When the “blogging revolution” first began, blogs looked like blogs and websites looked like websites. One could easily tell the difference.
Then WordPress came along and revolutionized web publishing and online content management. Now, it’s becoming 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 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 Content Management System application like WordPress and other website-building tools is huge, not so much in terms of the technical differences, but more importantly, regarding the things that matter to most website owners, such as web development costs, ease of use, ability to keep the site up-to-date, managing web content, etc.
Think about this …
Which of these 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 cost that is significantly less than the cost of getting option “A” above.
If you selected option ”B” above, then you need to know more about WordPress, why WordPress can give you an eye-catching website that could end up costing you far less to build than websites built using traditional website development tools … 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 powerful and easy-to-use CMS suitable for businesses on a budget.
Whether your reason for having a digital presence is for personal blogging or business use, WordPress is easy enough for a newbie with no knowledge of HTML to use, yet it offers an array of helpful extensions that make your web presence highly effective in terms of getting your content published, promoting visitor interaction, 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 thinking of 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 quite inexpensively?
Is My Site WordPress?
Do you need to know if your website uses WordPress? Maybe you’ve come here because you’ve read about all of the great advantages of using WordPress, and you’re now wondering if your site was built using the WordPress software, or some other website application.
Here are some simple methods you can use to quickly tell if sites are built using WordPress:
View Your Page 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 an obvious telltale footprint …
(Viewing the page source code using the Firefox web browser)
Let’s say that you are surfing the web and you visit a web site that you like, and you would like to know if the site is built on WordPress …
First, bring up the site’s source code on your screen, using the methods described above.
Once the source code of the site loads on your screen, you can search for “wp-content” either manually …
Or use your browser’s “Find” function …
(Use Firefox’s ‘Find’ function)
This will tell you if the site is powered by WordPress or not.
Note: If you are unable to locate “wp-content” in the source code, it doesn’t necessarily mean that it’s not a WordPress site.
There are other ways to find out if the site runs on the WordPress software, as we will soon see.
As the focus of this post is to try and help non “techies”, however, we have listed below a number of easy methods you can use to check if your website is built using WordPress other than viewing the source code.
Ask Your Website Developer
While this may seem like the obvious thing to do, some web developers, for whatever reason, will build their clients a website and not tell them it’s been built with WordPress.
If you paid a website developer or got somebody else to build your website, just ask your web developer or whoever built your website if the website was built using 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 want to know if it was built with WordPress?
Powered By WordPress
If the site uses a WP theme and the templates have not been edited, you will often see a “Proudly powered by WordPress” message shown at the bottom 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 was built using WordPress or not …
Tools That Tell You If A Website Uses WordPress
Here are a couple of online applications that will tell you if the website uses WordPress or not …
Is It WordPress? is a free tool that can tell you very quickly if a site uses WordPress or not.
Using this site is really simple. Just enter the URL of the site into the URL field and click the button.
The tool will go through the URL 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 powered by WordPress, you will see a message similar to the one shown in the screenshot below …
To visit this site, go here: Is It WordPress? – WP Site Checking Tool
(WhatWPThemeIsThat.com – WordPress Theme Checker)
What WP Theme Is That? is another free WordPress theme and plugin-checking tool that allows you to easily detect what WP theme and plugins a site uses (including parent and child themes).
This is a great resource if you have come across a WordPress site that you like and would like to know what theme the site uses.
Entering the website’s URL into the field and clicking the button will not only confirm whether or not a site is a WordPress site, but it will also list the WordPress 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’ websites are built using WordPress, and if so, see which plugins they are using …
Note: If your site is not built using WordPress, you will see a message like the one shown below …
To use this tool go here: What WordPress Theme Is That – WordPress Theme Checker
(Wappalyzer – Extension For Firefox & Chrome Web Browser)
If you use a web browser like Firefox or Google Chrome and would like to be able to tell if the sites that you are visiting are powered by WordPress, then Wappalyzer is a useful extension to install on your browser.
Wappalyzer identifies what type of software is installed in the sites while you are browsing.
According to their website …
It’s also an easy add-on to install.
After installing the Wappalyzer add-on on your browser, icons will display in your web browser, next to the site URL allowing you to see which technologies are installed on all the sites you are visiting …
If you see the WordPress icon displayed on your browser menu (as shown in the screen shot above), then the site uses WordPress.
(A WordPress site!)
Go here to learn more: 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 the information in this tutorial useful.
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