Does Your Website Run On WordPress? How To Tell

Does your website run on WordPress? Here are some tell-tale signs that a website was built with WordPress …

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Learn To Use WPIt used to be that blogs looked like blogs and websites looked like websites. One could easily tell blogs and websites apart.

Then WordPress came along and everything changed. Now, it’s becoming harder to tell blogs and websites apart. 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 kind of web application is actually powering the site.

How Can I Check If A Website Was Built With WordPress?

(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 matter to most website owners, such as web development costs, ease of use, ability to maintain 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 is actually expensive to build, or

B) The same eye-catching, professional-looking website, but at a much cheaper price than the cost of getting site “A” above.

If you picked 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 built using a web development tool … and how to tell these two types apart!

WordPress is the world’s most popular online publishing platform and content management system (CMS). It is a flexible and powerful content management system that is ideally suited for local businesses.

Whether your reason for having a website is for personal blogging or business use, WordPress is easy enough for a novice with no technical knowledge to use, yet it offers a range of helpful functions that make your website highly effective in terms of getting your content published and indexed by search engines, promoting visitor interaction, generating business leads and sales, enhancing your site’s functionality, scalability, 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 website could probably be 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 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 a similar site built for your business to a smaller budget if required?

The Easy Way To Tell If Your Website Was Built Using The WordPress CMS Platform

Do you need to know if your website uses WordPress? Maybe you’ve come to this page because you’ve heard about WordPress, and you’re now wondering if your site runs on 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 some simple ways to tell if a site has been built with WordPress:

View The 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 an obvious tell-tale footprint that the site was built using WordPress …

Viewing your web page source code using Firefox

(How to view your page source code in the Firefox web browser)

Let’s say that you are browsing online and you come across a site that you like, and you would like to know if the site runs on WordPress …

View The Page Source Code In Firefox

First, bring up the site’s source code on your screen, using the methods described above.

Once the source code of the page loads on your screen, you can search for the words “wp-content” either by scanning the code …

Is My Website Built Using WordPress? How To Tell

Or use your browser’s “Find” function …

Using Firefox's 'Find' function

(Using the Firefox web browser ‘Find’ function)

This will quickly tell you if the site was built with WordPress or not.

Note: If you are unable to find “wp-content” within the page source code, it doesn’t necessarily mean that it’s not a WordPress site.

How To View Page Source Code In Firefox

There are other ways to find out if a site was built using the WordPress software, as we will soon be discussing.

As the focus of this article is to help non “techies”, however, we have listed below a number of easy ways to check if your website is built with WordPress other than viewing the source code.

Just Ask Your Website Developer

While this may seem like the obvious thing to do, some web developers, for whatever reason, may build 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 CMS application was used to build it, just ask your developer or whoever built your site if it was built with WordPress.

That was easy, huh?

Okay … what if you can’t reach your website developer, or what if you’ve come across a site that you really like while surfing the net and you want to know if the site was built with WordPress?

Powered By WordPress

If the site uses a WP theme and the theme templates have not been edited, you can often find a “Proudly powered by WordPress” message displayed at the bottom of the site …

Proudly Powered by WordPress

(Powered by WordPress)

If these simple methods haven’t helped you, here are some other ways of identifying WordPress sites …

Online Tools That Tell You If A Website Uses WordPress

Here are a some online applications that will tell you if a particular website uses WordPress or not, and what themes or plugins the site uses …

Is It WordPress? – WP Checker

Is It WP

(IsItWP.com)

IsItWP.com is a free tool that lets you check if a site uses WordPress or not.

Using this site is very easy. Just add the address of the website into the search field and click the button next to it.

The tool will search 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 …

Is It WP - WP Website Checker

If the web site is not a WP-driven web site or blog, you will get a message similar to the one shown below …

Is It WordPress? - WP Checker

To use this tool, go here:

Advanced WP Theme Checker by Satori

WordPress Theme Detector

(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

(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

(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

(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

(This website is not WordPress)

You can try the Detector yourself by visiting this link:

WordPress Theme Detector

Wappalyzer

Wappalyzer.com

(Wappalyzer – Add-On For Firefox & Chrome Browser)

If you browse the net using either Firefox or Chrome and would like to be able to see if the sites that you are visiting are powered by WordPress, then Wappalyzer is a very useful extension for your web browser.

Wappalyzer helps you identify what type of software is installed in the sites while you are browsing.

According to their website …

“Wappalyzer is a browser extension that uncovers the technologies used on websites. It detects content management systems, eCommerce platforms, web servers, JavaScript frameworks, analytics tools and many more.”

It’s also a very easy to install and very easy to use web browser extension.

Wappalyzer.com

Once you have installed Wappalyzer on your browser, icons will show up in your web browser menu, in the URL field allowing you to see which software is installed on the sites you are visiting …

Wappalyzer

If the WordPress icon displays on your browser menu (as shown in the screenshot above), then the site has been built with WordPress.

It's a WordPress site!

(This is a WordPress site!)

Go here to visit the website:

SpyBar

SpyBar - Browser Addon For WordPress

(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 – 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

Plugin Sniper - Find out what plugins a WordPress site is using

(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

(Search WordPress sites by categories and location)

To download or learn more about Plugin Sniper, visit the site below:

We hope you have found this tutorial useful.

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"If you're new to WordPress, this can stand on its own as a training course and will stay with you as you progress from beginner to advanced and even guru status." - Bruce (Columbus, Ohio)