WordPress is the world’s most popular content management system (CMS). You basically can’t browse the internet without stumbling across a WordPress site. TechCrunch, Wired, People.com, the Yelp Blog, and literally millions of other sites use WordPress.
One of the reasons why WordPress is so popular is that, with all its themes and plugins, there are countless ways to customize your site. If you happen to see a theme or plugin you like, you might want to find out the name of the theme/plugin so that you can use it yourself.
Here’s how to determine which theme or plugin a WordPress site is using:
How To Tell If A Site Was Made With WordPress
First, you need to know if the site you’re on is even a WordPress site. Sometimes, you can find this information in the footer. If you don’t see any mention of WordPress there, open the source code of the page (press CTRL + U) and search the text (CTRL + F) for “wp-content”.
The page you’re looking at right now is on a WordPress site. Follow the instructions above, and you’ll find instances of “wp-content” in our source code that confirm this fact.
The Best Tools For Detecting Templates and Plugins
We recommend using one of these nine tools for detecting WordPress themes and plugins:
Individual site reports are always free. Built With offers more comprehensive web analysis plans that start at $295/month.
W3Techs is similar to Built With, in that it gives you a lot of data about a site. Its design is less flashy than Built With, but its reports are absolutely packed with information. W3Techs even gives you a “Technology Score” that measures the popularity (how many sites use the same technologies) and traffic (how much traffic other sites have received with the same technologies) for all the technologies used on the site. By technologies, we’re referring to content management service, social widgets, web servers, etc.
This tool also teaches you more about the CMS market as a whole. For example, a look at the W3Techs homepage will show you that, as of October 2017, WordPress has a CMS market share of 59.7%, while Joomla is at second-place with a 6.7% share and Drupal takes third with 4.7%.
WhatCMS will just tell you which CMS the website uses. If that’s the only information you’re looking for, then this plugin will work fine for you.
At first, CMS Detector will only show you which CMS the website is using. But when you select “Click here to analyze fully”, you’ll get an in-depth report about the website. It gives you more information than WhatCMS, but less than BuiltWith or W3Techs.
WordPress Theme Detector shows you the name of the site’s theme, along with the official page of the theme and its version, license, and authors. It also shows you which plugins the site is using.
What WordPress Theme Is That? is more involved than the rest of the entries on this list – it sends you directly to the WordPress plugin repository, so you can download the plugins for your own site immediately.
Unlike the above six entries, which are all accessible online, this tool needs to be installed on your browser. It’s a Google Chrome extension that shows you the theme used by a particular web page.
Wappalyzer needs to be installed on your browser as well. It works with both Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox.
WordPress Themes Sniffer and Wappalyzer are a little less helpful than the other theme/plugin detectors, but they’re good for doing quick research.
Manual Theme And Plugin Detection
You don’t need tools to detect themes and plugins. Instead, you can look at the source code of a page (remember, CTRL + U) and find out yourself.
Each WordPress theme needs two files to work: index.php and style.css. The style.css file will show you the name of the theme.
Let’s try it out: hit CTRL + U to look at the source code of this page. Search for “style.css” and you’ll see the following file:
The name of this file tells you that our site uses the MoneyFlow theme. You can use this trick to determine the theme of most WordPress sites. Another way to find out the theme is to search for “wp-content/themes” in the source code.
Search for “wp-content/plugins” to discover the plugins used on a WordPress site. Again, you can test this method out on our site to get a feel for how it works (you’ll see that we use kk Star Ratings, Social Warfare, and more).
It’s always easier to use a tool, but poking around the source code will help you better understand the WordPress platform.
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