It used to be that blogs looked like blogs and websites looked like websites. One could easily tell the difference between the two.
Then WordPress came along and changed everything. Now, it’s getting harder 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 hood”.
(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 tools is huge, not so much in terms of the technical differences, but more importantly, regarding the areas that matter to most website owners, like web development costs, ease of use, ability to maintain the site up-to-date, managing web 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 much cheaper price than the cost of getting site ”A”.
If you selected 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 typically turn out to be far less expensive to build than websites built with a web building tool … and how to tell the two types apart!
WordPress is the world’s most popular online publishing platform and content management system (CMS). It is a powerful and easy-to-use content management system that is ideally suited for local businesses.
Whether your reason for having a website 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 presence more effective in terms of getting your content published and indexed by search engines, 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 is also powered by WordPress.
And if you don’t have a website yet, or are thinking of getting a website 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 something similarly built for your business quite inexpensively?
Tell-Tale Signs It’s A WordPress Site And WordPress-Checking Tools
Do you need to know if your website is powered by WordPress? Maybe you’ve come here because you’ve heard 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.
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 methods you can use to quickly tell if a site has been built using WordPress:
Search Your Source Code For TellTale WordPress Footprints
If you know how to search 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 telltale footprint that the site was built with WordPress …
(View the web page source code in Firefox)
Suppose that you are surfing the web and you visit a website that you like, and you wonder if the site uses WordPress …
First, bring up the site’s source code on your screen, using the methods described above.
In the page’s source code, search for words like “wp-content” either by visually scanning the code …
Or using your browser’s “Find” function …
(Use Firefox’s ‘Find’ function)
This will quickly tell you if the site runs on WordPress or not.
Note: If you are unable to see the words “wp-content” within the source code, it does not mean that the website is not a WordPress site.
There are other ways to find out if a site runs on WordPress, as we will soon see.
As the focus of this article is to help non-technical users, however, below you will find a number of easy methods you can use to check if your site is built using WordPress other than searching through the source code.
Ask Your Website Developer
While this may seem like the most logical thing to do, some website developers, for whatever reason, may build their clients a website and not tell them it’s 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 get in touch with the person who looks after your site, or what if you’ve come across a website that you really like while browsing the net and you would like to know if it was built using WordPress?
Powered By WordPress
If the site uses a WP theme and the web templates have not been customized, you can often see a “Proudly powered by WordPress” message showing at the bottom of the site …
(Proudly Powered by WordPress)
If the methods above aren’t helpful to you, here are some other ways of identifying WordPress sites …
Online Tools That Can Tell You If A Website Is Built With WordPress
Here are a some tools that can tell you if the website uses WordPress or not, and what themes or plugins the site uses …
(Is It WordPress? – WordPress Site Checker)
Is It WordPress? is a free tool that can check if a website runs on WordPress or not.
Using this tool is really simple. Just type in or paste in the URL of the site into the URL field and click the button next to it.
The tool will go through the URL code 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 …
If the web site is not powered by WordPress, you will see a message similar to 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:
If you use a web browser such as Firefox or Google Chrome and want to be able to see if the sites that you are visiting are WP-powered, then Wappalyzer is a great extension for your browser.
Wappalyzer tells you what software is installed on the sites while you are browsing.
According to their website …
It’s also a very easy to install and easy to use browser add-on.
After installing Wappalyzer on your browser, icons will show up in your browser menu, next to the site URL identifying which technologies are being used by the sites you visit …
If the WordPress icon displays on the browser menu (as shown in the screenshot above), then the site has been built with WordPress.
(This is a WordPress site!)
Go here to visit the site:
(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:
We hope that you have found the above information useful.
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