Once an upon a time it used to be that blogs looked like blogs and sites looked like websites. You could easily tell the two apart.
Then WordPress came along and changed everything. Now, it’s becoming harder to distinguish 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”.
As website owners, it is necessary to understand the difference between a CMS tool like WordPress and other website-building software that’s out there. It’s not so important in terms of the technical differences, but more importantly, regarding the things that matter to most website owners. Such as web-development costs, ease of use, ability to keep the site up-to-date, adding/updating new content, etc.
Think about this:
Of the Options below would you choose?
A) A Beautiful, professional-looking website that is expensive to build and maintain, or
B) The same eye-catching, professional-looking website, but for a tiny fraction of the cost of getting the option “A”.
If you chose option “B” above, then you need to know more about the benefits of using WordPress. WP can provide you with an eye-catching website that will typically cost far less to build than websites that use a website building tool and how to tell these two systems apart!
WordPress is the leading online publishing platform and content management system or CMS. It is a flexible and powerful CMS application that works for 99% of business applications.
Whether your purpose for having a website is for personality brand blog or business use. WP is easy enough for a newbie with no knowledge of web coding to use, yet it offers an array of helpful functions that make your website more useful when it comes to getting your content published, promoting visitor interaction, generating business leads and sales, enhancing your site’s functionality, etc.
One in every five websites around the world currently being powered by WordPress. Most likely 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 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?
How To Check If Your Web Site Was Built Using WordPress
o you need to know if a website uses WordPress? Maybe you’ve come to our site because you’ve read about all of the great advantages of using WordPress, and you’re now wondering if your site runs on the WordPress software or some other CMS application..
Here are a number of methods you can use to quickly tell if sites are built with WordPress:
Checking Your 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 an obvious telltale footprint that the site was built using WordPress.
Let’s say that you are browsing online, and you come across a website that you like, and you’re questioning if the site runs on 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, search for words like “wp-content” either by visually scanning the code …
Or using your browser’s “Find” function …
This will tell you if the site was built with WordPress or not.
Note: If you are unable to find “wp-content” within the page source code, it doesn’t necessarily mean that you are not looking at a WordPress site.
There are many other ways to find out if a site was built using WordPress, as we will soon be sharing with you.
As the point of this post is to try and help non-techies, however, below you will find some easier ways to check if your site is powered by WordPress other than searching the source code.
Ask Your Website Developer.
Ask Your Website Developer
This may seem like the very obvious thing to do, some website development agencies, for whatever reason, may build their clients a website and not tell their clients it’s been built with WordPress.
If you used a website developer or got somebody else to build you a website, just ask your web developer or whoever built your web site if your website has been built with WordPress.
That was super easy, huh?
Okay … what if you can’t get in touch with the person who built your website. Or what if you’ve come across a site that you really like while browsing the net and you need to know if the site was built using WordPress?
Powered By WordPress
If the site uses a WordPress theme and the site theme templates have not been modified, you can often see a “Proudly powered by WordPress” notice showing below the footer section …
If these simple methods aren’t helpful to you, here are some other ways of identifying WordPress powered websites …
Sites That Tell You If A Website Runs On WordPress
Here are a some tools that can tell you if the site uses WordPress or not …
Is It WordPress? s It WordPress? This is a fee-free tool that lets you quickly check if a site runs on WP or not.
Using this site is very easy. Just type in or paste in the address of the site into the URL field and click the button next to it.
The tool will go and search through the URL and tell you if the site was built using WP, and if so, which version of WordPress the site is currently using …
If the web site was not built using WordPress, you will get a the following message below …
To use this tool, go here: Is It WP? – WordPress Checker
What WP Theme Is That? is another free WP theme-checking tool that allows you to easily detect what WP theme and plugins a website or blog is using.
This is a great resource if you have come across a WordPress site that you like and would like to know what theme the site uses.
Using this tool is quite straightforward. Just enter the site’s domain name into the field and click the search icon or hit “Enter.” The tool will not only confirm whether or not a site is powered by the WordPress CMS platform, but it will also list the WordPress theme being used on the site and list any WP plugins it detects.
Helpful Tip: Use this tool for competitive analysis. To see if your competitors are also using WP and if so, see which plugins they are using.
Note: You will get a message like in the screenshot shown below if a site was not built using WordPress:
To use this tool go here: What WP Theme Is That?
If you use Firefox or Chrome browsers and want to be able to know if the sites that you are viewing have been built using WordPress, then Wappalyzer is the best extension for your web browser.
WWappalyzer helps you identify what software is installed on the sites while you are browsing.
As per their website:
It’s also a very easy web browser add-on to install.
Once you have installed, the Wappalyzer extension on your web browser. Icons will display in your web browser, next to the site URL allowing you to see which tech are being used by the sites you are visiting.
If the WordPress icon shows up on your browser menu (as the above screenshot shows), then the site has been built with WordPress.
Go here to learn more: Wappalyzer.com
We hope that you have found this tutorial useful.
Want more help with WordPress? Feel free to add your thoughts below and share this article with your friends.
[If you Need Help With your WordPress Blog, Send me an email]