Once upon a time and not so long ago, blogs looked like blogs and websites looked like websites. You could easily tell the difference between the two.
Then WordPress came along and everything changed. Now, it’s getting more difficult to tell the difference between blogs and websites. 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”.
(It’s Getting Harder To Tell Websites Built With Web Development Tools Vs ‘Blogging’ Software!)
For many 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, regarding the areas that the majority of website owners are mostly concerned with, such as web development costs, ease of use, ability to maintain the site 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 website, but at a fraction of the cost of getting site ”A”.
If you selected website ”B” above, then you need to learn more about WordPress, why WordPress can be used to create an expensive-looking website that could cost far less to build than websites built using traditional website editor tools … and how to tell these two types apart!
WordPress is the world’s leading online publishing platform and content management system (CMS). It is a flexible and powerful CMS application that is ideally suited for all businesses and non-technical users.
Whether your reason for having a web site is for personal blogging or business use, WordPress is easy enough for a beginner with no web design skills to use and manage, and offers a range of helpful tools that make your web site more effective when it comes to 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, your site is also driven by WordPress.
And if you don’t have a website yet, or are considering getting one built, then wouldn’t it be great to be able 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 to a smaller budget if required?
The Easy Way To Tell If Your Web Site Runs On WP Software
Do you need to know if a website uses WordPress? Maybe you’ve come to this page because you’ve heard about all of the great benefits of using WordPress, and you’re now wondering if your site was built using the WordPress software, or some other CMS.
Here are some simple ways to tell if sites are built using WordPress:
Search Your Page’s Source Code For WordPress Footprints
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 obvious tell-tale footprints …
(Viewing web page source code using the Firefox browser)
Suppose that you are browsing online and you come across a website 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.
In the source code, you can search for the words “wp-content” either manually …
Or use the browser’s “Find” function …
(Using the Firefox web browser ‘Find’ function)
This will quickly tell you if the site runs on WordPress or not.
Note: If you cannot see “wp-content” within the page source code, it doesn’t mean that you are not looking at a WordPress site.
There are other ways to tell if a site was built using WordPress, as we will soon be discussing.
As the point of this article is to try and help non-technical users, however, we have listed below a number of easier ways to check if your web site is built with WordPress other than viewing the source code.
Just Ask Your Webmaster
While this may seem like the logical thing to do, a number of web developers, for whatever reason, will build their clients a website and not tell them it’s WordPress.
If you hired a website developer or got somebody else to build you a website, just ask your web developer or whoever built your site if the website runs on WordPress.
That was easy, huh?
Okay … what if you can’t get in touch with the person who looks after your website, or what if you’ve come across a site that you really like while surfing the net late at night and you would like to know if the site was built using WordPress?
If the site uses a WordPress theme where the web templates have not been modified, you will often find a “Powered by WordPress” notice displayed in the footer section …
(Powered by WordPress – site footer)
If these simple methods haven’t helped you, here are some other ways of identifying WordPress sites …
Tools That Tell You If A Website Uses WordPress
Here are a some tools that can tell you if a particular website uses WordPress or not …
(Is It WordPress? – WP Website Checker)
IsItWP.com is a free tool that can tell you if a website uses WordPress or not.
Using this tool is really easy. Just paste the address of the site into the URL field and click the button.
It will go through the URL and tell you if the site was built using WordPress, and if so, which version of WordPress the site is currently using …
If the site was not built using WordPress, you will get a message similar to the one below …
To use this tool, go here: Is It WordPress? – WordPress Checking Tool
What WordPress Theme Is That is another free online tool that lets you easily detect what WordPress theme and plugins a website or blog is using (including parent and child themes).
This is a great resource if you have come across a WordPress site that you like and would like to know what WordPress 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 then not only confirm whether or not the site has been built on WordPress, but it will also list the WP theme being used on the site and list any WordPress plugins detected.
Tip: You can use this tool to work out whether your competitors’ websites are built using WordPress, and if so, see which plugins they are using …
Note: If the site is not built using WordPress, you will get a message like the one shown below …
To use this tool go here: WhatWPThemeIsThat.com
(Wappalyzer – Browser Add-On (Firefox / Chrome))
If you use either the Firefox or Chrome browser and want to be able to instantly tell if the sites that you are visiting are WordPress sites, then Wappalyzer is a useful extension to add to your web browser.
Wappalyzer helps you identify what type of software is installed in the sites while you are browsing.
According to their website …
It’s also easy to install and easy to use.
Once you have installed the Wappalyzer add-on on your browser, icons will appear in your browser menu allowing you to see which technologies are being used by the sites you are visiting …
If the WordPress icon shows up on the browser menu (as shown in the screenshot above), then the site has been built with WordPress.
(It’s a WordPress site!)
To learn more and install Wappalyzer go here: Wappalyzer – Extension For Firefox & Chrome Browser
(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, go here:
(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 that you have found the above the information in this tutorial 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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