It used to be that blogs looked like blogs and websites looked like websites. One could easily tell the difference between the two.
Then the WordPress CMS came along and revolutionized the web publishing world. Now, it’s becoming harder 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.
(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, 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 content, etc.
Think about this …
Which of these options would you choose?
A) An eye-catching, professional-looking website that is expensive to build, or
B) The same eye-catching, professional-looking site, but for a fraction of the cost of getting site ”A” above built.
If you picked website “B”, then you need to know more about the benefits of using WordPress, why WordPress can be used to create an eye-catching website that could turn out to be far less expensive to build than websites 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 platform that is ideally suited for ”non-techy” website owners.
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 web coding to use, and offers many helpful tools that make your web site 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 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 a website built, then wouldn’t it be great to be able 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 a similar site built for your business to a smaller budget if required?
How To Tell If A Site Was Built With WordPress
Do you need to know if your website uses WordPress? Maybe you’ve come here because you’ve read about WordPress, and you’re now wondering if your site was built using WordPress, or some other CMS application.
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 web site has been built with WordPress:
Check Your Source Code For Obvious Tell-Tale The Tell-Tale WordPress Footprint
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 tell-tale footprints that the site was built using WordPress …
(Viewing your page source code in the Firefox browser)
Let’s say that you are surfing the web and you come across a web site that you like, and you wonder if the site is built on WordPress …
First, bring up the site’s source code on your screen, using the methods described above.
After the source code of the site loads on your screen, you can search for words like “wp-content” either by scanning the code …
Or use your browser’s “Find” function …
(Use Firefox’s ‘Find’ function)
This will tell you if the site was built with WordPress or not.
Note: If you are unable to locate “wp-content” in the source code, it doesn’t necessarily mean that the website is not a WordPress site.
There are other ways to find out if the site was built using WordPress, as we will soon see.
As the point of this article is to try and help non-technical users, however, below you will find a number of easy ways to check if your site is powered by WordPress other than searching the source code.
Simply Ask Your Web Developer
While this may seem like the most logical thing to do, many website development companies, for whatever reason, will build clients a website and not tell them it’s WordPress.
If you hired a website developer or got somebody else to build you a website, just ask your webmaster or whoever built your web site if the site has been built using WordPress.
That was simple, huh?
Okay … what if you can’t get in touch with your webmaster, or what if you’ve come across a website that you really like while browsing the net late at night and would like to know if the site was built with WordPress?
Powered By WordPress
If the site uses a WordPress theme where the them template has not been edited, you will typically find a “Proudly powered by WordPress” notice shown below the footer section …
(Proudly Powered by WordPress – footer area)
If these simple methods 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 a website uses WordPress or not, and what themes or plugins the site uses …
(Is It WP)
Is It WP is a free online tool that can check if a website was built with WordPress or not.
Using this tool is super simple. Just type in or paste in the URL of the website into the URL field and click the button next to it.
The tool will then go 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 web site does not run on WordPress, you will see a message like 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:
(Wappalyzer – Web Browser Extension (Firefox / Chrome))
If you use either the Firefox or Google Chrome browser and would like to be able to know if the sites that you are visiting are powered by WordPress, then Wappalyzer is a great add-on to add to your web browser.
Wappalyzer identifies what software is installed in the sites you are visiting.
According to their website …
It’s also easy to install and easy to use.
Once you have installed Wappalyzer, icons will display in your web browser allowing you to see which software is being used by all the sites you are visiting …
If you see the WordPress icon showing on your browser menu (as the above screenshot shows), then the site has been built with WordPress.
(It’s a WordPress site!)
To install Wappalyzer go here:
(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 this tutorial useful.
"Wow! I never knew there's so much to learn about WordPress! I bought one of the WordPress for Dummies three years ago, such authors need to be on this course!" - Rich Law, Create A Blog Now