How to find out if a website is using WordPress CMS

Perhaps you liked a certain website and want to own one like that, or perhaps you want to just know what technology the site is running on before you visit or give your information. A CMS or content management system  is the engine or platform behind every great website. CMS’s controls how your functions, informs the page’s design and look, and organizes your pages, posts and other multimedia like videos and images, and lastly it also sets how the website appears on different users devices, that means form factors and aspects of your digital offerings.

If you want to know if a website/blog runs on WordPress here are a few tips

Look for “Proudly powered by WordPress” in the footer!

The first and easiest clue to is to check out the low hanging fruit,a lot of WordPress websites may have this text at the footer or bottom of page: “Proudly powered by WordPress” in the footer!. Normally a good web developer would remove this text or replace it with something else, other times  you could assume that theme they’re using has/had it there by default.

Look for “wp-content” in the source code

Another easy tip would be to check the source code for the page you are visiting, most browsers will let you view the code behind a website, just right click and select the view option.The “View” (Chrome), “Develop” (Safari [Safari menu > Preferences > Advanced]) or “Tools” (Firefox) tab. To check the source code in Chrome, for example, go to “view” –> “Developer” –> “View Source”.

By clicking this, the browser should open up a new window full of HTML. TO identify if its running on WordPress, look out for  links to directories such as “/wp-content/” and “/wp-includes/” — both of which can easily be found by searching for “wp-“.

Use the browser Sniffer Extensions and addons

This option will involve you adding a plugin or add-on extensions to your browser, some examples include Wappalizer and the Chrome Sniffer, which is designed to work with Google Chrome, and is probably the quickest and easiest solution on this entire list.

After installing it, the Chrome Sniffer and it will appear in your browser bar. This means any website you visit will show its native logo, and will change depending on the CMS the visited website runs on. For example if you look now for our website wpchase.com, the Chrome Sniffer logo changes to the WordPress logo

Wappalyzer too is a cross-platform utility that uncovers the technologies used on websites. It detects content management systems, ecommerce platforms, web frameworks, server software, analytics tools and many more.

Using online thirdpary tools/service

Another way is to visit the online services designed for this purpose (and even browser extensions) that will help you these include Wpthemesdetector (free) which is a personal favorite it will analyze it for you and will display a whole lot of information about the WordPress theme and plugins being used. Others are Built With, Is It WordPress (free) — just enter the domain in question and hit enter. What could be easier?

Append /wp-admin or other WordPress URLs to the domain

Another way to tell if a site runs on WordPress is to append /wp-admin to the site’s domain for example URLOfTheWebsite.com/wp-login.php or URLOfTheWebsite.com/wp-admin.php.. If after entering this text and hitting gothe resulting page displays the WordPress login screen (or anything that looks similar) then you have the answer, the site runs WordPress.

This method however may not work with some sites, some pro or advanced users may choose to hide, cloak, move, or password protect their login screens just to increase the level of security for their website. Other common URLs to try include:

  • wp-login.php
  • wp-trackback.php
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