When the “blogging revolution” first began, blogs looked like blogs and websites looked like websites. You could easily tell the difference between the two.
Then WordPress came along and revolutionized web publishing and web content management. Now, it’s getting almost impossible to tell if the website is running on a “blogging” content management system (CMS) like the WordPress publishing platform, or if it’s been created using a traditional website development tool. 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.
(Can You Tell Which Application Your Website Is Powered By?)
For website owners, understanding the difference between a Content Management System 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 matter to most website owners, like web development costs, ease of use, ability to maintain the site 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 actually expensive to build, or
B) The same eye-catching, professional-looking website, but at a cost that is significantly less than the cost of getting site “A” above.
If you picked option ”B” above, then you need to know more about WordPress, why WordPress can be used to create an eye-catching website that will typically turn out to be far less expensive to build than websites which use traditional website editing applications … and how to tell these apart!
WordPress is the world’s most popular online publishing platform and content management system (CMS). It is a flexible and powerful CMS application suitable for most business needs.
Whether your reason for having a web site is for personal blogging or business use, WordPress is easy enough for a beginner with no technical skills to use and manage, yet it offers a range of helpful tools that make your web presence highly effective when it comes to getting your content published, promoting visitor engagement, 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, your website is probably powered by WordPress too.
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 something similarly built quite inexpensively?
The Easy Way To Tell If Your Web Site Runs On WordPress Software
Do you need to know if a website was built using WordPress? Maybe you’ve come to this page because you’ve read wonderful things about WordPress, and you’re now wondering if your site was built using WordPress, or some other website application.
Here are some simple ways to tell if sites are built using WordPress:
Search The Source Code
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 telltale footprint that the site was built with WordPress …
(Viewing web page source code in Firefox)
Let’s say that you are browsing online and you visit a site that you like, and you wonder if the site runs on WordPress …
First, bring up the site’s source code on your screen, using the methods described above.
Once the source code of the page loads on your screen, search for words like “wp-content” either by visually scanning the code …
Or use your browser’s “Find” function …
(Using Firefox’s ‘Find’ function)
This will tell you if the site runs on WordPress or not.
Note: If you do not see the words “wp-content” in the source code, it doesn’t necessarily mean that the website is not a WordPress site.
There are other ways to tell if a site runs on the WordPress software, as we will soon see.
As the point of this post is to try and help non-technical users, however, below you will find a number of easy ways to check if your site is powered by WordPress other than viewing the source code.
Ask Your Webmaster
While this may seem like the most logical thing to do, a number of website developers, for whatever reason, may build their clients a website and not tell them it’s been built with WordPress.
If you used a website developer or got somebody else to build your website, just ask your webmaster or whoever built your site if it has been built using WordPress.
That was simple, huh?
Okay … what if you can’t reach your webmaster, 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 The Footer
If the site uses a WordPress theme and the theme templates have not been modified, you can typically find a “Powered by WordPress” notice shown below the footer area …
(Proudly Powered by WordPress)
If the simple methods above aren’t helpful to you, here are some other ways of telling whether a website uses WordPress or not …
Tools That Can Tell You If A Website Was Built Using WordPress
Here are a some tools that can tell you if your website uses WordPress or not …
(IsItWP.com – WP Site Checking Tool)
Is It WP is a free tool that can check if a website uses WordPress or not.
Using this tool is very easy. Just type in or paste in the URL of the site into the search field and click the button.
It will search through the URL files and tell you if the site was built using WordPress, and if so, which version of WordPress the site is currently using …
If the web site is not a WP-driven website, you will get a message similar to the one shown in the screenshot below …
To use this tool, go here: Is It WP – WordPress Site Checking Tool
(What WordPress Theme Is That?)
What WordPress Theme Is That? is another free web tool that allows you to easily detect what WordPress theme and plugins a website uses (including parent and child themes).
This is another useful site for telling you if a site was built using WordPress or not.
Entering the website’s URL into the field and clicking the icon will not only confirm if a site is a WordPress site, but it will also list the theme (web design template) being used by the site and any WordPress plugins it detects.
Tip: You can use this tool to see if your competitors’ websites are built using WordPress, and if so, see which plugins they are using …
Note: If the site was not built using WordPress, you will get a message like the one shown below …
To visit the website go here: What WordPress Theme Is That?
If you browse the net using either Firefox or Chrome and want to be able to instantly tell if the sites that you are visiting use WordPress, then Wappalyzer is a very useful add-on to add to your browser.
Wappalyzer identifies what software is installed in the sites while you are browsing.
According to their website …
It’s also very easy to install.
After installing Wappalyzer on your browser, icons will appear in your browser, in the URL field allowing you to see which technologies are installed on all the sites you visit …
If the WordPress icon shows up on your browser menu (as the above screen shot shows), then the site has been built with WordPress.
(It’s a WordPress site!)
To learn more, go here: Wappalyzer – 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:
We hope you have found this 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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