After trying unsuccessfully to find the proper decode tools for a couple of themes I downloaded, I found this. Just goes to show that sometimes we over complicate things instead of looking for the obvious. Use the information below to decode and change the footer.php to your needs. I am not guaranteeing this works on all the encrypted footers, but I have not found a footer where this did not work - Open the index.php and add <!- footer start -> above the <?php get_footer(); ?> and then add <!- footer end -> below it Code: <!- footer start -> <?php get_footer(); ?> <!- footer end -> - Save your changes and refresh the site - Once the site has loaded view the source code and scroll down till you see the tags you added. - Copy everything between <!- footer start -> and <!- footer end -> and use it to replace the encrypted code in the footer.php and edit as needed. - Save changes and refresh and your footer should be updated with your changes.