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 …

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WP TutorialWhen the “blogging revolution” first began, blogs looked like blogs and websites looked like websites. One could easily tell the difference between the two.

Then WordPress came along and revolutionized web publishing. Now, it’s becoming harder to tell if a website is being powered by “blogging” tools like the WordPress platform, or if it’s been built using a website building software application. 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”.

How To Check If A Site Was 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 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, regarding the things that matter to most website owners, such as web development costs, ease of use, ability to maintain the site 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 turns out to be fairly expensive to build, or

B) The same eye-catching, professional-looking website, but for a tiny fraction of the cost of getting site ”A”.

If you selected option ”B” above, then you need to learn more about 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 tool … 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 powerful CMS that is ideally suited for most types of business applications.

Whether your reason for having a digital presence is for personal blogging or business use, WordPress is easy enough for a beginner with no web design skills to use, and offers many helpful tools that make your website extremely effective when it comes to getting your content published, promoting visitor engagement, generating business leads and sales, enhancing your site’s functionality, 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 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 to a smaller budget if required?

Is Your Web Site Powered By WordPress?

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 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:

Search The Page Source Code

If you know how to view 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 …

How to view your page source code using the Firefox browser

(How to view your web page source code in the Firefox browser)

Suppose that you are browsing online and you visit a site that you like, and you wonder if the site uses WordPress …

Viewing Page Source Code In Firefox

First, bring up the site’s source code on your screen, using the methods described above.

Once the source code of the site loads on your screen, you can search for “wp-content” either by visually scanning the code …

Is It A WP Blog?

Or using the browser’s “Find” function …

Using Firefox's 'Find' function

(Use Firefox’s ‘Find’ function)

This will quickly tell you if the site was built with WordPress or not.

Note: If you do not find the words “wp-content” within the source code, it does not necessarily mean that this is not a WordPress site.

How To View Page Source Code In Firefox

There are other ways to find out if a site runs on the WordPress software, as we will soon be discussing.

As the focus of this article is to try and help non “techies”, however, we have listed below a number of easy ways to check if your website is built with WordPress other than looking through the source code.

Just Ask Your Website Developer

While this may seem like the most logical thing to do, a number of website developers, for whatever reason, will build 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 is driving it, just ask your web developer or whoever built your site if it 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 site that you really like while surfing the net and you really would like to know if the site was built using WordPress?

Check Below The Footer

If the site uses a WP theme and the them template has not been edited, you can typically find a “Proudly powered by WordPress” notice shown below the footer section of the site …

Powered by WordPress

(Powered by WordPress)

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

Tools That Tell You If A Website Is Built With WordPress

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

IsItWP.com – WP Checking Tool

IsItWP.com

(Is It WP – WordPress Checking Tool)

Is It WordPress? is a free online tool that lets you check if a site was built with WordPress or not.

Using this tool is really quite simple. Just type the URL of the website into the URL field and click the button.

It will then go through the URL files and tell you if the site was built using WordPress, and if so, it will even tell you which version of WordPress the site is currently using …

Is It WP - WordPress Site Checking Tool

If the web site is not a WP-driven website, you will see a message like the one 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 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 - Web Browser Add-On (Firefox / Chrome)

(Wappalyzer.com)

If you use a browser like Firefox or Chrome and would like to be able to know if the sites that you are visiting are WP-driven, then Wappalyzer is a useful add-on for your browser.

Wappalyzer identifies what type of software is installed in the sites while you are browsing.

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 very easy to install.

Wappalyzer - Extension For Firefox & Chrome Browser

After installing the Wappalyzer add-on on your browser, icons will show up in your web browser menu, next to the site URL identifying which software is being used by all the sites you visit …

Wappalyzer.com

If the WordPress icon displays on the browser menu (as the above screenshot shows), then the site uses WordPress.

It's a WordPress site!

(A WordPress site!)

To learn more and download the Wappalyzer web browser extension, 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, go here:

We hope you have found this information useful.

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