Many WordPress Themes have signature link/s on their Design. Signature link is included within the design itself to acknowledge the designer of the template and to protect from copyright and piracy issues that may arise. Most signature link/s can be found at the bottom of the Blog or website in order not to annoy Visitors of the site that uses the Template.
The basic problem of a WordPress Theme User is the Design itself. Most Users want to Personalize their Blog to be Unique from other Blogs. One factor to be Unique is by removing the designers signature on the footer. This makes an impression of a professional Design.
Removing Links on a footer or modifying the design is against the right of the designer provided that the designers allow it. Either way this what most users do.
Ways how to remove footer on a WordPress Blog
1. Some Templates are simple. Footer Links can be found easily on footer.php ( I assumed you know how to locate your footer.php). Just delete the annoying Links inserted by the Theme Designer.
2. Some Templates are simple but it is coded. Usually Template Designers code their Links, They commonly used based64 encoder to hide their Links. There are two methods to follow.
a. Again, just delete the strange looking contents on the footer.php (cut and paste the deleted contents on a notepad for back up purposes in case failure) and update your theme. Check your website if its fine. If it fails proceed to the second method.
b. You need to decode the strange looking contents using base64 decoder. After you decoded the footer, replace the “coded contents” with the “decoded contents” and delete the undesirable links that you don’t like.
note: If it fails to decode, the designer used other coding method and It wishes you really not to mess with its design.
3. Some Templates are Tricky. Sometimes you can not see any signature links of the designer on footer.php, but instead they hide it inside Theme Functions (functions.php). Look inside functions.php not on footer.php the footer links that you like to be removed and adopt again steps 1 or 2 if you can’t follow.
note: If you are familiar with the famous WP THESIS theme, they used this tactic.
4. Some Footer Links are meant to be there. Designers make it hard for users to remove, If you like their design, they offer you a Fee for the removal of their Signature Links.