Once upon a time and not so long ago, blogs looked like blogs and websites looked like websites. One could easily tell the difference.
Then WordPress came along and changed everything. Now, it’s becoming more difficult to tell if the site is running on “blogging” software like the WordPress CMS, or if it’s been created using web-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.
(It’s Getting Harder To Tell Websites Built With Web Development Tools Vs ‘Blogging’ Software!)
For website owners, understanding the difference between a Content Management System 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 the majority of website owners are concerned with, like web development costs, ease of use, ability to maintain the site 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 turns out to be quite expensive to build, or
B) The same eye-catching, professional-looking website, but at a cost that turns out to be significantly less than the cost of getting site ”A” above built.
If you decided to go with 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 could turn out to be far less expensive to build than websites built using website-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 content management application suitable for most business needs.
Whether your reason for having a website or blog is for personal blogging or business use, WordPress is easy enough for a newbie with no programming skills to use and manage, yet it offers many helpful features that make your web site highly effective when it comes to 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 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 be able 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 a much smaller cost?
- The Easy Way To Tell If Your Web Site Runs On The WP CMS Platform
The Easy Way To Tell If Your Web Site Runs On The WP CMS Platform
Do you need to know if your website is powered by WordPress? Maybe you’ve come here because you’ve heard about WordPress, and you’re now wondering if your site was built using WordPress, or some other CMS application.
Here are a number of ways to tell if sites are built with WordPress:
Search The Source Code For Tell-Tale WordPress Footprints
If you know how to access 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 tell-tale footprints …
(How to view page source code in the Firefox browser)
Let’s say that you are surfing the web and you visit a web site that you like, and you’re wondering if the site was built with WordPress …
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 by scanning the code …
Or using the browser’s “Find” function …
(Use Firefox’s ‘Find’ function)
This will tell you if the site was built with WordPress or not.
Note: If you cannot find “wp-content” within the source code, it doesn’t mean that you are not looking at a WordPress site.
There are other ways to tell if a site runs on WordPress, as we will soon be discussing.
As the point of this post is to help non “techies”, however, below you will find a number of easy methods you can use to check if your site is powered by WordPress other than viewing the source code.
Just Ask Your Website Developer
While this may seem like the obvious thing to do, many web development companies, for whatever reason, may build their clients a website and not tell them it’s been built with WordPress.
If you have an existing web site and you can’t tell what CMS application was used to build it, just ask your web developer or whoever built your web site if your website 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 site that you really like while browsing the net late at night and would like to know if it was built using WordPress?
If the site uses a WP theme and the web template has not been customized, you will often find a “Powered by WordPress” message shown in the footer area …
(Powered by WordPress)
If these simple methods aren’t helpful to you, here are some other ways of identifying WordPress sites …
Sites That Tell You If A Website Uses WordPress
Here are a couple of tools that will tell you if a particular website uses WordPress or not …
(Is It WordPress?)
Is It WordPress? is a free tool that can check very quickly if a site runs on WordPress or not.
Using this tool is very easy. Just type in or paste in the address of the website into the search field and click the button next to it.
The tool will then search through the URL 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 has not been built with WordPress, you will see a message similar to the one below …
To use this tool, go here: Is It WP – WordPress Checking Tool
(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 use either the Firefox or Chrome web browser and want to be able to know if the sites that you are visiting use WordPress, then Wappalyzer is a great extension to add to your web browser.
Wappalyzer tells you what type of software is installed on the sites you are visiting.
According to their website …
Wappalyzer is also a very easy to install and easy to use browser add-on.
Once you have installed the Wappalyzer add-on on your browser, icons will display in your web browser allowing you to see which software is installed on the sites you are visiting …
If you see the WordPress icon on the browser menu (as the above screen shot shows), then the site has been built with WordPress.
(This site is built using WordPress!)
Go here to visit the site: Wappalyzer
(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 that you have found this tutorial useful.
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