Once upon a time and not so long ago, blogs looked like blogs and websites looked like websites. You could easily tell the difference between the two.
Then WordPress came along and everything changed. Now, it’s getting 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’s “under the hood”.
(Can You Tell Which Application Your Website Is Powered By?)
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 many website owners care most about, like web development costs, ease of use, ability to maintain the site 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 turns out to be quite expensive to build, or
B) The same eye-catching, professional-looking site, but for a fraction of the cost of getting option “A” above.
If you selected option ”B” above, then you need to know more about the benefits of using WordPress, why WordPress can give you an eye-catching website that will usually cost far less to build than websites built using other website editor tools … and how to tell the two apart!
WordPress is the world’s most popular online publishing platform and content management system (CMS). It is a powerful and easy-to-use content management system that is ideally suited for businesses on a budget.
Whether your reason for having a website is for personal blogging or business use, WordPress is easy enough for a novice with no programming skills to use and manage, yet it offers a range of helpful tools that make your web presence highly effective when it comes to getting your content published, promoting visitor engagement, generating business leads and sales, enhancing your site’s capabilities, 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 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 for your business to a smaller budget if required?
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 runs on the WordPress software, or some other CMS application.
Here are some simple ways to tell if a website is powered by WordPress:
Look At The Page Source Code
If you know how to view 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 telltale footprint …
(Viewing your page source code in the Firefox browser)
Let’s say that you are surfing the web and you visit a web 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 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 runs on WordPress or not.
Note: If you cannot find “wp-content” in the page source code, it doesn’t mean that the site you’re looking at is not a WordPress site.
There are other ways to tell if a site was built using WordPress, as we will soon see.
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 using WordPress other than searching the source code.
Simply Ask Your Webmaster
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 have an existing web site and you’re not sure what application is driving it, just ask your web developer or whoever built your web site if your web site has been built with WordPress.
That was easy, huh?
Okay … what if you can’t get in touch with the person who built your website, or what if you’ve come across a website that you really like while surfing the net late at night and you would like to know if the site was built using WordPress?
Powered By WordPress
If the site uses a WP theme where the theme templates have not been edited, you can typically see a “Powered by WordPress” notice shown in the footer area …
(Proudly Powered by WordPress)
If these simple methods aren’t helpful to you, here are some other ways of identifying WordPress sites …
Tools That Can Tell You If A Website Was Built Using WordPress
Here are a couple of tools that can tell you if a particular website uses WordPress or not …
(Is It WP)
IsItWP.com is a free tool that can tell you if a site uses WordPress or not.
Using this site is really quite easy. Just type in or paste in the address of the site into the URL field and click the button.
The tool will then search through the URL pages and tell you if the site was built using WordPress, and if so, it will even tell you the version of WordPress the site is currently using …
If the site does not run on WordPress, you will see a message like the one shown in the screenshot below …
To use this tool, go here: Is It WP? – WordPress Checker
(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 Chrome and would like to be able to know if the sites that you are visiting use WordPress, then Wappalyzer is a useful add-on for your browser.
Wappalyzer identifies what type of software is installed in the sites while you are browsing.
According to their website …
It’s also an easy to install and very easy to use web browser add-on.
Once you have installed Wappalyzer on your browser, icons will display in your web browser menu, next to the site URL identifying which software is being used by all the sites you visit …
If the WordPress icon shows up on the browser menu (as shown in the screen shot above), then the site uses WordPress.
(This site has been built with WordPress!)
Visit the Wappalyzer add-on website here: Wappalyzer – Add-On For Firefox & Chrome Web Browser
(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:
We hope that you have found the above tutorial useful.
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