How to Identify Theme and Plugins of a Wordpress site

How to Identify Theme and Plugins of a Wordpress site
You’re formalizing a WordPress blog and coincidentally saw another blog having a nice theme or some good features. You’d like to tell the theme name or which plugins using but have no clue what they are…

This article shall bring you the way to find out theme and plugins using on any wordpress site (unless they try to make it mysterious, you won’t be able to seek out in anyway).

Several facts about WordPress Themes & Plugins

Nowadays, there are more than 70 millions websites using wordpress (and this number is only increasing by hour). There is a giant resource of themes and plugins on WordPress.org. You can either spontaneously pick one in thousands of plugin and theme from here or buy those well-designed themes from some popular providers, such as:

  • Thrivethemes
  • Mythemeshop
  • Theme Junkie
  • Elegant Themes
  • Themeforest
  • Mojo Themes
  • Themify
  • …..

Not only having thousands of themes, WordPress is also a melted pot of several tens thousands plugin developers, creating millions of plugin for various demands of users, for example:

  • Supporting SEO plugin
  • Optimizing website speed plugin
  • Supporting on building landing page, sales page plugin
  • Making interactive form plugin
  • Supporting selling website and digital business plugin
  • Shortening link plugin
  •  ….so on…

During building blog/website process, you may have to get used to with a lot of introduction from different blogs. The majority of them are using WordPress. One day, You will find out a nice blog having cool features and you know you want them for your site too. So that there are 2 steps you should follow to be able to tell what they are:

  1. Make it clear if the website is powered by WordPress.
  2. Identifying which theme and plugin are being used on that site.

I’ll show you how to go on each step

Make it clear if the website is powered by WordPress

Most users are having their site on WordPress. It doesn’t mean all. Therefore, when you find a pretty nice website or blog, have to figure out if the site is built on WordPress. Some site is coded by an individual programmer or coded on another platform.

In order to know a site using wordpress, you can use this tool WhatCMS.

whatcms.org

Getting use it is simple. You click on the link above, enter the website address and click “Dectect CMS”. For example with reviewkiss.com:

Sometimes, the result may be “We couldn’t detect”.

neilpatel.com

In fact, NeilPatel website is using wordpress. Yet somehow, this information is prevented with whatcms. So we have also another way to detect. You enter the site address following the structure and wait to see if the interaction platform transferred to wordpress login page:

domainname/wp-admin

For example, with http://neilpatel.com/, you only type in:

http://neilpatel.com/wp-admin

You will see the result landing to a familiar page of wordpress:

If there is no familiar page shown, but only a announcement written as “This page has been disabled.”, it means the site also uses WordPress. However, the site owner attempted to hide the login page in another URL and we can’t do anything from here.

If it shows as 404 page, the site may not use wordpress.

If after trying all the tips above, you still have no hint about the site. Then press F12 or Ctrl+Shift+I to see all source code, after that press Ctrl+F to search; then you type “wp” in the searching box. The reason why you type wp there is because wordpress source code always puts “wp” as a prefix for all folders; such as “wp-content”, “wp-includes”…

Identify themes & plugins

Search by tools

You can choose one of the two tools below:

  • WPhemedetector
  • Whatwpthemeisthat

It’s quite simple here. You only need to type in the site address you want to know their theme and plugin, after scanning, the result wil be fully showed and attached a link downloading it for free or a link landing to a purchased site if the plugin or theme charges for its products.

For example, with reviewkiss.com, using Wpthemedetector, you will have the whole delicate result like:

Hand Searching

By this method, you access straight to the site you want to search about, press F12 or Ctrl+Shift+I. Developer Tools will show up, you continue press Ctrl+F to search. If you’d like to know about theme, type in “theme”, the same way with “plugin”. The result will show the landing link of that plugin using.

Going on this way, you can identify the site quickly without waiting those tools above initializing.

Final

Identifying theme and plugin of one site powered by wordpress is just a small skill but so far so important. It will help you learn something new and interesting from your competitive sites and optimizing your revenue. Nevertheless, in case that the site owner tries to hide source code (I can mention the solution of this case in another post) you will be permanently helpless figuring them out!

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