When the “blogging revolution” first began, blogs looked like blogs and websites looked like websites. One could easily tell blogs and websites apart.
Then the WordPress CMS came along and changed everything. Now, it’s becoming increasingly 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”.
(Can You Tell Which Application Is Powering A Website?)
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, in terms of the areas that the majority of website owners care about, such as 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 is expensive to build, or
B) The same eye-catching, professional-looking website, but at a much cheaper cost than the cost of getting option ”A”.
If you went with site ”B” above, then you need to learn more about the benefits of using WordPress, why WordPress can provide you with 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 the two types apart!
WordPress is the world’s most used online publishing platform and content management system (CMS). It is a budget-friendly CMS application that is ideally suited for small, medium and even large businesses.
Whether your reason for having a website is for personal blogging or business use, WordPress is easy enough for a newbie with no knowledge of coding to use and manage, and offers an array of helpful features that make your web site more effective when it comes to getting your content published, promoting visitor engagement, 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 WP 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 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 for your business for very little cost?
Does My Site Run On WordPress?
Do you need to know if a website uses WordPress? Maybe you’ve come here because you’ve read or heard wonderful things about all of the great benefits of using WordPress, and you’re now wondering if your site runs on the WordPress software, or some other website application.
Here are some simple ways to tell if sites are powered WordPress:
Search 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 telltale footprints …
(Viewing your web page source code using the Firefox browser)
Let’s say that you are browsing online and you come across a web site that you like, and you wonder if the site is built with WordPress …
First, bring up the site’s source code on your screen, using the methods described above.
In the page’s source code, search for the words “wp-content” either by scanning the code visually …
Or using your browser’s “Find” function …
(Using Firefox’s ‘Find’ function)
This will tell you if the site was built using WordPress or not.
Note: If you cannot see “wp-content” in the page source code, it doesn’t mean that you are not looking at a WordPress site.
There are other ways to find out if the site runs on WordPress, as we will soon discuss.
As the point of this article is to help non “techies”, however, we have listed below a number of easy methods you can use to check if your site is built with WordPress other than looking through the source code.
Simply Ask Your Webmaster
While this may seem like the most obvious thing to do, many web development agencies, for whatever reason, will build their clients a website and not tell them it’s been built with WordPress.
If you have an existing web site and you’re not sure what CMS application was used to build it, just ask your web developer or whoever built your web site if it runs on 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 browsing the net late at night and would like to know if the site was built with WordPress?
Powered By WordPress
If the site uses a WordPress theme where the website theme templates have not been edited, you can often find a “Powered by WordPress” notice shown in the footer section of the site …
(Powered by WordPress)
If these simple methods aren’t helpful to you, here are some other ways of telling whether a website runs on WordPress or not …
Tools That Can Tell You If A Website Has Been Built With WordPress
Here are a couple of sites that will tell you if the website uses WordPress or not …
(Is It WP – WordPress Website Checker)
Is It WordPress? is a free tool that lets you easily check if a site was built using WordPress or not.
Using this site is super easy. Just type the URL of the site into the URL field and click the button.
The tool will then search 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 shown below …
To visit this site, go here: Is It WordPress? – WP Site Checking Tool
(WhatWPThemeIsThat.com – WordPress Theme Checker)
What WordPress Theme Is That? is a free WordPress theme search tool that allows you to easily detect what WordPress theme a website or blog uses.
This is a great resource if you have come across a WordPress site that you like and would like to know what WP theme the site uses.
Using this tool is also quite simple. Just enter the site’s domain name into the field and click the search icon or hit “Enter.” The tool will not only confirm whether or not the site is powered by WordPress software, but it will also list the theme being used on the site and list any plugins detected.
Tip: You can use this tool to work out whether your competitors are also using WordPress, and if so, see which plugins they are using …
Note: You will get a message like the one shown in the screenshot below if the site was not built using WordPress …
To visit the website go here: What WordPress Theme Is That – WordPress Theme Checker
If you browse the net using either Firefox or Chrome and would like to be able to tell if the sites that you are visiting use WordPress, then Wappalyzer is a great extension to add to your browser.
Wappalyzer tells you what type of software is installed in the sites while you are browsing.
According to their website …
Wappalyzer is also easy to install and easy to use.
Once you have installed Wappalyzer, icons will appear in your browser, in the URL field identifying which software is installed on the sites you visit …
If the WordPress icon shows up on the browser menu (as the above screen shot shows), then the site uses WordPress.
(It’s a WordPress site!)
Visit the site 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, 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, visit the site below:
I hope you have found the above information useful.
"Wow! I never knew there's so much to learn about WordPress! I bought one of the WordPress for Dummies three years ago, such authors need to be on this course!" - Rich Law, Create A Blog Now
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