An Easy Guide to Remove 'Powered by Shopify’

Zakia Sameen Noor

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Zakia Sameen Noor

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May 1, 2022

An Easy Guide to Remove 'Powered by Shopify’

Table of  Contents:

  1. Why use Shopify in the first place?
  2. What does ‘powered by Shopify’ signify?
  3. Why is it important to remove ‘powered by Shopify’?
  4. Solution: There are 3 Easy Ways based on your experience of e-commerce

Even if you don’t know what Shopify is, you must have surely heard of this term. Countless merchants around the world have used Shopify to build their e-commerce websites. You might have also randomly checked out an aesthetic website with an initiative UI, and noticed ‘powered by Shopify’ in the footer.

Why use Shopify in the first place?

Shopify is the go-to solution in building an e-commerce platform from scratch. The best feature about it is its UI simplicity which even a beginner can use. Moreover, it’s also personalizable, especially for someone who has a very basic understanding of HTML and CSS knowledge.

Shopify website

What does ‘powered by Shopify’ signify?

It shows that the website has been made using Shopify.

Did you know that even famous brands like SUGAR Cosmetics and Ketnipz are Shopify stores? Here’s a full list of the brands who used Shopify as a base to establish their online presence.

Why is it important to remove ‘powered by Shopify’?

If you check out the first two links above, you’ll notice that nowhere in the website (i.e. the footer) is the phrase ‘powered by Shopify’ seen on screen.

What effect do you think this removal has on you as - say - a first-time visitor?

Here are some observations:

#1. You don’t think that the website is a drop-shipping store.

A dropshipping store is a liaison between a wholesaler and a customer. The catch is that there is no holding of inventory. When you place an order, the e-commerce owner behind the screen directly ships your order from the wholesaler to you.

Easy business setup, but consumers can sometimes feel rattled by the seemingly dubious nature of these kinds of stores.

#2. You see that this website has a distinctive brand image.

The store is aesthetically pleasing. It has an aura of authenticity. You’re pulled in by the credibility it presents. This is no dropshipping store. It’s a real brand selling rock-solid products to you from its own inventory.

#3. You observe less clutter on the footer.

It makes visual navigation of the website easier. Moreover - you may not notice this - but some online business-owners add other important features of the purchasing experience in the space where ‘powered by shopify’ used to be e.g. no hidden fees, fast delivery, 100% original etc.

This specific information is also much more useful to you as a potential customer. You have a better understanding of the terms and conditions.

Now, the question is how do you actually remove this tiny troublesome line from your own online store?

Solution: There are 3 Easy Ways based on your experience of e-commerce

For absolute newbies:

#1 Edit Language option
  1. Login to your website dashboard.
  2. Go to admin.
  3. On the left hand side with the menu options, under the ‘Sales Channels’, select ‘Online Store’.
  4. Under ‘Online Store’, choose the ‘Themes’ option.
  5. Next, choose the theme you want to edit.
  6. Select ‘Actions’ and then, ‘Edit languages’.
  7. A new window appears. On top is the ‘Search translations’ box.
  8. In the box, type ‘powered by Shopify’. Press enter.
  9. In the results section, under ‘Links’, you’ll find the ‘Powered by Shopify’ box. Press your spacebar once in this box.
  10. If you don’t want ‘powered by shopify’ to appear on your opening pages either (which are password-protected), repeat step 9 for the ‘powered by shopify HTML’ box. Select the entire text in this box and press spacebar once.
  11. Now, click the ‘save’ option at the top right corner of the window.

Voila, you’re done! Bonus step: after saving the changes, you can go to ‘Online Store’ again, select the theme you just edited, and then click on ‘View Your Store’. Can you still see the ‘powered by shopify’ line on the footer?

Here’s a link to help with the process visualization from Shopify itself.

#2 Using the Shopify App
  1. Make sure you have the Shopify app installed on your phone.
  2. Find the ‘Sales Channel’. Under its options, select Online Store.
  3. Now, choose ‘Theme’.
  4. Select the theme to edit.
  5. Click on ‘Actions’, then ‘Edit Languages’.
  6. A Filter Box appears. Here, you type in ‘powered’.
  7. In the results section that appears next, find the ‘powered by shopify’ box. Here, press your spacebar once.
  8. Time to click ‘Save’.

And, you’re done! Don’t forget to immediately check out the new changes in your store. Follow the same procedure as you would for choosing option #1 above.

For tech-savvy users:

#3 Using the ‘Edit Code’ option
  1. Login to your website dashboard.
  2. Go to admin.
  3. On the left hand side with the menu options, under the ‘Sales Channels’, select ‘Online Store’.
  4. Under ‘Online Store’, choose the ‘Themes’ option.
  5. Next, choose the theme you want to edit.
  6. Click ‘Actions’, then ‘Edit Code’ from the dropdown menu.
  7. From here, select ‘Sections’, containing the ‘footer.liquid’ file. A code editing box will appear, which contains a plethora of written codes.
  8. Now, you’ll type in the command to remove ‘powered by shopify’ from the footer of your website.
  9. Windows users, press “ctrl + F”.
  10. Mac Users, press “command + F”.
  11. Atop the codes you see onscreen, a search box will appear.
  12. In this search box, type “{{powered_by_link}}” and click search.
  13. In the code editing box, find the highlighted code you just typed.
  14. Select the highlighted code and delete it.
  15. Click “Save” on the top right corner.

And, you’ve done it. The changes are now permanent.

Important note: If your Shopify store has more than one theme, you will have to repeat the steps for each theme.

Congratulations!

Now, you can make your website sleeker and more personalized. Build an authoritative brand image.

So what if you used Shopify to form your website? It’s not important for your audience to know this. What’s important for them is the seamless online experience you can now provide better by having removed ‘powered by Shopify’.

This easy guide is a must-read walkthrough for any Shopify user, irrespective of the experience level.

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