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 To Use WordPressIt used to be that blogs looked like blogs and websites looked like websites. One could easily tell the two apart.

Then WordPress came along and everything changed. Now, it’s getting harder 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 hood”.

Does My Site Run On WordPress?

(Can You Tell Which Application Your Website Is Powered By?)

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 areas that many website owners care most about, such as web development costs, ease of use, ability to keep the site up-to-date, managing web 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 site, but at a much cheaper cost than the cost of getting option ”A” built.

If you selected option ”B” above, then you need to learn more about the benefits of using WordPress, why WordPress can be used to create an expensive-looking website that could turn out to be much less expensive to build than websites built with a web development tool … and how to tell the two apart!

WordPress is the world’s leading online publishing platform and content management system (CMS). It is a powerful CMS application that is ideally suited for local businesses.

Whether your reason for having an online presence is for personal blogging or business use, WordPress is easy enough for a newbie with no technical knowledge to use, yet it offers a range of helpful extensions that make your web site extremely effective when it comes to getting your content published and indexed by search engines, promoting visitor interaction, generating business leads and sales, enhancing your site’s functionality, 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 WordPress.

And if you don’t have a website yet, or are considering 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 a similar site built for your business to a smaller budget if required?

Is Your Website Built With WordPress?

Do you need to know if a website is powered by WordPress? Maybe you’ve come to our site because you’ve heard about all of the great advantages of using WordPress, and you’re now wondering if your site runs on the WordPress software, 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 a number of ways to tell if sites are powered 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 a telltale footprint …

How to view web page source code in the Firefox web browser

(How to view your page source code using Firefox)

Let’s say that you are surfing the web and you come across a website that you like, and you wonder if the site was built with WordPress …

Viewing The 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 “wp-content” either manually …

Is My Blog WordPress?

Or use your browser’s “Find” function …

Use Firefox's 'Find' function

(Using Firefox’s ‘Find’ function)

This will quickly tell you if the site is powered by WordPress or not.

Note: If you are unable to see the words “wp-content” in the source code, it doesn’t necessarily mean that it’s not a WordPress site.

Viewing Page Source Code In Firefox

There are other ways to find out if the site was built using WordPress, as we will soon discuss.

As the point of this post is to help non-technical users, however, we have listed below a number of easy ways to check if your site is powered by WordPress other than searching through the source code.

Just Ask Your Webmaster

While this may seem like the most obvious thing to do, some web development agencies, for whatever reason, will build clients a website and not tell them it’s been built with WordPress.

If you paid a website developer or got somebody else to build you a website, just ask your developer or whoever built your site if your website runs on WordPress.

That was easy, huh?

Okay … what if you can’t get in touch with your website developer, or what if you’ve come across a website that you really like while surfing the net and you want to know if the site was built using WordPress?

Powered By WordPress

If the site uses a WordPress theme and the theme templates have not been customized, you will typically see a “Powered by WordPress” notice showing at the bottom of the site …

Proudly Powered by WordPress - footer section

(Powered by WordPress – site footer)

If these simple methods aren’t helpful to you, here are some other ways of telling whether a website runs on WordPress or not …

Online Tools That Tell You If A Website Runs On WordPress

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

Is It WordPress?

Is It WordPress?

(IsItWP.com – WP Checking Tool)

Is It WordPress? is a free online tool that lets you easily check if a site was built with WordPress or not.

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

It will go and search 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 WordPress?

If the site is not a WP-powered website, you will get a message similar to the one shown in the screenshot below …

Is It WordPress? - WordPress Website Checking Tool

To use this tool, 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 – Add-On For Firefox / Chrome Web Browser

Wappalyzer - Extension For Firefox & Chrome Browser

(Wappalyzer – Web Browser Add-On (Firefox / Chrome))

If you use a browser like Firefox or Google Chrome and want to be able to know if the sites that you are visiting are powered by WordPress, then Wappalyzer is a great add-on to install on your browser.

Wappalyzer tells you what type of software is installed in 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.”

Wappalyzer is also an easy browser extension to install.

Wappalyzer - Extension For Firefox & Chrome Web Browser

After installing Wappalyzer, icons will display in your browser menu, in the URL field allowing you to see which software is being used by all the sites you visit …

Wappalyzer - Add-On For Firefox / Chrome Web Browser

If you see the WordPress icon on the browser menu (as shown in the screenshot above), then the site uses WordPress.

This website is built using WordPress!

(A WordPress site!)

To visit the site, go 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, visit the site below:

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:

I hope you have found the above information useful.

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"These tutorials have so much information and are easy to understand. If you use WordPress or plan to in the future these will help you with everything you need to know." - Valisa (Mesa, Arizona)

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