It used to be that blogs looked like blogs and websites looked like websites. You could easily tell the difference.
Then WordPress came along and everything changed. Now, it’s getting almost impossible to tell if the site was built using a “blogging” content management system (CMS) like WordPress, or if it’s been built using web-building software. 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 surface.
(It’s Getting Harder To Tell Websites Built With Web Development Tools Vs ‘Blogging’ Software!)
For many 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 the majority of website owners are concerned with, like 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 turns out to be quite expensive to build, or
B) The same eye-catching, professional-looking site, but at a tiny fraction of the cost of getting option ”A”.
If you decided to go with web site “B”, then you need to learn more about the benefits of using WordPress, why WordPress can give you a stunning website that will normally cost far less to build than websites which use traditional website editing applications … and how to tell these apart!
WordPress is the world’s most popular online publishing platform and content management system (CMS). It is a powerful CMS application suitable for all businesses and non-technical users.
Whether your reason for having a website or blog is for personal blogging or business use, WordPress is easy enough for a novice with no technical skills to use and manage, yet it offers an array of helpful add-ons that make your web presence 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 capabilities, 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 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 a similar site built for your business to a smaller budget if required?
The Easy Way To Tell If Your Blog Was Built Using WP Software
Do you need to know if your website was built using WordPress? Maybe you’ve come here because you’ve heard about WordPress, and you’re now wondering if your site runs on the WordPress software, or some other content management system.
Here are a number of methods you can use to quickly tell if sites are built with WordPress:
Look At Your Page 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 obvious tell-tale footprints that the site was built using WordPress …
(View the page source code using Firefox)
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 uses WordPress …
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, search for the words “wp-content” either by scanning the code with your eyes …
Or use your browser’s “Find” function …
(Use the Firefox web browser ‘Find’ function)
This will quickly tell you if the site is powered by WordPress or not.
Note: If you do not find the words “wp-content” within the page source code, it doesn’t necessarily mean that this is not a WordPress site.
There are other ways to tell if a site runs on the WordPress software, as we will soon be discussing.
As the focus of this post is to help non-technical users, however, we have listed below a number of easy ways to check if your site is built using WordPress other than searching the source code.
Ask Your Webmaster
While this may seem like the most logical thing to do, a number of website development companies, for whatever reason, may build clients a website and not tell them it’s WordPress.
If you employed the services of a website developer or got somebody else to build you a website, just ask your web developer or whoever built your web site if your web site has been built using WordPress.
That was easy, huh?
Okay … what if you can’t get in touch with your webmaster, or what if you’ve come across a website that you really like while surfing online and you really want to know if it was built with WordPress?
Powered By WordPress
If the site uses a WordPress theme and the theme templates have not been modified, you will typically find a “Proudly powered by WordPress” message displayed below the footer section of the site …
(Powered by WordPress)
If the simple methods above haven’t helped you, here are some other ways of telling whether a website uses WordPress or not …
Online Tools That Tell You If A Website Uses WordPress
Here are a couple of tools that will tell you if the website uses WordPress or not …
Is It WordPress? is a free tool that can tell you if a website uses WordPress or not.
Using this site is really simple. Just type in or paste in the address of the website into the URL field and click the button next to it.
The tool will then go through the page code on the URL and tell you if the site was built using WordPress, and if so, it will even tell you which version of WordPress it is currently using …
If the web site is not a WP website, you will get a message similar to the one below …
To visit this site, go here: Is It WP – WordPress Website Checker
(What WordPress Theme Is That)
What WordPress Theme Is That is a free online tool that lets you easily detect what WP theme a website uses.
This is another useful site for telling you if a site was built with WordPress or not.
Entering the site’s domain name into the field and clicking the button will not only confirm if the site is a WordPress site, but it will also list the theme (web design template) being used by the site and any WordPress plugins it detects.
Tip: You can use this tool for competitive analysis to work out whether your competitors are also using WordPress, and if so, see which plugins they are using …
Note: If the site was not built with WordPress, a message like the one shown below will appear …
Go here to use this tool: WhatWPThemeIsThat.com
If you browse the net using either Firefox or Chrome and would like 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 type of software is installed in the sites you are visiting.
According to their website …
It’s also a very easy to install and easy to use web browser add-on.
Once you have installed the Wappalyzer extension on your browser, icons will appear in your web browser identifying which software is being used by all the sites you visit …
If you see the WordPress icon on the browser menu (as the above screenshot shows), then the site has been built with WordPress.
(This site has been built with WordPress!)
To learn more, go here: Wappalyzer – Web Browser Extension (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, 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 you have found the above tutorial useful.
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