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.

WP TutorialOnce upon a time and not so long ago, blogs looked like blogs and websites looked like websites. You could easily tell them apart.

Then the WordPress CMS came along and everything changed. Now, it’s getting almost impossible to tell if the site is being powered by “blogging” tools like the WordPress CMS, or if it’s been developed using a web building software tooltool. 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”.

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

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

For website owners, understanding the difference between a CMS 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 things that matter to most website owners, such as web development costs, ease of use, ability to keep 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 site, but at a cost that turns out to be significantly less than the cost of getting option ”A”.

If you went with site “B”, then you need to learn more about WordPress, why WordPress can give you an attractive, professional-looking and fully functional website that will probably cost far less to build than websites which use traditional website development tools … and how to tell the two types apart!

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

Whether your reason for having a website is for personal blogging or business use, WordPress is easy enough for a novice with no knowledge of coding to use, and offers many helpful features that make your web presence extremely effective when it comes to getting your content published and indexed by search engines, promoting visitor interaction, generating business leads and sales, 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, yours is also a WordPress site.

And if you don’t have a website yet, or are thinking of 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 very little cost?

How To Check If A Website Was Built Using WordPress

Do you need to know if your website was built using WordPress? Maybe you’ve come to this page because you’ve heard or read about WordPress, and you’re now wondering if your site runs on WordPress, or some other content management system.

Here are some simple methods you can use to quickly tell if sites are powered WordPress:

View The Page 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 telltale footprints that the site was built using WordPress …

Viewing web page source code using Firefox

(Viewing the page source code in the Firefox web browser)

Suppose that you are surfing the web and you come across a website that you like, and you’re wondering if the site runs on WordPress …

Viewing 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, you can search for words like “wp-content” either by scanning the code …

Does My Web Site Run On WordPress?

Or use the browser’s “Find” function …

Use Firefox's 'Find' function

(Use the Firefox browser ‘Find’ function)

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

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

View The Page Source Code In Firefox

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

As the focus of this article is to help non “techies”, however, we have listed below a number of easy methods you can use to check if your website is powered by WordPress other than scanning the source code.

Ask Your Web Developer

While this may seem like the logical thing to do, some website developers, for whatever reason, will build their clients a website and not tell them it’s WordPress.

If you hired a website developer or got somebody else to build your website, just ask your web developer or whoever built your website if your website was built with WordPress.

That was easy, huh?

Okay … what if you can’t get in touch with your webmaster, or what if you’ve come across a website that you really like while browsing the net and you would like to know if the site was built using WordPress?

Check Below Footer

If the site uses a WP theme and the theme templates have not been customized, you will often see a “Powered by WordPress” notice shown at the bottom of the site …

Proudly Powered by WordPress - site footer

(Proudly Powered by WordPress – footer area)

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

Sites That Tell You If A Website Is Built With WordPress

Here are a couple of online applications that can tell you if a particular website uses WordPress or not …

Is It WP – WP Checking Tool

Is It WP - WordPress Checker

(IsItWP.com – WordPress Website Checker)

Is It WordPress? is a free online tool that can tell you if a website runs on WordPress or not.

Using this tool is very simple. Just type the URL of the site into the URL field and click the button.

The tool will 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 …

IsItWP.com

If the web site was not built using WordPress, you will see a message like the one shown below …

Is It WordPress? - WP Site Checking Tool

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 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 Web Browser

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

(Wappalyzer)

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

Wappalyzer tells you what type of 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 a very easy extension to install.

Wappalyzer

Once you have installed the Wappalyzer add-on on your web browser, icons will display in your web browser menu, next to the site URL identifying which technologies are installed on all the sites you are visiting …

Wappalyzer - Add-On For Firefox & Chrome Web Browser

If you see the WordPress icon displayed on the browser menu (as shown in the screenshot above), then the site uses WordPress.

A WordPress site!

(This is a WordPress site!)

Visit the website 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:

I hope that you have found this the information in this tutorial useful.

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Author: Martin Aranovitch

Martin Aranovitch is the founder of WPCompendium.org and has authored hundreds of FREE WordPress tutorials for non-techies and beginners. WPCompendium.org provides detailed step-by-step tutorials that will teach you how to use WordPress with no coding skills required and grow your business online at minimal cost!