When the “blogging revolution” first began, blogs looked like blogs and websites looked like websites. You could easily tell blogs and websites apart.
Then the WordPress CMS came along and changed everything. Now, it’s getting more and 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 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 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 matter to most website owners, like web development costs, ease of use, ability to keep the site up-to-date, managing web 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 website, but at a fraction of the cost of getting site ”A” above built.
If you picked option “B”, then you need to learn more about WordPress, why WordPress can give you a stunning website that could turn out to be much less expensive to build than websites built with a web development tool … 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 most business needs.
Whether your reason for having a digital presence is for personal blogging or business use, WordPress is easy enough for a beginner with no web design skills to use, and offers an array of helpful features that make your web presence more effective in terms of getting your content published and indexed by search engines, promoting visitor interaction, generating business leads and sales, 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, 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 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 very little cost?
Is It A WordPress Web Site?
Do you need to know if your website uses WordPress? Maybe you’ve come here because you’ve read wonderful things about WordPress, and you’re now wondering if your site runs on WordPress, or some other website application.
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 some simple ways to tell if sites are built with WordPress:
Search The Source Code For Obvious TellTale The TellTale WordPress Footprint
If you know how to access 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 a tell-tale footprint …
(Viewing the web page source code using Firefox)
Suppose that you are browsing online and you visit a website that you like, and you’re wondering if the site was built on 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 words like “wp-content” either manually …
Or use the browser’s “Find” function …
(Use the Firefox browser ‘Find’ function)
This will quickly tell you if the site runs on WordPress or not.
Note: If you cannot locate the words “wp-content” in the source code, it doesn’t mean that this is not a WordPress site.
There are other ways to find out if the site was built using the WordPress software, as we will soon be discussing.
As the focus of this post is to help non-technical users, however, below you will find a number of easy ways to check if your web site is powered by WordPress other than scanning the source code.
Ask Your Website Developer
While this may seem like the most logical thing to do, some website developers, for whatever reason, will build their clients a website and not tell them it’s WordPress.
If you have an existing website and you can’t tell what CMS application was used to build it, just ask your developer or whoever built your site if it has been built using WordPress.
That was easy, huh?
Okay … what if you can’t reach your website developer, or what if you’ve come across a website that you really like while browsing the net late at night and want to know if the site was built using WordPress?
Powered By WordPress
If the site uses a WordPress theme and the templates have not been modified, you can often find a “Proudly powered by WordPress” notice shown at the bottom of the site …
(Proudly Powered by WordPress – site footer)
If these simple methods aren’t helpful to you, here are some other ways of telling whether a website uses WordPress or not …
Sites That Can Tell You If A Website Is Built With WordPress
Here are a couple of sites that can tell you if a particular website uses WordPress or not, and what themes or plugins the site uses …
(Is It WordPress?)
IsItWP.com is a free tool that can tell you very quickly if a website uses WordPress or not.
Using this site is really simple. Just add 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 it is currently using …
If the site was not built using WordPress, you will get a message like the one below …
To use this tool, 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 use either the Firefox or Chrome browser and would like to be able to see if the sites that you are visiting use WordPress, then Wappalyzer is a useful add-on to add to your web browser.
Wappalyzer tells you what software is installed on the sites you are visiting.
According to their website …
It’s also easy to install and very easy to use.
After installing the Wappalyzer extension on your web browser, icons will appear in your browser menu, in the URL field allowing you to see which software is installed on all the sites you are visiting …
If you see the WordPress icon displayed on your browser menu (as the above screenshot shows), then the site uses WordPress.
(This is a WordPress site!)
To learn more, go 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, 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, go here:
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