Once upon a time and not so long ago, blogs looked like blogs and websites looked like websites. One could easily tell the difference.
Then WordPress came along and revolutionized web publishing and web content management. Now, it’s getting more and more difficult to tell the difference between what applications are being used to build the two. 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 surface.
(Can You Tell Which Application Your Website Is Powered By?)
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, regarding the areas that many website owners care about, like web development costs, ease of use, ability to keep the website 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 expensive to build, or
B) The same eye-catching, professional-looking site, but at a fraction of the cost of getting site ”A”.
If you chose website “B”, then you need to know more about WordPress, why WordPress can provide you with an eye-catching website that will typically turn out to be much less expensive to build than websites built using website-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 powerful CMS platform suitable for businesses on a budget.
Whether your reason for having an online presence is for personal blogging or business use, WordPress is easy enough for a newbie with no technical knowledge to use, and offers a range of helpful functions that make your web presence more effective when it comes to getting your content published and indexed by search engines, promoting visitor interaction, generating business leads and sales, enhancing your site’s functionality, 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 probably powered by WordPress too.
And if you don’t have a website yet, or are thinking of getting one built, then wouldn’t it be great to be able 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 something similarly built for very little cost?
Is Your Website Powered By WordPress?
Do you need to know if your website is powered by WordPress? Maybe you’ve come here because you’ve read about WordPress, and you’re now wondering if your site was built using the WordPress software, or some other content management system.
Here are a number of ways to tell if a web site is running on WordPress:
Look At 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 that the site was built with WordPress …
(How to view web page source code using Firefox)
Suppose that you are surfing the web and you come across a website that you like, and you wonder if the site uses WordPress …
First, bring up the site’s source code on your screen, using the methods described above.
In the page’s source code, search for the words “wp-content” either by scanning the code …
Or using your browser’s “Find” function …
(Using the Firefox browser ‘Find’ function)
This will tell you if the site was built with WordPress or not.
Note: If you cannot see “wp-content” in the source code, it does not mean that this is not a WordPress site.
There are other ways to find out if a site runs on the WordPress software, as we will soon be discussing.
As the focus of this article is to try and help non-technical users, however, we have listed below a number of easy methods you can use to check if your web site is built using WordPress other than looking at the source code.
Just Ask Your Webmaster
While this may seem like the most obvious thing to do, a number of web developers, for whatever reason, may build their clients a website and not tell them it’s WordPress.
If you used a website developer or got somebody else to build you a website, just ask your webmaster or whoever built your web site if your site was built using WordPress.
That was easy, huh?
Okay … what if you can’t reach the person who built your website, or what if you’ve come across a website that you really like while browsing online and would like to know if the site was built using WordPress?
Check Below The Footer
If the site uses a WordPress theme where the them template has not been customized, you can typically find a “Proudly powered by WordPress” message showing 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 Has Been Built With WordPress
Here are a couple of sites that will tell you if a website uses WordPress or not …
(Is It WP)
IsItWP.com is a free tool that can check if a website was built using WordPress or not.
Using this tool is really simple. Just type in or paste in the address of the site into the search field and click the button.
It will search through the URL files 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 site is not a WordPress web site or blog, you will get a message similar to the one below …
To visit this site, go here: Is It WordPress?
What WP Theme Is That is another free web tool that allows you to easily detect what WordPress theme and plugins a site uses.
This is another useful site for telling you if a website runs on WordPress or not.
Using this tool is also quite simple. Just enter the site’s domain name into the field and click the search icon or hit “Enter.” The tool will then not only confirm whether or not a site is powered by WordPress, but it will also list the WP theme being used on the site and list any plugins detected.
Tip: You can use this tool 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 your site was not built using WordPress …
To use this tool go here: What WP Theme Is That?
(Wappalyzer – Browser Extension (Firefox / Chrome))
If you browse the net using either Firefox or Google Chrome and want to be able to instantly tell if the sites that you are visiting have been built using WordPress, then Wappalyzer is a very useful extension to install on your web browser.
Wappalyzer helps you identify what type of software is installed in the sites while you are browsing.
According to their website …
Wappalyzer is also easy to install.
After installing Wappalyzer, icons will show up in your web browser, next to the site URL identifying which technologies are installed on all the sites you visit …
If you see the WordPress icon showing on the browser menu (as the above screen shot shows), then the site uses WordPress.
(This is a WordPress site!)
Go here to learn more and download Wappalyzer: Wappalyzer.com
(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:
I hope that you have found this information useful.
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