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How to Discover Which WordPress Theme a Site is Using

Are you still in the process of picking out the perfect WordPress theme for your website? If so, then one of the best ways to make that choice is to visit other websites that are built on WordPress and see what themes they are using. There are thousands of themes available. Some of them are free and some are paid.

Of course, most web developers will make some modifications to themes like changing the colors or adding widgets, which can make it very hard to identify the theme when you are just looking at it. Thankfully there are some tools that you can use to make it quite simple to identify a theme. Today, I will demonstrate how you can discover which theme a website is using on the WordPress platform.

Is It Wrong to Copy a Theme

Absolutely not! There are already millions of websites created with WordPress and there are only thousands of themes. It doesn’t take a mathematician to see that there will more than a few websites that have the same theme. What’s more important is what you do to the theme because the same theme can look very different in the hands of a different web developer. It’s also very likely that a similar website may have a theme that is perfect for your website as well.

Of course, you can also use some online tools and services to create your own custom theme. A very popular is Beaver Builder and if your goal is to be as unique as possible then this is definitely the path to choose. Keep in mind it is not a free product and there are plenty of free themes you can choose from and modify, but the choice is yours.

How to Discover Which WordPress Theme a Site is Using

Today, I will demonstrate how you can discover which theme a website is using on the WordPress platform. When you want to know which WordPress theme a site using, the best tool you can find is isitwp.com. Isitwp.com is a WordPress theme detector that tells you what theme a domain is using. This makes it a very trivial task to discover the theme on a certain website. Sometimes the tool is not enough and you will need to do some manual detective work to figure it out.

Let’s start with the easiest way. First, you will need a target website to discover the theme for. Search the Internet until you find a website with a theme you would like to use. Go to IsItwp.com. Once you are on the website simply enter the domain name in the text box and click the “Look Up” button.

enter the domain name in the text box and click the "Look Up" button.

IsItwp will not only show you the theme the website is using, but also the plugins. You will get a detailed report of everything the website is using, as long as it is a WordPress website. If it is not a WordPress website then you will get a message stating that the website is not using WordPress. Now the reason this does not work every time is that web developers can change the name of the theme, which will confuse the tool.

If this happens, a manual inspection of the Page Source information is required. It is very easy to locate the information even if you are not code savvy. Go to the desired website and right-click the page and select the “View Page Source” option. Keep in mind if the website is using a custom theme, which is what almost every big name website uses, there is no way to determine it.

right-click the page and select the "View Page Source" option.

Use the “Ctrl + F” to search for “Stylesheet” and you should find some results. For example, this is the code I found on the http://www.gsd.harvard.edu/ page:

rel=’stylesheetid=’gsd-theme-csshref=’http://l87r32c95dp1hz05tig4px11.wpengine.netdna-cdn.com/wp-content/themes/gsd-wp-theme/style.css?ver=1.10.0type=’text/cssmedia=’screen‘ />

By clicking on the hyperlink you should be opening a new tab. This new tab will contain the information you are after. Look next to Theme Name to find the name of the theme.

Here is the theme name.

Congratulations, you have learned two ways you can use to find out which WordPress theme a website is using. Keep in mind that larger websites will not make it easy to identify the theme they are using. If this happens your best option is to Google what theme the site is using and if that still doesn’t work pick a different theme or build a custom theme similar to the one your like.

Be as Original as Possible

There are many theme options to choose from, but when you consider the millions upon millions of WordPress websites, it’s no surprise there are duplicate themes. To be more exact it is impossible for them not to be duplicate themes unless you choose to create a custom theme to use. What is more important is making the theme you pick stand out from everyone else who is using it which is no easy task when there are millions of others.

Make sure to always choose a complementary color scheme for your website that is different from the default. If you are a store owner trying to make a website, then you should consider using your logo or signs colors. The next most important thing is adding widgets that can really change the way your website looks and acts.

What website are you interested in knowing which theme they are using? Do you think a custom theme is something you would like your website to use?

Author: Ron Helms

I currently work for GreenGeeks as a Support Technician. My primary roles are supporting our VPS and Dedicated server clients, as well as performing site migrations. With experience in the web hosting industry since 2009, there is rarely a question I can’t help answer. In my spare time, I enjoy gaming and working on cars as an automotive enthusiast.

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