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 WordPressOnce upon a time and not so long ago, blogs looked like blogs and websites looked like websites. One could easily tell the difference between the two.

Then WordPress came along and changed all this. Now, it’s becoming more difficult to tell the difference between what applications are being used to build the two. 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 kind of web application is actually powering the site.

Tell-Tale Signs It's A WordPress Blog And WP-Checking Tools

(Can You Tell Which Application Websites Are Built With?)

For many website owners, understanding the difference between a CMS tool like WordPress and other website-building tools is huge, not so much in terms of the technical differences, but more importantly, in terms of the areas that many website owners are mostly concerned with, such as web development costs, ease of use, ability to keep 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 is expensive to build, or

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

If you chose website ”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 will typically cost far less to build than websites built using web-building software … and how to tell the two types apart!

WordPress is the world’s most used online publishing platform and content management system (CMS). It is a powerful and easy-to-use CMS that is ideally suited for local businesses.

Whether your reason for having a web site is for personal blogging or business use, WordPress is easy enough for a newbie with no programming skills to use, yet it offers many helpful features that make your web presence more effective when it comes to getting your content published, promoting visitor interaction, generating business leads and sales, enhancing your site’s functionality, 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 thinking of 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 for very little cost?

How To Check If Your Site Was Built With WordPress

Do you need to know if your website was built using WordPress? Maybe you’ve come here because you’ve heard or 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.

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 website is powered by WordPress:

Check The Source Code

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 telltale footprints that the site was built using WordPress …

Viewing web page source code in Firefox

(Viewing your web page source code in the Firefox web browser)

Suppose that you are surfing the web and you come across a web site that you like, and you wonder if the site uses WordPress …

Viewing The Page Source Code In Firefox

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, you can search for the words “wp-content” either by scanning the code visually …

Is My Blog WordPress?

Or use the browser’s “Find” function …

Using Firefox's 'Find' function

(Use Firefox’s ‘Find’ function)

This will tell you if the site runs on WordPress or not.

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

View The Page Source Code In Firefox

There are other ways to find out if a site was built using WordPress, as we will soon be discussing.

As the focus of this article is to try and help non “techies”, however, we have listed below a number of easy ways to check if your website is built using WordPress other than searching through the source code.

Just Ask Your Web Developer

While this may seem like the most logical thing to do, a number of website developers, for whatever reason, will build clients a website and not tell them it’s been built with WordPress.

If you employed the services of a website developer or got somebody else to build you a website, just ask your developer or whoever built your website if it was built using 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 browsing the net and you really would like to know if it was built with WordPress?

Check Below Footer

If the site uses a WordPress theme where the template has not been customized, you can often see a “Proudly powered by WordPress” notice shown at the bottom of the site …

Proudly Powered by WordPress

(Proudly Powered by WordPress – site footer area)

If the simple methods above haven’t helped you, here are some other ways of telling whether a site runs on WordPress or not …

Online Tools That Can Tell You If A Website Was Built Using WordPress

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

IsItWP.com

Is It WP - WP Checker

(IsItWP.com – WordPress Website Checking Tool)

Is It WordPress? is a free tool that can tell you very quickly if a site runs on WordPress or not.

Using this tool is super easy. Just paste the URL 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, it will even tell you which version of WordPress the site is currently using …

Is It WordPress?

If the site has not been built using WordPress, you will see a message similar to the one below …

Is It WordPress? - WP 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 Theme 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 – Browser Add-On (Firefox / Chrome)

Wappalyzer

(Wappalyzer)

If you browse the net using either Firefox or Google Chrome and would like to be able to tell if the sites that you are visiting are powered by WordPress, then Wappalyzer is a useful extension for your web browser.

Wappalyzer identifies what type of software is installed in the sites you are visiting.

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 easy to install.

Wappalyzer

After installing Wappalyzer on your web browser, icons will show up in your web browser menu allowing you to see which technologies are being used by the sites you are visiting …

Wappalyzer - Add-On For Firefox & Chrome Web Browser

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

This is a WordPress site!

(It’s a WordPress site!)

To install the Wappalyzer web browser extension, 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, visit the site below:

I hope you have found this tutorial 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)

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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.