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 WordPressOnce upon a time and not so long ago, blogs looked like blogs and websites looked like websites. One could easily tell the difference.

Then WordPress came along and changed everything. Now, it’s becoming more and 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 website design and also being able to tell what’s “under the hood”.

How Can I Tell If My Site Was Built Using WordPress?

(Can You Tell Which Application Is Powering A Website?)

For many 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, regarding the areas 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 selected website “B”, then you need to know more about WordPress, why WordPress can provide you with a stunning website that will probably cost far less to build than websites built using web-building software … and how to tell the two apart!

WordPress is the world’s most popular online publishing platform and content management system (CMS). It is a powerful content management system suitable for most business needs.

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 knowledge to use, and offers a range of helpful add-ons that make your website more effective when it comes to getting your content published, promoting visitor engagement, generating business leads and sales, enhancing your site’s functionality, 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 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?

How Can I Check If A Website Was Built Using WordPress?

Do you need to know if a website was built using WordPress? Maybe you’ve come here because you’ve heard about 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 a web site has been built using WordPress:

Check Your 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 obvious telltale footprints that the site was built with WordPress …

Viewing web page source code using Firefox

(View your page source code using Firefox)

Let’s say that you are browsing online and you come across a website that you like, and you’re wondering if the site was built with WordPress …

How To View Page Source Code In Firefox

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

In the page’s source code, you can search for the words “wp-content” either by visually scanning the code …

How Can I Tell If My Site Was Built Using WordPress?

Or using your browser’s “Find” function …

Use Firefox's 'Find' function

(Use Firefox’s ‘Find’ function)

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

Note: If you do not see “wp-content” within the page source code, it does not necessarily mean that it’s not a WordPress site.

Viewing The Page Source Code In Firefox

There are other ways to find out if a site was built using the WordPress software, as we will soon be discussing.

As the focus of this post is to help non “techies”, however, we have listed below a number of easier ways to check if your site is built with WordPress other than looking at the source code.

Simply Ask Your Webmaster

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

If you have an existing web site and you can’t tell what application is driving it, just ask your web developer or whoever built your web site if your website was built with WordPress.

That was simple, huh?

Okay … what if you can’t reach your website developer, or what if you’ve come across a site that you really like while browsing online and you really want to know if it was built with WordPress?

Check Below The Footer

If the site uses a WP theme and the template has not been edited, you can often find a “Powered by WordPress” notice displayed at the bottom of the site …

Proudly Powered by WordPress - footer area

(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 Can Tell You If A Website Runs On WordPress

Here are a some online applications that will tell you if a particular website uses WordPress or not, and what themes or plugins the site uses …

IsItWP.com – WP Checking Tool

Is It WP - WP Website Checking Tool

(Is It WordPress?)

Is It WP is a free online tool that tells you if a website was built with WordPress or not.

Using this tool is really simple. Just type in or paste in the URL of the site into the search field and click the button next to it.

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

IsItWP.com

If the web site is not a WP-powered web site or blog, you will see a message similar to the one below …

Is It WP - WP Checker

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 Theme 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 – Browser Extension (Firefox / Chrome)

Wappalyzer - Extension For Firefox & Chrome Browser

(Wappalyzer – Extension For Firefox / Chrome Web Browser)

If you use either the Firefox or Google Chrome browser and would like to be able to instantly tell if the sites that you are visiting are powered by WordPress, then Wappalyzer is a very useful add-on to add to your browser.

Wappalyzer identifies what type of software is installed in the sites you are visiting.

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 to install and very easy to use web browser add-on.

Wappalyzer.com

Once you have installed Wappalyzer, icons will appear in your web browser menu, next to the site URL allowing you to see which technologies are being used by the sites you are visiting …

Wappalyzer

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

This website is powered by WordPress!

(This website uses WordPress!)

Visit the site 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, visit the site below:

I hope that you have found this tutorial useful.

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"I have used the tutorials to teach all of my clients and it has probably never been so easy for everyone to learn WordPress ... Now I don't need to buy all these very expensive video courses that often don't deliver what they promise." - Stefan Wendt, Internet Marketing Success Group

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