It used to be that blogs looked like blogs and websites looked like websites. One could easily tell the difference.
Then WordPress came along and revolutionized web publishing and content management. Now, it’s getting more difficult to tell the difference between blogs and websites. 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”.
(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 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 most about, like web development costs, ease of use, ability to maintain 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 website, but for a tiny fraction of the cost of getting option ”A” built.
If you picked option “B”, then you need to know more about WordPress, why WordPress can be used to create an eye-catching website that could end up costing you far less to build than websites built using web-building software … and how to tell these apart!
WordPress is the world’s leading online publishing platform and content management system (CMS). It is a powerful CMS application that is ideally suited for most business needs.
Whether your reason for having a digital presence 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 web presence highly effective when it comes to getting your content published and indexed by search engines, promoting visitor interaction, generating business leads and sales, enhancing your site’s functionality, 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 WordPress 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 a similar site built quite inexpensively?
Is My Website WordPress?
Do you need to know if your website is powered by WordPress? Maybe you’ve come to this page because you’ve heard or read about all of the great advantages of using WordPress, and you’re now wondering if your site runs on WordPress, 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 methods you can use to quickly tell if sites are built using WordPress:
View The Source Code
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 telltale footprint that the site was built with WordPress …
(View your page source code using Firefox)
Suppose 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 with WordPress …
First, bring up the site’s source code on your screen, using the methods described above.
After the source code of the page loads on your screen, you can search for “wp-content” either manually …
Or using your browser’s “Find” function …
(Using the Firefox web browser ‘Find’ function)
This will tell you if the site runs on WordPress or not.
Note: If you do not locate “wp-content” in the page source code, it does not mean that this is not a WordPress site.
There are other ways to find out if the site was built using WordPress, as we will soon discuss.
As the point of this article is to help non “techies”, however, we have listed below a number of easier methods you can use to check if your website is built with WordPress other than scanning the source code.
Just Ask Your Web Developer
While this may seem like the logical thing to do, a number of website 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’re not sure what application is driving it, just ask your web developer or whoever built your website if the 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 online and need to know if it was built with WordPress?
Powered By WordPress
If the site uses a WordPress theme where the site them template has not been customized, you can typically find a “Proudly powered by WordPress” message shown below the footer section of the site …
(Powered by WordPress – site footer)
If the simple methods above haven’t helped you, here are some other ways of telling whether a website uses WordPress or not …
Tools That Tell You If A Website Is Built With WordPress
Here are a couple of tools that will tell you if the website uses WordPress or not, and what themes or plugins the site uses …
Is It WordPress? is a free online tool that can check if a site was built using WordPress or not.
Using this tool is really quite simple. Just type the address of the site into the URL field and click the button next to it.
It will then go 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 is not a WordPress website, you will get a message like the one below …
To visit this site, 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 Theme 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:
(Wappalyzer – Extension For Firefox & Chrome Web Browser)
If you use either the Firefox or Chrome browser and want to be able to tell if the sites that you are visiting are powered by WordPress, then Wappalyzer is a great add-on for your web browser.
Wappalyzer tells you what type of software is installed in the sites while you are browsing.
According to their website …
Wappalyzer is also an easy extension to install.
Once you have installed the Wappalyzer add-on on your browser, icons will show up in your browser allowing you to see which software is being used by all the sites you are visiting …
If you see the WordPress icon displayed on the browser menu (as the above screen shot shows), then the site has been built with WordPress.
(This site uses WordPress!)
Visit the Wappalyzer add-on 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, go here:
I hope that you have found this the information in this tutorial useful.
"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