Once upon a time and not so long ago, blogs looked like blogs and websites looked like websites. One could easily tell the difference between the two.
Then the WordPress CMS came along and changed all this. Now, it’s becoming more and more difficult to tell blogs and websites apart. 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’s under the surface.
(Can You Tell Which Application Your Website Is Powered By?)
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 many website owners care about, such as web development costs, ease of use, ability to maintain the site 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 actually expensive to build, or
B) The same eye-catching, professional-looking site, but for a fraction of the cost of getting site ”A” above built.
If you went with site ”B” above, then you need to learn more about the benefits of using WordPress, why WordPress can give you an attractive, professional-looking and fully functional website that could cost far less to build than websites which are built with web-building software … and how to tell the two apart!
WordPress is the world’s most popular online publishing platform and content management system (CMS). It is a powerful and easy-to-use CMS application 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 coding to use and manage, yet it offers a range of helpful features that make your web site more effective in terms of getting your content published, promoting visitor engagement, generating business leads and sales, enhancing your site’s capabilities, 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 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 website 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 a much smaller cost?
Is My Website Built With WordPress? How To Tell
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 benefits and advantages of using WordPress, and you’re now wondering if your site was built using WordPress, or some other content management system.
Here are some simple ways to tell if a site is powered by WordPress:
Search Your Page’s Source Code For 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 page source code in Firefox)
Suppose that you are surfing the web and you come across a web 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.
After the source code of the site loads on your screen, you can search for “wp-content” either by scanning the code …
Or use your browser’s “Find” function …
(Using Firefox’s ‘Find’ function)
This will tell you if the site is powered by WordPress or not.
Note: If you do not locate “wp-content” within the page source code, it doesn’t necessarily mean that this is not a WordPress site.
There are other ways to tell if a site runs on the WordPress software, as we will soon be discussing.
As the focus of this post is to try and help non-technical users, however, below you will find a number of easy ways to check if your web site is built with WordPress other than searching the source code.
Ask Your Website Developer
While this may seem like the most logical thing to do, a number of 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 you a website, just ask your web developer or whoever built your website if your website runs on WordPress.
That was easy, huh?
Okay … what if you can’t reach your webmaster, or what if you’ve come across a website that you really like while surfing the net and you really would like to know if it was built using WordPress?
Powered By WordPress
If the site uses a WordPress theme where the site theme templates have not been edited, you will typically see a “Powered by WordPress” message shown below the footer area …
(Proudly Powered by WordPress – footer section)
If these simple methods haven’t helped you, here are some other ways of identifying WordPress sites …
Tools That Tell You If A Website Uses WordPress
Here are a couple of tools that can tell you if your website uses WordPress or not …
Is It WP? is a free online tool that lets you quickly check if a site runs on WordPress or not.
Using this site is really simple. Just type in or paste in the address of the website into the search field and click the button.
The tool will then search through the page code on the URL 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 is not a WordPress web site or blog, you will see a message similar to the one below …
To use this tool, go here: Is It WP
What WP Theme Is That? is a free online tool that allows you to easily detect what WordPress theme a site 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.
Entering the site’s domain name into the field and clicking the icon will not only confirm whether or not the site is a WordPress site, but it will also list the theme (web design template) being used by the site and any WordPress plugins it detects.
Tip: You can use this tool to work out whether your competitors are also using WordPress, and if so, see which plugins they are using …
Note: If the site was not built with WordPress, a message like the one shown in the screenshot below will appear below the site URL …
Go here to visit the site: WhatWPThemeIsThat.com
If you browse the net using either Firefox or Google Chrome and would like to be able to know if the sites that you are visiting are WP-powered, then Wappalyzer is a great extension to install on your web browser.
Wappalyzer tells you what software is installed on the sites you are visiting.
According to their website …
It’s also very easy to install.
After installing the Wappalyzer add-on on your web browser, icons will display in your web browser menu, 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 showing on the browser menu (as the above screen shot shows), then the site uses WordPress.
(This website is built using WordPress!)
To visit the website, 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:
I hope you have found the above the information in this tutorial useful.
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