Once upon a time and not so long ago, blogs looked like blogs and websites looked like websites. One could easily tell the difference between the two.
Then WordPress came along and revolutionized the online publishing world. Now, it’s getting more difficult to tell if the site was built using a “blogging” content management system (CMS) like WordPress, or if it’s been developed using a traditional website editing application. 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”.
(It’s Getting Harder To Tell Websites Built With Web Development Tools Vs ‘Blogging’ Software!)
For website owners, understanding the difference between a CMS 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 many website owners care most about, 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 turns out to be fairly expensive to build, or
B) The same eye-catching, professional-looking website, but at a cost that turns out to be significantly less than the cost of getting option ”A” built.
If you chose option ”B” above, then you need to learn more about the benefits of using WordPress, why WordPress can be used to create an eye-catching website that will normally turn out to be much less expensive to build than websites which use traditional web editor tools … and how to tell these apart!
WordPress is the world’s most used online publishing platform and content management system (CMS). It is a budget-friendly CMS suitable for small, medium and even large businesses.
Whether your reason for having a website or blog is for personal blogging or business use, WordPress is easy enough for a beginner with no technical knowledge to use and manage, yet it offers a range of helpful features that make your web presence extremely 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, yours is also a WordPress site.
And if you don’t have a website yet, or are considering getting a website 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 for your business to a smaller budget if required?
Is My Site WordPress?
Do you need to know if your website is powered by WordPress? Maybe you’ve come to our site because you’ve read about WordPress, and you’re now wondering if your site was built using WordPress, or some other CMS.
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 with WordPress:
View Your Source Code
If you know how to check 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 telltale footprints that the site was built using WordPress …
(Viewing your web page source code using Firefox)
Let’s say that you are browsing online and you come across a website 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 page’s source code, search for the words “wp-content” either by visually scanning the code …
Or using the browser’s “Find” function …
(Using the Firefox browser ‘Find’ function)
This will quickly tell you if the site was built with WordPress or not.
Note: If you do not see “wp-content” within the page source code, it does not mean that the website is not a WordPress site.
There are other ways to tell if the site runs on WordPress, as we will soon see.
As the focus of this post is to help non “techies”, however, we have listed below a number of easy ways to check if your site is built using WordPress other than viewing the source code.
Just Ask Your Website Developer
While this may seem like the most logical thing to do, some web development agencies, 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 was used to build it, just ask your webmaster or whoever built your web site if the site has been built with WordPress.
That was simple, huh?
Okay … what if you can’t get in touch with your webmaster, or what if you’ve come across a site that you really like while browsing online and you really want to know if the site was built with WordPress?
Check Below Footer
If the site uses a WordPress theme and the template has not been modified, you can typically see a “Proudly powered by WordPress” notice shown below the footer section …
(Powered by WordPress – site footer area)
If the methods above aren’t helpful to you, here are some other ways of telling whether a website uses WordPress or not …
Online Tools That Can Tell You If A Website Runs On WordPress
Here are a some online applications that can tell you if the website uses WordPress or not, and what themes or plugins the site uses …
Is It WordPress? is a free tool that can check if a website runs on WordPress or not.
Using this site is super simple. Just type in or paste in the URL of the site into the URL field and click the button next to it.
It will then go through the URL files and tell you if the site was built using WordPress, and if so, it will even tell you the version of WordPress it is currently using …
If the site has not been built with WordPress, you will see a message similar to the one 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 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 browse the net using either Firefox or Google Chrome and want to be able to instantly tell if the sites that you are visiting use WordPress, then Wappalyzer is a very useful add-on for your web browser.
Wappalyzer tells you what software is installed in the sites while you are browsing.
According to their website …
It’s also a very easy extension to install and use.
Once you have installed Wappalyzer on your browser, icons will display in your web browser, next to the site URL allowing you to see which software is being used by the sites you visit …
If the WordPress icon displays on the browser menu (as shown in the screenshot above), then the site uses WordPress.
(A WordPress site!)
Go here to visit the website:
(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:
We hope you have found the above information useful.
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