Every January 1st I take a quick look at my websites to make sure the year is current in the footer. This year, I thought it might be helpful to share those steps with you.

If you’re using WordPress, you’re probably already using a child theme, and most likely have a footer.php file already. I’ve posted some extra info below.

If you don’t have a child theme, do a quick search to find out how to update the copyright with the theme you’re using, and skip the rest of this post πŸ™‚

Assuming you have a footer.php file, follow these steps.

  • Go to Appearance > Editor > Select your child theme
  • click on Footer.php file
  • Look for the section that includes your copyright information
  • update the year
  • save your changes

Automatically updating, in case you forget

There’s some code you can use to make it automatically update, but I find that sometimes when we make simple updates to our footer info (like adding an affiliate link, or mentioning a new theme or plugin) that it’s easy to break the code & end up with a funny looking copyright line instead (oops)

The code looks like this:

&copy; 2017 – <?php echo date('Y'); ?> YourSite.com

And you can learn more from this post at wpbeginner.

Here’s how I change mine in Teachable:

☐ Go to Admin > Site > Custom Text
☐ Use Ctrl + F to use the “find” tool”
☐ Type in the word “Footer”, and you should jump to the footer section
☐ Edit the text in the right column to include &copy; 2017
☐ Click “Save”

&copy; will switch to the Β© (copyright sign)

It will display as Β© 2016 Your School Name, like this:

You can see the conversation in the Teachable Tribe Facebook Group here

Don’t have a footer.php or a child theme?

Creating a child theme is pretty easy, but it looks a bit scary, because it requires using file names like .php and going into the Cpanel to add files. It involves a bit more than just clicking “add new theme”, but it’s not that bad, either.

If you’re using divi, this free child theme maker is a great choice.


If you have a child theme, but no footer.php file, you can create a copy of your parent theme footer.php, and save it to your child theme. Then, edit the file the way we did above.

Hope this helps… Happy New Year!

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