Adjusting the Website Footer

The website footer is the space at the very bottom of every page on your website. It usually holds a brief summary of your mission or an important call to action for your users like contact information or an e-newsletter signup. Footers also typically repeat your primary navigation so users can easily get around your website once they’ve reached the bottom of any given page.

The process for editing your footer is slightly different depending on what theme your organization is using. Find your theme below and follow the accompanying instructions to update the footer section of your website.

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Helpful Terminology

In a WordPress website like yours, widgets are small blocks of content you can add to your footer. For example, you can add custom content to your footer with a Visual Editor widget, Image widget or Recent Posts widget without needing to deal with complicated code.

Edit an Airy or Charity+ Footer

Airy and Charity+ use the same method for updating the footer sections. The main difference between the two footers is that Airy offers three columns for content in the footer, and Charity+ offers four.

Charity+ and Airy footers
  • First, log in to the back end of your website.
  • Hover over the Appearance section of the dark gray left-hand sidebar, and click “Customize”.
Go to the Customizer
  • Once you’re in the customizer, click on the “Widgets” option from the menu and browse through to the section titled “Footer Widgets” to find the elements you wish to change. If you scroll down to the bottom of the page, you’ll notice that each of the three columns corresponds with the left, center, and right footer widget options in the menu.
Update the footer widgets
  • To adjust a column, click on the respective column title (left, center or right) within the menu to see which widgets are displaying in that column.
  • From there, you can select the widget you’d like to update and adjust the content or remove the widget altogether.
  • To edit the left-hand column, for instance, click on “Footer Widgets Left”. You can see that the “Visual Editor” widget is the active widget in this column, and is controlling the description text that appears on the left side of the footer. You can then use the editor that pops up to adjust the information that appears within this column.
Update the footer content
  • Be sure to click the blue “Publish” button to save your changes before exiting out.

Add a Widget

It’s important to be mindful about what final information you include in your footer. We recommend that you include an easy way for users to get around your site (typically a reminder of the primary navigation), as well as a high level explanation of your organization and a high priority call to action like signing up for your e-newsletter or driving supporters to donate.

To this end, if you’d like to add other widgets to your footer, we’d encourage you to reach out to us via the Website Support form in your dashboard.

Remove a Widget

If you’d like to remove a widget from your footer, the process is similar to editing the footer as we outlined above.

  • In the back end of your website, hover over the Appearance section of the dark gray left-hand sidebar, and click “Customize”.
  • Once you’re in the customizer, click on the “Widgets” option from the menu and browse through the section titled “Footer Widgets” to find the elements you wish to remove. If you scroll down to the footer, you’ll notice that each of the three columns corresponds with the left, center and right footer widget options in the column.
  • To adjust a column, click on the respective column title (left, center or right) to see the widgets that are displaying in that column.
  • Click on the widget you’d like to remove, scroll down until you see the red “remove” link, and click it.
Remove a widget from the footer

Update social media icons in the Airy or Charity+ footers

Learn how to update the social media links in this support article.

Edit a Pioneer Footer

Pioneer’s footer offers a large, full-width newsletter call to action followed by additional sections with the primary navigation, some “about” content, contact information and the copyright. Unfortunately, you won’t be able to add additional sections or widgets to the Pioneer footer.

You can, however, decide whether or not to show the e-newsletter signup, customize all of text, and add any logo assets that your organization may want to feature. Below is a screenshot of what the Pioneer footer looks like.

Note: Social media icons for Pioneer appear in the header and not the footer, like Airy and Charity+.

Pioneer theme footer

Go to the Website Customizer

  • Make sure you’re logged in to the back end of your website.
  • Hover over the Appearance section of the dark gray left-hand sidebar menu, and click “Customize”.
Find the Customizer
  • Once you’re in the customizer, click on the “Footer Settings” option on the left side of the page to update the footer content.

Update the Content in the Footer

  • The footer navigation will automatically pull in from the primary navigation in the header.
  • The “Left Two-Thirds” and “Right One-Third” text areas can be updated in the left-hand sidebar menu of the customizer. As you make adjustments, you’ll be able to see the updates reflected on the website to the right. In the image below, we’ve labeled each text editor with its corresponding title in the menu.
  • Once you’re happy with your footer content, be sure to click the blue “Publish” button at the top of the customizer sidebar.
Update content in the Pioneer footer

Update the Privacy Policy Link

  • Scroll down in the Footer Settings menu to find the Privacy Policy Settings.
  • Use the Yes and No radio buttons to decide whether or not you’d like to display a Privacy Policy link.
  • If you’ve selected “Yes”, you’ll then use the dropdown to find and select your Privacy Policy page to be sure the link that will appear in the footer goes to the correct page on your site.

Update the Footer Newsletter Signup

  • At the bottom of the customizer’s Footer Settings menu, you’ll find the settings for your e-newsletter signup.
  • Use the Yes and No radio buttons to decide whether you’d like to show or hide the newsletter signup section.
  • If you’ve selected “Yes” you’d like to show the signup form, you can then enter in a heading and some descriptive text for the signup form using the appropriately labeled form fields.
  • Finally, you’ll need to make sure your signup form is connected to the proper form in Gravity Forms, each of which contain a number. From your dashboard, you’ll be able to see all of your active forms, along with each corresponding form number, in the “Forms” section of your website. Feel free to reach out to us using the Website Support form in your dashboard if you have questions about this input field.
  • Be sure to save your changes by clicking the blue “Publish” button at the top of the customizer sidebar menu.
Update the Pioneer Newsletter Signup

Update a Scholar Footer

Scholar’s footer offers a section to highlight “about” content, followed by your primary navigation links, contact information including social media links, and secondary navigation buttons . Unfortunately, you won’t be able to add additional sections or widgets to the Scholar footer. Below is a screenshot of what the Scholar footer looks like.

Scholar theme footer

Go to the Website Customizer

  • Make sure you’re logged in to the back end of your website.
  • Hover over the Appearance section of the dark gray left-hand sidebar menu, and click “Customize”.
Go to the Customizer
  • Once you’re in the customizer, click on the “Footer Settings” option on the left side of the page to update the footer content.

Update the content in the footer

  • The footer primary navigation and secondary navigation buttons will automatically pull in from the primary navigation and secondary navigation in the header.
  • The “Footer Mission Statement” and “Footer Contact Information” text areas can be updated in the left-hand sidebar menu of the customizer. As you make adjustments, you’ll be able to see the updates reflected on the website to the right. In the image below, we’ve labeled each text section with its corresponding title in the menu. Learn how to update the social media links in this support article.
  • Once you’re happy with the footer content, be sure to click the blue “Publish” button at the top of the customizer sidebar.
Scholar footer content updates

Update the Privacy Policy link

  • Scroll down in the Footer Settings menu to find the Privacy Policy Settings.
  • Use the Yes and No radio buttons to decide whether you’d like to display a Privacy Policy link.
  • If you’ve selected “Yes”, you’ll then use the dropdown to find and select your Privacy Policy page to be sure the link that will appear in the footer goes to the correct page page on your site.
Update the Scholar privacy policy

Still Have Questions?

Reach out to us within your Dashboard. Log into your website and then fill out the Website Support form. You’ll hear back from one of Wired Impact’s team members within one business day.