Once upon a time and not so long ago, blogs looked like blogs and websites looked like websites. You could easily tell the two apart.
Then WordPress came along and everything changed. Now, it’s becoming almost impossible 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 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 tool 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 many website owners are deeply concerned with, 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 is actually expensive to build, or
B) The same eye-catching, professional-looking site, but at a much cheaper price than the cost of getting site ”A” built.
If you picked website “B”, then you need to know more about the benefits of using WordPress, why WordPress can give you an eye-catching website that will usually turn out to be far less expensive to build than websites which use web-building software … and how to tell the two apart!
WordPress is the world’s leading online publishing platform and content management system (CMS). It is a budget-friendly content management system 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 web design skills to use and manage, and offers many helpful features that make your web site more effective in terms of getting your content published and indexed by search engines, promoting visitor interaction, generating business leads and sales, 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 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 to a smaller budget if required?
Is Your Website Built With WordPress?
Do you need to know if a website uses WordPress? Maybe you’ve come to our site because you’ve heard about WordPress, and you’re now wondering if your site runs on the WordPress software, or some other website application.
Here are some simple ways to tell if a web site has been built using WordPress:
View The 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 an obvious telltale footprint …
(Viewing your web page source code in the Firefox browser)
Suppose that you are browsing online and you come across a website 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.
Once 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 …
(Use Firefox’s ‘Find’ function)
This will tell you if the site is powered by WordPress or not.
Note: If you are unable to find the words “wp-content” within the page source code, it does not mean that the website is not a WordPress site.
There are other ways to find out if a site runs on WordPress, as we will soon see.
As the focus of this article is to 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 using WordPress other than viewing the source code.
Simply Ask Your Webmaster
While this may seem like the most logical 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 web site and you can’t tell what application was used to build it, just ask your webmaster or whoever built your website if your web site runs on WordPress.
That was easy, huh?
Okay … what if you can’t reach your website developer, or what if you’ve come across a website that you really like while surfing online and would like to know if it was built with WordPress?
Powered By WordPress
If the site uses a WordPress theme and the templates have not been modified, you will often find a “Proudly powered by WordPress” notice showing below the footer section …
(Powered by WordPress – site footer area)
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 Has Been Built With WordPress
Here are a some tools that can tell you if your website uses WordPress or not …
Is It WP is a free tool that lets you quickly check if a website uses WordPress or not.
Using this site is really quite simple. Just type in or paste in the URL of the site into the search field and click the button.
It will then go and search through the URL pages and tell you if the site was built using WordPress, and if so, which version of WordPress it is currently using …
If the site is not powered by WordPress, you will see a message similar to the one shown below …
To visit this site, go here: IsItWP.com
(What WordPress Theme Is That?)
What WordPress Theme Is That is another free web tool that allows you to easily detect what WP theme and plugins a website is using.
This is a great resource if you have come across a WordPress site that you like and would like to know what WordPress theme the site uses.
Using this tool is also really simple. Just enter the site’s domain name into the field and click the search icon or hit “Enter.” The tool will not only confirm whether or not the site has been built on the WP CMS platform, but it will also list the theme being used on the site and list any WP 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 below the site URL if the site is not built using WordPress …
Go here to use this tool: WhatWPThemeIsThat.com – WP Theme Checking Tool
If you browse the net using either Firefox or Chrome and want to be able to instantly tell if the sites that you are visiting have been built using WordPress, then Wappalyzer is a useful extension to add to your browser.
Wappalyzer tells you what software is installed in the sites while you are browsing.
According to their website …
It’s also an easy browser extension to install.
Once you have installed the Wappalyzer add-on on your web browser, icons will display in your browser, in the URL field allowing you to see which technologies are being used by all the sites you visit …
If you see the WordPress icon displayed on the browser menu (as shown in the screen shot above), then the site has been built with WordPress.
(A WordPress site!)
Visit the site here: Wappalyzer
(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 you have found the above information useful.
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