Once upon a time and not so long ago, blogs looked like blogs and websites looked like websites. You could easily tell them apart.
Then WordPress came along and changed all this. Now, it’s becoming harder to tell if a website was built using “blogging” software like the WP CMS, or if it’s been built using web-building software. 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.
(Can You Tell Which Application A Website Has Been Built With?)
For website owners, understanding the difference between a Content Management System 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 matter to most website owners, like web development costs, ease of use, ability to keep 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 quite expensive to build, or
B) The same eye-catching, professional-looking website, but at a cost that turns out to be significantly less than the cost of getting site ”A” built.
If you decided to go with option “B”, 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 cost far less to build than websites built using 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 powerful and easy-to-use CMS application that is ideally suited for most types of business applications.
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 offers many helpful functions that make your web presence highly 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 considering getting a website 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 quite inexpensively?
The Easy Way To Tell If Your Website Runs On WP Software
Do you need to know if a website was built using WordPress? Maybe you’ve come here because you’ve read about WordPress, and you’re now wondering if your site runs on 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 a web site is running on WordPress:
Look At The Source Code
If you know how to search 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 tell-tale footprint …
(Viewing the web page source code using Firefox)
Let’s say that you are surfing the web and you come across a site that you like, and you would like to know if the site was built using WordPress …
First, bring up the site’s source code on your screen, using the methods described above.
In the page’s source code, search for words like “wp-content” either by scanning the code with your eyes …
Or using the browser’s “Find” function …
(Using Firefox’s ‘Find’ function)
This will quickly tell you if the site was built using WordPress or not.
Note: If you do not see “wp-content” within the source code, it doesn’t mean that the site you’re looking at is not a WordPress site.
There are other ways to tell if the site runs on 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 easy ways to check if your site is built with WordPress other than scanning the source code.
Just Ask Your Webmaster
While this may seem like the most logical thing to do, a number of web development companies, for whatever reason, may build their clients a website and not tell them it’s WordPress.
If you have an existing website and you can’t tell what CMS application was used to build it, just ask your developer or whoever built your site if your web site runs on WordPress.
That was simple, huh?
Okay … what if you can’t reach the person who looks after your website, or what if you’ve come across a site that you really like while browsing online and you need to know if the site was built using WordPress?
Check Below The Footer
If the site uses a WordPress theme and the web theme templates have not been edited, you can typically find a “Proudly powered by WordPress” notice displayed in the footer area …
(Proudly Powered by WordPress – footer)
If the simple methods above haven’t helped you, here are some other ways of telling whether a website was built with WordPress or not …
Online Tools That Can Tell You If A Website Has Been Built With WordPress
Here are a couple of tools that will tell you if your website uses WordPress or not, and what themes or plugins the site uses …
(Is It WP – WP Site Checker)
Is It WP? is a free online tool that can tell you if a site was built with WordPress or not.
Using this tool is really easy. Just type in or paste in the URL of the website into the search field and click the button.
The tool will then search through the URL pages and tell you if the site was built using WordPress, and if so, it will even tell you the version of WordPress it is currently using …
If the web site has not been built with WordPress, you will get a message like the one 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 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 either the Firefox or Chrome web browser and would like to be able to tell if the sites that you are visiting have been built using WordPress, then Wappalyzer is a very useful add-on to install on 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 an easy to install and easy to use browser add-on.
Once you have installed Wappalyzer, icons will show up in your browser menu identifying which technologies are being used by all the sites you are visiting …
If you see the WordPress icon on your browser menu (as shown in the screenshot above), then the site has been built with WordPress.
(A WordPress site!)
Visit the website 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 you have found this information useful.
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