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Does Your Website Run On WordPress? How To Tell

Once upon a time and not so long ago, blogs looked like blogs and websites looked like websites. One could easily tell the difference.

Then the WordPress CMS came along and everything changed. Now, it’s getting 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 web design and also being able to tell what’s “under the hood”.

(Can You Tell Which Application A Website Has Been Built With?)

For many 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, regarding the things that many website owners care about, like web development costs, ease of use, ability to keep the site 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 turns out to be quite expensive to build, or

B) The same eye-catching, professional-looking site, but at a much cheaper cost than the cost of getting option “A” above.

If you chose web site “B”, then you need to know more about WordPress, why WordPress can be used to create an eye-catching website that will normally turn out to be much less expensive to build than websites which use other web development tools … and how to tell these two types apart!

WordPress is the world’s preferred online publishing platform and content management system (CMS). It is a flexible and powerful CMS platform that is ideally suited for most business needs.

Whether your reason for having a website or blog is for personal blogging or business use, WordPress is easy enough for a novice with no technical knowledge to use, and offers an array of helpful add-ons that make your website more effective when it comes to getting your content published, 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 could also be powered by WordPress.

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 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?

Was My Website Built Using WordPress? How To Tell

Do you need to know if your website was built using WordPress? Maybe you’ve come here because you’ve heard about all of the great advantages of using WordPress, and you’re now wondering if your site was built using 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 a number of ways to tell if a website has been built using WordPress:

Look At The Source Code

If you know how to view 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 obvious tell-tale footprints …

(Viewing web page source code using Firefox)

Let’s say 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.

In the page’s source code, you can search for words like “wp-content” either by visually scanning the code …

Or using your browser’s “Find” function …

(Using Firefox’s ‘Find’ function)

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

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

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

As the focus of this article is to try and help non-technical users, however, we have listed below a number of easy ways to check if your web 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 development agencies, for whatever reason, may 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 webmaster or whoever built your site if your website has been built with WordPress.

That was simple, huh?

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

Powered By WordPress

If the site uses a WP theme and the theme templates have not been edited, you can often find a “Powered by WordPress” message displayed in the footer section …

(Proudly Powered by WordPress – footer)

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

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

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

IsItWP.com

(IsItWP.com)

Is It WP? is a free tool that can check very quickly if a website was built with WordPress or not.

Using this tool is really simple. Just type in or paste in the address of the site into the URL field and click the button.

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

If the web site is not a WP-powered site, you will get a message like the one below …

To use this tool, go here:

Advanced WP Theme Checker by Satori

(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 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:

WordPress Theme Detector

Wappalyzer – Add-On For Firefox & Chrome Browser

(Wappalyzer – Extension For Firefox / Chrome Browser)

If you browse the net using either Firefox or Chrome and want to be able to instantly tell if the sites that you are visiting are WP sites, then Wappalyzer is a great extension to install on your web browser.

Wappalyzer helps you identify what 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 an easy to install and easy to use browser extension.

Once you have installed Wappalyzer, icons will appear in your browser menu identifying which software is installed on the sites you visit …

If the WordPress icon shows up on your browser menu (as the above screenshot shows), then the site has been built with WordPress.

(It’s a WordPress site!)

To download and install the Wappalyzer web browser extension, go here:

SpyBar

(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, visit the site below:

Plugin Sniper

(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:

We hope that you have found this tutorial useful.

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