How to change a magento footer

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How to change a magento footer
Your Magento website should contain basic copyright and privacy policy links in the footer. (Comstock/Comstock/Getty Images)

Magento is a full-featured e-commerce solution which uses a proprietary template structure combining various functionality from XML, HTML and PHP together to create dynamic and secure catalogue pages and customer management features. By default, Magento places its own tagline and copyright information in the footer which may be undesirable. This information is stored in the "footer.phtml" file and easily modified, however, locating the file to change can be challenging and may vary depending on the Magento theme being used.

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  1. 1

    Connect to your Web server and enter your active theme folder located under "app/design/frontend." This folder should contain two sub-folders, "Base" and "Default."

  2. 2

    Open "base/default/template/page/html" and look for the "footer.phtml" file. If you cannot find it, it may be necessary to download your Magento theme folder and search for the file using Windows Explorer.

  3. 3

    Open the footer file in an HTML or text editor. You may modify the footer contents beginning with the HTML following the "?>" line. For example, to change the default text that appears in the footer, you would remove everything between the " <div class="footer">" and its closing "</div>" tag and replace it with your own text:

    <div class="footer">

    <p>Copyright </p>


  4. 4

    Save the file and reconnect to your Web server. Navigate to the location of the "footer.phtml" file and rename it to "footer.old" to serve as a backup in case something goes wrong. Upload your new footer.phtml file to the same location and reload your Magento site to review the changes.

Tips and warnings

  • If using one of the default Magento themes, create a custom Magento package instead of modifying the default files, even if you only want to change one file. This helps you avoid having to upload the footer file each time you upgrade Magento, as the upgrade will overwrite the default themes with new versions.

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