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 WordPress came along and changed all this. Now, it’s becoming harder 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’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 Content Management System 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 things that matter to most website owners, such as web development costs, ease of use, ability to maintain the website up-to-date, managing content, etc.
Think about this …
Which of these 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 website, but at a cost that is significantly less than the cost of getting site ”A” built.
If you decided to go with site ”B” above, then you need to learn more about WordPress, why WordPress can give you an eye-catching website that could turn out to be far less expensive to build than websites built using website-building software … and how to tell these apart!
WordPress is the world’s most used online publishing platform and content management system (CMS). It is a flexible and powerful content management tool suitable for most types of business applications.
Whether your reason for having an online presence is for personal blogging or business use, WordPress is easy enough for a novice with no knowledge of coding to use, yet it offers an array of helpful extensions that make your web site highly effective in terms of getting your content published, promoting visitor engagement, generating business leads and sales, enhancing your site’s capabilities, 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 also be powered by WordPress.
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 website 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 a much smaller cost?
The Easy Way To Tell If Your Web Site Was Built Using WordPress
Do you need to know if your website is powered by WordPress? Maybe you’ve come to our site because you’ve heard or read about all of the great benefits of using WordPress, and you’re now wondering if your site runs on WordPress, or some other content management system.
Here are a number of methods you can use to quickly tell if sites are built using WordPress:
View Your Source Code
If you know how to check 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 with WordPress …
(View your page source code in the Firefox browser)
Suppose that you are surfing the web and you visit a website that you like, and you’re wondering if the site is built using WordPress …
First, bring up the site’s source code on your screen, using the methods described above.
In the source code, you can search for the words “wp-content” either manually …
Or use the browser’s “Find” function …
(Using Firefox’s ‘Find’ function)
This will quickly tell you if the site was built with WordPress or not.
Note: If you are unable to locate “wp-content” in the page source code, it does not mean that you are not looking at a WordPress site.
There are other ways to tell if the site was built using the WordPress software, as we will soon discuss.
As the point of this post is to help non “techies”, however, below you will find a number of easier methods you can use to check if your site is powered by WordPress other than looking at the source code.
Ask Your Web Developer
While this may seem like the most logical thing to do, many web development companies, for whatever reason, will 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 application was used to build it, just ask your webmaster or whoever built your website if the website was built using WordPress.
That was easy, huh?
Okay … what if you can’t get in touch with your website developer, 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 the site was built with WordPress?
Powered By WordPress
If the site uses a WP theme and the templates have not been modified, you will typically see a “Powered by WordPress” notice showing at the bottom of the site …
(Powered by WordPress)
If the simple methods above haven’t helped you, here are some other ways of telling whether a site runs on WordPress or not …
Tools That Can Tell You If A Website Has Been Built With WordPress
Here are a couple of tools that will tell you if the website uses WordPress or not …
(Is It WordPress? – WordPress Checker)
Is It WP? is a free online tool that can check if a site uses WordPress or not.
Using this site is super simple. Just paste the address of the site into the URL field and click the button.
It will then 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 site is not powered by WordPress, you will get a message similar to the one shown in the screen shot below …
To use this tool, go here: Is It WordPress? – WordPress Checking Tool
(What WP Theme Is That)
What WP Theme Is That is a free WP theme and plugin search tool that lets you easily detect what WordPress theme and plugins a website or blog uses (including parent and child themes).
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 website’s URL into the field and clicking the button will not only confirm whether or not the site is a WP 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 for competitive analysis to see if your competitors are also using WordPress, and if so, see which plugins they are using …
Note: If your site is not built with WordPress, a message like the one shown in the screenshot below will appear …
To visit their site go here: What WP Theme Is That? – WordPress Theme Checking Tool
(Wappalyzer – Web Browser Add-On (Firefox / Chrome))
If you browse the net using either Firefox or Chrome and would like to be able to instantly tell if the sites that you are visiting were built using WordPress, then Wappalyzer is a very useful extension for your web browser.
Wappalyzer helps you identify what type of software is installed on the sites while you are browsing.
According to their website …
It’s also an easy extension to install.
Once you have installed Wappalyzer, icons will appear in your web browser, in the URL field allowing you to see which software is being used by the sites you are visiting …
If you see the WordPress icon on your browser menu (as shown in the screenshot above), then the site uses WordPress.
(It’s a WordPress site!)
Go here to visit the site: 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, go here:
(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:
We hope that you have found the above tutorial useful.
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