Then the WordPress CMS came along and changed all this. Now, it’s getting almost impossible to tell if a site was built with “blogging” software like the WP CMS, or if it’s been built using a traditional website 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 kind of web application is actually powering the site.
(Can You Tell Which Application Websites Are Built With?)
For many 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 many website owners are deeply concerned with, such as web development costs, ease of use, ability to maintain 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 turns out to be quite 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.
If you picked option ”B” above, then you need to know more about WordPress, why WordPress can give you an attractive, professional-looking and fully functional website that could turn out to be far less expensive to build than websites built using a website building tool … and how to tell the two apart!
WordPress is the world’s leading online publishing platform and content management system (CMS). It is a flexible and powerful CMS application that is ideally suited for local businesses.
Whether your reason for having an online presence is for personal blogging or business use, WordPress is easy enough for a newbie with no web design skills to use and manage, and offers an array of helpful functions that make your web site highly effective in terms of 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 being powered by WordPress, chances are that if you already own a website, your website is probably powered by WordPress too.
And if you don’t have a website yet, or are considering getting one 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 something similarly built for very little cost?
How Can I Check If A Web Site Was Built With WordPress?
Do you need to know if a website was built using WordPress? Maybe you’ve come to our site because you’ve heard or read about WordPress, and you’re now wondering if your site was built using the WordPress software, or some other CMS 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 running on WordPress:
View Your 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 tell-tale footprints that the site was built using WordPress …
(How to view page source code using Firefox)
Suppose that you are browsing online and you visit a site that you like, and you would like to know if the site uses WordPress …
First, bring up the site’s source code on your screen, using the methods described above.
After the source code of the site loads on your screen, you can search for the words “wp-content” either manually …
Or using the browser’s “Find” function …
(Using the Firefox browser ‘Find’ function)
This will quickly tell you if the site was built with WordPress or not.
Note: If you are unable to see “wp-content” within the source code, it does not mean that the site you’re looking at is not a WordPress site.
There are other ways to find out if a site was built using 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 methods you can use to check if your site is powered by WordPress other than looking at the source code.
Just Ask Your Webmaster
While this may seem like the most obvious 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 have an existing website and you’re not sure what CMS application was used to build it, just ask your developer or whoever built your site if it runs on WordPress.
That was easy, huh?
Okay … what if you can’t reach your webmaster, or what if you’ve come across a website that you really like while browsing the net late at night and want 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 can often find a “Proudly powered by WordPress” message displayed below the footer area …
(Proudly Powered by WordPress)
If the simple methods above aren’t helpful to 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 some sites that can tell you if your website uses WordPress or not, and what themes or plugins the site uses …
(Is It WP – WP Site Checking Tool)
Is It WordPress? is a free tool that lets you easily check if a website uses WordPress or not.
Using this tool is very easy. Just enter the address of the website into the URL field and click the button next to it.
The tool will search through the URL pages and tell you if the site was built using WordPress, and if so, which version of WordPress the site is currently using …
If the site is not a WordPress-driven web site or blog, you will see a message like the one below …
To use this tool, 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 Web Browser)
If you browse the net using either Firefox or Google Chrome and want to be able to tell if the sites that you are visiting are WordPress sites, then Wappalyzer is a very useful extension to install on your web browser.
Wappalyzer tells you what software is installed in the sites while you are browsing.
According to their website …
Wappalyzer is also an easy add-on to install.
After installing Wappalyzer, icons will show up in your browser menu, in the URL field allowing you to see which technologies are installed on the sites you are visiting …
If you see the WordPress icon showing on the browser menu (as shown in the screen shot above), then the site has been built with WordPress.
(This is a WordPress site!)
To download and install Wappalyzer 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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