When the “blogging revolution” first began, blogs looked like blogs and websites looked like websites. You could easily tell blogs and websites apart.
Then the WordPress CMS came along and changed all this. Now, it’s becoming more and 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 website design and also being able to tell what kind of web application is actually powering the site.
(Can You Tell Which Application A Website Has Been Built With?)
For 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, such as web development costs, ease of use, ability to maintain the site up-to-date, managing content, etc.
Think about this …
Which of these options would you choose?
A) An eye-catching, professional-looking website that is expensive to build, or
B) The same eye-catching, professional-looking website, but at a much cheaper price than the cost of getting option ”A” above built.
If you decided to go with website ”B” above, then you need to know more about the benefits of using WordPress, why WordPress can provide you with an eye-catching website that will probably turn out to be far less expensive to build than websites built using other web development 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 budget-friendly content management system suitable for local businesses.
Whether your reason for having a website or blog is for personal blogging or business use, WordPress is easy enough for a beginner with no knowledge of coding to use, and offers an array of helpful tools that make your web site more 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 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 site is also driven by the WP CMS.
And if you don’t have a website yet, or are considering getting a website built, then wouldn’t it be great to be able 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?
Is My Website Built With WordPress? Tell-Tale Signs & WP-Checking Tools
Do you need to know if a website was built using WordPress? Maybe you’ve come to this page because you’ve heard about all of the great benefits of using 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 some simple methods you can use to quickly tell if a website is powered by WordPress:
Check 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 telltale footprint …
(How to view web page source code in the Firefox browser)
Suppose that you are surfing the web and you visit a web site that you like, and you’re wondering 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 page’s source code, search for words like “wp-content” either by scanning the code …
Or using the browser’s “Find” function …
(Use Firefox’s ‘Find’ function)
This will quickly tell you if the site is powered by WordPress or not.
Note: If you cannot locate “wp-content” in the source code, it doesn’t necessarily mean that you are not looking at a WordPress site.
There are other ways to tell if a site runs on WordPress, as we will soon see.
As the focus of this post is to help non-technical users, however, below you will find a number of easier ways to check if your website is powered by WordPress other than looking through the source code.
Ask Your Web Developer
While this may seem like the most obvious thing to do, a number of website development companies, for whatever reason, may build their clients a website and not tell them it’s WordPress.
If you have an existing website and you can’t tell what CMS application is driving it, just ask your webmaster or whoever built your site if your web site has been built using WordPress.
That was simple, huh?
Okay … what if you can’t get in touch with your webmaster, or what if you’ve come across a site that you really like while surfing the net late at night and want to know if it was built with WordPress?
Check Below The Footer
If the site uses a WP theme and the web template has not been modified, you can typically find a “Powered by WordPress” message showing in the footer section …
(Powered by WordPress)
If these simple methods aren’t helpful to you, here are some other ways of telling whether a website uses WordPress or not …
Tools That Tell You If A Website Uses WordPress
Here are a some tools that will tell you if a particular website uses WordPress or not, and what themes or plugins the site uses …
(Is It WP)
IsItWP.com is a free online tool that lets you quickly check if a site was built using WordPress or not.
Using this site is very simple. Just paste the URL of the website into the URL field and click the button next to it.
The tool will then search through the URL and tell you if the site was built using WordPress, and if so, which version of WordPress it is currently using …
If the web site is not a WP web site or blog, you will get a message like the one below …
To visit this site, 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:
(Wappalyzer – Add-On For Firefox & Chrome Browser)
If you use a browser like Firefox or Google Chrome and want to be able to know if the sites that you are visiting are WP sites, then Wappalyzer is a great add-on for your browser.
Wappalyzer tells you what software is installed in the sites while you are browsing.
According to their website …
Wappalyzer is also an easy browser extension to install and use.
After installing Wappalyzer, icons will display in your web browser menu, next to the site URL identifying which technologies are being used by all the sites you are visiting …
If you see the WordPress icon on your browser menu (as shown in the screen shot above), then the site uses WordPress.
(This website is powered by WordPress!)
To learn more, 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, go here:
(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 you have found the above the information in this tutorial useful.
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