you can reach out to Shopify's customer support, as long as you are using one of their free default themes.

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