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 …

Learn WPOnce upon a time and not so long ago, blogs looked like blogs and websites looked like websites. One could easily tell the two apart.

Then WordPress came along and changed everything. Now, it’s getting more difficult to tell if the website is being powered by a “blogging” content management system (CMS) like the WP CMS, or if it’s been created using some other website development 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”.

How To Check If A Web Site Is A WP Site

(It’s Getting Harder To Tell Websites Built With Web Development Tools Vs ‘Blogging’ Software!)

For 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, in terms of the areas that matter to most website owners, like web development costs, ease of use, ability to maintain 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 actually expensive to build, or

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

If you chose web site “B”, then you need to learn more about the benefits of using WordPress, why WordPress can give you an eye-catching website that will normally end up costing you far less to build than websites which are built using other web editor tools … 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 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 technical skills to use and manage, and offers many helpful features that make your web site highly effective when it comes to 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 being powered by WordPress, chances are that if you already own a website, your site is also powered by WordPress.

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 a similar site built for very little cost?

Is Your Web Site Built With WordPress?

Do you need to know if your website is powered by WordPress? Maybe you’ve come to this page because you’ve heard wonderful things about WordPress, and you’re now wondering if your site runs on the WordPress software, 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 a number of ways to tell if sites are running on WordPress:

Check Your Source Code

If you know how to access 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 that the site was built using WordPress …

How to view your web page source code using the Firefox browser

(How to view your 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 runs on WordPress …

Viewing Page Source Code In Firefox

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 words like “wp-content” either manually …

How Can I Check If A Site Was Built Using WordPress?

Or using the browser’s “Find” function …

Using Firefox's 'Find' function

(Using the Firefox web browser ‘Find’ function)

This will tell you if the site is powered by WordPress or not.

Note: If you cannot see “wp-content” in the page source code, it does not necessarily mean that you are not looking at a WordPress site.

Viewing Page Source Code In Firefox

There are other ways to tell if a site was built using the WordPress software, as we will soon be discussing.

As the point of this post is to try and help non “techies”, however, below you will find a number of easy methods you can use to check if your web site is powered by WordPress other than scanning the source code.

Simply Ask Your Webmaster

While this may seem like the logical thing to do, some website development companies, for whatever reason, will build their clients a website and not tell them it’s been built with WordPress.

If you used a website developer or got somebody else to build your website, just ask your developer or whoever built your website if the site has been built using 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 late at night and you need to know if it was built with WordPress?

Check Below Footer

If the site uses a WordPress theme where the template has not been customized, you can often find a “Powered by WordPress” notice displayed at the bottom of the site …

Powered by WordPress - site footer section

(Powered by WordPress – footer area)

If these simple methods haven’t helped you, here are some other ways of telling whether a site uses WordPress or not …

Online Tools That Tell You If A Website Has Been Built With WordPress

Here are a couple of sites that will tell you if a particular website uses WordPress or not, and what themes or plugins the site uses …

IsItWP.com – WordPress Site Checking Tool

IsItWP.com - WordPress Checking Tool

(Is It WordPress?)

Is It WP? is a free online tool that can check if a site runs on WordPress or not.

Using this site is very simple. Just add the URL of the site into the search field and click the button next to it.

The tool will go and search 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 …

Is It WordPress?

If the web site is not a WordPress web site or blog, you will see a message similar to the one shown in the screen shot below …

Is It WordPress? - WordPress Checker

To use this tool, 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 – Web Browser Add-On (Firefox / Chrome)

Wappalyzer.com

(Wappalyzer – Web Browser Extension (Firefox / Chrome))

If you use a browser like Firefox or Google Chrome and would like to be able to see if the sites that you are visiting were built using WordPress, then Wappalyzer is a useful add-on for your web browser.

Wappalyzer identifies what 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.”

Wappalyzer is also very easy to install.

Wappalyzer - Extension For Firefox & Chrome Browser

After installing Wappalyzer on your web browser, icons will display in your browser menu, next to the site URL identifying which technologies are being used by all the sites you are visiting …

Wappalyzer - Extension For Firefox / Chrome Web Browser

If the WordPress icon displays on the browser menu (as the above screen shot shows), then the site uses WordPress.

A WordPress site!

(A WordPress site!)

Visit the site 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:

We hope that you have found this information useful.

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"Wow! I never knew there's so much to learn about WordPress! I bought one of the WordPress for Dummies three years ago, such authors need to be on this course!" - Rich Law, Create A Blog Now