It used to be that blogs looked like blogs and websites looked like websites. One could easily tell them apart.
Then the WordPress CMS came along and revolutionized web publishing. Now, it’s getting increasingly more difficult 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”.
(Can You Tell Which Application Your Website Is Powered By?)
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, in terms of 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 website, but at a much cheaper price than the cost of getting site ”A” built.
If you picked website “B”, then you need to learn 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 with traditional web editor tools … and how to tell these apart!
WordPress is the world’s preferred online publishing platform and content management system (CMS). It is a powerful and easy-to-use content management system suitable for businesses on a budget.
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 manage, yet it offers a range of helpful functions that make your website 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 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, yours is also a WordPress site.
And if you don’t have a website yet, or are considering getting a website built, then wouldn’t it be great 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 something similarly built to a smaller budget if required?
Is It A WP Website?
Do you need to know if your website uses WordPress? Maybe you’ve come here because you’ve heard about WordPress, and you’re now wondering if your site was built using WordPress, or some other CMS.
Here are some simple methods you can use to quickly tell if a web site is running on WordPress:
Search The Page Source Code
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 a tell-tale footprint that the site was built using WordPress …
(View your web page source code in Firefox)
Let’s say that you are browsing online and you visit a website that you like, and you’re wondering if the site uses 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, search for “wp-content” either manually …
Or use your browser’s “Find” function …
(Use the Firefox web browser ‘Find’ function)
This will quickly tell you if the site was built with WordPress or not.
Note: If you do not locate “wp-content” within the source code, it doesn’t mean that the site you’re looking at is not a WordPress site.
There are other ways to tell if the site was built using WordPress, as we will soon discuss.
As the focus of this article is to help non “techies”, however, below you will find a number of easy methods you can use to check if your website is built with WordPress other than looking at the source code.
Simply Ask Your Webmaster
While this may seem like the most logical thing to do, a number of web development companies, for whatever reason, will 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 CMS application is driving it, just ask your webmaster or whoever built your site if your website was built with 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 surfing online and would like to know if it was built with WordPress?
Powered By WordPress
If the site uses a WP theme and the template has not been customized, you will often find a “Powered by WordPress” notice displayed in the footer section of the site …
(Proudly Powered by WordPress – footer section)
If the simple methods above haven’t helped you, here are some other ways of identifying WordPress sites …
Online Tools That Can Tell You If A Website Was Built Using WordPress
Here are a couple of online applications that can tell you if a website uses WordPress or not …
(Is It WP)
Is It WP? is a free online tool that can check very quickly if a website uses WordPress or not.
Using this tool is very simple. Just type the URL of the website into the search field and click the button.
It will then go through the URL 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 site is not a WP-driven site, you will get a message like the one below …
To visit this site, go here: Is It WP – WP Checking Tool
(WhatWPThemeIsThat.com – WordPress Theme Checker)
What WordPress Theme Is That is another free WP theme-checking tool that lets you easily detect what WP theme and plugins a website is using (including parent and child WordPress themes).
This is another useful site for telling you if a website runs on WordPress or not.
Using this tool is also really simple. Just enter the site’s domain name into the field and click the search icon or hit “Enter.” The tool will not only confirm whether or not a site is powered by WordPress software, but it will also list the WordPress theme being used on the site and list any plugins it detects.
Tip: You can use this tool to see if your competitors’ websites are built using WordPress, and if so, see which plugins they are using …
Note: If the site is not built using WordPress, you will see a message like the one shown below …
Go here to use this tool: What WordPress Theme Is That – WordPress Theme Checking Tool
If you use a web browser like Firefox or Chrome and want to be able to see 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 type of software is installed on the sites you are visiting.
According to their website …
It’s also an easy to install and very easy to use web browser extension.
After installing the Wappalyzer extension on your browser, icons will show up in your web browser, next to the site URL allowing you to see which technologies are being used by the sites you visit …
If you see the WordPress icon displayed on the browser menu (as the above screen shot shows), then the site uses WordPress.
(This is a WordPress site!)
Go here to download and install Wappalyzer: Wappalyzer.com
(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:
I hope you have found this tutorial useful.
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