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.

Learn WordPressOnce 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 the WordPress CMS came along and everything changed. Now, it’s getting more and more difficult to tell if the website was built with a “blogging” CMS tool like WordPress, or if it’s been created using a traditional web editor 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’s “under the hood”.

Is Your Website Built With WordPress?

(Can You Tell Which Application Is Powering Your Website?)

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, regarding the areas that matter to most website owners, like web development costs, ease of use, ability to maintain the website up-to-date, managing content, etc.

Think about this …

Which of these options would you choose?

A) An eye-catching, professional-looking website that turns out to be fairly expensive to build, or

B) The same eye-catching, professional-looking site, but at a cost that turns out to be significantly less than the cost of getting site ”A” above built.

If you selected web site ”B” above, 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 much less expensive to build than websites which use traditional web development tools … and how to tell the two types apart!

WordPress is the world’s most popular online publishing platform and content management system (CMS). It is a flexible and powerful CMS platform that is ideally suited 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 beginner with no technical skills to use and manage, and offers an array of helpful functions that make your website highly effective in terms of getting your content published, promoting visitor interaction, 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, your site is probably powered by WordPress too.

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 something similarly built for your business to a smaller budget if required?

Does My Website Run On WordPress?

Do you need to know if your website uses WordPress? Maybe you’ve come to our site because you’ve heard or 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 methods you can use to quickly tell if a web site has been built using WordPress:

Look At The Page Source Code

If you know how to bring up 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 an obvious tell-tale footprint that the site was built with WordPress …

View your page source code in Firefox

(How to view web page source code in Firefox)

Suppose that you are surfing the web and you visit a site that you like, and you would like to know if the site runs on WordPress …

Viewing Page Source Code In Firefox

First, bring up the site’s source code on your screen, using the methods described above.

In the page’s source code, you can search for words like “wp-content” either by scanning the code …

Is It A WordPress Blog?

Or use your browser’s “Find” function …

Use 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 do not locate the words “wp-content” within the page source code, it doesn’t mean that this is not a WordPress site.

View The Page Source Code In Firefox

There are other ways to find out 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 “techies”, however, we have listed below a number of easier methods you can use to check if your website is built with WordPress other than viewing the source code.

Ask Your Website Developer

While this may seem like the obvious thing to do, a number of web developers, for whatever reason, may build their clients a website and not tell them it’s WordPress.

If you have an existing website and you can’t tell what application was used to build it, just ask your webmaster or whoever built your website if your website runs on WordPress.

That was simple, huh?

Okay … what if you can’t get in touch with your webmaster, or what if you’ve come across a site that you really like while browsing online and you really need to know if the site was built using WordPress?

Powered By WordPress

If the site uses a WP theme and the site templates have not been customized, you will typically find a “Powered by WordPress” message shown below the footer section …

Powered by WordPress

(Powered by WordPress)

If the simple methods above haven’t helped you, here are some other ways of telling whether a website was built with WordPress or not …

Tools That Tell You If A Website Is Built With WordPress

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

Is It WordPress? – WordPress Website Checker

IsItWP.com

(Is It WP)

Is It WP is a free online tool that can check if a site runs on WordPress or not.

Using this tool is really easy. Just type the address of the website into the search field and click the button next to it.

The tool will then go through the page code on the URL 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 WP

If the site was not built using WordPress, you will see a message similar to the one shown in the screenshot below …

Is It WordPress? - WordPress Site Checker

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 – Web Browser Add-On (Firefox / Chrome)

Wappalyzer

(Wappalyzer.com)

If you use a browser such as Firefox or Chrome and would like to be able to know if the sites that you are visiting have been built using WordPress, then Wappalyzer is a great extension for your web browser.

Wappalyzer identifies what software is installed on the sites while you are browsing.

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 an easy to install and very easy to use browser extension.

Wappalyzer - Add-On For Firefox / Chrome Browser

Once you have installed Wappalyzer, icons will appear in your web browser, next to the site URL allowing you to see which software is being used by the sites you visit …

Wappalyzer - Web Browser Extension (Firefox / Chrome)

If the WordPress icon shows up on the browser menu (as the above screen shot shows), then the site has been built with WordPress.

This is a WordPress site!

(This is a WordPress site!)

Visit the site here:

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, go here:

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:

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Author: Martin Aranovitch

Martin Aranovitch is the founder of WPCompendium.org and the author of The Small Business Digital Manager. WPCompendium.org provides hundreds of FREE tutorials that show you how to use WordPress to grow your business online with no coding skills required! Get our FREE "101+ WordPress Tips, Tricks & Hacks For Non-Techies" e-course with loads of useful WordPress tips!

Originally published as Does Your Website Run On WordPress? How To Tell.