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 WordPressOnce upon a time and not so long ago, blogs looked like blogs and websites looked like websites. One could easily tell them apart.

Then the WordPress CMS came along and changed all this. Now, it’s getting more difficult to tell if the website is being powered by a “blogging” content management system (CMS) like WordPress, or if it’s been built using a web building software tooltool. 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 hood”.

How Can I Tell If A Web Site Was Built With WordPress?

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

For 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, regarding the things that many website owners care about, like web development costs, ease of use, ability to keep the website up-to-date, managing content, etc.

Think about this …

Which of the options below would you choose?

A) An eye-catching, professional-looking website that turns out to be quite expensive to build, or

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

If you selected option ”B” above, then you need to know more about WordPress, why WordPress can give you a stunning website that could cost far less to build than websites which are built with other website editor tools … and how to tell these 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 business needs.

Whether your reason for having an online presence is for personal blogging or business use, WordPress is easy enough for a novice with no programming skills to use and manage, yet it offers an array of helpful features that make your web site highly effective in terms of getting your content published, promoting visitor interaction, generating business leads and sales, enhancing your site’s functionality, 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 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 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 to a smaller budget if required?

Was My Website Built With WordPress? How To Tell

Do you need to know if your website is powered by WordPress? Maybe you’ve come to our site because you’ve read about WordPress, and you’re now wondering if your site was built using WordPress, or some other CMS.

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 some simple ways to tell if sites are built with WordPress:

Look At The Page 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 telltale footprints …

View your web page source code in Firefox

(View the web page source code in the Firefox browser)

Let’s say that you are browsing online and you come across a web site that you like, and you wonder if the site was built 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 page loads on your screen, you can search for words like “wp-content” either by visually scanning the code …

Is My Website Built Using WordPress? How To Tell

Or using the browser’s “Find” function …

Use the Firefox web browser 'Find' function

(Using the Firefox web browser ‘Find’ function)

This will tell you if the site runs on WordPress or not.

Note: If you are unable to see “wp-content” in the page source code, it does not mean that this is not a WordPress site.

Viewing Page Source Code In Firefox

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

As the point of this article is to try and help non “techies”, however, we have listed below a number of easy methods you can use to check if your web site is built using WordPress other than scanning the source code.

Simply Ask Your Webmaster

While this may seem like the most obvious thing to do, some website developers, 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 CMS application was used to build it, just ask your web developer or whoever built your website if it runs on WordPress.

That was easy, huh?

Okay … what if you can’t reach your website developer, or what if you’ve come across a site that you really like while browsing online and you want to know if it was built with WordPress?

Check Below Footer

If the site uses a WordPress theme and the them template has not been customized, you can typically find a “Proudly powered by WordPress” message showing in the footer section …

Powered by WordPress - footer

(Powered by WordPress – footer section)

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

Tools That Tell You If A Website Runs On WordPress

Here are a some sites that can tell you if your website uses WordPress or not, and what themes or plugins the site uses …

Is It WordPress?

Is It WP

(Is It WordPress? – WordPress Checking Tool)

Is It WordPress? is a free online tool that can check very quickly if a site uses WordPress or not.

Using this tool is really easy. Just paste the URL of the site into the URL field and click the button next to it.

It will go and search through the page code on the URL and tell you if the site was built using WordPress, and if so, it will even tell you which version of WordPress the site is currently using …

IsItWP.com

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

IsItWP.com

To visit this site, 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.com

Wappalyzer - Add-On For Firefox & Chrome Browser

(Wappalyzer)

If you browse the net using either Firefox or Chrome and want to be able to see if the sites that you are visiting are WP sites, then Wappalyzer is a very useful add-on to install on your browser.

Wappalyzer helps you identify 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.”

It’s also an easy to install and easy to use browser extension.

Wappalyzer

After installing Wappalyzer, icons will display in your browser menu identifying which technologies are being used by the sites you are visiting …

Wappalyzer

If you see the WordPress icon displayed on your browser menu (as the above screen shot shows), then the site has been built with WordPress.

It's a WordPress site!

(This is 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, visit the site below:

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, visit the site below:

We hope you have found this information useful.

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