Our company makes websites for other companies. We used the theme Iris, and personalized it to match the needs of our client. They used it for a few weeks and liked it. Then they noticed there was advertising at the bottom of the footer, so I removed it. Now it's giving me an error, "This theme is released under creative commons licence, all links in the footer should remain intact".
When I edited the footer file, it was in wordpress's template editing wp-admin section. Now that I have this problem, I'm locked out of wp-admin, so I uploaded the old footer.php file, only to give me the exact same issue. I located the code in the header.php file and removed it and uploaded the changes. Nothing changed on the website.
Is there some sort of cache files set when you use wordpress's template editing software, or information being stored in the database that is keeping this old header.php file to be still read?
To make sure the template files were still being read from the location, I removed all theme folder, and it just removed the website, so it is reading the theme folder where I know its located at.