This article was last updated on the December 21, 2016.
Footer Customization Options
In this article, we’ll cover all options provided by the WordPress Customizer for the footer.
In the WordPress Customizer, click on Footer
Once you’ve clicked that, you’ll see the Footer options like this:
Let’s go through these one by one, starting with the widget options.
There are four different options for the widgets in the footer area.
- None (Disables Widget Areas)
If you set that to say two you’ll see two additional areas above the footer which can contain widgets like this:
Widgets can be set from wp-admin > Appearance > Widgets.
The next option is to disable or enable the bottom footer
So if we have the Bottom Footer set to On, our site will look like this:
If we set bottom footer to Off, our site will look like this:
Notice now how we have no footer area showing at all and if we have the bottom footer set to off, that also removes a few options from the Customizer. As if we have bottom footer set to on, our footer options in the Customizer looks like this:
If we set the footer area to Off, our Customizer options look like this:
For the purpose of this article, we’re going to leave it set to “on” so we can explore the other options provided by the Customizer.
The next option is for the footer menu, which has a On or Off value.
The default for the footer menu option is Off, but if we set the footer menu option to On, you’ll see the addition of the menu in the footer like this:
You can change which menu is displayed in the footer, by following our article about menus in the customizer here.
The next option is for the social icons within the footer, this has a On or Off value and defaults to on.
If the social icons are enabled, our footer looks like this:
If we change that value to Off, you’ll see the social icons no longer display in the footer like this:
The next option available is Footer Content. This again has a value of either On or Off.
If we set the value to On, you’ll see a new Customizer option to add your footer content in like this:
You can see the content we enter in the customizer footer content area, then displays on our site, perfect for copyright notices, business information etc.
Scroll Top Anchor
The final option available in the footer section of the Customizer, is the Scroll Top Anchor.
If we set the value to On, you’ll see a Scroll To Top Anchor on the right hand side of your website like this:
As we’ve set the value to On, there’s also now a couple of other options shown to us in the Customizer, for the Scroll To Top Anchor.
If you set the Scroll Top Anchor Position, that option is for what side the scroll to top anchor shows (left or right). The other option is for when to display the scroll to top anchor icon on your site, in a percentage value. For example entering 50, will show the scroll to top anchor once you’ve scrolled down 50% of the page.
Congrats! You now know more about the options available in the Customizer footer options.