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Does Your Website Run On WordPress? How To Tell

When the “blogging revolution” first began, blogs looked like blogs and websites looked like websites. You could easily tell them apart.

Then the WordPress CMS came along and changed everything. Now, it’s becoming more and more difficult to tell if a site is running on “blogging” applications like the WP platform, or if it’s been created using a traditional web editing application. 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 surface.

(It’s Getting Harder To Tell Websites Built With Web Development Tools Vs ‘Blogging’ Software!)

For website owners, understanding the difference between a Content Management System 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 things that matter to most website owners, like web development costs, ease of use, ability to keep the site up-to-date, managing web content, etc.

Think about this …

Which of these options 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 fraction of the cost of getting site “A” above.

If you decided to go with option “B”, then you need to know more about WordPress, why WordPress can give you an eye-catching website that could cost far less to build than websites built using a website building application … and how to tell the two types apart!

WordPress is the world’s preferred online publishing platform and content management system (CMS). It is a powerful content management tool suitable for all businesses and non-technical users.

Whether your reason for having a website is for personal blogging or business use, WordPress is easy enough for a novice with no technical skills to use, and offers an array of helpful extensions 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 functionality, 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 site is also driven 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 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 quite inexpensively?

Does My Website Run On WordPress?

Do you need to know if your website is powered by WordPress? Maybe you’ve come to this page because you’ve heard about all of the great 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 some simple ways to tell if a web site is powered by WordPress:

Search Your Page Source Code

If you know how to bring up 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 an obvious tell-tale footprint …

(Viewing the web page source code using Firefox)

Suppose that you are browsing online and you come across a site that you like, and you would like to know if the site was built with WordPress …

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

After the source code of the page loads on your screen, you can search for words like “wp-content” either by scanning the code …

Or using the browser’s “Find” function …

(Using the Firefox browser ‘Find’ function)

This will quickly tell you if the site runs on WordPress or not.

Note: If you do not locate “wp-content” in the source code, it doesn’t necessarily 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 “techies”, however, we have listed below a number of easy ways to check if your site is powered by WordPress other than scanning the source code.

Simply Ask Your Web Developer

While this may seem like the most obvious thing to do, a number of web developers, for whatever reason, may build their clients a website and not tell them it’s WordPress.

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

That was simple, huh?

Okay … what if you can’t reach the person who looks after your site, or what if you’ve come across a site that you really like while browsing the net late at night and want to know if it was built with WordPress?

Powered By WordPress

If the site uses a WordPress theme and the templates have not been edited, you can often find a “Proudly powered by WordPress” notice showing at the bottom of the site …

(Proudly Powered by WordPress)

If these simple methods aren’t helpful to you, here are some other ways of telling whether a site was built with WordPress or not …

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 WordPress? – WordPress Checker

(Is It WP – WP Site Checker)

Is It WP? is a free online tool that can check very quickly if a website runs on WordPress or not.

Using this site is super simple. Just add the address of the site into the URL field and click the button.

It will then search through the site code 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 WP-driven site, you will get a message like the one 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 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 – Browser Extension (Firefox / Chrome))

If you use a browser like Firefox or Google Chrome and would like to be able to instantly tell if the sites that you are visiting use WordPress, then Wappalyzer is a great extension to install on your browser.

Wappalyzer identifies what type of software is installed on 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 and use.

After installing Wappalyzer on your browser, icons will show up in your browser, in the URL field allowing you to see which technologies are installed on all the sites you are visiting …

If the WordPress icon displays on the browser menu (as the above screenshot shows), then the site uses WordPress.

(It’s a WordPress site!)

To learn more, 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, go here:

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, go here:

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

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"These tutorials have so much information and are easy to understand. If you use WordPress or plan to in the future these will help you with everything you need to know." - Valisa (Mesa, Arizona)

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