Check Your WordPress Version Without Logging In To Your Admin Section

WordPress Version SpyOne of the easiest and most noted steps to securing your WordPress website is to keep the WordPress core updated to the latest version. But, whether you manage just a few WordPress websites or many, it can quickly become a daunting task to login to your Admin section and verify that you are running the latest version.

Isn’t there an easier way?

Why certainly!

Chrome Web Browser

If you use Chrome as your browser, there’s a very simple way to verify that information

Install the Chrome Meta Generator Version Check.

Chrome WordPress Meta Generator Version Plugin
How the notification appears in Chrome

When the page loads, the red “W” appears to the right of the address bar if the WordPress version is older than the current version. Hover over the “W” to see the message.
Firefox Web Browser

If your browser of choice is Firefox (as mine is), you also have an option

You can use the add-on Firefox Meta Generator Version Check.

FireFox WordPress Meta Generator Version Plugin
How the notification appears in Firefox

When the page loads, the red “W” appears in the lower right of your browser window if the WordPress version is older than the current version. Hover over the “W” to see the message.

What Value Does This Provide To Me

You are probably thinking, “OK, this is cute, but what real world value does it have.”

If you’ll notice, I never mentioned being logged in to the WordPress Admin section. You’ll also notice that in the Chrome screenshot above, I chose the Dreamhost blog to look at. Dreamhost is not a client of mine and I don’t have access to their admin section.

Are you getting the picture now?

You can use this to find out the WordPress version of ANY WordPress website or blog. Then, when you find one that is out of date, you can approach the owner of the website about helping them update their website, secure it against crackers, and improve the integrity of their website overall.

Plus, if you can prove yourself valuable in those areas, you can make a pitch for more of their website work.

But What About Internet Explorer, Safari, Opera, Or Other Browsers?

I couldn’t find anything of this nature for Internet Explorer – if anyone knows of something, please share it in the comments.

Since “I’m a PC”, I don’t use Safari, but in searching the Apple resources, I also could not find anything similar to these add-ons. If “you’re a Mac” and know of something, please post it here.

For Opera and other browsers, I don’t use them either, but I could not find anything like this. Please share this resource if you use another browser and know of something.

If you are seeking clients, I hope that this little suggestion helps you find more clients easier. If you have additional ideas on how this add-on could be used, please let us know in the comments section.

6 Responses

    • New Recruit

      Thanks for commenting and asking this question. It’s a great point for discussion.

      Yes, that is one possible way to do this. I have a way that I am able to block this as well.

      And, I do like the website you referenced – I can see a use for it. However, my point here is that as I’m browsing around I will run into these types of websites – ones that are not kept up to date.

      Basically, I’m a lazy prospector and I always look for the easiest way to get new business – and keep it. In sales, we always called it “low hanging fruit.” I am looking for the easy to find websites and I want to do it the easiest way I can.

      If someone is proficient enough to either use the “remove the generator” trick or has someone who is, then they are not really low hanging fruit and they probably don’t need me. Regardless, I’ll either leave them til later or I’ll leave them alone. Either way, I want the easy to find ones.

      Once again, thanks for sharing the website – I’ll incorporate it into my arsenal as well.

    • New Recruit

      Thanks for commenting Amy.

      Honestly, I don’t know if that’s possible or not. I would think that the WordPress core would be programmed in such a manner to update the meta information upon update. Regardless, as for approaching a company, I would not approach them saying their WordPress version is out of date. I would approach them asking if it is. I always make approaches by asking questions; it gets them thinking. Plus, if they give you the opportunity to verify it for them, then you can use the information you find to instill a bit of doubt in their current person. I’m careful about making bold, definitive statements. I take the lawyer approach. Lawyers rarely ask a question that they don’t already know the answer to. If they ask a question they don’t know the answer to, it’s to gather information so they can ask more questions that they DO know the answer to.

  • New Recruit

    I know this post is old, but most often if you cannot see the meta tag, the readme.html file, or if something like shows just WordPress and no version #, then they’ve aptly secured their site or purposefuly blocked showing the version. I personally force a random version on our sites because of the number of hackers. No need to know the version unless you’re administering the site, and in that case, you’ll see it on the dashboard. I’m open to thoughts on this.

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