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

Then WordPress came along and revolutionized web publishing. Now, it’s becoming almost impossible to tell if the site is running on a “blogging” content management system (CMS) like WordPress, or if it’s been developed 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 type of web application is actually powering the site.

Is My Web Site WordPress?

(Can You Tell Which Application Your Website Is Powered By?)

For many 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 matter to most website owners, like web development costs, ease of use, ability to keep 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 expensive to build, or

B) The same eye-catching, professional-looking site, but at a cost that is 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 attractive, professional-looking and fully functional website that could turn out to be much less expensive to build than websites built with traditional website editor tools … and how to tell these two types apart!

WordPress is the world’s most popular online publishing platform and content management system (CMS). It is a flexible and powerful CMS 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 beginner with no programming skills to use and manage, yet it offers a range of helpful features that make your web site more effective when it comes to getting your content published, promoting visitor engagement, generating business leads and sales, enhancing your site’s functionality, 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 probably be powered by WordPress too.

And if you don’t have a website yet, or are thinking of 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 a similar site built quite inexpensively?

Is Your Web Site Built With WordPress?

Do you need to know if a website uses WordPress? Maybe you’ve come to this page because you’ve heard about all of the great advantages of using WordPress, and you’re now wondering if your site runs on 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 site has been built with WordPress:

View Your Page Source Code

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 a tell-tale footprint that the site was built with WordPress …

Viewing page source code in the Firefox browser

(Viewing web page source code using the Firefox browser)

Suppose that you are surfing the web and you visit a web site that you like, and you would like to know if the site was built on WordPress …

View The Page Source Code In Firefox

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

In the page’s source code, search for “wp-content” either by scanning the code with your eyes …

Is Your Web Site Built With WordPress?

Or use your browser’s “Find” function …

Use Firefox's 'Find' function

(Use the Firefox web browser ‘Find’ function)

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

Note: If you cannot see “wp-content” within the page source code, it doesn’t mean that you are not looking at a WordPress site.

How To View Page Source Code In Firefox

There are other ways to find out if the site runs on WordPress, as we will soon discuss.

As the point of this article is to help non-technical users, however, we have listed below a number of easier methods you can use to check if your website is built using WordPress other than looking at the source code.

Ask Your Webmaster

While this may seem like the most logical thing to do, many web developers, for whatever reason, may 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 was used to build it, just ask your web developer or whoever built your web site if the website runs on WordPress.

That was easy, huh?

Okay … what if you can’t reach the person who built your website, or what if you’ve come across a site that you really like while browsing online and would like to know if the site was built with WordPress?

Check Below The Footer

If the site uses a WP theme where the site template has not been modified, you will typically see a “Powered by WordPress” notice displayed at the bottom of the site …

Powered by WordPress

(Powered by WordPress – footer)

If the methods above haven’t helped you, here are some other ways of telling whether a site uses WordPress or not …

Online Tools That Tell You If A Website Was Built Using WordPress

Here are a couple of online applications that will tell you if a website uses WordPress or not, and what themes or plugins the site uses …

Is It WP

Is It WP - WordPress Site Checker

(Is It WP – WP Checker)

IsItWP.com is a free tool that can check very quickly if a site was built using WordPress or not.

Using this site is really quite easy. Just type the address of the website into the URL field and click the button.

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

Is It WordPress?

If the web site is not a WordPress web site or blog, you will see a message similar to the one shown in the screen shot below …

Is It WordPress? - WordPress Site Checker

To use this tool, 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 – Browser Extension (Firefox / Chrome)

Wappalyzer - Extension For Firefox / Chrome Browser

(Wappalyzer – Browser Add-On (Firefox / Chrome))

If you use either the Firefox or Chrome web browser and want to be able to know if the sites that you are visiting are WordPress-powered, then Wappalyzer is a useful add-on to install on your web browser.

Wappalyzer helps you identify what 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 a very easy to install and easy to use web browser extension.

Wappalyzer - Add-On For Firefox & Chrome Browser

Once you have installed Wappalyzer, icons will show up in your browser menu allowing you to see which technologies are installed on all the sites you are visiting …

Wappalyzer - Browser Extension (Firefox / Chrome)

If you see the WordPress icon showing on your browser menu (as the above screenshot shows), then the site uses WordPress.

A WordPress site!

(This site has been built with WordPress!)

Go here to visit the site:

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, visit the site below:

I 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

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