When the “blogging revolution” first began, blogs looked like blogs and websites looked like websites. One could easily tell them apart.
Then the WordPress CMS came along and everything changed. Now, it’s getting more difficult to tell if the website was built with a “blogging” CMS application 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 CMS application like WordPress and other website-building tools is huge, not so much in terms of the technical differences, but more importantly, in terms of the areas that matter to most website owners, 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 options below would you choose?
A) An eye-catching, professional-looking website that turns out to be fairly expensive to build, or
B) The same eye-catching, professional-looking site, but at a fraction of the cost of getting site ”A” built.
If you went with website ”B” above, then you need to know more about the benefits of using WordPress, why WordPress can be used to create a professional-looking website that could turn out to be much less expensive to build than websites which use a web development tool … 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 flexible and powerful CMS application that is ideally suited for most types of business applications.
Whether your reason for having a website is for personal blogging or business use, WordPress is easy enough for a beginner with no programming skills to use, yet it offers many helpful functions that make your web site extremely 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 capabilities, 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 the WP CMS.
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 website 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 a much smaller cost?
Tell-Tale Signs It’s A WordPress Site And WordPress-Checking Tools
Do you need to know if your website uses WordPress? Maybe you’ve come to our site because you’ve read about WordPress, and you’re now wondering if your site runs on WordPress, or some other website application.
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 sites are built using WordPress:
Check The Source Code
If you know how to check 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 tell-tale footprint …
(How to view your page source code in the Firefox web browser)
Let’s say that you are surfing the web and you visit a site that you like, and you would like to know if the site uses WordPress …
First, bring up the site’s source code on your screen, using the methods described above.
Once the source code of the page loads on your screen, you can search for words like “wp-content” either manually …
Or use your browser’s “Find” function …
(Use the Firefox browser ‘Find’ function)
This will quickly tell you if the site is powered by WordPress or not.
Note: If you do not see “wp-content” in the source code, it doesn’t mean that the website 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 “techies”, however, we have listed below a number of easier methods you can use to check if your website is built with WordPress other than viewing the source code.
Simply Ask Your Web Developer
While this may seem like the logical thing to do, some website developers, for whatever reason, may build their clients a website and not tell them it’s been built with WordPress.
If you have an existing website and you can’t tell what application is driving it, just ask your web developer or whoever built your web site if the website runs on 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 site that you really like while surfing the net and you really need to know if it was built using WordPress?
Check Below Footer
If the site uses a WP theme where the theme templates have not been modified, you can typically see a “Proudly powered by WordPress” notice displayed at the bottom of the site …
(Powered by WordPress)
If the simple methods above aren’t helpful to you, here are some other ways of telling whether a site was built with WordPress or not …
Sites That Can Tell You If A Website Has Been Built With WordPress
Here are a some tools that can tell you if your website uses WordPress or not, and what themes or plugins the site uses …
(Is It WP)
Is It WP is a free tool that can tell you very quickly if a site was built with WordPress or not.
Using this tool is really quite easy. Just type in or paste in the URL of the website into the URL field and click the button.
The tool will then search through the URL files 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 a WordPress-driven website, you will see a message similar to the one shown in the screenshot 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 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 use a browser like Firefox or Chrome and would like to be able to know if the sites that you are visiting are WordPress-driven, then Wappalyzer is a useful add-on for your web browser.
Wappalyzer helps you identify what type of software is installed on the sites you are visiting.
According to their website …
Wappalyzer is also a very easy to install and very easy to use browser extension.
Once you have installed Wappalyzer on your web browser, icons will appear in your web browser, in the URL field allowing you to see which software is being used by the sites you are visiting …
If you see the WordPress icon showing on your browser menu (as the above screenshot shows), then the site has been built with WordPress.
(A WordPress site!)
Visit the Wappalyzer browser add-on site 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, visit the site below:
(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 the information in this tutorial useful.
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