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 everything changed. Now, it’s becoming almost impossible to tell if the website is running on a “blogging” CMS tool like the WP CMS, or if it’s been developed using a traditional website development software application. Not so much in terms of what the sites are being used for, but in terms of web 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 many website owners, understanding the difference between a CMS tool like WordPress and other website-building software is huge, not so much in terms of the technical differences, but more importantly, regarding the areas that many website owners care most about, like web development costs, ease of use, ability to keep 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 expensive to build, or
B) The same eye-catching, professional-looking site, but at a cost that turns out to be significantly less than the cost of getting site ”A”.
If you went with site “B”, then you need to learn more about the benefits of using WordPress, why WordPress can give you a stunning website that could cost far less to build than websites built using traditional web editing applications … and how to tell the two types apart!
WordPress is the world’s most used online publishing platform and content management system (CMS). It is a flexible and powerful content management system that is ideally suited for ”non-techy” website owners.
Whether your reason for having a website or blog is for personal blogging or business use, WordPress is easy enough for a beginner with no knowledge of HTML to use, and offers many helpful tools that make your web presence extremely 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 currently being powered by WordPress, chances are that if you already own a website, yours is also a WordPress site.
And if you don’t have a website yet, or are considering getting one 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 for very little cost?
Is It A WordPress Web Site?
Do you need to know if your website uses WordPress? Maybe you’ve come to this page because you’ve read wonderful things about all of the great benefits and advantages of using WordPress, and you’re now wondering if your site runs on the WordPress software, or some other CMS application.
Here are some simple ways to tell if a web site is powered by WordPress:
Check The Source Code For Obvious TellTale 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 an obvious tell-tale footprint …
(Viewing your page source code using the Firefox browser)
Suppose that you are surfing the web and you visit a site that you like, and you would like to know if the site uses 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 “wp-content” either by visually scanning the code …
Or using the browser’s “Find” function …
(Using the Firefox browser ‘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 page source code, it doesn’t necessarily mean that it’s not a WordPress site.
There are other ways to tell if the site was built using the WordPress software, as we will soon see.
As the focus of this article is to try and help non “techies”, however, below you will find a number of easier ways to check if your site is built with WordPress other than searching the source code.
Just Ask Your Webmaster
While this may seem like the obvious thing to do, a number of web development agencies, for whatever reason, may build their clients a website and not tell them it’s been built with WordPress.
If you have an existing web site and you can’t tell what CMS application was used to build it, just ask your webmaster or whoever built your site if it was built with 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 browsing online and you need to know if the site was built with WordPress?
Powered By WordPress
If the site uses a WP theme and the site them template has not been modified, you can typically find a “Proudly powered by WordPress” notice displayed at the bottom of the site …
(Proudly Powered by WordPress – footer)
If the methods above aren’t helpful to you, here are some other ways of identifying WordPress sites …
Tools That Can Tell You If A Website Runs On WordPress
Here are a couple of sites that can tell you if your website uses WordPress or not …
(Is It WP – WordPress Checker)
Is It WP? is a free tool that can tell you if a site was built with WordPress or not.
Using this site is really simple. Just add the URL of the site into the URL field and click the button.
The tool will then go and search through the URL and tell you if the site was built using WordPress, and if so, which version of WordPress it is currently using …
If the web site does not run on WordPress, you will see a message like the one below …
To visit this site, go here: Is It WP
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 (including parent and child themes).
This is another useful site for telling you if a site runs on WordPress or not.
Using this tool is quite 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 a site is powered by the WP CMS platform, but it will also list the theme being used by the site and list any 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: If your site was not built with WordPress, you will see a message like the one shown in the screenshot below …
Go here to visit the website: WhatWPThemeIsThat.com – WP Theme Checker
(Wappalyzer – Extension For Firefox / Chrome Browser)
If you use a browser like Firefox or Chrome and would like to be able to know if the sites that you are visiting have been built using WordPress, then Wappalyzer is a useful extension to install on your browser.
Wappalyzer identifies what type of software is installed on the sites while you are browsing.
According to their website …
It’s also a very easy to install and easy to use web browser extension.
After installing Wappalyzer on your web browser, icons will appear in your browser allowing you to see which technologies are installed on all the sites you visit …
If the WordPress icon displays on your browser menu (as the above screenshot shows), then the site uses WordPress.
(A WordPress site!)
To learn more about the Wappalyzer browser extension, go here: Wappalyzer.com
(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:
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