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 changed all this. Now, it’s getting more difficult to tell blogs and websites apart. 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”.
(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 are mostly concerned with, like web development costs, ease of use, ability to keep the website 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 is actually expensive to build, or
B) The same eye-catching, professional-looking site, but at a tiny fraction of the cost of getting site ”A”.
If you decided to go with option “B”, then you need to know more about WordPress, why WordPress can give you an expensive-looking website that will probably turn out to be far less expensive to build than websites which use a web development application … and how to tell the two types apart!
WordPress is the world’s most used online publishing platform and content management system (CMS). It is a powerful CMS application suitable for most business needs.
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, and offers an array of helpful extensions that make your web presence more effective when it comes to getting your content published, promoting visitor engagement, generating business leads and sales, enhancing your site’s capabilities, 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 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 a similar site built quite inexpensively?
How To Tell If Your Site Is A WP Website
Do you need to know if your website is powered by WordPress? Maybe you’ve come here because you’ve heard about all of the great benefits of using WordPress, and you’re now wondering if your site runs on WordPress, or some other content management system.
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 methods you can use to quickly tell if sites are built using WordPress:
Look At Your Source Code
If you know how to bring up 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 with WordPress …
(View the web page source code in Firefox)
Let’s say that you are surfing the web and you come across a site that you like, and you’re wondering if the site was built with 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 the words “wp-content” either manually …
Or using your browser’s “Find” function …
(Using the Firefox browser ‘Find’ function)
This will quickly tell you if the site runs on WordPress or not.
Note: If you cannot see “wp-content” in the source code, it does not mean that the website is not a WordPress site.
There are other ways to tell if the site was built using WordPress, as we will soon see.
As the point of this post is to try and help non-technical users, however, below you will find a number of easy ways to check if your site is built using WordPress other than scanning the source code.
Simply Ask Your Webmaster
While this may seem like the logical thing to do, a number of website development companies, for whatever reason, may 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 is driving it, just ask your developer or whoever built your web site if your website was built using WordPress.
That was easy, huh?
Okay … what if you can’t reach the person who built your site, or what if you’ve come across a website that you really like while surfing the net late at night and you really would like to know if the site was built using WordPress?
Check Below The Footer
If the site uses a WordPress theme and the website template has not been customized, you can typically find a “Proudly powered by WordPress” notice shown at the bottom of the site …
(Powered by WordPress – site footer section)
If these simple methods haven’t helped you, here are some other ways of telling whether a website was built with WordPress or not …
Online Tools That Tell You If A Website Has Been Built With 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 …
(IsItWP.com – WordPress Checking Tool)
Is It WordPress? is a free tool that can tell you if a site uses WordPress or not.
Using this tool is very simple. Just add the URL of the website into the URL field and click the button.
The tool will go through the URL files and tell you if the site was built using WordPress, and if so, which version of WordPress it is currently using …
If the web site is not a WP site, 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:
(Wappalyzer – Extension For Firefox / Chrome Browser)
If you use either the Firefox or Google Chrome web browser and would like to be able to instantly tell if the sites that you are visiting use WordPress, then Wappalyzer is a very useful extension to add to your browser.
Wappalyzer tells you what type of software is installed in the sites you are visiting.
According to their website …
Wappalyzer is also a very easy extension to install.
Once you have installed the Wappalyzer add-on on your web browser, icons will show up in your browser menu allowing you to see which software is being used by the sites you visit …
If you see the WordPress icon displayed on your browser menu (as the above screenshot shows), then the site has been built with WordPress.
(A WordPress site!)
Go here to download and install the Wappalyzer browser add-on:
(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, go here:
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