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 How To Use WordPressWhen the “blogging revolution” first began, blogs looked like blogs and websites looked like websites. You could easily tell the difference.

Then the WordPress CMS came along and revolutionized web publishing. Now, it’s becoming more and more difficult to tell if the website was built with “blogging” software like the WordPress publishing platform, or if it’s been developed using website-building software. 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’s under the surface.

Is Your Website Built With WordPress?

(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 tools 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 maintain the website up-to-date, managing web content, etc.

Think about this …

Which of the options below 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 price than the cost of getting site ”A” above built.

If you went with site “B”, then you need to learn more about the benefits of using WordPress, why WordPress can provide you with an expensive-looking website that could cost far less to build than websites which use a website building application … and how to tell the two apart!

WordPress is the world’s most used online publishing platform and content management system (CMS). It is a budget-friendly content management software suitable for most business needs.

Whether your reason for having an online presence 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 extensions that make your website highly 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, yours is also a WordPress site.

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 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 quite inexpensively?

Is My Website Built With WordPress? Tell-Tale Signs & WP-Checking Tools

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 advantages 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 some simple ways to tell if sites are powered WordPress:

Search Your Source Code For A WordPress Footprint

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 tell-tale footprints …

How to view web page source code in Firefox

(View your web page source code using the Firefox web browser)

Let’s say that you are surfing the web and you come across a site that you like, and you’re wondering if the site is built using WordPress …

View 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 the words “wp-content” either by visually scanning the code …

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

Or using your browser’s “Find” function …

Use the Firefox browser 'Find' function

(Use the Firefox web browser ‘Find’ function)

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

Note: If you do not locate “wp-content” in the page source code, it doesn’t mean that it’s not a WordPress site.

Viewing Page Source Code In Firefox

There are other ways to tell if a site runs on WordPress, as we will soon discuss.

As the point of this article is to try and help non “techies”, however, we have listed below a number of easier ways to check if your web site is built with WordPress other than searching through the source code.

Ask Your Webmaster

While this may seem like the logical thing to do, many website development agencies, for whatever reason, may build their clients a website and not tell them it’s WordPress.

If you used a website developer or got somebody else to build you a website, just ask your webmaster or whoever built your site if it has been built using WordPress.

That was simple, huh?

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

Powered By WordPress

If the site uses a WP theme and the templates have not been edited, you will typically find a “Proudly powered by WordPress” notice showing at the bottom of the site …

Proudly Powered by WordPress - site footer section

(Powered by WordPress)

If these simple methods haven’t helped you, here are some other ways of identifying WordPress sites …

Online Tools That Tell You If A Website Runs On WordPress

Here are a couple of sites that will tell you if a particular website uses WordPress or not, and what themes or plugins the site uses …

IsItWP.com – WP Checker

Is It WordPress?

(Is It WP)

IsItWP.com is a free tool that can tell you very quickly if a site was built using WordPress or not.

Using this site is really quite simple. Just paste the URL of the site into the URL field and click the button.

It will search 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 …

IsItWP.com

If the site is not a WordPress web site or blog, you will get a message similar to the one shown below …

IsItWP.com

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 – Browser Extension (Firefox / Chrome)

Wappalyzer.com

(Wappalyzer – Extension For Firefox / Chrome Browser)

If you use either the Firefox or Chrome browser and would like to be able to instantly tell if the sites that you are visiting have been built using WordPress, then Wappalyzer is a very useful extension to add to your browser.

Wappalyzer identifies what type of software is installed on 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.”

It’s also an easy to install and easy to use web browser add-on.

Wappalyzer - Browser Add-On (Firefox / Chrome)

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

Wappalyzer.com

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

This website has been built with WordPress!

(This website is powered by WordPress!)

To visit the website, 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, 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, visit the site below:

We hope you have found the above information useful.

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