Remove the Meta from your Sidebar!

By Daniel Scocco

If you browse across some WordPress blogs, specially recently launched ones, you will notice that a lot of people keep the Meta section that comes with their theme on the sidebar. If you do, remove it!

removethemeta.gifThe Meta section includes some admin links like “Login” or “XHTML Valid.” While those links might be useful for the owner of the blog, they offer no value at all for the reader. Sometimes the Meta might even be counterproductive, since it also carries a link to the WordPress RSS feed. If you are using Feedburner some of your readers might end up with the wrong feed if they click on these links.

The next time you set a WordPress blog up, start by removing the Meta section from the sidebar.



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48 Responses to “Remove the Meta from your Sidebar!”

  • Andy

    I got lazy and searched google rather than my dashboard for how to remove this. Seems obvious now. Thanks

  • Ant Gray

    I’d say, login and wp-admin links are useful, but last should be seen only by admin, of course. And they may be moved to main navigation bar, or footer. Because dedicated block in sidebar is too much.

  • Antoony

    Yes, I agree. The META really should not need to be shown to visitors. It is useful for webmasters, but not for visitors. Except if the visitor is allowed to register, then the link to the login page is required.

  • Narayan

    Ok How does one remove it? Nothing seems to be working. I have tried all advices so far.
    Yes, if you create them on right side and then remove it, well it dissappears, but the bottom section is always showing the META and everything else that is attached to it. Going nuts with this issue. Please if someone can help, I would appreciate it very much.

  • John Pollard

    Stupid post IMHO without supplying the answer til 32-35 comments down. I’ve got a tip, Be Smarter than That!.

    My site was showing meta for some reason although it was not showing as listed in the widgets side bar section. Possibly for the reason 35 alluded to. To remove it I first added it to the right side, saved, and then took it out, and it disappeared if this helps anyone.

  • Alex Newell

    I like the meta section on my blogs so it’s staying there! it is handy for logging in – and is does not have to be at all prominent

    There are WAY more important things to do on any blog…

    🙂

    “Meta Is Better!”

  • headrheum

    I’ve just found an answer, check this one out:

    http://www.wpthemesplugin.com/creating-a-custom-wordpress-page-removing-sidebar-and-footer/

  • ultimateweb

    Removal is not simply explained. Apearance > Widgets > Remove is one thing but if a list of widgets is displayed in WP 2.7 and NONE are installed.. it’ll have to be removed from the theme itself.

  • Leanne Boyd

    P.S. And I strongly recommend that, before making any changes of this kind to the core pages… back them up, eh? Much easier than frantically searching the Codex when you make a big boo boo.

  • Leanne Boyd

    Hmmm. I am on WP 2.7, using the Blue Grace theme. The only time the admin login link shows, is if I am logged in. When I log out, the admin link changes to “Register.” And the other link I’ve left there is Login/Log Out. I guess my question for all these folks who are taking out their Meta links section…. for your particular theme, is there another area for Registering? For logging in and out? On Blue Grace, this IS IT. I’ve taken a couple of other arbitrary links out of this Meta section, but I figure registering and logging in are kinda important. LOL.

  • faziats

    To remove it, log into your Admin page.

    Appearance > Widgets >

    If you’ve added it, it should appear on the right hand side.

    Click on Edit > Remove > Save Changes.

  • B

    And now for the absolute beginner: how to actually remove the “Meta” thing?

    You guys just said it is a good idea, but how do you do it?

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