How to Find Out What Type of Theme a WordPress Website Is Using?

You have picked a theme for your WordPress website, and you are very excited about it. Congrats! Now it’s time to find out all the juicy details, such as whether or not the theme is compatible with WordPress and if it was indeed created for use with this CMS. Thankfully, you can do so with relative ease. Let’s take a look at how to find out what type of theme a WordPress website is using.

Look At The Home Page

One of the simplest ways to find out what type of theme a WordPress website is using is to simply browse to its home page. If the theme contains several pages, then simply click on any of these pages to be taken to its detail view. From here you can see the theme’s general information as well as its various settings and control panels.

Alternatively, you can click on the word “Home” in the menu bar at the top of any page to navigate directly to the homepage. On this page, you will see the same information as before, with the addition of a few more details. For example, you may see the name of the theme’s author or copyright owner along with a license link if it is open-source. You may also see a short description of the theme.

Look At The Theme’s Settings

Some themes will display their settings in the form of a tabbed interface, which allows you to alter some fundamental aspects of how the site looks and operates. These settings can be quite helpful in discovering the theme’s capabilities and limitations. Alternatively, you can always return to the theme’s home page and click the “Settings” tab to view its options.

When viewing these settings, you will typically see a tabbed interface similar to what is shown in the above image. This is where you can alter the theme’s background color, adjust the font size or family, control the display of certain elements on the site (e.g., testimonials, author photos), and more.

Look At The Theme’s Demo

WordPress themes come with a demo version installed on the website, allowing you to see how a specific theme looks in practice before making a purchase decision. Typically, you can access the demo version by clicking on the word “Demo” in the theme’s settings.

Many themes will display a prominent link to their demo in the settings, or you can access it directly from within the word “Themes” in the WordPress dashboard. Clicking on this link will take you to a page similar to what is shown in the above image. From here you can download a.zip file containing the demo version of the theme you have chosen.

Check The Licensing

Another important aspect to consider when choosing a WordPress theme is its license. Does the theme comply with the Open Source license? This is an important question to ask yourself, especially if you are planning on modifying the theme in some way. If you are unsure how to answer this question, then it is usually a good idea to contact the theme’s author or contact information (such as an email address) is available in the theme’s documentation.

Look At The Comments

One final thing you can do when viewing a WordPress theme’s documentation is to explore its comment section. This is where users leave feedback for the documentation author regarding the quality of the documentation and how they were able to successfully use the theme. You can learn a lot from the comments here, so don’t hesitate to spend some time reading them.

Inspecting a WordPress theme’s documentation is not an easy task, as there will invariably be a lot of technical jargon that can be a little daunting. However, with a little bit of research and some trial and error, you will be able to figure out what type of theme a specific website is using. This knowledge can then be leveraged to determine whether or not you will be able to successfully develop and run a WordPress website using the chosen theme. Hopefully, this article will help you find out what type of theme a WordPress website is using more easily and efficiently.