Remove Installed by Installatron from WordPress

I maintain dozens of websites, all of them using the great WordPress package. On my own webserver, I run an installation of Installatron, which is a great tool to easily install software packages on a webhosting account. As I already paid for Installatron and I’m very keen on my SEO, I don’t want to have the Installatron Branding, which includes an outgoing link, on every page of every WordPress site I run. So here’s how to remove it.

  1. Backup the index.php file in the root of your WordPress installation
  2. Open the index.php file in the root of your WordPress installation
  3. Verify that line 1 of the file refers to Installatron. Here’s what I found:

    < ?php if(!function_exists("__ics")){function __ics($b,$m){return preg_replace('!([^"]powered\\s+by\\s+(?:)?\\s*WordPress)\\.?\\s*\\.?!sim','$1, Installed by Installatron.',$b);} ob_start("__ics");}?>< ?php
  4. Remove this line except for the last 5 characters, which open the PHP coding for the rest of the file
  5. Save index.php
  6. Check your site. This how the result should look like:

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