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 changed everything. Now, it’s getting almost impossible 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 website design and also being able to tell what’s under the surface.
For many 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 areas that matter to most website owners, such as web development costs, ease of use, ability to keep the site 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 turns out to be quite expensive to build, or
B) The same eye-catching, professional-looking site, but at a tiny fraction of the cost of getting site “A”.
If you decided to go with option “B” above, then you need to know more about the benefits of using WordPress, why WordPress can be used to create an eye-catching website that could turn out to be much less expensive to build than websites built using web-building software … and how to tell the two types apart!
WordPress is the world’s leading online publishing platform and content management system (CMS). It is a budget-friendly content management system that is ideally suited for all businesses and non-technical users.
Whether your reason for having an online presence is for personal blogging or business use, WordPress is easy enough for a newbie with no programming skills to use, yet it offers many helpful functions that make your website more effective when it comes to getting your content published, promoting visitor interaction, generating business leads and sales, enhancing your site’s functionality, 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 website is probably powered by WordPress too.
And if you don’t have a website yet, or are thinking of 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 for your business quite inexpensively?
The Easy Way To Tell If Your Web Site Runs On The WordPress CMS Platform
Do you need to know if a website is powered by WordPress? Maybe you’ve come here because you’ve heard about WordPress, and you’re now wondering if your site was built using WordPress, or some other CMS application.
Here are some simple ways to tell if sites are built using WordPress:
Search The Page’s Source Code For WordPress Footprints
If you know how to view 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 with WordPress …
Let’s say that you are surfing the web and you visit a web site that you like, and you would like to know if the site was built on 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 by visually scanning the code …
Or use your browser’s “Find” function …
This will quickly tell you if the site was built with WordPress or not.
Note: If you cannot locate “wp-content” within the page source code, it doesn’t mean that you are not looking at a WordPress site.
There are other ways to find out if a site runs on the WordPress software, as we will soon be discussing.
As the point of this post is to help non “techies”, however, we have listed below a number of easy ways to check if your website is powered by WordPress other than scanning the source code.
Simply Ask Your Webmaster
While this may seem like the obvious thing to do, many web developers, for whatever reason, will build their clients a website and not tell them it’s been built with WordPress.
If you hired a website developer or got somebody else to build your website, just ask your developer or whoever built your site if your website was built with WordPress.
That was easy, huh?
Okay … what if you can’t get in touch with your webmaster, or what if you’ve come across a website that you really like while browsing online and you want to know if it was built using WordPress?
Check Below Footer
If the site uses a WordPress theme where the web theme templates have not been edited, you will often see a “Powered by WordPress” message displayed at the bottom of the site …
If these simple methods aren’t helpful to you, here are some other ways of identifying WordPress sites …
Online Tools That Can Tell You If A Website Was Built Using WordPress
Here are a couple of sites that can tell you if a website uses WordPress or not …
Is It WP? is a free online tool that can tell you very quickly if a website runs on WordPress or not.
Using this site is very simple. Just type the URL of the website into the search field and click the button.
It will then go and search through the URL 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 does not run on WordPress, you will get a message like the one shown in the screen shot below …
To visit this site, go here: Is It WP?
What WordPress Theme Is That? is a free online tool that allows you to easily detect what WordPress theme and plugins a site uses.
This is a great resource if you have come across a WordPress site that you like and would like to know what WordPress theme the site uses.
Entering the site’s URL into the field and clicking the button will not only confirm if a site is powered by WordPress, but it will also list the 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: If the site is not built using WordPress, you will get a message like the one shown in the screenshot below …
To visit their site go here: WhatWPThemeIsThat.com
If you use a web browser like Firefox or Chrome and would like to be able to tell if the sites that you are visiting use WordPress, then Wappalyzer is a very useful extension to add to your web browser.
Wappalyzer helps you identify what type of software is installed in the sites while you are browsing.
According to their website …
Wappalyzer is also easy to install.
After installing the Wappalyzer extension on your web browser, icons will appear in your browser identifying which technologies are being used by all the sites you are visiting …
If you see the WordPress icon on the browser menu (as shown in the screenshot above), then the site uses WordPress.
Visit the website here: Wappalyzer
I hope you have found this the information in this tutorial useful.
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