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 …

WordPress TutorialWhen the “blogging revolution” first began, blogs looked like blogs and websites looked like websites. One could easily tell them apart.

Then WordPress came along and revolutionized web publishing. Now, it’s becoming more difficult to tell if the website was built with “blogging” software like the WordPress platform, or if it’s been developed using a web building software application. 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.

Is Your Website Powered By WordPress?

(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 software is huge, not so much in terms of the technical differences, but more importantly, in terms of the areas that many website owners care about, like web development costs, ease of use, ability to keep the website up-to-date, managing web content, etc.

Think about this …

Which of the options below 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” above.

If you chose option “B”, then you need to know more about WordPress, why WordPress can be used to create an eye-catching website that could turn out to be far less expensive to build than websites built using a web development tool … 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 powerful content management system suitable for ”non-techy” website owners.

Whether your reason for having an online presence is for personal blogging or business use, WordPress is easy enough for a newbie with no technical skills to use and manage, yet it offers a range of helpful features that make your website extremely effective when it comes to getting your content published, promoting visitor interaction, generating business leads and sales, enhancing your site’s functionality, scalability, etc.

With almost one in every five websites around the world currently 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 a website 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 quite inexpensively?

Tell-Tale Signs It’s A WordPress Blog And WP-Checking Tools

Do you need to know if a website is powered by 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 CMS 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 running on WordPress:

View 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 …

Viewing the web page source code using the Firefox web browser

(View the web page source code in Firefox)

Let’s say that you are browsing online and you come across a site that you like, and you wonder if the site uses WordPress …

How To View Page Source Code In Firefox

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, you can search for “wp-content” either by visually scanning the code …

The Easy Way To Tell If Your Web Site Runs On The WP CMS Platform

Or use the browser’s “Find” function …

Using the Firefox web browser 'Find' function

(Using Firefox’s ‘Find’ function)

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

Note: If you are unable to see “wp-content” within the source code, it does not mean that you are not looking at a WordPress site.

How To View Page Source Code In Firefox

There are other ways to find out if a site was built using WordPress, as we will soon be discussing.

As the focus of this article is to help non-technical users, however, below you will find a number of easy methods you can use to check if your website is built using WordPress other than looking at the source code.

Just Ask Your Website Developer

While this may seem like the most logical thing to do, many website development companies, 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 CMS application was used to build it, just ask your web developer or whoever built your site if your website was built with WordPress.

That was easy, huh?

Okay … what if you can’t reach the person who built your website, or what if you’ve come across a site that you really like while browsing the net late at night and you would like to know if it was built using WordPress?

Check Below The Footer

If the site uses a WP theme and the theme templates have not been edited, you can typically find a “Powered by WordPress” message showing below the footer area …

Proudly Powered by WordPress

(Proudly Powered by WordPress)

If these simple methods haven’t helped you, here are some other ways of identifying WordPress sites …

Tools That Can Tell You If A Website Was Built Using WordPress

Here are a some online applications that can tell you if the website uses WordPress or not, and what themes or plugins the site uses …

Is It WP – WP Website Checker

IsItWP.com

(IsItWP.com – WP Site Checker)

Is It WordPress? is a free tool that lets you check if a website uses WordPress or not.

Using this site is really quite simple. Just type in or paste in the address of the site into the URL field and click the button.

It will search 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 WordPress?

If the site is not a WP-driven web site or blog, you will see a message like the one below …

IsItWP.com

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 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.com

Wappalyzer - Add-On For Firefox / Chrome Web Browser

(Wappalyzer)

If you use either the Firefox or Google Chrome web browser and want to be able to know if the sites that you are visiting are powered by WordPress, then Wappalyzer is a useful extension for your browser.

Wappalyzer tells you what software is installed in 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 a very easy to install and very easy to use browser add-on.

Wappalyzer

Once you have installed Wappalyzer on your browser, icons will show up in your browser, next to the site URL identifying which technologies are installed on the sites you are visiting …

Wappalyzer - Browser Add-On (Firefox / Chrome)

If you see the WordPress icon displayed on the browser menu (as the above screenshot shows), then the site uses WordPress.

It's a WordPress site!

(This site has been built with WordPress!)

Go here to learn more:

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, visit the site below:

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:

We hope that you have found the above the information in this tutorial useful.

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