Oge Okoye

How to Easily Find Out What Platform a Website is Built ON

At a point in your blogging life, You will be online surfing the internet and suddenly coming across a friendly, beautiful theme or template, and then you just wonder – Is this a WordPress site, Joomla, Drupal, or is it a blogger blog? What theme or template is this website or blog using? Yes, it also happens to me, and almost every blogger who has to go about designing their blog themselves.

At this point, you will be forced to find the name and author of that particular template, and you will face the challenge of trying to find out the theme used on the Blogspot site or WordPress.

Recently I was using some of the keyword research tools, and I found out that a lot of people are searching for the keyword” blogger theme detector. So decided to write a tutorial blog post and different ways of detecting if a blog is running on Blogger, Joomla, Drupal, or WordPress platform and also the name of the theme been used.

After reading this tutorial, I CAN ASSURE YOU THAT; YOU WILL BE ABLE TO KNOW IF A BLOG IS RUINING ON A BLOGGER PLATFORM OR WORD PRESS OR ANY OTHER CMS, RIGHT FROM FIRST SIGHT.

How to find out what PLATFORM a website is using:

  1. Visit the WEBSITE you want to check its preferably the HOMEPAGE.
  2. While on the WEBSITE or BLOG Open your browser inspector.
  3. In Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox, right-click on the page then choose INSPECT. Ctrl+Shift+I (Windows) or Cmd+Shift+I (Mac) should also work.
  4. Navigate to SOURCES The source code’s file extensions and URLs can tell you what type of platform the website is actually built on.
  5. If you search the code and try to find mention of WordPress (typically by the inclusion of a reference to wp-content or wp-admin) or find mention of Blogger “Blogger Template” or “Blogger Template Style.”
  6. You can also do this for other popular cms like Joomla, Drupal, Typo3, Serendipity, Dotclear, ImpressPages, Chamilo, Magento, Shopify, OpenCart, PrestaShop. if you see WIX-DOM it’s Wix, CDN.SHOPIFY it’s Shopify (and so on).

Other ways you can detect website platform:

Use a website platform checker online

There are numerous both web-based and no web-based applications that can help you identify technology used on websites. The web-based includes several websites that you can go to, type in the web site’s address, and then they will break down the technology stack for you.

All you have to do is to put in a website URL you want to check and click on analysis, Keep calm and wait for the magic. This online platform checkers automatically break down and present the technologies by category. View the web server, email services, SSL certificate, and the platform or content management system of the website you entered.

For instance, go to wappalyzer.com and put in a website URL you want to check. Once you click on ‘Lookup’, Wappalyzer bring to you all you might want to know about that website.

Using Wappalyzer: This can also help anyone find out what technology a website is built with. Wappalyzer is a cross-platform utility that uncovers All technologies used on websites. It detects content management systems, eCommerce platforms, web frameworks, server software, analytics tools, and many more. visit wappalyzer.com now to get details of any website or blog, it’s also available in browsers extensions.

Using WhatCMS.org: looks at a variety of factors within a webpage and use these factors to determine what CMS a website is using. They’ve developed algorithms for detecting all of the major CMS. Keep in mind a website may use multiple CMS’ such WordPress been used as the primary CMS (main website, most times the HOME PAGE) while using vBulletin on a subdomain (forum.example.com) or subdirectory (example.com/forum). For this reason, you can enter any URL in the form above to see what CMS is being used on a specific page.

Using builtwith.com: You could use a site such as builtwith.com another powerful tool that helps you break down the technologies by category.

Some good tools to check website details include: NetCraft- Cybercrime Disruption, Internet Research, and PCI Security Services. DomainTools – investigate, profile, and map attacker infrastructure W3Techs – the usage of various types of technologies on the web. Stackshare – for the developer tools and the companies that use them.

Use Browser Extensions

You can download different browser add-ons like Wappalyzer, which is pretty much EASE and CONVENIENCE!

Chrome Extensions: SimilarTech – technologies used across millions of sites Wappalyzer- Uncover the technologies used any website WhatRuns – Frameworks, Analytics Tools, WordPress Plugins, Fonts among other things PageXray – One-click access to know the technologies used on the current page you are on.

Firefox Addons: Domain Details - IP, web server details, and country Wappalyzer - CMS, frameworks/libraries, message boards, e-commerce, etc. Library Detector - Javascript Libraries used

Using footer of a website

Often in the footer (extreme down part) of a website, you’ll see the designer or design agency who created that website. Click on the link or google search the designer’s name, Once you are able to get through to their website you’ll see which platforms they build with.

 

I have put together a well-detailed guide on how to find out what platform and eCommerce platform a site is using. Read the full guide below.

 

How to find out what font a website uses or what platform a site is built on!

There are several ways to find what theme a blogger site and a WordPress site is using. This post will tutor you steps on how to know the blogger template name of any blogger site and WordPress for free without using any online tools.

Also, we will touch other cms like Joomla and Drupal, But the first thing to know before proceeding to see the theme or template name of the blog Is to identify if the site is running on the blogger platform or WordPress. To find out, follow the below steps on your mobile phone or PC. How do you know if a website is a WordPress site or a Blogger website? There are several methods to identify if a blog is running on a blogger or WordPress. I will talk about some of them below.

