Once upon a time and not so long ago, blogs looked like blogs and websites looked like websites. One could easily tell the difference.
Then the WordPress CMS came along and revolutionized the online publishing world. Now, it’s getting harder 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 kind 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 CMS 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 many website owners care most about, such as web development costs, ease of use, ability to maintain the site 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 is expensive to build, or
B) The same eye-catching, professional-looking website, but for a tiny fraction of the cost of getting option “A” above.
If you selected website ”B” above, then you need to know more about the benefits of using WordPress, why WordPress can be used to create an expensive-looking website that could end up costing you far less to build than websites built using web-building software … and how to tell the two types apart!
WordPress is the world’s most used online publishing platform and content management system (CMS). It is a budget-friendly content management software suitable for all businesses and non-technical users.
Whether your reason for having a digital presence 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 extensions that make your web site highly effective when it comes to getting your content published and indexed by search engines, promoting visitor interaction, generating business leads and sales, enhancing your site’s functionality, 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 a website 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 something similarly built for your business for a much smaller cost?
How To Tell If Your Web Site Is A WP Website
Do you need to know if your website was built using WordPress? Maybe you’ve come to our site because you’ve read about all of the great benefits and advantages of using WordPress, and you’re now wondering if your site runs on WordPress, or some other content management system.
Here are a number of methods you can use to quickly tell if sites are powered WordPress:
Check Your Source Code For WordPress Footprints
If you know how to access 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 …
(How to view your page source code using the Firefox web browser)
Let’s say that you are browsing online and you visit a site that you like, and you’re wondering if the site was built using WordPress …
First, bring up the site’s source code on your screen, using the methods described above.
In the source code, you can search for words like “wp-content” either by scanning the code visually …
Or use the browser’s “Find” function …
(Use the Firefox browser ‘Find’ function)
This will quickly tell you if the site runs on WordPress or not.
Note: If you do not see “wp-content” within the page source code, it doesn’t mean that you are not looking at a WordPress site.
There are other ways to find out if the site was built using WordPress, as we will soon discuss.
As the point of this post is to try and help non-technical users, 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 at the source code.
Ask Your Web Developer
While this may seem like the most obvious thing to do, a number of web development agencies, for whatever reason, will build clients a website and not tell them it’s WordPress.
If you hired a website developer or got somebody else to build your website, just ask your webmaster or whoever built your website if your web site runs on WordPress.
That was simple, 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 surfing the net and you need to know if it was built with WordPress?
Check Below Footer
If the site uses a WP theme where the site template has not been modified, you will typically see a “Proudly powered by WordPress” message shown at the bottom of the site …
(Proudly Powered by WordPress)
If the methods above aren’t helpful to you, here are some other ways of telling whether a site uses WordPress or not …
Online Tools That Tell You If A Website Uses WordPress
Here are a some sites that will tell you if a particular website uses WordPress or not …
(Is It WordPress?)
IsItWP.com is a free online tool that can tell you very quickly if a website uses WordPress or not.
Using this site is super simple. Just type the URL of the site into the URL field and click the button next to it.
It will then go through the URL 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 was not built using WordPress, you will get a message similar to the one below …
To use this tool, go here: Is It WordPress?
(What WP Theme Is That – WP Theme Checker)
What WP Theme Is That? is a free WP theme-checking tool that lets you easily detect what WordPress theme a site uses.
This is another useful site for telling you if a site was built using WordPress or not.
Entering the site’s URL into the field and clicking the icon will not only confirm whether or not a site is powered by WordPress, but it will also list the WordPress theme (web design template) being used by the site and any plugins it detects.
Tip: You can use this tool for competitive analysis to work out whether your competitors are also using WordPress, and if so, see which plugins they are using …
Note: A message like the one shown in the screenshot below will appear if the site was not built with WordPress …
To use this tool go here: What WordPress Theme Is That? – WP Theme Checking Tool
If you browse the net using either the Firefox or Google Chrome browsers and want to be able to instantly tell if the sites that you are visiting are WordPress-powered, then Wappalyzer is a very useful add-on for your browser.
Wappalyzer helps you identify what software is installed in the sites while you are browsing.
According to their website …
It’s also an easy browser extension to install and use.
Once you have installed the Wappalyzer add-on on your browser, icons will appear in your web browser identifying which technologies are installed on all the sites you are visiting …
If you see the WordPress icon showing on the browser menu (as shown in the screenshot above), then the site uses WordPress.
(It’s a WordPress site!)
To visit the Wappalyzer extension website, go here: Wappalyzer – Web Browser Extension (Firefox / Chrome)
(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:
I hope you have found this tutorial useful.
"If you're new to WordPress, this can stand on its own as a training course and will stay with you as you progress from beginner to advanced and even guru status." - Bruce (Columbus, Ohio)
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