There are several ways to tell if a website is WordPress. In the following, we have listed a few of them.
This is the most basic way of identifying a WordPress website. By default, WordPress website has “Powered by WordPress” in their footer. Therefore, you only need to scroll down until you see the footer.
Although most websites remove Powered by WordPress from the footer.
As you know every WordPress website has a login page. The default login page is http://mydomain.com/wp-admin.
Therefore, to see if a website is WordPress or not, you can add /wp-admin to the end of any domain name.
If you are redirected to the WordPress login page, it means the website is WordPress.
Remember that many website owners customize the design of WordPress login page; this is important to remember since customized login pages contain the same fields as the standard login page, but with an entirely different appearance
However, some WordPress websites hide their login page. Therefore, if you get error 404 this doesn’t mean the said website is not WordPress.
Another method to identify a WordPress website is by looking at its source-code. To do so, enter your website, right-click and click on View Source.
By clicking on the View Source, you can see the source code in a new tab. In the source code, you can look for WordPress or wp-content.
wp-content is a folder where your images, videos, themes, etc. are stored. Therefore, if you find one of these in a source-code it means the website you are looking at is WordPress.
BuiltWith is an advanced online tool to identify WordPress websites. You only need to type in the website's address and click on Lookup.
The result you see shows some information about the website. One of these information is if the website is WordPress or not.
This tool tells you if the website is WordPress or not, and in case it is, tells you the WordPress version.
Another way of identifying a WordPress website is by searching the readme.html file. Readme.html contains the general information of a website. This information includes the WordPress version, WordPress usage and etc.
Sometimes this file is automatically enabled during the WordPress installation. To see if a website has this file or not, simply type in the following URL in your browser (replace domain.com with the site's address):
Another way to identify a WordPress website is by searching for the generator tag in the source code. In the default WordPress installation, there is an extra meta tag in the <head> section:
<meta name="generator" content="WordPress 4.5" />
You can look for this tag on any page of a website. If you found it, then the website you are looking at is WordPress.
Last updated May 24, 2022
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