It used to be that blogs looked like blogs and websites looked like websites. You could easily tell them apart.
Then WordPress came along and everything changed. Now, it’s getting increasingly harder to tell the difference between what applications are being used to build the two. 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”.
For website owners, understanding the difference between a Content Management System 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 matter to most website owners, like web development costs, ease of use, ability to maintain the site up-to-date, managing content, etc.
Think about this …
Which of the following options 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 for a fraction of the cost of getting option “A”.
If you chose site “B” above, then you need to learn more about WordPress, why WordPress can provide you with an eye-catching website that will probably turn out to be much less expensive to build than websites which use web-building software … and how to tell the two apart!
WordPress is the world’s most popular online publishing platform and content management system (CMS). It is a powerful content management application suitable 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 beginner with no technical skills to use, and offers many helpful extensions that make your website highly effective when it comes to getting your content published, promoting visitor interaction, 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, yours is also a WordPress site.
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 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 your business quite inexpensively?
Is Your Site 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 all of the great benefits of using WordPress, and you’re now wondering if your site runs on the WordPress software, or some other content management system.
Here are some simple methods you can use to quickly tell if sites are powered WordPress:
View The Source Code
If you know how to search 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 that the site was built with WordPress …
Suppose that you are browsing online and you visit a website that you like, and you’re wondering if the site runs on 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 words like “wp-content” either by visually scanning the code …
Or using the browser’s “Find” function …
This will tell you if the site was built using WordPress or not.
Note: If you are unable to see “wp-content” in the page 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 runs on the WordPress software, as we will soon see.
As the focus of this post is to try and help non “techies”, however, we have listed below a number of easier ways to check if your website is built with WordPress other than scanning the source code.
Just Ask Your Webmaster
While this may seem like the obvious thing to do, a number of web development agencies, for whatever reason, will build their clients a website and not tell them it’s been built with WordPress.
If you have an existing web site and you can’t tell what CMS application is driving it, just ask your webmaster or whoever built your site if the website has been built using WordPress.
That was easy, 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 surfing the net late at night and you need to know if the site was built with WordPress?
Check Below Footer
If the site uses a WordPress theme where the them template has not been edited, you can often see a “Powered by WordPress” notice shown below the footer section …
If the methods above haven’t helped you, here are some other ways of identifying WordPress sites …
Sites That Tell You If A Website Runs On WordPress
Here are a couple of sites that can tell you if a particular website uses WordPress or not …
Is It WP? is a free tool that can tell you very quickly if a site 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 go and search through the URL and tell you if the site was built using WordPress, and if so, it will even tell you the version of WordPress the site is currently using …
If the web site is not a WP web site or blog, you will get a message like the one below …
To visit this site, go here: Is It WP? – WordPress Website Checking Tool
What WordPress Theme Is That? is a free WordPress theme-checking tool that lets you easily detect what WP theme and plugins a site uses.
This is another useful site for telling you if a website runs on WordPress or not.
Entering the website’s domain name into the field and clicking the button will not only confirm whether or not a site is powered by WordPress, but it will also list the WordPress theme (web design template) being used by the site and any WordPress plugins it detects.
Tip: You can use this tool to see if your competitors’ websites are built using WordPress, and if so, see which plugins they are using …
Note: You will see a message like the one shown below if the site was not built using WordPress …
Go here to use this tool: What WP Theme Is That
If you use a browser such as Firefox or Chrome and would like to be able to instantly tell if the sites that you are visiting were built using WordPress, then Wappalyzer is a useful add-on to add to your browser.
Wappalyzer tells you what software is installed on the sites while you are browsing.
According to their website …
Wappalyzer is also an easy to install and easy to use web browser extension.
After installing Wappalyzer, icons will display in your browser, next to the site URL identifying which technologies are being used by all the sites you are visiting …
If you see the WordPress icon showing on your browser menu (as the above screenshot shows), then the site uses WordPress.
Go here to learn more about the Wappalyzer web browser extension: Wappalyzer – Web Browser Add-On (Firefox / Chrome)
We hope you have found the above the information in this tutorial useful.
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