How to Find Out What WordPress Theme a Site is Using

Have you ever visited a site and wondered what WordPress theme it’s using?

You could easily take a peek at the source code or look at the theme’s stylesheet, but not everyone knows how to do that.

In today’s Weekend WordPress Project, I’ll show you the quickest way to find out a site’s theme.

What theme?
Find out what theme your favorite WordPress sites are using.

What WordPress Theme Is That?

What WordPress Theme is That? is a site where you can simply enter an URL and it will tell you the name of the theme a site is using.

It will also tell you which plugins the site is using, too.

The site pulls the information from the site’s active theme’s stylesheet.

For example, let’s take a look at WP Tavern, a WordPress news site.

A quick search reveals WP Tavern is using a child theme based on the Stargazer theme, created by Theme Hybrid.

Stargazer
WP Tavern user a child theme based on Stargazer, a theme by Theme Hybrid.

Now, a search for the WPMU DEV website reveals we don’t use a publicly available theme on our blog. Instead, we have a customized theme we’ve created especially for our site.

WPMU DEV
We use a customized theme on the WPMU DEV Blog.

So what about WordPress.org?

WordPress.org
WordPress.org isn’t a WordPress site??

Hmm… That’s awkward.

How Do I Find Out What CMS a Site is Using?

If you’re not sure if a site is even using WordPress, the quickest way to find out is to use an add-on for your browser that will tell you which CMS is powering a particular website.

Chrome Sniffer is extremely handy for Chrome users. This extension can detect more than 100 popular CMS and JavaScript libraries.

Comments (3)

  1. Interesting article here.

    I need to change the user here a dashboard for one of my sites is linked to. Could you tell me how to do so? I need to do so because I’m handing the site over to a charity to run in the near future.

    Thanks in Advance,
    Nathan P.

  2. This is more “advanced”: Crtl + U (view source), Crtl + F (find), type /themes/, and that should find the CSS file call that the theme makes.

    Theme name is usually after the forward-slash for the /content/themes/theme-name/style.css

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