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 WPWhen 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 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 web design and also being able to tell what’s under the surface.

Is Your Site Powered By WordPress?

(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 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 is actually expensive to build, or

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

If you went with option “B”, then you need to know more about WordPress, why WordPress can give you an eye-catching website that will normally 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 preferred online publishing platform and content management system (CMS). It is a budget-friendly CMS suitable 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 technical knowledge to use, yet it offers an array of helpful features that make your web presence more effective in terms of getting your content published, promoting visitor interaction, generating business leads and sales, enhancing your site’s functionality, 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, your website is probably powered by WordPress too.

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 something similarly built quite inexpensively?

Does My Site Run On WordPress?

Do you need to know if a website was built using WordPress? Maybe you’ve come here because you’ve heard about all of the great advantages of using WordPress, and you’re now wondering if your site was built using the WordPress software, 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 sites are powered WordPress:

View The Page Source Code

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 an obvious tell-tale footprint …

Viewing page source code in the Firefox browser

(Viewing your web page source code in Firefox)

Suppose that you are browsing online and you come across a web site that you like, and you would like to know if the site was built with WordPress …

Viewing 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, you can search for words like “wp-content” either manually …

Is Your Site Built With WordPress?

Or using your browser’s “Find” function …

Using the Firefox browser '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 find the words “wp-content” in the source code, it doesn’t mean that the site you’re looking at is not a WordPress site.

Viewing The Page Source Code In Firefox

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 article is to try and help non “techies”, however, below you will find a number of easy methods you can use to check if your site is powered by WordPress other than looking through the source code.

Ask Your Webmaster

While this may seem like the most obvious thing to do, many website developers, for whatever reason, may build clients a website and not tell them it’s been built with WordPress.

If you have an existing web site and you’re not sure what application was used to build it, just ask your developer or whoever built your web site if your website has been built with 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 browsing online and you really want to know if the site was built using WordPress?

Check Below The Footer

If the site uses a WordPress theme and the theme templates have not been customized, you will often find a “Powered by WordPress” notice showing at the bottom of the site …

Proudly Powered by WordPress - site footer section

(Proudly Powered by WordPress – site footer area)

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

Sites That Tell You If A Website Has Been Built With WordPress

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

IsItWP.com – WP Site Checker

IsItWP.com - WP Checker

(Is It WordPress? – WordPress Website Checker)

Is It WP is a free online tool that can check very quickly if a website was built with WordPress or not.

Using this tool is super simple. Just add the address of the site into the URL field and click the button next to it.

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

Is It WordPress? - WordPress Website Checker

If the site is not powered by WordPress, you will get a message like the one shown in the screenshot below …

Is It WP - WordPress Checker

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 – Web Browser Extension (Firefox / Chrome)

Wappalyzer.com

(Wappalyzer)

If you browse the net using either the Firefox or Google Chrome web browsers 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 add-on for your web browser.

Wappalyzer helps you identify what software is installed in 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.”

Wappalyzer is also a very easy add-on to install and use.

Wappalyzer - Extension For Firefox / Chrome Web Browser

Once you have installed Wappalyzer on your browser, icons will show up in your browser menu allowing you to see which technologies are being used by all the sites you visit …

Wappalyzer.com

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

It's a WordPress site!

(It’s a WordPress site!)

To learn more, 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, go here:

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:

I hope that you have found the above information useful.

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