How to Spot a Self Installed WordPress Site


If you have WordPress pride (as I do!) you may be curious, every now and then, about whether or not a website is running on WordPress or not. I try to mention whenever I notice a big one, but you can locate them yourselves. I can’t say that these tests are foolproof (they can be dodged if the site owner knows what they are doing) but I would suggest giving these steps a shot if you suspect a site may be of WordPress descent.

  1. Try adding



    to their domain

  2. . Any site using WordPress is accessed by the authors using that address.

  3. Check their file structures. Oftentimes WordPress users will add a

    to their URL before the post title. Often


    on pages listing category posts also.

  4. The default permalink structure is a dead giveaway. Anytime you see ?page=123 used at the end of a page or post, you can rightfully suspect they are using WordPress.

Anyone out there spotted any really cool and/or popular WordPress sites out there, using the methods above? I’d love to hear about it.

3 thoughts on “How to Spot a Self Installed WordPress Site

  1. You can also right click and “View Page Source”. This is my favorite method, because you can quickly tell if a site uses WordPress (search for ‘wp’), Drupal (search for ‘drupal’), or many other content management systems.

  2. I know this is an old post, but I’m just writing here for those who can find this post later, as surely when written there wasn’t a better solution.

    The best way of knowing if a site uses WordPress, or any other CMS for that matter, including Joomla, Drupal, etc. and also other kinds of scripts, like for example, analytic software or Java Frameworks, is to install the Wappalyzer add-on for Firefox.

    It will show for every website icons in your status bar representing what’s used. For example, for this site I have 3 icons, one for WordPress, another one for Google Analytics and one more for jQuery.



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