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 …

Learn How To Use WordPressIt used to be that blogs looked like blogs and websites looked like websites. One could easily tell the difference.

Then the WordPress CMS came along and changed everything. Now, it’s getting more difficult to tell if a site was built using a “blogging” content management system (CMS) like WordPress, or if it’s been developed using website-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 type of web application is actually powering the site.

Is It A WP Blog?

(Can You Tell Which Application A Website Has Been Built With?)

For many website owners, understanding the difference between a Content Management System tool 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, like web development costs, ease of use, ability to maintain 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 turns out to be fairly expensive to build, or

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

If you went with web site “B”, then you need to know more about the benefits of using WordPress, why WordPress can be used to create a professional-looking website that will typically end up costing you far less to build than websites which use traditional website development tools … and how to tell these apart!

WordPress is the world’s preferred online publishing platform and content management system (CMS). It is a flexible and powerful CMS application suitable for local businesses.

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 web design skills to use, and offers an array of helpful features 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 WordPress.

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?

Does My Web Site Run On WordPress?

Do you need to know if a website is powered by WordPress? Maybe you’ve come to this page because you’ve heard or read wonderful things about WordPress, and you’re now wondering if your site was built using the WordPress software, 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 a number of ways to tell if sites are powered WordPress:

Look At The 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 telltale footprints that the site was built with WordPress …

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

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

Let’s say that you are browsing online and you come across a website that you like, and you’re wondering if the site runs on WordPress …

Viewing The Page Source Code In Firefox

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

In the page’s source code, you can search for the words “wp-content” either manually …

Was My Website Built With WordPress? How To Tell

Or using your browser’s “Find” function …

Use the Firefox web browser 'Find' function

(Use Firefox’s ‘Find’ function)

This will quickly tell you if the site is powered by WordPress or not.

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

Viewing The Page Source Code In Firefox

There are other ways to tell if the site runs on the WordPress software, as we will soon discuss.

As the focus of this post is to try and help non “techies”, however, below you will find a number of easy methods you can use to check if your web site is built using WordPress other than scanning the source code.

Ask Your Website Developer

While this may seem like the logical thing to do, a number of website developers, for whatever reason, will build their clients a website and not tell them it’s been built with WordPress.

If you hired a website developer or got somebody else to build you a website, just ask your webmaster or whoever built your web site if your website was built with 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 website that you really like while browsing the net and you would like to know if the site was built using WordPress?

Check Below Footer

If the site uses a WP theme where the web template has not been edited, you will typically see a “Powered by WordPress” notice showing at the bottom of the site …

Powered by WordPress

(Proudly Powered by WordPress – site footer)

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 Tell You If A Website Was Built Using WordPress

Here are a couple of sites that can tell you if the website uses WordPress or not, and what themes or plugins the site uses …

Is It WordPress?

Is It WP - WordPress Site Checking Tool

(Is It WordPress?)

Is It WordPress? is a free tool that can tell you very quickly if a website was built using WordPress or not.

Using this tool is really quite easy. Just enter the URL of the website into the URL field and click the button.

It will go through the URL code 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 …

Is It WP - WordPress Checker

If the web site was not built using WordPress, you will see a message similar to the one shown in the screenshot below …

IsItWP.com - WP Checking Tool

To visit this site, 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 Theme 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 – Extension For Firefox / Chrome Browser

Wappalyzer - Web Browser Add-On (Firefox / Chrome)

(Wappalyzer.com)

If you use a web browser such as Firefox or Chrome and would like to be able to see if the sites that you are visiting are WP sites, then Wappalyzer is a useful extension for your web browser.

Wappalyzer identifies what software is installed on the sites you are visiting.

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 easy to install.

Wappalyzer - Extension For Firefox / Chrome Web Browser

After installing the Wappalyzer add-on on your browser, icons will show up in your browser menu, in the URL field identifying which technologies are being used by all the sites you visit …

Wappalyzer.com

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

A WordPress site!

(This is a WordPress site!)

Go here to visit the Wappalyzer add-on 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, go here:

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, go here:

I hope that you have found this information useful.

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