It used to be that blogs looked like blogs and websites looked like websites. You could easily tell the difference between the two.
Then WordPress came along and revolutionized web publishing and web content management. Now, it’s getting more difficult to tell if a site is running on a “blogging” CMS application like the WordPress platform, or if it’s been created using a website building software application. 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 hood”.
(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, like web development costs, ease of use, ability to keep the site 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 is expensive to build, or
B) The same eye-catching, professional-looking website, but at a fraction of the cost of getting site ”A”.
If you decided to go with option ”B” above, then you need to learn more about WordPress, why WordPress can give you a stunning website that will usually end up costing you far less to build than websites which use other web development tools … and how to tell these apart!
WordPress is the world’s most popular online publishing platform and content management system (CMS). It is a flexible and powerful CMS platform suitable for all types of businesses.
Whether your reason for having a web site is for personal blogging or business use, WordPress is easy enough for a newbie with no knowledge of HTML to use, and offers an array of helpful tools that make your website 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, your website is probably powered by WordPress too.
And if you don’t have a website yet, or are considering getting a website 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 your business to a smaller budget if required?
Was My Website Built With WordPress? Tell-Tale Signs & WordPress-Checking Tools
Do you need to know if your 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 was built using the WordPress software, or some other CMS application.
Here are a number of methods you can use to quickly tell if a web site has been built with WordPress:
Search The 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 tell-tale footprints …
(Viewing web page source code in Firefox)
Suppose that you are surfing the web and you come across a site that you like, and you would like to know 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 words like “wp-content” either by scanning the code visually …
Or using the browser’s “Find” function …
(Using Firefox’s ‘Find’ function)
This will tell you if the site is powered by WordPress or not.
Note: If you cannot see “wp-content” in the source code, it doesn’t 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 discuss.
As the focus of this article is to help non “techies”, however, below you will find a number of easy ways to check if your website is built using WordPress other than looking through the source code.
Just Ask Your Webmaster
While this may seem like the most obvious thing to do, many web development agencies, for whatever reason, will build clients a website and not tell them it’s WordPress.
If you have an existing web site and you’re not sure what application was used to build it, just ask your developer or whoever built your site if your website was built with 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 surfing the net late at night and you really need to know if the site was built using WordPress?
Powered By WordPress
If the site uses a WordPress theme and the theme templates have not been edited, you will often see a “Proudly powered by WordPress” notice displayed in the footer section …
(Proudly Powered by WordPress)
If the simple methods above haven’t helped you, here are some other ways of identifying WordPress sites …
Tools That Can Tell You If A Website Was Built Using WordPress
Here are a couple of tools that can tell you if your website uses WordPress or not …
Is It WP? is a free online tool that tells you if a site was built using WordPress or not.
Using this site is very simple. Just paste the address of the website into the search field and click the button next to it.
The tool will then go through the URL code and tell you if the site was built using WordPress, and if so, it will even tell you the version of WordPress the site is currently using …
If the site is not a WP site, you will see a message like the one shown below …
To visit this site, go here: Is It WP
(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 Theme 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:
If you use either the Firefox or Chrome web browser and want to be able to know if the sites that you are visiting are powered by WordPress, then Wappalyzer is a great add-on to add to your web browser.
Wappalyzer identifies what software is installed in the sites you are visiting.
According to their website …
Wappalyzer is also an easy web browser extension to install and use.
Once you have installed Wappalyzer on your browser, icons will appear in your browser menu identifying which software is installed on all the sites you visit …
If you see the WordPress icon on the browser menu (as shown in the screen shot above), then the site uses WordPress.
(This is a WordPress site!)
Go here to visit the website: Wappalyzer
(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, go here:
(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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