When the “blogging revolution” first began, blogs looked like blogs and websites looked like websites. You could easily tell them apart.
Then the WordPress CMS came along and everything changed. Now, it’s becoming almost impossible to tell the difference between blogs and websites. 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”.
(Can You Tell Which Application Is Powering A Website?)
For many website owners, understanding the difference between a Content Management System application 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 things that matter to most website owners, like web development costs, ease of use, ability to maintain 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 much cheaper price than the cost of getting option “A” above.
If you picked web site ”B” above, then you need to know more about the benefits of using WordPress, why WordPress can give you an eye-catching website that could end up costing you far less to build than websites which use web-building software … and how to tell the two apart!
WordPress is the world’s leading online publishing platform and content management system (CMS). It is a powerful and easy-to-use content management application suitable for businesses on a budget.
Whether your reason for having a website or blog is for personal blogging or business use, WordPress is easy enough for a beginner with no programming skills to use and manage, and offers an array of helpful functions that make your website extremely effective when it comes to getting your content published and indexed by search engines, promoting visitor engagement, generating business leads and sales, 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, yours is also a WordPress site.
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 quite inexpensively?
Was My Website Built Using WordPress? How To Tell
Do you need to know if a website was built using WordPress? Maybe you’ve come here because you’ve heard about all of the great advantages of using WordPress, and you’re now wondering if your site runs on WordPress, or some other content management system.
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 site is powered by WordPress:
Check Your Page’s Source Code For Obvious TellTale The WordPress Footprint
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 an obvious tell-tale footprint that the site was built using WordPress …
(View the web page source code in the Firefox browser)
Suppose that you are surfing the web and you visit a site that you like, and you’re wondering if the site is built on WordPress …
First, bring up the site’s source code on your screen, using the methods described above.
In the source code, search for words like “wp-content” either by visually scanning the code …
Or use the browser’s “Find” function …
(Use the Firefox web browser ‘Find’ function)
This will tell you if the site runs on WordPress or not.
Note: If you are unable to find “wp-content” within the page source code, it doesn’t mean that the website is not a WordPress site.
There are other ways to tell if a site was built using the WordPress software, as we will soon be discussing.
As the point of this article is to help non-technical users, however, below you will find a number of easier methods you can use to check if your site is built using WordPress other than viewing the source code.
Simply Ask Your Website Developer
While this may seem like the most logical thing to do, many web development companies, for whatever reason, will build clients a website and not tell them it’s WordPress.
If you have an existing website and you’re not sure what CMS application was used to build it, just ask your web developer or whoever built your site if your website has been built with WordPress.
That was simple, huh?
Okay … what if you can’t reach your website developer, or what if you’ve come across a site that you really like while browsing the net late at night and would like to know if it was built using WordPress?
Check Below The Footer
If the site uses a WP theme and the website template has not been customized, you will typically see a “Powered by WordPress” message showing below the footer area …
(Powered by WordPress)
If the simple methods above haven’t helped you, here are some other ways of telling whether a site runs on WordPress or not …
Tools That Can Tell You If A Website Runs On WordPress
Here are a some online applications that will tell you if the website uses WordPress or not, and what themes or plugins the site uses …
(IsItWP.com – WordPress Checker)
Is It WP? is a free online tool that can tell you very quickly if a website runs on WordPress or not.
Using this tool is super simple. Just enter the URL of the site into the search field and click the button next to it.
It will then go and search through the URL files and tell you if the site was built using WordPress, and if so, which version of WordPress the site is currently using …
If the site does not run on WordPress, you will get a message similar to the one shown in the screenshot below …
To use this tool, 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 Google Chrome and want to be able to see if the sites that you are visiting are WP-driven, then Wappalyzer is a useful add-on to install on your web browser.
Wappalyzer identifies what type of software is installed in the sites you are visiting.
According to their website …
Wappalyzer is also a very easy add-on to install.
After installing the Wappalyzer add-on on your web browser, icons will appear in your web browser, in the URL field identifying which software is being used by the sites you are visiting …
If the WordPress icon shows up on the browser menu (as shown in the screen shot above), then the site uses WordPress.
(A WordPress site!)
Visit the Wappalyzer add-on website here:
(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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