It used to be that blogs looked like blogs and websites looked like websites. You could easily tell the difference.
Then the WordPress CMS came along and changed all this. Now, it’s becoming increasingly 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 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 website owners, understanding the difference between a CMS tool 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 the majority of website owners care most about, such as 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 turns out to be fairly 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 chose web site ”B” above, then you need to know more about WordPress, why WordPress can give you an eye-catching website that will probably cost far less to build than websites built using traditional website editor tools … and how to tell these apart!
WordPress is the world’s leading online publishing platform and content management system (CMS). It is a powerful content management system suitable 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 web design skills to use and manage, and offers a range of helpful tools that make your website extremely 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 functionality, scalability, etc.
With almost one in every five websites around the world currently being powered by WordPress, chances are that if you already own a website, your site is also driven by the WordPress CMS.
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 something similarly built for your business to a smaller budget if required?
Does My Website Run On WordPress?
Do you need to know if a website is powered by WordPress? Maybe you’ve come to this page because you’ve heard 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 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 with WordPress:
Search Your Page’s Source Code For Tell-Tale 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 tell-tale footprints …
(Viewing your web page source code in the Firefox browser)
Suppose that you are surfing the web and you visit a web site that you like, and you would like to know if the site runs on WordPress …
First, bring up the site’s source code on your screen, using the methods described above.
Once the source code of the site loads on your screen, search for words like “wp-content” either by scanning the code visually …
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 do not see “wp-content” within the source code, it doesn’t necessarily mean that you are not looking at a WordPress site.
There are other ways to tell if a site was built using the WordPress software, as we will soon discuss.
As the point of this article is to help non-technical users, however, we have listed below a number of easier ways to check if your web site is powered by WordPress other than searching the source code.
Just Ask Your Webmaster
While this may seem like the most obvious thing to do, a number of website developers, for whatever reason, will build their clients a website and not tell them it’s WordPress.
If you have an existing website and you’re not sure what application is driving it, just ask your developer or whoever built your website if your site runs on WordPress.
That was simple, huh?
Okay … what if you can’t reach your webmaster, or what if you’ve come across a website that you really like while browsing online and you would like to know if the site was built using WordPress?
Powered By WordPress
If the site uses a WordPress theme and the website template has not been modified, you can often see a “Powered by WordPress” notice displayed below the footer area …
(Proudly Powered by WordPress)
If these simple methods haven’t helped you, here are some other ways of telling whether a website runs on WordPress or not …
Tools That Can Tell You If A Website Uses WordPress
Here are a some sites that can tell you if your website uses WordPress or not, and what themes or plugins the site uses …
(IsItWP.com – WordPress Checker)
Is It WP? is a free tool that can tell you very quickly if a site uses WordPress or not.
Using this tool is super easy. Just enter the URL of the site into the URL field and click the button.
It will then search through the site code and tell you if the site was built using WordPress, and if so, it will even tell you which version of WordPress it is currently using …
If the site is not a WordPress site, you will get a message like the one shown in the screenshot 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 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 – Extension For Firefox & Chrome Web Browser)
If you use either the Firefox or Chrome browser and would like to be able to tell if the sites that you are visiting are WordPress sites, then Wappalyzer is a useful add-on to add to your browser.
Wappalyzer tells you what type of software is installed in the sites while you are browsing.
According to their website …
It’s also a very easy to install and very easy to use browser extension.
After installing Wappalyzer on your browser, icons will appear in your web browser allowing you to see which software is being used by all the sites you are visiting …
If the WordPress icon displays on the browser menu (as the above screen shot shows), then the site uses WordPress.
(A WordPress site!)
To visit the website, 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, visit the site below:
I hope that you have found the above information useful.
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