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 the WordPress CMS came along and everything changed. Now, it’s becoming increasingly harder to tell the difference between what software is being used to build the two. 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 surface.
(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 tools is huge, not so much in terms of the technical differences, but more importantly, regarding the things that many website owners care most about, like web development costs, ease of use, ability to maintain the website up-to-date, managing 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 site, but at a cost that is significantly less than the cost of getting site ”A”.
If you picked option ”B” above, then you need to learn more about the benefits of using WordPress, why WordPress can provide you with an attractive, professional-looking and fully functional website that will usually end up costing you far less to build than websites which are built with a website development application … and how to tell the two types apart!
WordPress is the world’s preferred online publishing platform and content management system (CMS). It is a budget-friendly CMS platform that is ideally suited for all types of businesses.
Whether your reason for having a web site is for personal blogging or business use, WordPress is easy enough for a beginner with no web design skills to use, yet it offers an array of helpful functions that make your website extremely effective when it comes to getting your content published, promoting visitor engagement, 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 site is also driven by WordPress.
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 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?
How To Tell If Your Website Was Built With WordPress
Do you need to know if a website uses WordPress? Maybe you’ve come to this page because you’ve heard or read about all of the great benefits and advantages of using WordPress, and you’re now wondering if your site was built using the WordPress software, or some other CMS application.
Here are some simple ways to tell if a site has been built using WordPress:
Look At Your 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 tell-tale footprint …
(Viewing page source code using Firefox)
Let’s say that you are surfing the web and you visit 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.
After the source code of the site loads on your screen, search for the words “wp-content” either manually …
Or using the browser’s “Find” function …
(Using Firefox’s ‘Find’ function)
This will tell you if the site runs on WordPress or not.
Note: If you cannot find the words “wp-content” in the page source code, it doesn’t necessarily mean that the site you’re looking at is not a WordPress site.
There are other ways to tell if a site was built using WordPress, as we will soon see.
As the point of this post is to help non-technical users, however, we have listed below a number of easier 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 most obvious thing to do, a number of website development agencies, for whatever reason, may build clients a website and not tell them it’s WordPress.
If you have an existing web site and you can’t tell what application is driving it, just ask your webmaster or whoever built your web site if your website was built using WordPress.
That was easy, huh?
Okay … what if you can’t get in touch with your website developer, or what if you’ve come across a site that you really like while browsing online and you want to know if it was built using WordPress?
Check Below Footer
If the site uses a WP theme and the theme templates have not been modified, you will typically find a “Powered by WordPress” message displayed 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 runs on WordPress or not …
Online Tools That Can Tell You If A Website Uses WordPress
Here are a some tools that can tell you if a website uses WordPress or not …
(Is It WP – WordPress Site Checking Tool)
Is It WordPress? is a free tool that can check very quickly if a website was built with WordPress or not.
Using this site is super simple. Just add the URL of the site into the URL field and click the button.
The tool will go and search through the site code 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 does not run on WordPress, you will get 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 – Web Browser Extension (Firefox / Chrome))
If you browse the net using either the Firefox or Chrome browsers and would like to be able to know if the sites that you are visiting use WordPress, then Wappalyzer is a very useful extension to install on your web browser.
Wappalyzer helps you identify what software is installed on the sites you are visiting.
According to their website …
It’s also an easy add-on to install and use.
Once you have installed Wappalyzer on your browser, icons will show up in your web browser menu, in the URL field identifying which technologies are installed on the sites you visit …
If you see the WordPress icon showing on your browser menu (as shown in the screen shot above), then the site uses WordPress.
(This is a WordPress site!)
Visit the Wappalyzer browser add-on website here:
(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 this information useful.
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