It used to be that blogs looked like blogs and websites looked like websites. One could easily tell the difference.
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 kind of web application is actually powering the site.
(Can You Tell Which Application Is Powering Your Website?)
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 many website owners care about, like web development costs, ease of use, ability to maintain the site up-to-date, managing web 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 for a tiny fraction of the cost of getting site ”A”.
If you decided to go with option ”B” above, then you need to know more about the benefits of using WordPress, why WordPress can give you an eye-catching website that could turn out to be much less expensive to build than websites built with traditional web editor tools … and how to tell the two types apart!
WordPress is the world’s leading online publishing platform and content management system (CMS). It is a powerful content management software suitable for local businesses.
Whether your reason for having a website or blog is for personal blogging or business use, WordPress is easy enough for a novice with no technical skills to use, and offers many helpful tools that make your web presence more effective when it comes to 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 driven by WordPress.
And if you don’t have a website yet, or are thinking of 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 a similar site built for a much smaller cost?
Does My Site 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 WordPress, and you’re now wondering if your site runs on the WordPress software, 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 a number of methods you can use to quickly tell if sites are powered WordPress:
Check The Source Code For Tell-Tale A 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 an obvious tell-tale footprint that the site was built with WordPress …
(View your page source code in the Firefox web browser)
Suppose that you are browsing online and you visit a site that you like, and you wonder if the site was built using WordPress …
First, bring up the site’s source code on your screen, using the methods described above.
In the source code, search for “wp-content” either by scanning the code visually …
Or using the browser’s “Find” function …
(Using the Firefox web browser ‘Find’ function)
This will quickly tell you if the site was built using WordPress or not.
Note: If you are unable to see “wp-content” in the source code, it doesn’t mean that the website is not a WordPress site.
There are other ways to tell if a site was built using the WordPress software, as we will soon see.
As the focus of this article is to help non-technical users, however, we have listed below a number of easier methods you can use to check if your website is powered by WordPress other than looking at the source code.
Simply Ask Your Website Developer
While this may seem like the most obvious thing to do, some website development companies, for whatever reason, may build their clients a website and not tell them it’s WordPress.
If you have an existing website and you can’t tell what application was used to build it, just ask your webmaster or whoever built your web site if your web site runs on 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 you really would like to know if the site was built using WordPress?
Check Below Footer
If the site uses a WordPress theme and the website theme templates have not been modified, you can often see a “Proudly powered by WordPress” message shown below the footer area …
(Proudly Powered by WordPress – footer area)
If these simple methods aren’t helpful to you, here are some other ways of telling whether a site was built with WordPress or not …
Tools That Tell You If A Website Runs On WordPress
Here are a some online applications that will tell you if the website uses WordPress or not, and what themes or plugins the site uses …
IsItWP.com is a free tool that can tell you if a website runs on WordPress or not.
Using this tool is super simple. Just paste the address of the site into the search field and click the button.
The tool will go and search through the site code and tell you if the site was built using WordPress, and if so, it will even tell you the version of WordPress it is currently using …
If the site is not a WP site, you will get a message similar to the one shown below …
To use this tool, 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 – Browser Add-On (Firefox / Chrome))
If you use a web browser like Firefox or Chrome and want to be able to know if the sites that you are visiting are WordPress-driven, then Wappalyzer is a great extension for your web browser.
Wappalyzer identifies what software is installed on the sites you are visiting.
According to their website …
It’s also a very easy to install and easy to use web browser add-on.
After installing the Wappalyzer extension on your web browser, icons will display in your web browser allowing you to see which technologies are being used by all the sites you visit …
If you see the WordPress icon on the browser menu (as the above screenshot shows), then the site has been built with WordPress.
(A WordPress site!)
Visit the Wappalyzer extension site 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, go here:
I hope you have found the above tutorial useful.
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