Method 1: Check the Site’s Source Code

One of the oldest and most reliable methods to show if a site is using WordPress, blogger, Joomla, or Drupal is to check the source code. In the source code displayed, check to see if important files are being loaded from the /wp-content/ folder. While in blogger Blogspot important files are being loaded from http://www.google.com/2005/gml/

To view the Source Code of any website, follow the steps below:

  • Visit the website you want to check its preferably the homepage
  • View the source code of the page: by right-clicking on any part on the page and select “view source” alternatively, you can press ‘Ctrl+U’ on your keyboard.
  • In case you are unable to right-click, it means the site owner has disabled these features on his/her blog or site, and if also you are using a mobile device, a method I know that will still work fine is to use the google chrome browser.
  • To do this, place the cursor just before the starting of the URL in your browser and type – “view-source:” so the URL should look like this :view-source:https://www.siteexample. View the page source and try to find mention of WordPress (typically by the inclusion of a reference to wp-content or wp-admin) or find mention of Blogger “Blogger Template” or “Blogger Template Style.” You can also do this for other popular cms like Joomla, Drupal, Typo3, Serendipity, Dotclear, ImpressPages, Chamilo, Magento, Shopify, OpenCart, PrestaShop.
  • Also, try to use the find feature of your browser, “ctrl+f” should work for most browsers. Inside the new pop-up search box type: WordPress, Blogger, Joomla, Drupal, Typo3, Serendipity, Dotclear, ImpressPages, Chamilo, Magento, Shopify, OpenCart, PrestaShop or any other cms platform you are trying to detect and see what shows up. This is the method I know to work best.

Method 2: Check the image Address or URL Format

Copy an image’s URL or just right-click on any image on the page of the website or blog and click on the open image in a new tab and look at the URL. Check it to see if it refers to Blogspot, Drupal, Typo3, Serendipity, Dotclear, ImpressPages, Chamilo, Magento, Shopify, OpenCart, PrestaShop, or WordPress.

Another URL trick is: Blog post comes with the published date in the URL (post link), i.e., https://www.siteexample/2019/01/posttitel. While WordPress comes in date omitted in the URL, It appears most times in this form https://www.siteexample/posttitel or https://www.siteexample/blog/posttitel. So ones you check this URL format in your browser, you can easily tell if a website is WordPress or not.

PLEASE NOTE: METHOD 2 DOES NOT FULLY GRANTEE THE BLOG TYPE, YOU WANT TO KNOW WHY? SOME WORDPRESS BLOG STARTED ON BLOGGER/BLOGSPOT PLATFORM AND TO ENSURE PROPER SEO THEY HAVE TO KEEP USING THE FORMER BLOGGER URL FORMAT.

SECONDLY, ANY EXISTING IMAGE ON THE INTERNET CAN BE USED BY ANY BLOG SO FAR THERE IS NO COPYRIGHT PROTECTION ON THE IMAGE OR PHOTOGRAPH.

Method 3: Check for Credit in the Footer and Comment Box Format

Look in the footer (bottom part of the site or blog) for “Powered by Blogger” or “Powered by WordPress. ” Who still keeps that on their blog these days? anyway, should still give it a trial.

Using Website/blog Comment Box: Another trick is the comment box, A standard WordPress comment box will give you the option to input your name and email sometimes your website. But on the blogger comment box, you have to be login to your google account to comment. Once you see the structure of the comment box you will understand it. another thing is WordPress gives some default avatar.

Method 4: Use the Page analyzer Extensions

Wappalyzer, as the name implies, I know this extension is currently available for Google Chrome, you can also try other browsers. Perhaps the quickest and easiest solution on this entire list. Install the wappalyzer extension and it will appear in your browser bar.

As you navigate to different websites, the icons in your navbar will change to reflect the software being used. You can also try other beautiful extensions like this. Check out WhatRuns and Pagexray This extension we all will give you one-click access to find-out the technologies used on the current page that you are visiting.

It can also create a list of icons on the footer, you need to activate this on the options page. In case You are wondering how do extensions know what runs a website? Every technology leaves my own specific pattern on the websites it is being used. Now Extensions like wappalyzer, WhatRuns, and PageXray algorithm recognizes these patterns to detect the tech stack of a particular website.

Method 5: Using Wappalyzer.com and whatcms.org

This online tool is my favorite, In my opinion, this is the best and easiest tools available WHY? In one sentence it is straight, simple, and easy for anyone. WhatCMS.org: looks at a variety of factors within a webpage and use these factors to determine what CMS a website is using.

They’ve developed algorithms for detecting all of the major CMS. Keep in mind a website may use multiple CMS’ such WordPress been used as the primary CMS (main website, most times the HOME PAGE) while using vBulletin on a subdomain (forum.example.com) or subdirectory (example.com/forum). For this reason, you can enter any URL in the form above to see what CMS is being used on a specific page.

Using Wappalyzer: This can also help anyone find out what technology a website is built with. Wappalyzer is a cross-platform utility that uncovers All technologies used on websites. It detects content management systems, eCommerce platforms, web frameworks, server software, analytics tools, and many more. visit wappalyzer.com now to get details of any website or blog, it’s also available in browsers extensions.

How to find out what FONTS a website is using:

  • Visit the website and Open your browser inspector.
  • In Google Chrome or Firefox, right-click then choose INSPECT. Ctrl+Shift+I (Windows) or Cmd+Shift+I (Mac) also works.
  • Navigate to the element whose font you’re curious about.
  • Once you’re on the correct element, navigate to the COMPUTED or STYLES tab in the inspector and scroll down to the font-family attribute.
  • There’s your font!

Conclusion

So there you have it! Five effortless ways to find out what’s under the hood of a website. i.e., How to detect website platform. Hope this solves all your request. How to know if a Site is Built on WordPress, Blogger, Joomla, Drupal, or any other CMS.

Now going back to the theme type issue mentioned earlier. If you want to detect of know the theme and template used on a website. Visit my next article.

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