Does Your Website Run On WordPress? How To Tell

Does your website run on WordPress? Here are some tell-tale signs that a website was built with WordPress …

WordPress For BeginnersWhen the “blogging revolution” first began, blogs looked like blogs and websites looked like websites. One could easily tell the difference between the two.

Then the WordPress CMS came along and revolutionized online publishing. Now, it’s getting harder to tell blogs and websites apart. 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”.

Does My Site Run On WordPress?

(It’s Getting Harder To Tell Websites Built With Web Development Tools Vs ‘Blogging’ Software!)

For many website owners, understanding the difference between a CMS tool like WordPress and other website-building tools is huge, not so much in terms of the technical differences, but more importantly, regarding the things that the majority of website owners are deeply concerned with, such as web development costs, ease of use, ability to maintain 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 actually expensive to build, or

B) The same eye-catching, professional-looking site, but at a much cheaper price than the cost of getting site ”A” above built.

If you picked option “B”, then you need to know more about the benefits of using WordPress, why WordPress can give you a beautiful website that will typically turn out to be far less expensive to build than websites which are built with a website building application … and how to tell these apart!

WordPress is the world’s most used online publishing platform and content management system (CMS). It is a flexible and powerful CMS suitable for local businesses.

Whether your reason for having an online presence is for personal blogging or business use, WordPress is easy enough for a newbie with no knowledge of HTML to use and manage, and offers an array of helpful features that make your web presence highly effective in terms of getting your content published and indexed by search engines, promoting visitor interaction, 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 could also be powered by WordPress.

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 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 to a smaller budget if required?

Is My Website Built With WordPress? How To Tell

Do you need to know if a website is powered by WordPress? Maybe you’ve come to this page because you’ve read about all of the great benefits 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 a number of ways to tell if a web site is powered by WordPress:

Check Your Source Code For Obvious Tell-Tale WordPress Footprints

If you know how to search 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 a tell-tale footprint …

Viewing your web page source code using Firefox

(Viewing your web page source code in Firefox)

Suppose that you are browsing online and you visit a web site that you like, and you would like to know if the site runs on WordPress …

How To View Page Source Code In Firefox

First, bring up the site’s source code on your screen, using the methods described above.

In the page’s source code, you can search for words like “wp-content” either by scanning the code …

The Easy Way To Tell If Your Blog Runs On The WordPress CMS Platform

Or using the browser’s “Find” function …

Using Firefox's 'Find' function

(Using Firefox’s ‘Find’ function)

This will quickly tell you if the site is powered by WordPress or not.

Note: If you do not see “wp-content” in the page source code, it does not necessarily mean that it’s not a WordPress site.

How To View Page Source Code In Firefox

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 “techies”, however, we have listed below a number of easy ways to check if your website is built using WordPress other than looking through the source code.

Just Ask Your Website Developer

While this may seem like the logical thing to do, many web development agencies, for whatever reason, will 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 application is driving it, just ask your webmaster or whoever built your website if your site was built with WordPress.

That was easy, huh?

Okay … what if you can’t get in touch with your website developer, or what if you’ve come across a site that you really like while surfing the net late at night and you need to know if the site was built with WordPress?

Check Below The Footer

If the site uses a WordPress theme and the theme templates have not been edited, you can typically find a “Powered by WordPress” message shown below the footer section …

Powered by WordPress - footer

(Powered by WordPress)

If the simple methods above haven’t helped you, here are some other ways of telling whether a website was built with WordPress or not …

Sites That Can Tell You If A Website Is Built With WordPress

Here are a couple of online applications that will tell you if the website uses WordPress or not, and what themes or plugins the site uses …

Is It WP – WordPress Checker

Is It WordPress?

(Is It WP – WordPress Checker)

IsItWP.com is a free online tool that can check very quickly if a website was built with WordPress or not.

Using this site is really simple. Just type in or paste in the URL of the site into the search field and click the button.

It will go through the URL code and tell you if the site was built using WordPress, and if so, which version of WordPress the site is currently using …

Is It WP - WP Checking Tool

If the site is not a WordPress-powered website, you will get a message similar to the one shown below …

Is It WordPress? - WordPress Site Checker

To visit this site, go here:

Advanced WP Theme Checker by Satori

WordPress Theme Detector

(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

(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

(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

(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

(This website is not WordPress)

You can try the Detector yourself by visiting this link:

WordPress Theme Detector

Wappalyzer

Wappalyzer.com

(Wappalyzer – Extension For Firefox & Chrome Browser)

If you browse the net using either the Firefox or Google Chrome web browsers and want to be able to tell if the sites that you are visiting are powered by WordPress, then Wappalyzer is a great add-on to add to your web browser.

Wappalyzer tells you what type of software is installed in the sites while you are browsing.

According to their website …

“Wappalyzer is a browser extension that uncovers the technologies used on websites. It detects content management systems, eCommerce platforms, web servers, JavaScript frameworks, analytics tools and many more.”

It’s also an easy to install and very easy to use web browser extension.

Wappalyzer - Extension For Firefox & Chrome Web Browser

After installing Wappalyzer on your browser, icons will appear in your web browser menu allowing you to see which software is installed on the sites you visit …

Wappalyzer.com

If you see the WordPress icon showing on the browser menu (as the above screenshot shows), then the site has been built with WordPress.

This is a WordPress site!

(It’s a WordPress site!)

To learn more, go here:

SpyBar

SpyBar - Browser Addon For WordPress

(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 – 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

Plugin Sniper - Find out what plugins a WordPress site is using

(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

(Search WordPress sites by categories and location)

To download or learn more about Plugin Sniper, visit the site below:

We hope you have found the above the information in this tutorial useful.

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"I have used the tutorials to teach all of my clients and it has probably never been so easy for everyone to learn WordPress ... Now I don't need to buy all these very expensive video courses that often don't deliver what they promise." - Stefan Wendt, Internet Marketing Success Group