When the “blogging revolution” first began, blogs looked like blogs and websites looked like websites. You could easily tell the difference.
Then WordPress came along and revolutionized online publishing and online content management. Now, it’s becoming almost impossible to tell blogs and websites apart. Not so much in terms of what the sites are being used for, but in terms of website 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 tool like WordPress and other website-building tools is huge, not so much in terms of the technical differences, but more importantly, in terms of the areas that matter to most website owners, like web development costs, ease of use, ability to keep the website up-to-date, managing content, etc.
Think about this …
Which of the following options would you choose?
A) An eye-catching, professional-looking website that turns out to be fairly expensive to build, or
B) The same eye-catching, professional-looking website, but at a cost that turns out to be significantly less than the cost of getting site ”A” built.
If you selected site “B”, then you need to know more about WordPress, why WordPress can provide you with a beautiful website that could cost far less to build than websites which use a website development application … and how to tell these two types apart!
WordPress is the world’s preferred online publishing platform and content management system (CMS). It is a flexible and powerful CMS platform suitable for most types of business applications.
Whether your reason for having a web site is for personal blogging or business use, WordPress is easy enough for a newbie with no programming skills to use and manage, yet it offers a range of helpful tools that make your website more effective in terms of getting your content published and indexed by search engines, promoting visitor interaction, generating business leads and sales, scalability, etc.
With almost one in every five websites around the world being powered by WordPress, chances are that if you already own a website, yours is also a WordPress site.
And if you don’t have a website yet, or are considering getting one built, then wouldn’t it be great to show your web developer an existing website 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 for your business to a smaller budget if required?
Does My Website Run On WordPress?
Do you need to know if your website is powered by WordPress? Maybe you’ve come here because you’ve read about all of the great advantages of using WordPress, and you’re now wondering if your site was built using WordPress, or some other website application.
Here are a number of ways to tell if sites are powered WordPress:
View The Page 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 obvious tell-tale footprints …
(View the page source code using Firefox)
Let’s say that you are surfing the web and you visit a site that you like, and you’re wondering if the site uses WordPress …
First, bring up the site’s source code on your screen, using the methods described above.
After the source code of the page loads on your screen, you can search for words like “wp-content” either by scanning the code visually …
Or using your browser’s “Find” function …
(Using the Firefox web browser ‘Find’ function)
This will tell you if the site is powered by WordPress or not.
Note: If you do not locate “wp-content” in the source code, it does not mean that you are not looking at a WordPress site.
There are other ways to find out if a site was built using WordPress, as we will soon see.
As the point of this article is to try and help non “techies”, however, we have listed below a number of easier ways to check if your website is built with WordPress other than scanning the source code.
Ask Your Website Developer
While this may seem like the logical thing to do, some web development companies, for whatever reason, will build their clients a website and not tell them it’s WordPress.
If you used a website developer or got somebody else to build your website, just ask your web developer or whoever built your website if your website was built with WordPress.
That was simple, huh?
Okay … what if you can’t get in touch with your webmaster, or what if you’ve come across a website that you really like while browsing the net and need to know if the site was built using WordPress?
Powered By WordPress
If the site uses a WordPress theme and the web template has not been modified, you can often find a “Proudly powered by WordPress” notice shown at the bottom of the site …
(Proudly Powered by WordPress)
If these simple methods haven’t helped you, here are some other ways of identifying WordPress sites …
Sites That Can Tell You If A Website Runs On WordPress
Here are a couple of tools that can tell you if a website uses WordPress or not …
IsItWP.com is a free tool that can check very quickly if a website runs on WordPress or not.
Using this tool is really simple. Just add the URL of the website into the search field and click the button.
It will then go and search through the URL code and tell you if the site was built using WordPress, and if so, it will even tell you the version of WordPress the site is currently using …
If the web site does not run on WordPress, you will get a message similar to the one below …
To use this tool, go here: Is It WP? – WP Checking Tool
(What WP Theme Is That)
What WP Theme Is That is a free web tool that lets you easily detect what WordPress theme and plugins a website or blog is using.
This is a great resource if you have come across a WordPress site that you like and would like to know what theme the site uses.
Entering the website’s URL into the field and clicking the icon will not only confirm whether or not a site is a WordPress site, but it will also list the theme (web design template) being used by the site and any plugins it detects.
Tip: You can use this tool for competitive analysis to see if your competitors’ websites are built using WordPress, and if so, see which plugins they are using …
Note: A message like the one shown in the screenshot below will appear below the site URL if the site is not built with WordPress …
To use this tool go here: What WordPress Theme Is That
(Wappalyzer – Browser Extension (Firefox / Chrome))
If you browse the net using either the Firefox or Google Chrome web browsers and would like to be able to see if the sites that you are visiting are WordPress sites, then Wappalyzer is a very useful add-on to install on your web browser.
Wappalyzer tells you what type of software is installed on the sites while you are browsing.
According to their website …
It’s also very easy to install.
After installing the Wappalyzer extension on your web browser, icons will show up in your web browser menu identifying which software is being used by the sites you visit …
If the WordPress icon shows up on your browser menu (as the above screen shot shows), then the site has been built with WordPress.
(It’s a WordPress site!)
To learn more, go here: Wappalyzer – Web Browser Extension (Firefox / Chrome)
(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, go here:
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