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 everything. Now, it’s becoming more difficult to tell if the site is being powered by a “blogging” content management system (CMS) like WordPress, or if it’s been built using website-building software. 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.
(It’s Getting Harder To Tell Websites Built With Web Development Tools Vs ‘Blogging’ Software!)
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, regarding the things that matter to most website owners, 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 is actually expensive to build, or
B) The same eye-catching, professional-looking site, but for a tiny fraction of the cost of getting site “A” above.
If you selected web site ”B” above, then you need to know more about WordPress, why WordPress can give you an eye-catching website that will probably turn out to be much less expensive to build than websites built with traditional website development tools … and how to tell the two apart!
WordPress is the world’s leading online publishing platform and content management system (CMS). It is a flexible and powerful content management system that is ideally suited 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 novice with no knowledge of coding to use, and offers many helpful functions that make your website more effective when it comes to getting your content published and indexed by search engines, 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, your site is also driven by WordPress.
And if you don’t have a website yet, or are thinking of getting a website 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 for very little cost?
How To Check If A Site Was Built With WordPress
Do you need to know if a website was built using WordPress? Maybe you’ve come here because you’ve read wonderful things about all of the great advantages of using WordPress, and you’re now wondering if your site was built using the WordPress software, or some other CMS.
Here are a number of ways to tell if sites are powered WordPress:
Search The Page’s Source Code For WordPress Footprints
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 a telltale footprint …
(View the web page source code in Firefox)
Suppose that you are surfing the web and you visit a site that you like, and you wonder if the site is built with 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 manually …
Or using your browser’s “Find” function …
(Use Firefox’s ‘Find’ function)
This will quickly tell you if the site was built with WordPress or not.
Note: If you do not find “wp-content” within the page source code, it does not mean that it’s not a WordPress site.
There are other ways to tell if the site was built using WordPress, as we will soon discuss.
As the point of this post is to help non “techies”, however, we have listed below a number of easy methods you can use to check if your web site is built with WordPress other than looking through the source code.
Just Ask Your Web 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 web site and you’re not sure what application was used to build it, just ask your web developer or whoever built your website if it runs on WordPress.
That was easy, huh?
Okay … what if you can’t reach the person who looks after your website, or what if you’ve come across a website that you really like while browsing the net and would like to know if it was built with WordPress?
Check Below Footer
If the site uses a WP theme and the site them template has not been customized, you can typically find a “Powered by WordPress” message displayed at the bottom of the site …
(Powered by WordPress – footer)
If these simple methods aren’t helpful to you, here are some other ways of identifying WordPress sites …
Sites That Tell You If A Website Uses WordPress
Here are a couple of online applications that can tell you if your website uses WordPress or not …
Is It WordPress? is a free tool that can check if a site runs on WordPress or not.
Using this tool is super easy. Just type the URL of the website into the search field and click the button next to it.
It will 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 web site does not run on WordPress, you will get a message like the one shown 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 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 the Firefox or Google Chrome browsers and would like to be able to tell if the sites that you are visiting use WordPress, then Wappalyzer is a useful add-on to install on your browser.
Wappalyzer helps you identify what type of software is installed in the sites you are visiting.
According to their website …
It’s also a very easy extension to install and use.
Once you have installed Wappalyzer on your web browser, icons will show up in your web browser identifying which software is being used by the sites you visit …
If the WordPress icon shows up on the browser menu (as the above screen shot shows), then the site uses WordPress.
(This is a WordPress site!)
To learn more, go 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:
We hope you have found the above information useful.
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