When the “blogging revolution” first began, blogs looked like blogs and websites looked like websites. One could easily tell the difference.
Then the WordPress CMS came along and revolutionized web publishing. Now, it’s getting more difficult to tell the difference between blogs and websites. 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.
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 areas that matter to most website owners, like web development costs, ease of use, ability to maintain the website 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 website, but at a tiny fraction of the cost of getting site “A” above.
If you picked website “B” above, then you need to learn more about WordPress, why WordPress can provide you with a beautiful website that could turn out to be much less expensive to build than websites built using traditional web editing applications … and how to tell these two types apart!
WordPress is the world’s leading online publishing platform and content management system (CMS). It is a powerful content management system suitable for most types of business applications.
Whether your reason for having a web site is for personal blogging or business use, WordPress is easy enough for a novice with no technical knowledge to use and manage, yet it offers an array of helpful functions that make your web presence highly effective when it comes to getting your content published, promoting visitor interaction, generating business leads and sales, enhancing your site’s capabilities, 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 site is also driven by WordPress.
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 website 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 your business quite inexpensively?
How Can I Check If A Website Was Built Using WordPress?
Do you need to know if a website is powered by WordPress? Maybe you’ve come to our site because you’ve read about WordPress, and you’re now wondering if your site was built using the WordPress software, or some other CMS application.
Here are a number of methods you can use to quickly tell if a website is running on WordPress:
Check The 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 obvious telltale footprints …
Suppose that you are browsing online and you come across a web 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.
Once the source code of the page loads on your screen, you can search for the words “wp-content” either by visually scanning the code …
Or using the browser’s “Find” function …
This will tell you if the site runs on WordPress or not.
Note: If you cannot locate “wp-content” within the page source code, it does not necessarily mean that this is not a WordPress site.
There are other ways to find out if a site runs on the WordPress software, as we will soon discuss.
As the point 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 through the source code.
Just Ask Your Website Developer
While this may seem like the most logical thing to do, a number of website development agencies, for whatever reason, may build clients a website and not tell them it’s WordPress.
If you have an existing web site and you’re not sure what CMS application was used to build it, just ask your webmaster or whoever built your website if it was built using WordPress.
That was easy, huh?
Okay … what if you can’t reach the person who built your website, or what if you’ve come across a website that you really like while surfing online and want to know if it was built with WordPress?
Powered By WordPress
If the site uses a WP theme where the website them template has not been edited, you can typically find a “Proudly powered by WordPress” message shown below the footer area …
If the methods above haven’t helped you, here are some other ways of telling whether a site runs on WordPress or not …
Sites That Can Tell You If A Website Has Been Built With WordPress
Here are a some tools that will tell you if the website uses WordPress or not …
Is It WordPress? is a free tool that can tell you very quickly if a website uses WordPress or not.
Using this tool is very simple. Just type the address of the website into the URL field and click the button next to it.
It will go and search through the page code on 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 WordPress site, you will see a message like the one shown below …
To use this tool, go here: Is It WordPress?
What WordPress Theme Is That? is another free WordPress theme-checking tool that lets you easily detect what WP theme and plugins a website or blog is using (including parent and child themes).
This is a great resource if you have come across a WordPress site that you like and would like to know what WP theme the site uses.
Entering the site’s URL into the field and clicking the icon will not only confirm whether or not a site is a WordPress site, but it will also list the WordPress theme (web design template) being used by the site and any plugins it detects.
Tip: You can use this tool to work out whether your competitors are also 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 is not built with WordPress …
Go here to use this tool: What WordPress Theme Is That?
If you use a browser such as Firefox or Google Chrome and would like to be able to instantly tell if the sites that you are visiting are powered by WordPress, then Wappalyzer is a useful add-on for your browser.
Wappalyzer tells you what type of software is installed on the sites while you are browsing.
According to their website …
Wappalyzer is also easy to install and easy to use.
Once you have installed Wappalyzer on your web browser, icons will display in your browser menu, in the URL field identifying which software is installed on the sites you visit …
If the WordPress icon displays on your browser menu (as shown in the screen shot above), then the site uses WordPress.
To learn more, go here: Wappalyzer – Extension For Firefox & Chrome Web Browser
We hope you have found the above tutorial useful.
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