It used to be that blogs looked like blogs and websites looked like websites. You could easily tell the difference.
Then WordPress came along and changed all this. Now, it’s getting increasingly more difficult to tell if the website was built using “blogging” software like the WordPress CMS, or if it’s been developed using a traditional web building software application. Not so much in terms of what the sites are being used for, but in terms of web design and also being able to tell what’s “under the hood”.
(It’s Getting Harder To Tell Websites Built With Web Development Tools Vs ‘Blogging’ Software!)
For many website owners, understanding the difference between a Content Management System application like WordPress and other website-building tools is huge, not so much in terms of the technical differences, but more importantly, regarding the areas that matter to most website owners, such as web development costs, ease of use, ability to keep the website up-to-date, managing web content, etc.
Think about this …
Which of the following options would you choose?
A) An eye-catching, professional-looking website that is expensive to build, or
B) The same eye-catching, professional-looking website, but at a much cheaper cost than the cost of getting site ”A”.
If you selected website “B”, then you need to learn more about WordPress, why WordPress can provide you with a stunning website that will probably cost far less to build than websites which use a website building application … and how to tell the two types apart!
WordPress is the world’s leading online publishing platform and content management system (CMS). It is a powerful and easy-to-use content management system that is ideally suited for ”non-techy” website owners.
Whether your reason for having an online presence is for personal blogging or business use, WordPress is easy enough for a newbie with no web design skills to use, and offers many helpful features that make your web presence highly effective in terms of getting your content published, promoting visitor engagement, generating business leads and sales, enhancing your site’s functionality, etc.
With almost one in every five websites around the world currently being powered by WordPress, chances are that if you already own a website, your site is also driven by WordPress.
And if you don’t have a website yet, or are thinking of getting a website built, then wouldn’t it be great to be able to show your web developer an existing site with the design and layout that you like, know that it was built with WordPress and that you can, therefore, get a similar site built quite inexpensively?
How To Check If Your Web Site Is A WP Website
Do you need to know if a website uses WordPress? Maybe you’ve come to our site because you’ve heard or read wonderful things about WordPress, and you’re now wondering if your site was built using WordPress, or some other website application.
Also, have you ever looked at a competitor’s website and wondered what they’re doing to try and get better results online?
Knowing if your competitor’s site is built with WordPress can tell you a few things about their strategies and methods, such as what themes or plugins they are using.
Here are a number of methods you can use to quickly tell if sites are running on WordPress:
View Your Source Code
If you know how to check the source code of a web page (e.g. Firefox Menu > Web Developer > Page Source if using Firefox, or Google Menu > More Tools > View Source if using Google Chrome), you can look for tell-tale footprints …
(How to view your page source code in Firefox)
Suppose that you are browsing online and you visit a website that you like, and you wonder if the site was built on WordPress …
First, bring up the site’s source code on your screen, using the methods described above.
Once the source code of the site loads on your screen, you can search for the words “wp-content” either manually …
Or using the browser’s “Find” function …
(Using the Firefox web browser ‘Find’ function)
This will quickly tell you if the site runs on WordPress or not.
Note: If you do not find the words “wp-content” within the page source code, it does not mean that the website is not a WordPress site.
There are other ways to find out if the site runs on WordPress, as we will soon discuss.
As the focus of this post is to help non “techies”, however, we have listed below a number of easier methods you can use to check if your website is built with WordPress other than scanning the source code.
Just Ask Your Web Developer
While this may seem like the most obvious thing to do, some website development companies, for whatever reason, will build clients a website and not tell them it’s WordPress.
If you have an existing website and you can’t tell what application was used to build it, just ask your web developer or whoever built your website if it has been built using WordPress.
That was easy, huh?
Okay … what if you can’t get in touch with the person who looks after your site, or what if you’ve come across a website that you really like while browsing online and need to know if the site was built with WordPress?
Powered By WordPress
If the site uses a WP theme where the site theme templates have not been customized, you can typically find a “Powered by WordPress” notice shown in the footer section …
(Powered by WordPress – site footer)
If the methods above haven’t helped you, here are some other ways of identifying WordPress sites …
Sites That Tell You If A Website Was Built Using WordPress
Here are a some tools that will tell you if a website uses WordPress or not, and what themes or plugins the site uses …
(Is It WordPress?)
Is It WP? is a free tool that can tell you if a site was built using WordPress or not.
Using this site is very easy. Just paste the address of the website into the search field and click the button.
The tool will then search through the site code and tell you if the site was built using WordPress, and if so, it will even tell you which version of WordPress it is currently using …
If the web site is not a WordPress web site or blog, you will see a message similar to the one below …
To visit this site, go here:
(WordPress Theme Detector)
WordPress Theme Detector by Satori Studio is a free tool that can help determine whether or not a website uses WordPress as its CMS engine; it will also tell you which theme the site is using and provide a link to the theme’s official page.
To use this tool, paste the URL of a web page (it doesn’t have to be the home page) into the ‘Enter website URL’ field and click on the ‘What WordPress theme is that?’ button …
(Enter website URL and click the button)
The Detector will automatically scan the website and output its theme information …
(WordPress Theme Detector displays theme results)
If a website is built with WordPress but the theme is too customized to contain any traces of its origins, the Detector will still let you know it’s a WP site by outputting a message on the right.
(Modified WordPress theme message)
If the website is not using WordPress at all, the tool will also let you know …
(This website is not WordPress)
You can try the Detector yourself by visiting this link:
If you use either the Firefox or Chrome browser and want to be able to know if the sites that you are visiting are WordPress-driven, then Wappalyzer is a useful extension to install on your browser.
Wappalyzer tells you what software is installed on the sites you are visiting.
According to their website …
Wappalyzer is also a very easy to install and easy to use browser extension.
After installing Wappalyzer, icons will show up in your browser menu, in the URL field allowing you to see which technologies are being used by the sites you are visiting …
If you see the WordPress icon showing on the browser menu (as the above screen shot shows), then the site has been built with WordPress.
(A WordPress site!)
To learn more, go here:
(SpyBar – Browser Addon For WordPress)
SpyBar is a browser addon that lets you ‘reverse engineer’ any WordPress site you visit and see which WordPress plugins and themes are being used, right inside your web browser …
(SpyBar – Discover WordPress Plugins And Themes Used By Your Competitors)
SpyBar can be installed as a browser extension on Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox and is compatible with PC and Mac.
To download or learn more about SpyBar, go here:
(Plugin Sniper – Find out what plugins a WordPress site is using)
Plugin Sniper lets you find out what plugins a WordPress site is using. This is a useful tool if you want to know what WordPress plugins are being used by your competitors.
Plugin Sniper is also a useful tool for researching what kinds of plugins businesses in certain niches are using …
(Search WordPress sites by categories and location)
To download or learn more about Plugin Sniper, visit the site below:
We hope that you have found the above the information in this tutorial useful.
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