When the “blogging revolution” first began, blogs looked like blogs and websites looked like websites. You could easily tell the difference.
Then the WordPress CMS came along and revolutionized web publishing and content management. Now, it’s getting harder to tell the difference between what applications are being used to build the two. 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.
(Can You Tell Which Application A Website Has Been Built With?)
For 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 things that matter to most website owners, such as web development costs, ease of use, ability to maintain 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 site, but at a cost that is significantly less than the cost of getting option ”A” built.
If you picked web site “B”, then you need to learn more about the benefits of using WordPress, why WordPress can be used to create a professional-looking website that could cost far less to build than websites built using other web editing applications … and how to tell these two types apart!
WordPress is the world’s leading online publishing platform and content management system (CMS). It is a flexible and powerful CMS that is ideally suited 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 newbie with no programming skills to use, yet it offers many helpful functions that make your web site extremely effective in terms of getting your content published, promoting visitor interaction, 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 thinking of 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 quite inexpensively?
How Can I Check If My Site Was Built With WordPress?
Do you need to know if your website uses WordPress? Maybe you’ve come here because you’ve heard about all of the great benefits and advantages of using WordPress, and you’re now wondering if your site was built using WordPress, or some other CMS application.
Here are some simple methods you can use to quickly tell if a website has been built using WordPress:
Look At The Source Code
If you know how to bring up 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 tell-tale footprints that the site was built using WordPress …
(View the page source code using the Firefox browser)
Suppose that you are surfing the web and you visit a site that you like, and you would like to know 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, you can search for the words “wp-content” either by visually scanning the code …
Or use your browser’s “Find” function …
(Using the Firefox browser ‘Find’ function)
This will tell you if the site is powered by WordPress or not.
Note: If you are unable to see “wp-content” within the source code, it doesn’t necessarily mean that it’s not a WordPress site.
There are other ways to tell if the site runs on the WordPress software, as we will soon be discussing.
As the point of this article is to try and help non-technical users, however, we have listed below a number of easier methods you can use to check if your site is built with WordPress other than viewing the source code.
Simply Ask Your Webmaster
While this may seem like the obvious thing to do, a number of web development agencies, for whatever reason, will build their 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 site if your web site has been built with WordPress.
That was easy, huh?
Okay … what if you can’t reach your website developer, or what if you’ve come across a website that you really like while surfing the net and you would like to know if the site was built using WordPress?
Check Below Footer
If the site uses a WordPress theme where the web them template has not been edited, you will often find a “Powered by WordPress” notice shown below the footer section …
(Powered by WordPress)
If the methods above aren’t helpful to you, here are some other ways of telling whether a site runs on WordPress or not …
Sites That Tell You If A Website Runs On WordPress
Here are a some online applications that can tell you if a particular website uses WordPress or not …
(IsItWP.com – WordPress Website Checking Tool)
Is It WP? is a free tool that tells you if a site runs on WordPress or not.
Using this tool is really simple. Just type in or paste in the address of the site into the search field and click the button next to it.
It will then go through the URL files and tell you if the site was built using WordPress, and if so, which version of WordPress the site is currently using …
If the web site is not a WP website, you will get a message similar to the one below …
To visit this site, go here: IsItWP.com
(What WordPress Theme Is That?)
What WP Theme Is That is another free WordPress theme-checking tool that allows you to easily detect what WP theme and plugins a website or blog is using.
This is another useful site for telling you if a site was built using WordPress or not.
Using this tool is also very simple. Just enter the site’s domain name into the field and click the search icon or hit “Enter.” The tool will then not only confirm whether or not a site is built on WordPress, but it will also list the theme being used and list any WordPress plugins detected.
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 get a message like the one shown below …
Go here to use this tool: WhatWPThemeIsThat.com – WordPress Theme Checker
If you browse the net using either the Firefox or Chrome browsers and would like to be able to instantly tell if the sites that you are visiting are WordPress sites, then Wappalyzer is a useful add-on to install on your web browser.
Wappalyzer tells you what software is installed on the sites while you are browsing.
According to their website …
It’s also an easy to install and very easy to use browser extension.
After installing the Wappalyzer extension on your browser, icons will display in your browser, in the URL field allowing you to see which software is being used by the sites you visit …
If the WordPress icon displays on your browser menu (as the above screen shot shows), then the site uses WordPress.
(A WordPress site!)
Go here to visit the Wappalyzer web browser extension site: Wappalyzer – Add-On For Firefox & Chrome Browser
(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, visit the site below:
We hope you have found the above tutorial useful.
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