When the “blogging revolution” first began, blogs looked like blogs and websites looked like websites. One could easily tell the difference between the two.
Then the WordPress CMS came along and changed all this. Now, it’s getting almost impossible 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 web design and also being able to tell what’s under the surface.
(It’s Getting Harder To Tell Websites Built With Web Development Tools Vs ‘Blogging’ Software!)
For website owners, understanding the difference between a CMS tool like WordPress and other website-building software is huge, not so much in terms of the technical differences, but more importantly, regarding the things that the majority of website owners are deeply concerned with, such as web development costs, ease of use, ability to maintain the site up-to-date, managing content, etc.
Think about this …
Which of the options below 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 at a much cheaper cost than the cost of getting site “A” above.
If you selected website ”B” above, then you need to learn more about WordPress, why WordPress can give you an eye-catching website that will typically turn out to be much less expensive to build than websites which use traditional website development tools … and how to tell these apart!
WordPress is the world’s most used online publishing platform and content management system (CMS). It is a powerful and easy-to-use content management system suitable for local businesses.
Whether your reason for having a website is for personal blogging or business use, WordPress is easy enough for a novice with no knowledge of HTML to use and manage, yet it offers an array of helpful tools 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, 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 the WordPress CMS.
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 for your business quite inexpensively?
Is It A WordPress Site?
Do you need to know if your website uses WordPress? Maybe you’ve come here because you’ve read about all of the great benefits of using WordPress, and you’re now wondering if your site runs on WordPress, or some other CMS.
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 a number of ways to tell if a site has been built with WordPress:
Check The Source Code
If you know how to search 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 telltale footprints that the site was built with WordPress …
(Viewing page source code using Firefox)
Suppose that you are browsing online and you come across a web site that you like, and you wonder if the site uses 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 words like “wp-content” either by visually scanning the code …
Or using your browser’s “Find” function …
(Use the Firefox web browser ‘Find’ function)
This will tell you if the site is powered by WordPress or not.
Note: If you do not see “wp-content” within the page source code, it doesn’t mean that it’s not a WordPress site.
There are other ways to find out if the site runs on WordPress, as we will soon see.
As the focus of this post is to help non-technical users, 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 looking at the source code.
Simply Ask Your Web Developer
While this may seem like the most logical thing to do, a number of web 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 web developer or whoever built your website if your website has been 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 online and you really would like to know if the site was built with WordPress?
Check Below The Footer
If the site uses a WP theme where the web them template has not been customized, you will typically see a “Proudly powered by WordPress” message shown below the footer section of the site …
(Powered by WordPress – footer)
If the methods above aren’t helpful to you, here are some other ways of telling whether a site runs on WordPress or not …
Online Tools That Tell You If A Website Runs On WordPress
Here are a some online applications that will tell you if the website uses WordPress or not, and what themes or plugins the site uses …
(Is It WordPress? – WordPress Checking Tool)
Is It WP? is a free online tool that can tell you if a website was built with WordPress or not.
Using this site is really simple. Just add the address of the website into the URL field and click the button next to it.
It will go through the site code and tell you if the site was built using WordPress, and if so, which version of WordPress it is currently using …
If the web site is not a WordPress website, you will get a message similar to the one shown in the screenshot below …
To use this tool, go here:
(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:
If you browse the net using either the Firefox or Chrome web browsers and would like to be able to instantly tell if the sites that you are visiting use WordPress, then Wappalyzer is a great extension to add to your browser.
Wappalyzer identifies what software is installed in the sites you are visiting.
According to their website …
Wappalyzer is also a very easy browser extension to install.
After installing Wappalyzer, icons will display in your web browser menu identifying which technologies are being used by the sites you are visiting …
If you see the WordPress icon on the browser menu (as shown in the screen shot above), then the site uses WordPress.
(It’s a WordPress site!)
To learn more, go here:
(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, go here:
I hope you have found 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