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 TutorialIt used to be that blogs looked like blogs and websites looked like websites. One could easily tell blogs and websites apart.

Then WordPress came along and everything changed. Now, it’s becoming more and more difficult to tell the difference between blogs and websites. Not so much in terms of what the sites are being used for, but in terms of web design and also being able to tell what’s “under the hood”.

How Can I Tell If A Web Site Was Built Using WordPress?

(Can You Tell Which Application Is Powering Your Website?)

For website owners, understanding the difference between a CMS tool 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 web 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 site, but at a much cheaper price than the cost of getting option “A” above.

If you selected web site “B”, then you need to learn more about the benefits of using WordPress, why WordPress can provide you with an eye-catching website that could turn out to be much less expensive to build than websites built using other website development tools … and how to tell the two apart!

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

Whether your reason for having an online presence is for personal blogging or business use, WordPress is easy enough for a novice with no web design skills to use and manage, yet it offers many helpful features that make your web site highly effective in terms of getting your content published, 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 the WordPress CMS.

And if you don’t have a website yet, or are thinking of getting one 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 something similarly built for your business to a smaller budget if required?

The Easy Way To Tell If Your Web Site Was Built Using WordPress Software

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 benefits and advantages of using WordPress, and you’re now wondering if your site runs on WordPress, or some other content management system.

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 a web site has been built with WordPress:

View Your 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 tell-tale footprints that the site was built with WordPress …

Viewing your web page source code in Firefox

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

Suppose that you are surfing the web and you come across a web site that you like, and you would like to know if the site uses 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 source code, search for “wp-content” either by scanning the code …

Does My Site Run On WordPress?

Or use the browser’s “Find” function …

Using Firefox'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 are unable to locate “wp-content” within the page source code, it does not mean that the website is not a WordPress site.

How To View Page Source Code In Firefox

There are other ways to tell if a site was built using WordPress, as we will soon be discussing.

As the point of this post is to help non-technical users, however, below you will find a number of easy methods you can use to check if your web site is built using WordPress other than searching through the source code.

Just Ask Your Webmaster

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

If you used the services of a website developer or got somebody else to build your website, just ask your web developer or whoever built your website if the web site runs on WordPress.

That was easy, huh?

Okay … what if you can’t get in touch with the person who built your site, or what if you’ve come across a site that you really like while surfing online and need to know if it was built using WordPress?

Check Below Footer

If the site uses a WordPress theme and the them template has not been edited, you will often see a “Proudly powered by WordPress” message shown at the bottom of the site …

Proudly Powered by WordPress - site footer

(Proudly Powered by WordPress – site footer)

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

Sites That Can Tell You If A Website Was Built Using WordPress

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

IsItWP.com

Is It WP - WordPress Website Checking Tool

(IsItWP.com)

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

Using this site is super easy. Just type the address of the site into the search field and click the button next to it.

The tool will then go through the URL pages 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 WordPress? - WordPress Website Checking Tool

If the site is not a WP-powered website, you will get a message like the one shown in the screen shot below …

Is It WP

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

Wappalyzer - Browser Extension (Firefox / Chrome)

(Wappalyzer)

If you use either the Firefox or Chrome web browser and would like to be able to instantly tell if the sites that you are visiting are WP-driven, then Wappalyzer is a very useful extension for your web browser.

Wappalyzer helps you identify what type of software is installed on 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 and easy to use.

Wappalyzer.com

After installing the Wappalyzer add-on on your web browser, icons will appear in your web browser identifying which technologies are being used by all the sites you visit …

Wappalyzer.com

If the WordPress icon displays on the browser menu (as the above screen shot shows), then the site has been built with WordPress.

This website uses WordPress!

(A WordPress site!)

Go here to visit the Wappalyzer web browser add-on website:

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 you have found the above tutorial useful.

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