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  • WordPress,

    I was attempting to adjust something in the footer and I removed the links. Now my website will not open and I keep getting this message “please return the links to the footer”.

    I want to know how I can access my website and dashboard again!

    Kindly reply ASAP!

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  • What theme are you using?

    Uh oh…

    Such behaviour only occurs when a theme is edited which is made by a shady theme shop.

    They insert spammy links into your footer, and put encoded code into your theme to make sure you keep their links in place

    This is NOT WordPress behaviour, and is frowned upon by the WordPress community

    Are you able to get into the admin end of your site? To do so directly you would use the url

    swapping out domain for your actual domain. If you can do it that way, then you can switch your theme

    If not, you would need to use FTP, or a file manager/c-panel if your host offers it to delete the offending theme

    It would be found in the wp-content -> themes folder

    You could delete the offending theme, which would reset you to 2011 and allow you back into your site

    @TCBarret, I’m using creativecom by SMThemes


    Can you please explain in details how I can do so? Note, I have absolutely no experience in this matter so I don’t really understand the steps to do in order to get the website back.

    I cannot get into the admin end of my site. Whenever I try to do so, the same message appears.

    Please explain in detail how I can use FTP? I’m with hostgator FYI.

    The easiest way would be through a file manager, if host gator offers one.

    It would probably be found in a c-panel

    Is the info I found for loggin on to the cpanel

    so I looked and found this

    they have a file manager

    Read those help links and figure out your way around cpanel, and the file manager

    Once you have the gist of the file manager, find the wp-content folder

    in that folder find the themes folder

    in the themes folder delete or rename the creativecom theme folder

    then visit which will reset your site to 2011 theme, and allow you access

    As a tip, finding a good WP theme can be a bit of a chore. The most reliable place for clean themes is to get them right here on

    But if you look elsewhere, before installing a theme, do a google search about the theme, and the site from where you wish to download the theme to see what their reputation is like

    There are many shady theme shops out there who let you dowload themes that have all sorts of hidden nastiness in them, from spam to downright evil stuff. At best, you are advertising things that don’t matter to you, at worst you could get a virus, hack, google blacklist, etc.

    Chris Olbekson


    Level 12 Bug Squasher & Forum Moderator

    @TCBarret, I’m using creativecom by SMThemes

    This was recently discussed by the theme review team.

    I would get away from that theme as fast as you can. They sell backlinks and put them in the theme and try to mass distribute. If the themes only purpose is to mass distribute paid backlinks there are probably other issues with theme as well.

    Wow, good info – thanks for posting!

    This was recently discussed by the theme review team.

    I thought the message looked familiar, wanted to be clear though.

    Hebam, I second Voodoo’s recommendation: stick with themes for now. It’s the best thing to do to build up your ‘WordPress experience’ 🙂

    Moderator Ipstenu (Mika Epstein)


    🏳️‍🌈 Halfelf Rogue & Plugin Review Team Rep

    There’s also a somewhat vetted list of commercial theme shops:

    If someone there is engaging in shady thangs, let us know!

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