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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 WordPress came along and everything changed. Now, it’s becoming more and more difficult to tell if the site is running on a “blogging” content management system (CMS) like WordPress, or if it’s been developed using website-building software. 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 surface.

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

For many website owners, understanding the difference between a Content Management System tool like WordPress and other website-building tools is huge, not so much in terms of the technical differences, but more importantly, regarding the things that the majority of website owners are mostly 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 is expensive to build, or

B) The same eye-catching, professional-looking website, but at a cost that is significantly less than the cost of getting site “A” above.

If you decided to go with web site ”B” above, then you need to learn more about WordPress, why WordPress can provide you with a professional-looking website that could cost far less to build than websites built using traditional web editor tools … and how to tell the two apart!

WordPress is the world’s most used online publishing platform and content management system (CMS). It is a flexible and powerful CMS application that is ideally suited for small, medium and even large businesses.

Whether your reason for having a web site is for personal blogging or business use, WordPress is easy enough for a newbie with no programming skills to use, and offers many helpful extensions that make your web site highly effective in terms of getting your content published and indexed by search engines, promoting visitor engagement, 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, your site is also driven by the WordPress 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 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 for very little cost?

Is It A WordPress Website?

Do you need to know if a website uses WordPress? Maybe you’ve come to this page because you’ve heard wonderful things about all of the great benefits and advantages of using 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 ways to tell if a website has been built using WordPress:

Look At 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 tell-tale footprints …

(View the web page source code using the Firefox web browser)

Suppose that you are surfing the web and you come across a site that you like, and you wonder if the site uses WordPress …

First, bring up the site’s source code on your screen, using the methods described above.

In the source code, you can search for the words “wp-content” either manually …

Or use your browser’s “Find” function …

(Use the Firefox browser ‘Find’ function)

This will quickly tell you if the site was built using WordPress or not.

Note: If you cannot find the words “wp-content” in the page source code, it does not mean that it’s not a WordPress site.

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

As the point of this post is to try and help non-technical users, however, we have listed below a number of easy methods you can use to check if your website is built using WordPress other than searching through the source code.

Simply Ask Your Webmaster

While this may seem like the most obvious thing to do, some website developers, for whatever reason, will build their 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 website if your website runs on WordPress.

That was simple, huh?

Okay … what if you can’t reach your website developer, or what if you’ve come across a website that you really like while browsing the net late at night and need to know if it was built with WordPress?

Check Below The Footer

If the site uses a WordPress theme where the them template has not been customized, you can typically see a “Powered by WordPress” notice displayed in the footer section …

(Powered by WordPress)

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

Tools That Tell You If A Website Is Built With WordPress

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

IsItWP.com

(Is It WP)

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

Using this site is super simple. Just add the URL of the site into the search field and click the button next to it.

It will search through the site code 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 powered by WordPress, you will see a message like the one shown in the screen shot below …

To visit this site, 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 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:

WordPress Theme Detector

Wappalyzer

(Wappalyzer)

If you use a web browser such as Firefox or Chrome and would like to be able to know if the sites that you are visiting are WordPress-powered, then Wappalyzer is a useful extension to add to your browser.

Wappalyzer identifies 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.”

Wappalyzer is also an easy to install and easy to use browser add-on.

After installing the Wappalyzer add-on on your web browser, icons will display in your browser identifying which software is being used by the sites you are visiting …

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

(This site is built using WordPress!)

Go here to learn more:

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:

I hope you have found the above tutorial useful.

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