Ever visited a WordPress site and wished to find out the name of the theme or plugins used in designing it? The easier way of finding out what WordPress theme or plugins were used in designing a site would’ve been to ask the owner of the site via his Contact page but most likely you may have to wait for some days to get your answer or at worst none at all. Today I want to share with you how to spy on a WordPress site to find out the name of the theme and plugins that were used in designing it so you won’t have to imagine anymore.
So the next time you come across a functionality you like on a WordPress site or an awesome site design, you don’t have to imagine what the theme name is or the plugins that added such functionality. Follow the guide in this article to spy on theme and plugins used in a WordPress site.
Spy on Theme and Plugins used in a WordPress site
There are two ways you could spy on a WordPress site to find the name of the theme or plugins used in designing it. While the first involves using an external tool it may not give you all the answers you need, so I will advise you to use the second method if the first does not give you all you wanted to know.
Method 1: Using Online Tools
There are awesome online tools you could use to spy on theme and plugins used in a WordPress site, all you need to do is enter name of the WordPress site you want to spy on and let the tool find the name of the theme and plugins used on it.
Some online tools for this purpose include the following;
Visit any of these sites and enter the URL of the site you want to spy on and find out the name of the theme and plugins used in designing it.
Note that if the site owner used a custom theme or edited the theme to remove the theme information, these tools may not find the name of the theme.
As you can see from the images above, the tools were able to discover the name of the WordPress theme used in designing Netmediablog and also some of the plugins used on my site.
Method 2: Using the source code
This method may produce better result than the first one above but it will take some understanding of HTML and WordPress file structure to get the information you are looking for. You can view the source code of any site by simply pressing CTRL + U on your keyboard or the mouse right click button and selecting source code.
So when you visit a site you want to spy on its theme or plugins, simply view the site’s source code and check through the code for the information you are looking for.
You can use the Find tool (CTRL + F) to search for themes or plugins easily. You will notice the name of the theme under the ../wp-content/themes/ and the plugins ../wp-content/plugins/.
In conclusion, I hope I’ve been able to solve your problem of finding out what WordPress theme or plugins are used in a site. You don’t have to wonder what WordPress theme or plugins were used in a site anymore, spy on any WordPress site and find out the name of the theme or plugins that were used to design it using any of the methods I shared with you.
Tell me what you think of this tutorial on the comments, what WordPress theme and plugins are you using for your site?
I simply use Whatwpthemeisthat. It has worked for me for a long time. The coding option is applied if I really want to go in depth. I would say this is another form of competitor analysis right?
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Nwosu Mavtrevor says
Yes it is. Thanks for your awesome contribution to the discussion.
Great post bro, i have been using Whatwpthemeisthat for for very long time now
I generally use WPthemedetector to know about WordPress theme and plugins being used. It really simple plus it also tells you either theme is free or premium.
Nice article post, i do use http://whatwpthemeisthat.com/ to get wordpress theme/plugin details of a particular site but there are some bloggers who do not only change the theme name but also change the theme folder so in this situation, i think using the second option in this article post may also not work.
Thanks for this article post and i think it will go along way in helping bloggers alike to spy on others wordpress blog/site theme & plugin.
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Since codes are a little tricky, especially to newbies, WPthemedetector and Whatwpthemeisthat are the best to use. They are great free online tools to discover what WordPress Theme and WordPress Plugins a site is using. I think it’s safe and really reliable.
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Arun Kallarackal says
That was short and sweet read. Was packed with useful information though! :)
Many times, it becomes must for us bloggers to snoop around and hunt details of other blogs like the themes they use and the plugins they have. In the beginning, I used to hunt a good amount of time doing these tasks.
I’d always be checking themes or social sharing plugins that I found to be appealing on other blogs.
Usually, I prefer the source code method. Sometimes, I do make use of the sites too.
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Colm Barry says
I of course knew about inspecting a site’s HTML source code, but wasn’t aware of these nifty online tools you linked above. Thanks for sharing!
While I knew about inspecting a site’s HTML source code, but wasn’t aware of these nifty online tools you linked above. Thanks for sharing!
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