Does Your Website Run On WordPress? How To Tell

Does your website run on WordPress? Here are some tell-tale signs that a website was built with WordPress …

WP For BeginnersIt used to be that blogs looked like blogs and websites looked like websites. You could easily tell the two apart.

Then the WordPress CMS came along and everything changed. Now, it’s becoming more and more difficult to tell the difference between what software is being used to build the two. 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.

Is Your Web Site Built With WordPress?

(Can You Tell Which Application Is Powering A Website?)

For many 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 things that many website owners are deeply concerned with, like web development costs, ease of use, ability to keep the website up-to-date, managing content, etc.

Think about this …

Which of the following options would you choose?

A) An eye-catching, professional-looking website that is expensive to build, or

B) The same eye-catching, professional-looking site, but for a tiny fraction of the cost of getting site “A” above.

If you went with site “B”, then you need to learn more about WordPress, why WordPress can give you an attractive, professional-looking and fully functional website that will probably turn out to be much less expensive to build than websites built using traditional web editing applications … and how to tell these two types apart!

WordPress is the world’s leading online publishing platform and content management system (CMS). It is a powerful and easy-to-use CMS platform that is ideally suited for small, medium and even large businesses.

Whether your reason for having a web site is for personal blogging or business use, WordPress is easy enough for a beginner with no programming skills to use, and offers a range of helpful functions that make your website highly effective when it comes to getting your content published, promoting visitor interaction, 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 WordPress.

And if you don’t have a website yet, or are thinking of 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 a similar site built quite inexpensively?

How To Tell If Your Web Site Was Built Using WordPress

Do you need to know if your website was built using WordPress? Maybe you’ve come to this page because you’ve heard about WordPress, and you’re now wondering if your site was built using 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 some simple ways to tell if a web site is running on WordPress:

View The Page 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 a tell-tale footprint …

Viewing the page source code in the Firefox browser

(Viewing web page source code in Firefox)

Suppose that you are surfing the web and you visit a site that you like, and you wonder if the site uses WordPress …

View The Page Source Code In Firefox

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 manually …

Is My Website Built With WordPress? Tell-Tale Signs & WordPress-Checking Tools

Or use the browser’s “Find” function …

Use Firefox's 'Find' function

(Use the Firefox browser ‘Find’ function)

This will tell you if the site was built with WordPress or not.

Note: If you cannot find “wp-content” within the source code, it doesn’t necessarily mean that you are not looking at a WordPress site.

Viewing The Page Source Code In Firefox

There are other ways to find out if a site runs on the WordPress software, as we will soon discuss.

As the point of this article is to help non “techies”, however, below you will find a number of easier ways to check if your site 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 web development companies, for whatever reason, will build clients a website and not tell them it’s WordPress.

If you used a website developer or got somebody else to build you a website, just ask your webmaster or whoever built your web site if your website has been built using WordPress.

That was simple, huh?

Okay … what if you can’t get in touch with 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 it was built using WordPress?

Check Below The Footer

If the site uses a WordPress theme and the theme templates have not been modified, you will often find a “Proudly powered by WordPress” notice shown below the footer section of the site …

Powered by WordPress

(Powered by WordPress – footer)

If these simple methods aren’t helpful to you, here are some other ways of identifying WordPress sites …

Tools That Can Tell You If A Website Is Built With WordPress

Here are a couple of 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

(IsItWP.com – WordPress Checking Tool)

Is It WordPress? is a free tool that can check if a website uses WordPress or not.

Using this tool is really easy. Just type the URL of the site into the URL field and click the button next to it.

It will search through the URL files 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 …

Is It WP - WP Website Checking Tool

If the site has not been built using WordPress, you will see a message like the one shown in the screenshot below …

Is It WordPress?

To visit this site, go here:

Advanced WP Theme Checker by Satori

WordPress Theme Detector

(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

(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

(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

(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

(This website is not WordPress)

You can try the Detector yourself by visiting this link:

WordPress Theme Detector

Wappalyzer

Wappalyzer

(Wappalyzer)

If you browse the net using either the Firefox or Chrome web browsers and want to be able to tell if the sites that you are visiting are powered by WordPress, then Wappalyzer is a great extension to install on your web browser.

Wappalyzer helps you identify what type of software is installed in the sites you are visiting.

According to their website …

“Wappalyzer is a browser extension that uncovers the technologies used on websites. It detects content management systems, eCommerce platforms, web servers, JavaScript frameworks, analytics tools and many more.”

It’s also an easy browser add-on to install and use.

Wappalyzer - Browser Add-On (Firefox / Chrome)

Once you have installed Wappalyzer, icons will show up in your browser identifying which technologies are installed on the sites you are visiting …

Wappalyzer - Add-On For Firefox & Chrome Web Browser

If you see the WordPress icon showing on your browser menu (as shown in the screen shot above), then the site uses WordPress.

This site is built using WordPress!

(It’s a WordPress site!)

To visit the Wappalyzer add-on site, go here:

SpyBar

SpyBar - Browser Addon For WordPress

(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 – 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

Plugin Sniper - Find out what plugins a WordPress site is using

(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

(Search WordPress sites by categories and location)

To download or learn more about Plugin Sniper, go here:

I hope that you have found the above tutorial useful.

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"This is an awesome training series. I have a pretty good understanding of WordPress already, but this is helping me to move somewhere from intermediate to advanced user!" - Kim Lednum

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