How to Tell If A Site Is WordPress [9 Unique Ways]

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Written by Shakeel Anjum
Last updated on Jul 6, 2021

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

1 BuiltWith

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.

Use Builtwith To Tell If The Site Is Wordpress Or Not
Builtwith Showing The Website Is Using Wordpress

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.

Plugin
First Detected Builtwith Feature

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 most crucial aspect of your webpage is the source code. Underneath all your website’s design assets are nested codes under the source code — different file types exist like javascripts, CSS to HTML.

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.”

View Page Source In Chrome
Wpbeginner View 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.

Wp Content
wp-content reveals the site runs on 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.

Wordpress Version
Sucuri Scanner Detects Wordpress Version

Moreover, the Sucuri Scanner also checks the files of your WordPress site for infections and provides real-time feedback on any identified issues.

Security Improvements
Hardening Improvements Provided By Sucuri Scanner

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.

10Beasts Login Page
Default Login Page Of Wordpress

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.

5 Wappalyzer

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.

Wordpress Using Wapplalyzer
Wappalyzer Detects 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.

Woocommerce
Woocommerce Detection By Wappalyzer

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.”

Powered By Wordpress
Wordpress Footer Credit Powered By Wordpress

Alternatively, the phrase “proudly powered by WordPress” is found in Twenty Twenty-One.

Proudly Powered By Wordpress
Twenty Twenty-One Footer Credit

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.

Within 24 Hours
Google Operator To Find New Wordpress Websites

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
Seo Plugin
Yoast Seo Wordpress Plugin Source Code

Similarly, look for other footprints like:

  • Jetpack
  • Akismet
  • Wordfence
  • Contact Form 7
  • WooCommerce
  • Elementor
  • WPForms
  • 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.

W3 Total Cache
W3 Total Cache Path In 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.

Library Sniffer
Library Sniffer Chrome 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.

9 WPScan

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.

Wordpress Version 1
Wp Scan

10 Javascripts and CSS Indicators

Did you know that the ending of some JavaScript code and CSS files reveals the WordPress version?

Go to the source code and press Ctrl+F and type “?ver=”. It will reveal the WordPress version.

Wordpress Version Scan
Css And Js Indicators To Reveal Wordpress Version

I opened the file; you can easily see the version of WordPress.

Wordpress Version In The Ending
.Js Url Path Reveals Wordpress Version

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.

Style Css
Style.css Reveals Wordpress Theme Name

You can also find the name of the parent theme and child themes with this method effortlessly.

Final Thoughts

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.

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