When the “blogging revolution” first began, blogs looked like blogs and websites looked like websites. One could easily tell the difference between the two.
Then the WordPress CMS came along and changed all this. Now, it’s getting harder to tell if the site is being powered by “blogging” applications like WordPress, or if it’s been built using web-building software. 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 type of web application is actually powering the site.
(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, in terms of the areas that matter to most website owners, like web development costs, ease of use, ability to keep the website up-to-date, managing content, etc.
Think about this …
Which of the following options 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 for a fraction of the cost of getting site ”A” above built.
If you went with site “B”, then you need to learn more about WordPress, why WordPress can be used to create an eye-catching website that will normally end up costing you far less to build than websites built using traditional website editing applications … and how to tell these apart!
WordPress is the world’s preferred online publishing platform and content management system (CMS). It is a budget-friendly content management software suitable for most business needs.
Whether your reason for having an online presence is for personal blogging or business use, WordPress is easy enough for a novice with no web design skills to use and manage, yet it offers an array of helpful tools that make your web site more effective in terms of getting your content published and indexed by search engines, promoting visitor interaction, generating business leads and sales, scalability, etc.
With almost one in every five websites around the world currently 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 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 something similarly built for very little cost?
How Can I Check If My Web Site Was Built With 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 about WordPress, and you’re now wondering if your site runs on the WordPress software, or some other CMS.
Here are a number of ways to tell if a web site has been built with WordPress:
Check Your 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 an obvious telltale footprint …
(Viewing page source code in Firefox)
Let’s say that you are browsing online and you come across a web site that you like, and you’re wondering if the site runs on WordPress …
First, bring up the site’s source code on your screen, using the methods described above.
In the source code, you can search for “wp-content” either by visually scanning the code …
Or using the browser’s “Find” function …
(Use the Firefox browser ‘Find’ function)
This will quickly tell you if the site runs on WordPress or not.
Note: If you cannot find “wp-content” in the page source code, it doesn’t mean that the website is not a WordPress site.
There are other ways to tell if the site was built using the WordPress software, as we will soon discuss.
As the point of this article is to try and help non “techies”, however, we have listed below a number of easy methods you can use to check if your website is built with WordPress other than searching through the source code.
Simply Ask Your Webmaster
While this may seem like the most obvious thing to do, a number of web developers, for whatever reason, may build clients a website and not tell them it’s been built with WordPress.
If you employed the services of a website developer or got somebody else to build you a website, just ask your webmaster or whoever built your web site if your site has been built using WordPress.
That was simple, huh?
Okay … what if you can’t reach the person who looks after your website, or what if you’ve come across a website that you really like while surfing the net and would like to know if the site was built using WordPress?
Powered By WordPress
If the site uses a WordPress theme where the templates have not been customized, you can typically find a “Powered by WordPress” notice displayed at the bottom of the site …
(Proudly Powered by WordPress – footer)
If the simple methods above haven’t helped you, here are some other ways of identifying WordPress sites …
Sites That Tell You If A Website Is Built With WordPress
Here are a some tools that will tell you if a website uses WordPress or not …
Is It WP is a free online tool that lets you quickly check if a website runs on WordPress or not.
Using this tool is really simple. Just type in or paste in the URL of the site into the URL field and click the button.
It will then search through the URL files and tell you if the site was built using WordPress, and if so, it will even tell you which version of WordPress it is currently using …
If the site has not been built with WordPress, you will get a message similar to the one below …
To visit this site, go here: Is It WP – WP Website Checking Tool
(What WordPress Theme Is That – WordPress Theme Checker)
What WordPress Theme Is That is another free web tool that lets you easily detect what WordPress theme a website or blog is using.
This is a great resource if you have come across a WordPress site that you like and would like to know what theme the site uses.
Using this tool is really 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 the site was built on WordPress software, but it will also list the WordPress theme being used on the site and list any plugins detected.
Tip: You can use this tool for competitive analysis to see if your competitors are also using WordPress, and if so, see which plugins they are using …
Note: If your site was not built using WordPress, a message like the one shown below will appear …
To visit their site go here: What WordPress Theme Is That
(Wappalyzer – Web Browser Add-On (Firefox / Chrome))
If you use a web browser like Firefox or Google Chrome 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 for your web browser.
Wappalyzer identifies what software is installed in the sites while you are browsing.
According to their website …
Wappalyzer is also a very easy to install and easy to use web browser extension.
Once you have installed Wappalyzer, icons will appear in your browser, next to the site URL identifying which technologies are installed on the sites you are visiting …
If the WordPress icon shows up on the browser menu (as shown in the screen shot above), then the site has been built with WordPress.
(It’s a WordPress site!)
Visit the website here: Wappalyzer – Extension For Firefox & Chrome Web 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:
I hope that you have found the above the information in this tutorial useful.
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