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.
You can search the source code for the words "WordPress". In this example is produces the results from the Yoast SEO plugin:
#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.
#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.
Other common URLs include:
#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:
It correctly identifies WordPress. as using WordPress (genius, I know!):
#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: