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 changed all this. Now, it’s becoming 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 type of web application is actually powering the site.
(Can You Tell Which Application Websites Are Built With?)
For many website owners, understanding the difference between a Content Management System tool like WordPress and other website-building software is huge, not so much in terms of the technical differences, but more importantly, in terms of the areas that many website owners care most about, like web development costs, ease of use, ability to keep the site up-to-date, managing web content, etc.
Think about this …
Which of these 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 picked option ”B” above, then you need to learn more about WordPress, why WordPress can be used to create an attractive, professional-looking and fully functional website that could cost far less to build than websites which use traditional web development tools … and how to tell the two apart!
WordPress is the world’s most used online publishing platform and content management system (CMS). It is a powerful CMS that is ideally suited for small, medium and even large businesses.
Whether your reason for having a website is for personal blogging or business use, WordPress is easy enough for a beginner with no technical knowledge to use, yet it offers many helpful features that make your web site more effective when it comes to getting your content published, promoting visitor engagement, generating business leads and sales, enhancing your site’s functionality, 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 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 quite inexpensively?
Is It A WordPress Web Site?
Do you need to know if your website uses WordPress? Maybe you’ve come here because you’ve heard wonderful things about all of the great advantages of using WordPress, and you’re now wondering if your site runs on WordPress, or some other website application.
Here are some simple ways to tell if a website is powered by WordPress:
Look At Your Page Source Code
If you know how to access 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 telltale footprint …
(View the page source code in the Firefox browser)
Let’s say that you are browsing online and you come across a website that you like, and you’re wondering if the site runs on WordPress …
First, bring up the site’s source code on your screen, using the methods described above.
In the source code, you can search for words like “wp-content” either manually …
Or using the browser’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 cannot see the words “wp-content” within the source code, it doesn’t necessarily mean that the site you’re looking at is not a WordPress site.
There are other ways to tell 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 “techies”, however, below you will find a number of easier ways to check if your website is powered by WordPress other than searching the source code.
Ask Your Website Developer
While this may seem like the obvious thing to do, some website developers, for whatever reason, will build their clients a website and not tell them it’s WordPress.
If you hired a website developer or got somebody else to build you a website, just ask your developer or whoever built your web site if your website runs on WordPress.
That was easy, huh?
Okay … what if you can’t get in touch with your webmaster, or what if you’ve come across a site that you really like while browsing the net and you would like to know if it was built using WordPress?
Powered By WordPress
If the site uses a WP theme and the templates have not been customized, you can typically see a “Proudly powered by WordPress” message shown below the footer section …
(Proudly Powered by WordPress)
If the methods above aren’t helpful to you, here are some other ways of telling whether a site uses WordPress or not …
Sites That Can Tell You If A Website Runs On WordPress
Here are a couple of sites that can tell you if a website uses WordPress or not …
(Is It WP)
Is It WP? is a free online tool that can tell you if a site uses WordPress or not.
Using this site is really simple. Just add the address of the website into the URL field and click the button next to it.
It will then search through the URL files and tell you if the site was built using WordPress, and if so, which version of WordPress it is currently using …
If the site is not powered by WordPress, you will get a message like the one below …
To visit this site, go here: Is It WP – WP Checking Tool
(What WordPress Theme Is That)
What WordPress Theme Is That is a free WordPress theme and plugin-checking tool that allows you to easily detect what WP theme a website is using (including parent and child WordPress themes).
This is a great resource if you have come across a WordPress site that you like and would like to know what WordPress theme the site uses.
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 the site has been built using the WordPress CMS platform, but it will also list the theme being used on the site and list any WordPress plugins it detects.
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 if the site is not built with WordPress …
Go here to visit the site: What WordPress Theme Is That
(Wappalyzer – Extension For Firefox / Chrome Web Browser)
If you browse the net using either the Firefox or Google Chrome browsers and would like to be able to know if the sites that you are visiting have been built using WordPress, then Wappalyzer is a useful add-on to install on your web browser.
Wappalyzer tells you what type of software is installed on the sites you are visiting.
According to their website …
It’s also very easy to install and easy to use.
Once you have installed Wappalyzer on your browser, icons will display in your web browser, next to the site URL allowing you to see which technologies are installed on all the sites you are visiting …
If you see the WordPress icon displayed on your browser menu (as shown in the screenshot above), then the site has been built with WordPress.
(This is a WordPress site!)
Go here to download and install 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, 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:
I hope you have found this information useful.
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