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 To Use WPWhen the “blogging revolution” first began, blogs looked like blogs and websites looked like websites. You could easily tell the difference.

Then the WordPress CMS came along and changed everything. Now, it’s becoming increasingly 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 surface.

Is My Web Site WordPress?

(Can You Tell Which Application Your Website Is Powered By?)

For website owners, understanding the difference between a CMS application 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 things that matter to most website owners, such as web development costs, ease of use, ability to keep the website 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 cost than the cost of getting option ”A” above built.

If you went with website “B”, then you need to learn more about the benefits of using WordPress, why WordPress can be used to create a beautiful website that could turn out to be much less expensive to build than websites which are built using web-building software … and how to tell the two types apart!

WordPress is the world’s preferred online publishing platform and content management system (CMS). It is a budget-friendly CMS application suitable for businesses on a budget.

Whether your reason for having an online presence is for personal blogging or business use, WordPress is easy enough for a newbie with no knowledge of HTML to use, yet it offers many helpful add-ons that make your web site extremely effective in terms of getting your content published and indexed by search engines, promoting visitor engagement, 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, yours is also a WordPress site.

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 your business quite inexpensively?

Does My Website Run On WordPress?

Do you need to know if a 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.

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 built with WordPress:

Check Your Page’s Source Code For WordPress Footprints

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 obvious telltale footprints …

View your page source code using Firefox

(View your page source code using the Firefox browser)

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 on WordPress …

View The Page Source Code In Firefox

First, bring up the site’s source code on your screen, using the methods described above.

In the source code, search for words like “wp-content” either manually …

Is My Site WordPress?

Or using the browser’s “Find” function …

Using Firefox's 'Find' function

(Using Firefox’s ‘Find’ function)

This will quickly tell you if the site was built using WordPress or not.

Note: If you cannot locate the words “wp-content” within the source code, it doesn’t necessarily mean that this is not a WordPress site.

View The Page Source Code In Firefox

There are other ways to tell if a site runs on the WordPress software, as we will soon discuss.

As the focus of this post is to help non “techies”, however, we have listed below a number of easy methods you can use to check if your website is built using WordPress other than looking through the source code.

Just Ask Your Webmaster

While this may seem like the most obvious thing to do, some web development companies, for whatever reason, may build clients a website and not tell them it’s WordPress.

If you have an existing website and you’re not sure what application was used to build it, just ask your developer or whoever built your website if your website was built using WordPress.

That was simple, huh?

Okay … what if you can’t get in touch with the person who built your website, 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 it was built with WordPress?

Check Below Footer

If the site uses a WP theme and the site templates have not been edited, you can often see a “Proudly powered by WordPress” message showing at the bottom of the site …

Proudly Powered by WordPress

(Proudly Powered by WordPress – site footer area)

If these simple methods aren’t helpful to you, here are some other ways of identifying WordPress sites …

Online Tools That Tell You If A Website Uses WordPress

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

Is It WordPress? – WordPress Checking Tool

IsItWP.com - WordPress Website Checking Tool

(IsItWP.com)

IsItWP.com is a free online tool that can tell you if a website was built with WordPress or not.

Using this tool is very simple. Just paste the address of the site into the URL field and click the button.

The tool will go and 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 …

Is It WordPress?

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

Is It WP

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

Wappalyzer

(Wappalyzer)

If you use a browser such as Firefox or Google Chrome and want to be able to know if the sites that you are visiting have been built using WordPress, then Wappalyzer is a useful extension to add to your browser.

Wappalyzer tells you what type of software is installed on the sites while you are browsing.

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 very easy to use browser extension.

Wappalyzer - Extension For Firefox & Chrome Web Browser

After installing the Wappalyzer add-on on your browser, icons will display in your web browser, next to the site URL allowing you to see which technologies are installed on the sites you are visiting …

Wappalyzer.com

If the WordPress icon shows up on your browser menu (as shown in the screen shot above), then the site uses WordPress.

It's a WordPress site!

(A WordPress site!)

To visit the site, go 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, go here:

We hope you have found this the information in this tutorial useful.

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