Trying Out Theme Detectors

Have you ever seen a WordPress website and wondered what theme they’re using? Theme detector tools can tell you.

WPTD, the WordPress Theme Detector, is a free tool that figures out for you what theme a WordPress site is using. The process is very simple:

  • Go to WPthemedetector.com.
  • Type the URL (web address) of the site you’re curious about into the search box.
  • In the words of WPTD, “Experience the magic of WPTD!”

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For example, if you put in the URL for the website you’re currently visiting, you’ll get this:

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We have a custom WordPress site, so there’s not a whole lot of information available for our theme, apart from the fact that you can’t have it. However, we were interested to see that quite a few WordPress designers are using pre-made themes.

So what?

The most obvious use of the tool is to find out what theme a site is using, because you’d like to use it yourself. We’ve had a couple of clients tell us about a WordPress site they really like and ask what theme they’re using — and we’ve found that the theme being used is either a custom theme, or a framework theme such as Thesis or Genesis. Essentially, this is telling you you can’t have that theme.

If you’re lucky, though, you might be able to find a theme you love by using this tool, and using a pre-made theme can certainly make your website project more economical — or even DIY.

WTS, WordPress Theme Search, works the same way, but tells you the plugins being used as well as the theme.

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This seems more promising, if only because custom plugins are less common so your chances of getting useful information are better. You might be interested to know what plugins are being used by NASA, The New Yorker, or Beyoncé. Okay, Beyoncé doesn’t appear to be using plugins, but most WordPress websites do.

Both these tools are free, so keep them in mind. They may come in handy some day. At the very least, if you’re planning a new website and see a site with a layout that really looks as though it would work for you, check it out. If they’re using a commercially available theme, you’ve just saved yourself some steps.

If you need help building a new WordPress website or making your current WordPress website do its job better, give us a call at 479.966.9761 or email Rosie at Rosamond@HadenInteractive.com.

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