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Opened 8 years ago

Closed 8 years ago

#34461 closed defect (bug) (invalid)

"Proudly powered by WordPress" lacks period

Reported by: maliktunga's profile maliktunga Owned by:
Milestone: Priority: normal
Severity: normal Version:
Component: Themes Keywords: close
Focuses: template Cc:


I noticed that there should be a period at the end of "Proudly powered by WordPress". That message is usually displayed at the bottom of pages.

Here is an example with the Libretto theme:
"Proudly powered by WordPress Theme: Libretto by"

I think that this would be better—plus this is what blogs display:
"Proudly powered by WordPress. Theme: Libretto by"

Change History (5)

#1 @knutsp
8 years ago

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Hello @maliktunga

Thanks for the report, but what is printed as a colophon at the bottom of each page is entirely up the the theme author and what they put in their footer.php template. The WordPress core software does not force this in.

Some themes, including some default ("Twenty") themes, have chosen to display this credit on a separate line, and these may not want a period. This is a design decision.

I suggest you contact as the author of Libretto to get it fixed. Nothing we can do about it here, I'm afraid.

#2 @SergeyBiryukov
8 years ago

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  • Resolution set to invalid
  • Status changed from new to closed

#3 @maliktunga
8 years ago

  • Resolution invalid deleted
  • Status changed from closed to reopened

@knutsp @SergeyBiryukov I send an email to Automattic. Here is the reply from an employee:

Hello ******,

> I noticed that many of your themes lack a period, i.e. in "Proudly powered by WordPress[.] Theme: Libretto by", for instance, with your Libretto theme. Notice that the period in brackets is the missing period. However, that period is present on their versions. Could you please update your themes to include this period?

Thanks for the notice, however, issues or bug reports are handled through the site.

Here are some places where you can submit your comment:
- in the "Requests and Feedback" section

I hope this helps.

Have a good week-end!

****** – Happiness Engineer

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So are you telling me that the colophon is an orphan part of WordPress' source code? What do I have to do to get this bug fixed?

#4 @knutsp
8 years ago

  • Keywords close added

Hello, maliktunga

Sad to see this response from

Please try the following:

  1. Open Appearance - Editor
  2. Open "Theme Footer (footer.php)"
  3. Locate this line (line 12):
    <a href="<?php echo esc_url( __( '', 'libretto' ) ); ?>"><?php printf( esc_html__( 'Proudly powered by %s', 'libretto' ), 'WordPress' ); ?></a>
  4. Add a . (dot) to the end of that line, after </a>.
  5. Update file
  6. View your site

It's not possible to fix WordPress core to make this change, but as demonstrated, changing a theme file fixes it.

(To make such change survive a theme update you would have to make child theme and copy footer.php, but this is not what you want. You want the authors to fix it.)

I suggest replying to the email and provide a link to this ticket.

#5 @johnbillion
8 years ago

  • Resolution set to invalid
  • Status changed from reopened to closed

Please move this discussion to a more appropriate venue. If you're using then it is an issue for Automattic to resolve, else it's an issue for the author of the corresponding theme.

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