Once upon a time and not so long ago, blogs looked like blogs and websites looked like websites. You could easily tell the difference.
Then WordPress came along and revolutionized web publishing and web content management. Now, it’s getting almost impossible 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 type of web application is actually powering the site.
(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 things that matter to most website owners, like web development costs, ease of use, ability to maintain the site up-to-date, managing web content, etc.
Think about this …
Which of these 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 for a fraction of the cost of getting option ”A” above built.
If you picked website ”B” above, then you need to know more about WordPress, why WordPress can be used to create an attractive, professional-looking and fully functional website that will normally turn out to be much less expensive to build than websites built using a website building application … and how to tell the two apart!
WordPress is the world’s preferred online publishing platform and content management system (CMS). It is a powerful CMS suitable for businesses on a budget.
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 web coding to use and manage, yet it offers an array of helpful functions that make your web site extremely effective in terms of getting your content published and indexed by search engines, promoting visitor engagement, generating business leads and sales, enhancing your site’s capabilities, 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 considering 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 a similar site built for your business to a smaller budget if required?
- How To Check If A Website Is A WordPress Website
How To Check If A Website Is A WordPress Website
Do you need to know if your website is powered by WordPress? Maybe you’ve come to our site because you’ve read 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 application.
Here are a number of ways to tell if sites are built with WordPress:
Check The Source Code For The WordPress Footprint
If you know how to check 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 tell-tale footprints …
(Viewing the web page source code in Firefox)
Let’s say that you are surfing the web and you visit a website that you like, and you wonder if the site was built using WordPress …
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, search for the words “wp-content” either by scanning the code visually …
Or use your browser’s “Find” function …
(Using the Firefox web browser ‘Find’ function)
This will tell you if the site was built with WordPress or not.
Note: If you cannot find “wp-content” within the page source code, it does not mean that the site you’re looking at is not a WordPress site.
There are other ways to tell if the site runs on the WordPress software, as we will soon be discussing.
As the focus of this post is to try and help non “techies”, however, below you will find a number of easy methods you can use to check if your web site is built with WordPress other than searching through the source code.
Ask Your Website Developer
While this may seem like the logical thing to do, some website development agencies, for whatever reason, will build their clients a website and not tell them it’s WordPress.
If you have an existing web site and you’re not sure what application was used to build it, just ask your developer or whoever built your site if the website has been built using WordPress.
That was easy, huh?
Okay … what if you can’t reach the person who looks after your site, or what if you’ve come across a site that you really like while browsing online and need to know if it was built with WordPress?
If the site uses a WordPress theme and the website templates have not been customized, you can typically see a “Proudly powered by WordPress” message showing below the footer section of the site …
(Powered by WordPress)
If these simple methods aren’t helpful to you, here are some other ways of identifying WordPress sites …
Sites That Can Tell You If A Website Is Built With WordPress
Here are a some sites that will tell you if a website uses WordPress or not …
(Is It WordPress?)
Is It WP is a free tool that can check very quickly if a site runs on WordPress or not.
Using this tool is really quite easy. Just paste the address of the website into the URL 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, it will even tell you which version of WordPress it is currently using …
If the site is not a WP-powered site, you will get a message similar to the one shown in the screenshot below …
To use this tool, go here: IsItWP.com
(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 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 browse the net using either the Firefox or Chrome web browsers and would like to be able to tell if the sites that you are visiting are powered by WordPress, then Wappalyzer is a great extension to add to your browser.
Wappalyzer identifies what software is installed in the sites while you are browsing.
According to their website …
Wappalyzer is also a very easy to install and easy to use web browser extension.
After installing Wappalyzer, icons will appear in your web browser menu allowing you to see which technologies are installed on all the sites you visit …
If you see the WordPress icon displayed on your browser menu (as shown in the screen shot above), then the site uses WordPress.
(This site uses WordPress!)
To install the Wappalyzer browser extension, go here: Wappalyzer – Web Browser Add-On (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, go here:
We hope that you have found the above information useful.
"I am beyond impressed with what you have put together. I can tell that you put a ton of hard work into building what you have. You have the absolute best content on WordPress I have ever seen!" - Robert T. Jillie
Disclaimer: We are not directly associated with WordPress, Automattic, or any of the products written about on this website. We may receive financial benefits from the purchase of products or services advertised on our site. All images are the copyright of their respective owners, comply with all license terms and agreements of use to the best of our knowledge and are being used solely for training or illustrative purposes.
Did you enjoy this tutorial? If so, please take a moment to share this information with other WordPress users using the links below.