How to Find Out if Your Website is Powered by WordPress
WordPress is one of the most popular content management systems (CMSs) used across the internet. It is extremely versatile and can be used to build pretty much any kind of website you could think of. Furthermore, since it is open-source and free, it is usually the go-to choice when someone wants to create a new website.
But what if your existing website is not built using WordPress?
You can still use it to build your new website, but you will have to make some changes to get it up and running. Below, we will discuss some of the key things you need to check before you start making changes to your site.
Look At The Source, Not Just The Interface
Let’s assume you have a personal blog running on WordPress. If you log into your dashboard and click on the **Blog** tab, you will be presented with a large number of options at the top and on the right-hand side of the screen. The first thing to check is to make sure that the source code behind these options is indeed from WordPress.
You should not be fooled by themes and templates which have been “skinned” to look like WordPress, but which are actually built using a different CMS. If this is the case, you will not be able to use these templates or themes without making some serious modifications to them.
Find Out How The Site Was Deployed
After you have confirmed that the source code is indeed from WordPress, you should look into the history of the site. This will give you some idea of how the site was built and how it is currently configured. You should aim to replicate this configuration as closely as possible for the new site you are building.
From the dashboard, you can access the **History** of your site this way: click on **Tools** and then click on **History**. You will see a list of all of the changes made to the site over time, which you can examine and learn from. You can also download all of the files used to run the site, if you want to take a closer look at them.
As a general rule of thumb, it is best to look for a host which offers **Cloudflare** or **1&1 Internet** as part of their service. This is because these providers usually give you a free domain name and let you install and configure your website on their servers. This, in turn, makes it much easier to maintain a website. It also prevents any potential errors from being displayed to the end user.
Find Out The Website’s Purpose
Whether you have a personal blog or a business website, you should always have a clear idea of why you are creating the site and what you intend to do with it. When someone approaches you with an offer to help with their blog or website, you should be able to clearly communicate the purpose of the site to them. Even more importantly, you should be able to articulate the purpose of the site to yourself. This will assist you in making more informed decisions about the content you are creating and, ultimately, the success of the site.
There are numerous tools online which can help you with figuring out the “purpose” of your website. For example, you can use the built-in SEO Analyzer from WordPress to examine the technical aspects of your site and get a clear idea of what needs to be done to improve its standing in the search engines. Alternatively, you can use free tools like Alexa or Google Analytics to examine the volume of traffic to your site and learn more about the people interacting with it.