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.

WordPress TutorialIt used to be that blogs looked like blogs and websites looked like websites. You could easily tell the two apart.

Then WordPress came along and changed everything. Now, it’s becoming almost impossible to tell blogs and websites apart. 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.

How To Check If Your Web Site Is A WordPress Web Site

(Can You Tell Which Application Is Powering Your Website?)

For website owners, understanding the difference between a Content Management System 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 the majority of website owners are deeply concerned with, 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 website, but at a cost that is significantly less than the cost of getting option ”A” above built.

If you decided to go with site “B”, then you need to learn more about WordPress, why WordPress can give you an eye-catching website that will typically end up costing you far less to build than websites which use a web development tool … and how to tell these two types apart!

WordPress is the world’s preferred online publishing platform and content management system (CMS). It is a powerful and easy-to-use CMS platform suitable for businesses on a budget.

Whether your reason for having a digital presence is for personal blogging or business use, WordPress is easy enough for a novice with no technical skills to use and manage, and offers many helpful extensions that make your web site highly effective in terms of getting your content published and indexed by search engines, promoting visitor interaction, generating business leads and sales, enhancing your site’s capabilities, 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 website could also be powered 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 something similarly built for your business to a smaller budget if required?

Is My Web Site WordPress?

Do you need to know if a website is powered by WordPress? Maybe you’ve come here because you’ve heard or read wonderful things about WordPress, and you’re now wondering if your site runs on WordPress, or some other website 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 methods you can use to quickly tell if sites are built with WordPress:

Look At The Source Code

If you know how to check 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 …

View the web page source code in the Firefox web browser

(View the web page source code in Firefox)

Suppose that you are browsing online and you come across a site that you like, and you wonder if the site is built on WordPress …

How To View 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, search for words like “wp-content” either by visually scanning the code …

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

Or use your browser’s “Find” function …

Use the Firefox web browser 'Find' function

(Use the Firefox browser ‘Find’ function)

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

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

How To View Page Source Code In Firefox

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

As the focus of this article is to help non-technical users, however, below you will find a number of easy methods you can use to check if your site is powered by WordPress other than looking through the source code.

Just Ask Your Website Developer

While this may seem like the obvious thing to do, a number of website developers, for whatever reason, will build their 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 web developer or whoever built your web site if the site 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 browsing the net late at night and want to know if it was built using WordPress?

Check Below Footer

If the site uses a WordPress theme and the them template has not been modified, you can often see a “Powered by WordPress” message showing below the footer area …

Proudly Powered by WordPress - footer

(Proudly Powered by WordPress)

If these simple methods aren’t helpful to you, here are some other ways of identifying WordPress sites …

Online Tools That Can Tell You If A Website Uses WordPress

Here are a couple of 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? – WordPress Site Checker

Is It WordPress? - WP Website Checker

(Is It WP – WP Checking Tool)

IsItWP.com is a free online tool that tells you if a website uses WordPress or not.

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

The tool will go through the URL code and tell you if the site was built using WordPress, and if so, it will even tell you the version of WordPress it is currently using …

Is It WP - WP Site Checker

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

Is It WP

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 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 – Extension For Firefox / Chrome Browser

Wappalyzer

(Wappalyzer.com)

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

Wappalyzer helps you identify what 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.”

It’s also easy to install and easy to use.

Wappalyzer.com

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

Wappalyzer.com

If the WordPress icon shows up on your browser menu (as shown in the screenshot above), then the site uses WordPress.

This website has been built with WordPress!

(This is a WordPress site!)

Visit the site 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:

We hope that you have found this tutorial useful.

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"I have used the tutorials to teach all of my clients and it has probably never been so easy for everyone to learn WordPress ... Now I don't need to buy all these very expensive video courses that often don't deliver what they promise." - Stefan Wendt, Internet Marketing Success Group

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Author: Martin Aranovitch

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