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 …

WP For BeginnersWhen 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 changed everything. Now, it’s becoming almost impossible 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 website design and also being able to tell what’s “under the hood”.

How To Check If A Web Site Is A WordPress Website

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

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 things that matter to most website owners, such as web development costs, ease of use, ability to keep 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 turns out to be quite expensive to build, or

B) The same eye-catching, professional-looking site, but at a cost that turns out to be significantly less than the cost of getting site ”A”.

If you selected site ”B” above, then you need to know more about the benefits of using WordPress, why WordPress can provide you with an eye-catching website that could cost far less to build than websites built using website-building software … 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 powerful CMS suitable for small, medium and even large businesses.

Whether your reason for having a digital presence is for personal blogging or business use, WordPress is easy enough for a novice with no web design skills to use, and offers many helpful functions that make your web site extremely effective when it comes to getting your content published, promoting visitor engagement, generating business leads and sales, 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 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 something similarly built for your business to a smaller budget if required?

Is My Web Site WordPress?

Do you need to know if a website was built using WordPress? Maybe you’ve come to our site because you’ve heard or read wonderful things about all of the great benefits and advantages of using WordPress, and you’re now wondering if your site runs on WordPress, 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 a number of ways to tell if sites are built using WordPress:

Look At Your Page Source Code

If you know how to view 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 telltale footprint …

Viewing web page source code using the Firefox web browser

(Viewing web page source code using Firefox)

Suppose that you are surfing the web and you come across a website that you like, and you wonder if the site uses WordPress …

View The Page Source Code In Firefox

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

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

Is My Web Site WordPress?

Or using the browser’s “Find” function …

Using the Firefox web browser 'Find' function

(Using the Firefox web browser ‘Find’ function)

This will tell you if the site runs on WordPress or not.

Note: If you are unable to locate “wp-content” within the source code, it doesn’t mean that the site you’re looking at is not a WordPress site.

How To View Page Source Code In Firefox

There are other ways to tell if a site was built using WordPress, as we will soon see.

As the point of this post is to help non “techies”, however, below you will find a number of easy methods you can use to check if your site is powered by WordPress other than searching through the source code.

Ask Your Web Developer

While this may seem like the most obvious thing to do, some website development companies, for whatever reason, will build their 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 developer or whoever built your website if the site was built using WordPress.

That was simple, huh?

Okay … what if you can’t reach your webmaster, or what if you’ve come across a site that you really like while browsing online and would like to know if the site was built using WordPress?

Powered By WordPress

If the site uses a WordPress theme where the website theme templates have not been modified, you will typically find a “Powered by WordPress” notice showing below the footer section of the site …

Proudly Powered by WordPress - site footer

(Powered by WordPress – site footer)

If these simple methods aren’t helpful to you, here are some other ways of telling whether a site runs on WordPress or not …

Tools That Tell You If A Website Is Built With WordPress

Here are a some tools that can tell you if your website uses WordPress or not, and what themes or plugins the site uses …

Is It WP

IsItWP.com - WP Checking Tool

(Is It WP)

Is It WordPress? is a free online tool that can tell you if a site was built with WordPress or not.

Using this site is very simple. Just enter the address of the site into the URL field and click the button next to it.

The tool will then search through the page code on the URL and tell you if the site was built using WordPress, and if so, which version of WordPress it is currently using …

Is It WordPress? - WP Checker

If the site does not run on WordPress, you will see a message like the one shown below …

Is It WP - WP Site Checking Tool

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.com

Wappalyzer - Extension For Firefox / Chrome Browser

(Wappalyzer – Browser Add-On (Firefox / Chrome))

If you browse the net using either the Firefox or Google Chrome web browsers and want to be able to see if the sites that you are visiting have been built using WordPress, then Wappalyzer is a useful extension for your browser.

Wappalyzer identifies what type of software is installed on 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.”

It’s also easy to install.

Wappalyzer.com

After installing Wappalyzer, icons will appear in your web browser menu, in the URL field identifying which software is installed on all the sites you visit …

Wappalyzer

If you see the WordPress icon displayed on the browser menu (as shown in the screen shot above), then the site has been built with WordPress.

This is a WordPress site!

(This is a WordPress site!)

Go here to download and install the Wappalyzer web browser add-on:

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, go here:

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:

We hope you have found this the information in this tutorial useful.

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