Support » Theme: Mission News » Replace footer and fonts in the free version?

  • Resolved arj968653


    Hi Ben. I’m new to self-hosted WordPress, and I’m trying out Mission News for my first website. I’m using the Free Version. I just have a couple of questions.

    1. Is it allowed for me to replace the footer text that links to with my own copyright info?

    2. Is it allowed for me to load another set of Google fonts?

    I know that these two functions are provided by the pro version, but right now I cannot yet upgrade. And so I have to find another way.

    I checked the license of the theme, and it is GPL v2 or later. I’m no expert, but I think that I’m allowed to do these things. I just want to check with you. With luck, I may not even have to change the source code, but simply use a search-and-replace plugin to process the generated HTML.

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  • Theme Author Ben Sibley


    Thanks for using Mission News!

    It’s an open source theme, so you’re free to modify it however you see fit. Rather than editing the theme files directly, I recommend you install a “child theme.” You can read a bit about them and download a Mission News starter child theme here:

    To edit the footer text, you would copy the footer.php file from Mission News into your child theme. Then WordPress will load the version in the child theme. From there, you can change the text or make any other changes you need.

    Loading a different font is fine too. You can add this function to the child theme to “dequeue” the existing font requests, which will help a lot with performance:

    function my_dequeue_mission_news_fonts() {
      wp_enqueue_style( 'ct-mission-news-google-fonts');
    add_action( 'wp_enqueue_scripts', 'my_dequeue_mission_news_fonts', 10 );
    Thread Starter arj968653


    Thank you so much! This is indeed very helpful. I’m glad that I can freely use this theme with my own few tweaks. Keep up the good work.

    Theme Author Ben Sibley


    You’re welcome! Glad I could help.

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