It used to be that blogs looked like blogs and websites looked like websites. You could easily tell the difference between the two.
Then WordPress came along and changed everything. Now, it’s getting more difficult to tell blogs and websites apart. 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 type of web application is actually powering the site.
(It’s Getting Harder To Tell Websites Built With Web Development Tools Vs ‘Blogging’ Software!)
For website owners, understanding the difference between a CMS 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 matter to most website owners, like web development costs, ease of use, ability to keep the site up-to-date, managing 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 site, but at a much cheaper cost than the cost of getting option ”A”.
If you went with website ”B” above, then you need to learn more about WordPress, why WordPress can provide you with an expensive-looking website that could cost far less to build than websites which use a web development application … and how to tell the two types apart!
WordPress is the world’s preferred online publishing platform and content management system (CMS). It is a budget-friendly content management system suitable for businesses on a budget.
Whether your reason for having a digital presence is for personal blogging or business use, WordPress is easy enough for a newbie with no technical skills to use, and offers many helpful features that make your web presence more effective in terms of getting your content published, 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, your site could probably be 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 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 a similar site built for a much smaller cost?
Is Your Website Powered By WordPress?
Do you need to know if your website is powered by WordPress? Maybe you’ve come to this page 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 some simple methods you can use to quickly tell if sites are built with WordPress:
Look At Your Page Source Code
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 obvious telltale footprints that the site was built with WordPress …
(Viewing page source code in Firefox)
Suppose that you are surfing the web and you visit a site that you like, and you’re wondering 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 “wp-content” either by scanning the code with your eyes …
Or use your browser’s “Find” function …
(Using the Firefox web browser ‘Find’ function)
This will tell you if the site is powered by WordPress or not.
Note: If you cannot find “wp-content” in the page 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 the site runs on WordPress, as we will soon see.
As the focus of this article is to try and help non-technical users, however, below you will find a number of easier ways to check if your site is built using WordPress other than looking through the source code.
Ask Your Webmaster
While this may seem like the logical thing to do, many website developers, for whatever reason, will build their clients a website and not tell them it’s WordPress.
If you have an existing website and you can’t tell what CMS application was used to build it, 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 reach the person who built your site, or what if you’ve come across a website that you really like while surfing the net and would like to know if the site was built with WordPress?
Powered By WordPress
If the site uses a WordPress theme where the template has not been modified, you will typically find a “Powered by WordPress” message displayed below the footer section …
(Powered by WordPress – site footer area)
If these simple methods haven’t helped you, here are some other ways of telling whether a site was built with WordPress or not …
Sites That Can Tell You If A Website Runs On WordPress
Here are a couple of tools that can tell you if a particular website uses WordPress or not …
Is It WP? is a free online tool that can check very quickly if a website uses WordPress or not.
Using this tool is really quite easy. Just enter the address of the site into the search field and click the button.
It will go through the URL pages and tell you if the site was built using WordPress, and if so, it will even tell you which version of WordPress the site is currently using …
If the site is not powered by WordPress, you will see a message similar to the one shown in the screen shot below …
To use this tool, go here: Is It WordPress?
What WordPress Theme Is That? is a free web tool that lets you easily detect what WP theme a site is using (including parent and child WP themes).
This is another useful site for telling you if a site was built using 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 if a site is built using WordPress software, but it will also list the WP theme being used and list any WordPress plugins it detects.
Tip: You can use this tool to work out whether your competitors’ websites are built using WordPress, and if so, see which plugins they are using …
Note: A message like the one shown below will display below the site URL if a site is not built with WordPress …
To visit their site go here: WhatWPThemeIsThat.com
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 powered by WordPress, then Wappalyzer is a great add-on to install on your browser.
Wappalyzer tells you what type of software is installed on the sites while you are browsing.
According to their website …
It’s also a very easy add-on to install and use.
Once you have installed Wappalyzer on your web browser, icons will display in your web browser menu identifying which software is being used by the sites you visit …
If the WordPress icon shows up on the browser menu (as shown in the screen shot above), then the site has been built with WordPress.
(This is a WordPress site!)
Go here to visit the site: Wappalyzer
(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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