Once upon a time and not so long ago, blogs looked like blogs and websites looked like websites. You could easily tell the two apart.
Then WordPress came along and changed everything. Now, it’s becoming more and more difficult to tell the difference between what software is being used to build the two. 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 surface.
(Can You Tell Which Application Your Website Is Powered By?)
For many website owners, understanding the difference between a Content Management System application like WordPress and other website-building software is huge, not so much in terms of the technical differences, but more importantly, regarding the things that the majority of website owners are mostly concerned with, like web development costs, ease of use, ability to keep the site up-to-date, managing content, etc.
Think about this …
Which of the options below would you choose?
A) An eye-catching, professional-looking website that is actually expensive to build, or
B) The same eye-catching, professional-looking site, but at a cost that turns out to be significantly less than the cost of getting site ”A” built.
If you picked website ”B” above, then you need to know more about the benefits of using WordPress, why WordPress can provide you with an eye-catching website that could turn out to be much less expensive to build than websites built using web-building software … and how to tell the two 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 all types of businesses.
Whether your reason for having a website is for personal blogging or business use, WordPress is easy enough for a novice with no programming skills to use and manage, and offers an array of helpful features that make your web site highly effective in terms of getting your content published and indexed by search engines, promoting visitor engagement, generating business leads and sales, enhancing your site’s capabilities, scalability, 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 the WordPress CMS.
And if you don’t have a website yet, or are considering 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 something similarly built for your business quite inexpensively?
Is Your Web Site Powered By WordPress?
Do you need to know if a website is powered by WordPress? Maybe you’ve come to our site because you’ve heard about all of the great advantages of using WordPress, and you’re now wondering if your site runs on the WordPress software, 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 some simple ways to tell if a website is running on WordPress:
Look At The Source Code
If you know how to view 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 an obvious tell-tale footprint …
(How to view your page source code in the Firefox browser)
Suppose that you are surfing the web and you visit a website that you like, and you would like to know if the site runs on 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 “wp-content” either manually …
Or using your browser’s “Find” function …
(Using Firefox’s ‘Find’ function)
This will tell you if the site was built with WordPress or not.
Note: If you cannot find “wp-content” in the source code, it does not mean that the site you’re looking at is not a WordPress site.
There are other ways to tell if a site was built using the WordPress software, as we will soon discuss.
As the point of this post is to try and help non-technical users, however, we have listed below a number of easier methods you can use to check if your web site is powered by WordPress other than viewing the source code.
Simply Ask Your Web Developer
While this may seem like the logical thing to do, many website developers, for whatever reason, may build clients a website and not tell them it’s been built with WordPress.
If you have an existing web site and you can’t tell what CMS application is driving it, just ask your web developer or whoever built your site if it has been built using WordPress.
That was simple, huh?
Okay … what if you can’t get in touch with your website developer, or what if you’ve come across a website that you really like while browsing the net late at night and you really need to know if the site was built using WordPress?
Check Below The Footer
If the site uses a WP theme and the website template has not been modified, you will often see a “Proudly powered by WordPress” notice displayed at the bottom of the site …
(Powered by WordPress – site footer section)
If these simple methods aren’t helpful to you, here are some other ways of telling whether a website was built with WordPress or not …
Tools That Can Tell You If A Website Is Built With WordPress
Here are a some sites that can tell you if the website uses WordPress or not, and what themes or plugins the site uses …
IsItWP.com is a free online tool that can check if a website uses WordPress or not.
Using this tool is really simple. Just type the URL of the site into the URL field and click the button.
It will go and search through the site code and tell you if the site was built using WordPress, and if so, which version of WordPress it is currently using …
If the web site does not run on WordPress, you will see a message similar to the one shown in the screen shot 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 Theme 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 browse the net using either Firefox or Chrome and want to be able to instantly tell if the sites that you are visiting are WP sites, then Wappalyzer is a very useful add-on to install on your browser.
Wappalyzer identifies what software is installed on the sites you are visiting.
According to their website …
It’s also a very easy extension to install.
Once you have installed Wappalyzer on your browser, icons will appear in your web browser menu identifying which technologies are installed on the sites you are visiting …
If you see the WordPress icon on your browser menu (as shown in the screen shot above), then the site has been built with WordPress.
(This site is built using WordPress!)
Go here to visit the Wappalyzer add-on website:
(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, visit the site below:
(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 you have found this information useful.
"If you're new to WordPress, this can stand on its own as a training course and will stay with you as you progress from beginner to advanced and even guru status." - Bruce (Columbus, Ohio)