When the “blogging revolution” first began, blogs looked like blogs and websites looked like websites. You could easily tell the difference between the two.
Then the WordPress CMS came along and changed everything. Now, it’s getting more and more difficult to tell if the site is being powered by “blogging” software like the WP publishing platform, or if it’s been developed using a traditional website editor tool. 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 hood”.
(It’s Getting Harder To Tell Websites Built With Web Development Tools Vs ‘Blogging’ Software!)
For website owners, understanding the difference between a Content Management System application like WordPress and other website-building tools is huge, not so much in terms of the technical differences, but more importantly, regarding the areas that the majority of website owners are deeply 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 turns out to be fairly expensive to build, or
B) The same eye-catching, professional-looking site, but for a tiny fraction of the cost of getting option ”A” above built.
If you decided to go with site ”B” above, then you need to know more about WordPress, why WordPress can give you an eye-catching website that will typically end up costing you far less to build than websites which use other website editing applications … 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 budget-friendly CMS application suitable for businesses on a budget.
Whether your reason for having a website is for personal blogging or business use, WordPress is easy enough for a newbie with no technical skills to use and manage, yet it offers an array of helpful features that make your web presence highly effective when it comes to getting your content published, promoting visitor engagement, 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 could probably be powered by WordPress too.
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 a similar site built for your business for very little cost?
How To Check If Your Website Is A WP Website
Do you need to know if a website is powered by WordPress? Maybe you’ve come to this page because you’ve read wonderful things about all of the great advantages of using WordPress, and you’re now wondering if your site was built using WordPress, or some other content management system.
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 some simple methods you can use to quickly tell if a site has been built with WordPress:
Search The Page’s Source Code For A TellTale WordPress Footprint
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 obvious telltale footprints that the site was built using WordPress …
(Viewing the page source code in the Firefox web browser)
Let’s say that you are surfing the web and you come across a website that you like, and you would like to know if the site is built on WordPress …
First, bring up the site’s source code on your screen, using the methods described above.
In the source code, search for words like “wp-content” either by visually scanning the code …
Or use your browser’s “Find” function …
(Use Firefox’s ‘Find’ function)
This will tell you if the site was built with WordPress or not.
Note: If you are unable to see “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 runs on WordPress, as we will soon see.
As the focus of this article is to help non-technical users, however, below you will find a number of easy ways to check if your website is built with WordPress other than looking at the source code.
Just Ask Your Webmaster
While this may seem like the most logical thing to do, some web developers, for whatever reason, may build their clients a website and not tell them it’s been built with WordPress.
If you hired a website developer or got somebody else to build your website, just ask your web developer or whoever built your website if your website was built using WordPress.
That was simple, huh?
Okay … what if you can’t get in touch with 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 want to know if the site was built using WordPress?
Check Below Footer
If the site uses a WP theme where the them template has not been modified, you can typically find a “Powered by WordPress” message displayed in the footer area …
(Powered by WordPress – footer section)
If these simple methods haven’t helped you, here are some other ways of identifying WordPress sites …
Sites That Can Tell You If A Website Is Built With 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 …
(Is It WP)
Is It WordPress? is a free tool that can check very quickly if a site runs on WordPress or not.
Using this tool is very simple. Just add the address of the site into the search field and click the button.
The tool will go through the URL code 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 has not been built with WordPress, you will get a message like 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 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 the Firefox or Chrome browsers and would like to be able to know if the sites that you are visiting were built using WordPress, then Wappalyzer is a useful add-on to add to your browser.
Wappalyzer tells you what type of software is installed in the sites you are visiting.
According to their website …
Wappalyzer is also an easy to install and very easy to use browser extension.
After installing the Wappalyzer extension on your browser, icons will show up in your web browser, next to the site URL identifying which technologies are installed on all the sites you are visiting …
If the WordPress icon shows up on your browser menu (as shown in the screenshot above), then the site has been built with WordPress.
(This site is built using WordPress!)
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, 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:
We hope you have found the above information useful.
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