When the “blogging revolution” first began, blogs looked like blogs and websites looked like websites. You could easily tell the difference.
Then WordPress came along and changed everything. Now, it’s getting harder to tell the difference between what tools are being used to build the two. 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 hood”.
(Can You Tell Which Application A Website Has Been Built With?)
For 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, regarding the areas that matter to most website owners, like web development costs, ease of use, ability to maintain the website 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 actually expensive to build, or
B) The same eye-catching, professional-looking website, but for a fraction of the cost of getting option “A” above.
If you chose web site “B”, then you need to know more about the benefits of using WordPress, why WordPress can provide you with an eye-catching website that could turn out to be far less expensive to build than websites built using a website development application … and how to tell these 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 local businesses.
Whether your reason for having a web site is for personal blogging or business use, WordPress is easy enough for a novice with no technical knowledge to use and manage, and offers an array of helpful extensions that make your website more effective when it comes to getting your content published and indexed by search engines, promoting visitor engagement, 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 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 a much smaller cost?
Do you need to know if a website uses WordPress? Maybe you’ve come here because you’ve read about WordPress, and you’re now wondering if your site was built using 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 a web site is running on WordPress:
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 an obvious telltale footprint …
(View your web page source code using the Firefox browser)
Let’s say that you are browsing online and you come across a site that you like, and you would like to know if the site was built using WordPress …
First, bring up the site’s source code on your screen, using the methods described above.
In the source code, search for words like “wp-content” either manually …
Or using your browser’s “Find” function …
(Use the Firefox browser ‘Find’ function)
This will tell you if the site was built using WordPress or not.
Note: If you do not see “wp-content” in the source code, it doesn’t necessarily mean that the site you’re looking at is not a WordPress site.
There are other ways to tell if the site runs on the WordPress software, as we will soon discuss.
As the point of this article is to help non “techies”, however, below you will find a number of easy ways to check if your website is built with WordPress other than searching through the source code.
While this may seem like the logical thing to do, a number of website development companies, for whatever reason, may 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 your website, just ask your developer or whoever built your site if it runs on WordPress.
That was simple, 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 surfing the net and you would like to know if it was built with WordPress?
If the site uses a WP theme where the web template has not been modified, you will often see a “Proudly powered by WordPress” message showing at the bottom of the site …
(Powered by WordPress – site footer section)
If these simple methods haven’t helped you, here are some other ways of identifying WordPress sites …
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 …
(Is It WP)
Is It WP is a free tool that can check if a site was built with WordPress or not.
Using this site is super simple. Just paste the address of the site into the URL field and click the button next to it.
The tool will go through the URL files and tell you if the site was built using WordPress, and if so, which version of WordPress the site is currently using …
If the web site is not a WP-powered web site or blog, you will see a message similar to the one 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 Theme 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:
WordPress Theme Detector
(Wappalyzer – Add-On For Firefox & Chrome Browser)
If you browse the net using either the Firefox or Google Chrome web browsers and want to be able to know if the sites that you are visiting were built using WordPress, then Wappalyzer is a very useful extension to add to your web browser.
Wappalyzer helps you identify what type of software is installed on the sites you are visiting.
According to their website …
It’s also easy to install.
After installing the Wappalyzer add-on on your web browser, icons will display in your web browser menu identifying which software is being used by all the sites you are visiting …
If you see the WordPress icon displayed on your browser menu (as the above screen shot shows), then the site has been built with WordPress.
(A WordPress site!)
Go here to visit the website:
(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 the above tutorial useful.
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