Once upon a time and not so long ago, blogs looked like blogs and websites looked like websites. You could easily tell the difference.
Then the WordPress CMS came along and changed all this. Now, it’s becoming increasingly more difficult 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 web design and also being able to tell what type of web application is actually powering the site.
(Can You Tell Which Application Your Website Is Powered By?)
For 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, regarding the things that matter to most website owners, such as web development costs, ease of use, ability to maintain the site up-to-date, managing web content, etc.
Think about this …
Which of the options below would you choose?
A) An eye-catching, professional-looking website that turns out to be quite expensive to build, or
B) The same eye-catching, professional-looking site, but at a much cheaper cost than the cost of getting site ”A”.
If you selected option “B”, then you need to know more about the benefits of using WordPress, why WordPress can be used to create an eye-catching website that could turn out to be far less expensive to build than websites built using traditional website editing applications … and how to tell these two types apart!
WordPress is the world’s most popular online publishing platform and content management system (CMS). It is a powerful content management system that is ideally suited for most business needs.
Whether your reason for having a digital presence is for personal blogging or business use, WordPress is easy enough for a novice with no knowledge of HTML to use and manage, yet it offers an array of helpful add-ons that make your website highly effective in terms of getting your content published and indexed by search engines, promoting visitor engagement, generating business leads and sales, enhancing your site’s functionality, 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 thinking of 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 a similar site built to a smaller budget if required?
Tell-Tale Signs It’s A WordPress Web Site And WP-Checking Tools
Do you need to know if your website was built using WordPress? Maybe you’ve come to our site because you’ve read about WordPress, and you’re now wondering if your site was built using WordPress, or some other content management system.
Here are some simple methods you can use to quickly tell if a website has been built with WordPress:
Look At The 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 …
(Viewing page source code using Firefox)
Suppose that you are browsing online and you come across 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 source code, search for “wp-content” either by scanning the code …
Or using the browser’s “Find” function …
(Using Firefox’s ‘Find’ function)
This will tell you if the site runs on WordPress or not.
Note: If you are unable to see “wp-content” within 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 find out if the site was built using the WordPress software, as we will soon be discussing.
As the focus of this article is to help non-technical users, however, we have listed below a number of easier ways to check if your site is built with WordPress other than searching through the source code.
Simply Ask Your Webmaster
While this may seem like the most obvious thing to do, a number of web development agencies, for whatever reason, may 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 web site if it has been built using WordPress.
That was simple, huh?
Okay … what if you can’t reach the person who built your website, or what if you’ve come across a site that you really like while browsing the net and would like to know if the site was built with WordPress?
Check Below Footer
If the site uses a WP theme where the web them template has not been edited, you will often find a “Powered by WordPress” notice shown in the footer area …
(Powered by WordPress – footer)
If the simple methods above aren’t helpful to you, here are some other ways of telling whether a website was built using WordPress or not …
Sites That Tell You If A Website Was Built Using WordPress
Here are a couple of online applications that will tell you if the website uses WordPress or not …
(Is It WordPress?)
Is It WP is a free online tool that can tell you if a site runs on WordPress or not.
Using this site is super simple. Just add the address of the site into the search field and click the button next to it.
It will then go through the site code and tell you if the site was built using WordPress, and if so, which version of WordPress it is currently using …
If the web site is not powered by WordPress, you will see a message like the one below …
To use this tool, go here: Is It WP?
(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:
(Wappalyzer – Web 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 are WordPress sites, then Wappalyzer is a useful extension to add to your web browser.
Wappalyzer helps you identify what software is installed in the sites you are visiting.
According to their website …
It’s also a very easy to install and easy to use browser add-on.
After installing Wappalyzer, icons will display in your web browser allowing you to see which software is being used by the sites you visit …
If you see the WordPress icon displayed on your browser menu (as shown in the screen shot above), then the site has been built with WordPress.
(This is a WordPress site!)
To install Wappalyzer go here: 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, go here:
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