When the “blogging revolution” first began, blogs looked like blogs and websites looked like websites. You could easily tell the difference between the two.
Then WordPress came along and changed everything. Now, it’s becoming more difficult to tell blogs and websites apart. 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 type of web application is actually powering the site.
(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 tool 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 things that matter to most website owners, 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 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 much cheaper cost than the cost of getting site ”A” above built.
If you selected site ”B” above, then you need to learn more about the benefits of using WordPress, why WordPress can be used to create a beautiful website that will normally turn out to be much less expensive to build than websites which use traditional website development tools … and how to tell the two types apart!
WordPress is the world’s preferred online publishing platform and content management system (CMS). It is a flexible and powerful content management system that is ideally suited for businesses on a budget.
Whether your reason for having a web site is for personal blogging or business use, WordPress is easy enough for a novice with no knowledge of web coding to use and manage, and offers an array of helpful functions that make your website highly effective in terms of getting your content published, promoting visitor interaction, generating business leads and sales, scalability, etc.
With almost one in every five websites around the world 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 considering getting one 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 to a smaller budget if required?
Does My Blog Run On WordPress?
Do you need to know if a website is powered by WordPress? Maybe you’ve come here because you’ve heard about all of the great benefits and advantages of using WordPress, and you’re now wondering if your site was built using WordPress, 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 some simple ways to tell if a web site has been built using WordPress:
View Your Page Source Code
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 a tell-tale footprint that the site was built using WordPress …
(How to view page source code using Firefox)
Let’s say that you are surfing the web and you visit a site that you like, and you would like to know if the site is 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 the words “wp-content” either by visually scanning the code …
Or using your browser’s “Find” function …
(Use the Firefox browser ‘Find’ function)
This will quickly tell you if the site runs on WordPress or not.
Note: If you do not find the words “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 was built using WordPress, as we will soon see.
As the focus of this article is to help non “techies”, however, we have listed below a number of easier methods you can use to check if your website is built with WordPress other than searching the source code.
Ask Your Website Developer
While this may seem like the obvious thing to do, some website development companies, for whatever reason, will build their clients a website and not tell them it’s WordPress.
If you have an existing website and you’re not sure what application is driving it, just ask your webmaster or whoever built your site if it was built with WordPress.
That was easy, huh?
Okay … what if you can’t reach your website developer, or what if you’ve come across a website that you really like while browsing online and you want to know if it was built using WordPress?
Powered By WordPress
If the site uses a WordPress theme and the them template has not been edited, you will typically see a “Powered by WordPress” message shown at the bottom of the site …
(Powered by WordPress – footer)
If these simple methods aren’t helpful to you, here are some other ways of telling whether a site uses WordPress or not …
Sites That Tell You If A Website Was Built Using WordPress
Here are a couple of sites that will tell you if the website uses WordPress or not, and what themes or plugins the site uses …
Is It WordPress? is a free tool that lets you easily check if a site was built using WordPress or not.
Using this tool is really quite easy. Just paste the address of the website into the URL field and click the button.
It will then go and search through the URL pages and tell you if the site was built using WordPress, and if so, which version of WordPress the site is currently using …
If the site has not been built using WordPress, you will see a message similar to the one shown 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:
(Wappalyzer – Extension For Firefox / Chrome Browser)
If you use either the Firefox or Google Chrome web browser and would like to be able to see if the sites that you are visiting are powered by WordPress, then Wappalyzer is a great extension to add to your web browser.
Wappalyzer identifies what software is installed in the sites while you are browsing.
According to their website …
It’s also an easy to install and easy to use web browser extension.
After installing Wappalyzer on your browser, icons will show up in your browser, next to the site URL allowing you to see which software is being used by the sites you are visiting …
If the WordPress icon displays on the browser menu (as shown in the screenshot above), then the site uses WordPress.
(A WordPress site!)
To visit the Wappalyzer browser extension website, 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, visit the site below:
(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, visit the site below:
I hope that you have found this the information in this tutorial useful.
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