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5 Ways to Tell if a Site is Built in WordPress

5 Ways to Tell if a Site is Built in WordPress

One of the most common questions we get from WordPress students is,

"How can I tell if a site is built in WordPress?"

It's not possible to answer this question without knowing a few tips and tricks.

If you look at a website there is no way of telling whether or not it is built in WordPress. The design of a site often gives zero clue about the platform it's using.

We're going to give you 5 ways to tell if a site is built in WordPress. Not all of these suggestions will work on all WordPress sites, but taken together they should give you a clear answer.

#1. Check the Site's Source Code

One of the most reliable ways to show if a site is using WordPress is to check the source code.

Check the WordPress source code

In the source code, check to see if important files are being loaded from the /wp-content/ folder. Here you can see Javascript files loading from the /wp-content/ folder:

Files loading from the wp-content folder

You can search the source code for the words "WordPress". In this example is produces the results from the Yoast SEO plugin:

Search the WordPress code

#2. Visit the License.txt File

Some sites may remove this file or block access to it, but if you add license.txt to a site's URL, you may get the WordPress license file.

For example, you can see this file on the official WordCamp site.

License.txt file on a WordPress site

#3. Visit C WordPress URLs

One common identifier of WordPress sites are the URLs for key pages.

The URL /wp-admin/ will normally take you to the admin login page although sites with strong security procedures may hide or block this page.

wp admin login screen

Other common URLs include:

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

#4. Check Websites With Usage Data

There are websites that can try and identify the technology behind websites. Builtwith.com is one of the most popular sites that does this:

A domain lookup on Builtwith.com

It correctly identifies WordPress. as using WordPress (genius, I know!):

Built With CMS report

#5. Use the Chrome Sniffer Extension

Chrome Sniffer, as the name implies, work with Google Chrome, and is perhaps the quickest and easiest solution on this entire list.

Install Chrome Sniffer and it will appear in your browser bar. As you navigate to different websites, the icon will change to reflect the software being used.

In this example, the Chrome Sniffer logo changes to the WordPress logo:

the Chrome Sniffer extension

About the author

Steve is the founder of OSTraining. Originally from the UK, he now lives in Sarasota in the USA. Steve's work straddles the line between teaching and web development.