Once upon a time and not so long ago, blogs looked like blogs and websites looked like websites. One could easily tell blogs and websites apart.
Then WordPress came along and revolutionized web publishing and content management. Now, it’s getting more difficult to tell if a website was built using a “blogging” CMS tool like the WordPress platform, or if it’s been created using a traditional web development tool. 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 kind of web application is actually powering the site.
(Can You Tell Which Application A Website Has Been Built With?)
For 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 things that many website owners are mostly concerned with, like web development costs, ease of use, ability to maintain the website up-to-date, managing web content, etc.
Think about this …
Which of these options 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 turns out to be significantly less than the cost of getting option ”A” built.
If you chose option “B”, then you need to know more about the benefits of using WordPress, why WordPress can provide you with an eye-catching website that will probably cost far less to build than websites which use a website development tool … and how to tell these apart!
WordPress is the world’s most used online publishing platform and content management system (CMS). It is a flexible and powerful content management tool suitable for small, medium and even large businesses.
Whether your reason for having a website is for personal blogging or business use, WordPress is easy enough for a beginner with no web design skills to use and manage, yet it offers a range of helpful functions that make your website more 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 the WordPress CMS.
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 website with the design and layout that you like, know that it was built with WordPress and that you can, therefore, get something similarly built quite inexpensively?
Is It A WordPress Web Site?
Do you need to know if a website was built using WordPress? Maybe you’ve come to this page because you’ve heard about all of the great benefits of using WordPress, and you’re now wondering if your site runs on the WordPress software, or some other CMS.
Here are a number of methods you can use to quickly tell if a web site has been built using WordPress:
Look At 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 an obvious telltale footprint that the site was built with WordPress …
(Viewing your page source code in the Firefox web browser)
Suppose that you are surfing the web and you visit a website that you like, and you wonder 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, search for “wp-content” either manually …
Or using your browser’s “Find” function …
(Using the Firefox web browser ‘Find’ function)
This will tell you if the site runs on WordPress or not.
Note: If you cannot locate “wp-content” within the page source code, it does not necessarily mean that the website is not a WordPress site.
There are other ways to find out if the site runs on the WordPress software, as we will soon see.
As the point of this article is to try and help non “techies”, however, we have listed below a number of easy ways to check if your website is built with WordPress other than searching through the source code.
Simply Ask Your Website Developer
While this may seem like the logical thing to do, some web developers, for whatever reason, will build clients a website and not tell them it’s been built with WordPress.
If you have an existing website and you can’t tell what CMS application was used to build it, just ask your webmaster or whoever built your web site if it has been built using WordPress.
That was simple, huh?
Okay … what if you can’t get in touch with the person who looks after your website, or what if you’ve come across a site that you really like while surfing online and you want to know if it was built using WordPress?
Check Below Footer
If the site uses a WP theme and the site theme templates have not been customized, you can often see a “Proudly powered by WordPress” notice showing at the bottom of the site …
(Proudly Powered by WordPress)
If these simple methods haven’t helped you, here are some other ways of telling whether a site was built with WordPress or not …
Online Tools That Can Tell You If A Website Was Built Using WordPress
Here are a couple of tools that can tell you if the website uses WordPress or not …
(Is It WP – WP Site Checking Tool)
IsItWP.com is a free tool that can tell you if a site runs on WordPress or not.
Using this site is really easy. Just type the URL of the website into the search field and click the button.
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 …
If the site is not a WP web site or blog, you will see a message similar to the one below …
To visit this site, go here: Is It WP – WP Website Checker
(What WordPress Theme Is That?)
What WP Theme Is That is another free online tool that allows you to easily detect what WordPress theme and plugins a site uses (including parent and child WP themes).
This is another useful site for telling you if a site was built with WordPress or not.
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 the WordPress CMS platform, but it will also list the WordPress theme being used and list any WP plugins detected.
Tip: You can use this tool to see if your competitors are also using WordPress, and if so, see which plugins they are using …
Note: If the site was not built using WordPress, a message like the one shown in the screenshot below will appear …
Go here to visit the site: What WordPress Theme Is That? – WordPress Theme Checker
(Wappalyzer – Web Browser Extension (Firefox / Chrome))
If you browse the net using either Firefox or Google Chrome and would like to be able to tell if the sites that you are visiting use WordPress, then Wappalyzer is a useful add-on to install on your web browser.
Wappalyzer identifies what type of software is installed in the sites while you are browsing.
According to their website …
Wappalyzer is also easy to install.
Once you have installed Wappalyzer, icons will display in your browser, next to the site URL identifying which technologies are being used by all the sites you visit …
If you see the WordPress icon showing on the browser menu (as the above screenshot shows), then the site uses WordPress.
(A WordPress site!)
Visit the Wappalyzer browser add-on site here: Wappalyzer – Web Browser Add-On (Firefox / Chrome)
(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 this information useful.
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