It used to be that blogs looked like blogs and websites looked like websites. One could easily tell the difference between the two.
Then WordPress came along and changed everything. Now, it’s getting harder to tell the difference between what software is 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.
(It’s Getting Harder To Tell Websites Built With Web Development Tools Vs ‘Blogging’ Software!)
For website owners, understanding the difference between a Content Management System application like WordPress and other website-building software is huge, not so much in terms of the technical differences, but more importantly, regarding the areas that the majority of website owners are concerned with, such as web development costs, ease of use, ability to maintain the site 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 tiny fraction of the cost of getting option ”A” above built.
If you chose site “B”, then you need to know more about the benefits of using WordPress, why WordPress can be used to create an eye-catching website that could cost far less to build than websites which use a web development application … and how to tell these two types apart!
WordPress is the world’s most used online publishing platform and content management system (CMS). It is a powerful and easy-to-use CMS platform that is ideally suited for all types of businesses.
Whether your reason for having a website is for personal blogging or business use, WordPress is easy enough for a novice with no programming skills to use and manage, and offers an array of helpful extensions that make your web presence highly effective in terms of getting your content published and indexed by search engines, promoting visitor engagement, generating business leads and sales, enhancing your site’s capabilities, etc.
With almost one in every five websites around the world 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 a website 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 quite inexpensively?
Is My Website Built Using WordPress? Tell-Tale Signs & WP-Checking Tools
Do you need to know if a 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 the WordPress software, or some other content management system.
Here are some simple methods you can use to quickly tell if sites are built using WordPress:
Check Your Page’s Source Code For Obvious Tell-Tale WordPress Footprints
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 telltale footprints that the site was built with WordPress …
(Viewing the web page source code in the Firefox browser)
Suppose that you are browsing online 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.
In the page’s source code, search for the words “wp-content” either by visually scanning the code …
Or using the browser’s “Find” function …
(Use the Firefox browser ‘Find’ function)
This will tell you if the site is powered by WordPress or not.
Note: If you do not locate the words “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 find out if a site runs on the WordPress software, as we will soon discuss.
As the focus of this post is to try and help non-technical users, however, we have listed below a number of easy methods you can use to check if your web site is powered by WordPress other than scanning the source code.
Simply Ask Your Web Developer
While this may seem like the most logical thing to do, a number of web developers, for whatever reason, may build their 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 application was used to build it, just ask your web developer or whoever built your web site if the website was built with WordPress.
That was simple, huh?
Okay … what if you can’t get in touch with your website developer, or what if you’ve come across a website that you really like while browsing the net late at night and would like to know if it was built using WordPress?
Powered By WordPress
If the site uses a WordPress theme where the them template has not been edited, you can typically find a “Proudly powered by WordPress” notice displayed below the footer section of the site …
(Powered by WordPress – footer)
If the methods above haven’t helped you, here are some other ways of telling whether a site runs on WordPress or not …
Sites That Can Tell You If A Website Uses WordPress
Here are a some tools that will tell you if the website uses WordPress or not …
Is It WP? is a free tool that tells you if a website was built with WordPress or not.
Using this site is super easy. Just paste the URL of the website into the URL field and click the button.
It will go and search through the URL pages and tell you if the site was built using WordPress, and if so, which version of WordPress it is currently using …
If the web site is not a WP site, you will get a message like the one shown below …
To visit this site, 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 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 – Web Browser Extension (Firefox / Chrome))
If you use either the Firefox or Chrome web browser and would like to be able to instantly tell if the sites that you are visiting have been built using WordPress, then Wappalyzer is a great extension for your web browser.
Wappalyzer identifies what type of software is installed in the sites you are visiting.
According to their website …
It’s also an easy web browser add-on to install and use.
Once you have installed the Wappalyzer extension on your browser, icons will show up in your web browser, in the URL field allowing you to see which technologies are installed on all the sites you are visiting …
If you see the WordPress icon showing on the browser menu (as the above screen shot shows), then the site has been built with WordPress.
(It’s a WordPress site!)
Go here to download and install the Wappalyzer web browser extension:
(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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