This blog post will be discussing the ways to tell if a site is WordPress. Many indicators can show you that a site is run on WordPress.
We’ll check using some of the following ways:
- Checker tools
- Diagnostic tools
- Source code
- Commonly installed plugins
- Browser extensions
And many more later on.
Excited? Let’s get started.
9 Ways to Tell If A Site Is WordPress
BuiltWith is an online tool for getting information on what technology was used when building websites. This tool allows marketers and business owners to provide leads, intelligence, and analysis for their companies.
I love that you can easily use the platform to find a list of companies and software they use in just seconds. How? It takes just a few seconds for the tool to reveal the website you want to check.
For example, I entered the website wpbeginner.com; it didn’t just reveal the content management system but also all other technologies running under the hood of the website.
One of the tool’s best features is that it shows the first detection date of the plugins and technologies. The data helps you to identify the plugins that you can trust.
In addition, the tool provides information on the number of employees that work for the organization and the total expenditure on technology.
2 Source Code
The source code reveals the core files of WordPress that are the building blocks of WordPress. Once you find the core files, detecting WordPress becomes a piece of cake.
How to detect? Simply head straight over to your desired webpage, right-click on any area on that website, then click “View Page Source.”
With this simple shortcut key, combo Ctrl + U or Command + U if using Mac OS X, press Ctrl + F and type wp-content. If you find “wp-content” footprints, this means that the website is powered by WordPress.
You might be thinking about what exactly wp-content is? In the simplest terms, wp-content is a directory that stores all your theme files for your website. It contains every plugin you have installed too.
3 Sucuri Scanner
Sucuri is a website security company that analyzes websites for malware scanning, website firewall protection, and vulnerabilities.
You can use its technology to detect the WordPress version effortlessly. For example, just type WPBeginner.com into the search box.
Shockingly, WPBeginner uses the old version of WordPress that was released in 2017.
Moreover, the Sucuri Scanner also checks the files of your WordPress site for infections and provides real-time feedback on any identified issues.
Don’t forget to remove all the errors listed at the bottom; otherwise, your website can be hacked.
4 Default Login Page
The WordPress login page is where you enter your username and password before accessing a WordPress website. Default login page actually exists in the root directory files of your website like yourwebsite.com/wp-login.php.
It’s one of the quickest methods to detect whether the website uses WordPress or not. You just have to type wp-login.php at the end of the website URL and wait for the login screen to appear.
It means the website uses WordPress behind the scenes if the login page looks like this after putting wp-login.
But it’s a pretty bad practice since it shows the website doesn’t take security measures seriously. Hackers can quickly attack the site using a brute force attack.
If you own a WordPress site, don’t forget to change the login URL. In order to fix it, you must use a security plugin like Wordfence. Moreover, it’s recommended to keep strong passwords instead of weak passwords otherwise it becomes an easy target for hackers.
Another common attack the login page faces is the DDOS attack aka denial-of-service. In a nutshell, If you don’t change your default login page, you’ll get a denial of service attack that is extremely dangerous since it brings your website down.
Just like Builtwith, Wappalyzer is an amazing tool that analyzes the software and technology environment of a website, allowing you to know what technologies are being used.
Simply put the website URL, the tool will show you the technology like WordPress.
Of course, you can use the method to detect the eCommerce platform on WordPress as well. If the website is using WooCommerce, it means the website is using eCommerce to sell products online.
6 Footer Credit
It’s one of the easiest ways to detect WordPress since, by default, standard all the new WordPress websites come up with the footer credit that runs “powered by WordPress.”
Alternatively, the phrase “proudly powered by WordPress” is found in Twenty Twenty-One.
Did you know? You can use the string “powered by WordPress” in Google to find out all the websites that run on WordPress. Don’t forget to use the feature Tools > Past 24 Hours.
7 Common Plugins
Sometimes some website owners use plugins to hide WordPress versions from bots and common footprints.
The most obvious indicators are the top 10 famous plugins since almost everywhere websites use them. Type any of SEO plugin names into the search box after you enter the source code as shown above:
- Yoast SEO
- All in One SEO
- Rank Math
Similarly, look for other footprints like:
- Contact Form 7
- W3 Total Cache
Just search the name of the above plugins into the source code, you’ll find. For example, I found W3 Total Cache at the end of the source code.
8 Library Sniffer
LibrarySniffer is one of the most well known browser extensions for detecting the technology being used by any website and provides detailed information on each one.
Library Sniffer tells you things like which programming languages are in use, what version of jQuery or Bootstrap is being used, and even the type of CMS like WordPress instantly even before you click the extension.
The information can be helpful for people who want to know how safe their device will be from viruses, malware, etc., before visiting a specific site.
WPScan WPScan is among the best diagnostic tools on the market to find out any vulnerabilities in your WordPress.
This tool delves deep into the script’s source code to detect malware and viruses in the script. No matter if the website uses WordPress or not, you can scan it with this tool.
Go to the source code and press Ctrl+F and type “?ver=”. It will reveal the WordPress version.
I opened the file; you can easily see the version of WordPress.
Did you know? If you open all the CSS files from the source code, especially the style CSS, you’ll definitely find the theme name and the WordPress version.
You can also find the name of the parent theme and child themes with this method effortlessly.
Discovering if a website is made with WordPress or not can be pretty tricky. But, we’ve found some ways for you to do it.
Whether you work in web design yourself or are just curious how sites are built, these tips might come in handy for your day-to-day life online.
Do any of them sound interesting? Let us know by leaving a comment.
P.S: If any of the above methods doesn’t reveal the WordPress version, it’s more likely the website is a custom theme or a custom CMS.