When the “blogging revolution” first began, blogs looked like blogs and websites looked like websites. One could easily tell blogs and websites apart.
Then the WordPress CMS came along and changed everything. Now, it’s getting 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 website design and also being able to tell what’s under the surface.
(Can You Tell Which Application A Website Has Been Built With?)
For many website owners, understanding the difference between a Content Management System tool like WordPress and other website-building software is huge, not so much in terms of the technical differences, but more importantly, regarding the things that many website owners are mostly concerned with, like 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 is actually expensive to build, or
B) The same eye-catching, professional-looking website, but at a much cheaper cost than the cost of getting site “A” above.
If you selected web site “B”, then you need to know more about WordPress, why WordPress can provide you with an eye-catching website that will usually end up costing you far less to build than websites which are built with web-building software … and how to tell the two types apart!
WordPress is the world’s leading online publishing platform and content management system (CMS). It is a flexible and powerful content management system suitable for small, medium and even large businesses.
Whether your reason for having a web site is for personal blogging or business use, WordPress is easy enough for a newbie with no technical knowledge to use and manage, and offers an array of helpful tools that make your web presence extremely effective when it comes to getting your content published, promoting visitor interaction, 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 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 for your business quite inexpensively?
The Easy Way To Tell If Your Website Was Built Using WP Software
Do you need to know if a website is powered by WordPress? Maybe you’ve come here because you’ve read about all of the great advantages of using WordPress, and you’re now wondering if your site was built using WordPress, or some other CMS.
Also, have you ever looked at a competitor’s website and wondered what they’re doing to try and get better results online?
Knowing if your competitor’s site is built with WordPress can tell you a few things about their strategies and methods, such as what themes or plugins they are using.
Here are a number of ways to tell if a site has been built using WordPress:
Look At Your Page Source Code
If you know how to bring up 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 tell-tale footprints …
(How to view your web page source code using Firefox)
Suppose that you are surfing the web and you visit a site that you like, and you wonder if the site uses WordPress …
First, bring up the site’s source code on your screen, using the methods described above.
After the source code of the site loads on your screen, search for “wp-content” either by visually scanning the code …
Or using the browser’s “Find” function …
(Using Firefox’s ‘Find’ function)
This will quickly tell you if the site was built with WordPress or not.
Note: If you are unable to find “wp-content” within the 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 a site was built using 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 website is powered by WordPress other than searching through the source code.
Ask Your Web Developer
While this may seem like the obvious thing to do, many web developers, for whatever reason, may 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 webmaster or whoever built your web site if it has been built with 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 surfing the net late at night and you want to know if it was built using WordPress?
Check Below The Footer
If the site uses a WordPress theme and the them template has not been edited, you will often see a “Powered by WordPress” message displayed in the footer section of the site …
(Proudly Powered by WordPress – footer area)
If these simple methods haven’t helped you, here are some other ways of telling whether a site runs on WordPress or not …
Online Tools That Can Tell You If A Website Uses WordPress
Here are a some online applications that can tell you if a website uses WordPress or not, and what themes or plugins the site uses …
(Is It WordPress? – WordPress Checking Tool)
Is It WP? is a free online tool that can tell you if a site uses WordPress or not.
Using this site is very easy. Just type in or paste in the URL of the website into the URL field and click the button next to it.
It will then go through the URL files and tell you if the site was built using WordPress, and if so, which version of WordPress the site is currently using …
If the site is not powered by WordPress, you will get a message like the one below …
To visit this site, 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 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:
If you browse the net using either Firefox or Chrome and want to be able to see if the sites that you are visiting are powered by WordPress, then Wappalyzer is a useful extension for your browser.
Wappalyzer identifies what software is installed on the sites while you are browsing.
According to their website …
It’s also very easy to install and very easy to use.
Once you have installed Wappalyzer on your web browser, icons will show up in your web browser menu identifying which technologies are being used by all the sites you visit …
If the WordPress icon shows up on the browser menu (as the above screenshot shows), then the site uses WordPress.
(A WordPress site!)
Go here to learn more:
(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:
I hope that you have found the above information useful.
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