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How To Find Out What Theme A WordPress Website Is Using?

How To Find Out What Theme A WordPress Website Is Using?

In my last post, I discussed how you can find out if a website is running on WordPress or some other content management system. The reasons for wanting to find out if a website is running WordPress or not, can be varied. But generally, people are curious or are learning to become web developers or web entrepreneurs. This time we want to show how to find out what WordPress theme a website is using.

I’m currently looking for the right theme for a portfolio website. Although I’ve seen previews of hundreds of themes in the past, I always try to identify the themes of a personal portfolio websites of other freelance professionals. It is a very good technique to see what type of website you can create with different themes and a bit of customization.

If you are scouting for a theme for any type of website, you’ll certainly be interested in themes used by websites in the same niche. Personally, that alone is sufficient motivation to write this article.

Generally speaking, discovering this sort of information requires either using third party websites or browser extensions. The alternate option is to view the source code and Google the stuff you find in the code. I’ll look at each method individually and point you in the direction of a few helpful tools.

Using Third Party Websites

WordPress Theme Search allows the user to enter the URL of any website that employs a WordPress theme and it presents the details of the same. The information not only identifies the theme but also the attempts to identify the author of the theme.

If it finds, that a website uses a proprietary theme or a customized theme, it also reports that. This is a nice choice for identifying WordPress themes, especially if you intend to purchase one based on what you’ve seen on different websites. The theme details the websites reports will let you know if the theme is free for download or whether it requires a purchase.

whatwpthemeisthat detector

 

WP Theme Detector is another website that helps you find the themes that different WordPress sites employ. It comes with a great deal of information and helps you find the theme and theme’s author.

It also seems to keep data on sites tracked for long time. For example, when I entered colorlib.com to try out the application, among the results it says “Theme has changed at least once since this site was first tracked by WPTD on 2013-10-19”. So it provides information about the changes that have taken place on a website, provided the website in question has been checked in the past by WPTD.

 

WTDC

I tried WordPress Theme Search and attempted to find details about colorlib.com and the result displayed was rather limited. – “WordPress detected, but the specific theme details could not be determined. It is probably using a customized or proprietary theme.” Although this is accurate, WPTD provides more information including the author name. The results can vary with both applications for different websites, but it seems the case that WPTD might have the edge.

I retried both applications with WpExplorer.com, I was definitely able to discern the author and license status for the custom theme their website employs. But again WPTD has the edge, because in addition to the normal stuff they also pointed out that they are a Top 100 WordPress Theme Provider and their themes account for 0.17% of WPTD previous searches.

There is another website WhatTheme, which attempts to perform the same function but it doesn’t seem to be as good as either of the aforementioned two websites. It only points out that a custom theme has been used and identifies them by name, no linked references are provided to the authors of said theme.

Although, the WhatTheme project seems like a great idea, it doesn’t look as though it has been fully developed. The idea behind the algorithm of WhatTheme is to recommend themes with similar design elements found in the website being analysed.

If you are using a third party website to identify WordPress themes, try WPTD first and then WordPress Theme Search.

Using Browser Extensions

After websites, browser extensions are the next easiest alternative to find out WordPress themes and templates of the websites you visit. Of course, they come with the added benefit of not having to visit another website to view theme details.

For Chrome, you can try WordPress Theme Detective an browser extension created purely for the purpose of identifying a WordPress website’s theme and to provide a link to the theme’s author.

WordPressThemeDetective

I must say the extension seems to function well on websites with well known themes, but if you were to visit a website with a customized theme, it is unlikely that the extension will provide any hint to help you find the theme’s publisher or author.

I also subsequently tried WPSniffer and WordPress Theme & Plugin Detector, I found the latter extension far more effective. I experienced the same problem with WPSniffer, no information provided when used for WordPress websites with customized themes.

Among the three extensions, I definitely think WordPress Theme & Plugin Detector has the edge because it provides some information about the author for customized theme and templates. It is very similar to WPTD in that sense.

I looked up the same type of extension for Firefox, I wasn’t able to find an extension worthy of note. If you use Firefox and find an extension for the same to detect WP themes, I’d love to hear it in the comments below.

View The Page Source

This is for those of you who are tech savvy and have accessed the source code of websites for different purposes. We can glean from the Source Code the names of the templates and themes that WordPress websites employ. This is true of all Content Management Systems.

There are always clues that point towards the theme or the template that a website is running regardless of the Content Management System. On a different note, if you do not know whether a website is running on WordPress, you can read my previous post which explains how to find out if a website is running on WordPress.

Open the source code, right click and select View Page Source. 

Find the file style.css, which resides in wp-content under the sub directory themes. Finding it manually is takes far too long, just open your browser’s search bar with “Ctrl+F” and type in “style.css”.

Colorlib source code

You will find style.css as part of a hyperlink, open the link.

what colorlib theme wordpress use

As you can see from the screenshot above, the theme name, version, description and author have been provided with details including links and licensing information. You will almost always find this file for every WordPress website and opening the link that accompanies it should open up theme information to you.

Another way you can easily figure out the name of theme you are dealing with, is through the link that contains the style.css file.

Go back up to the screenshot and you’ll notice it reads:

https://cdn.colorlib.com/wp/wp-content/themes/colorlib-v2/style.css?ver=4.4

This may be modified a bit for different websites but generally the theme’s name precedes the style.css in the link. You could also say the theme name appears after wp/wp-content/themes/, either way you can figure out the name based on the link in and of itself, without accessing the style.css file which provides specific theme information. A simple Google search of the theme name will yield the theme’s author and licensing information.

I hope the post was helpful and you can now easily find out which theme your favorite WordPress websites are using 🙂

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Aigars Silkalns

Frontend web developer and web designer specialized in free and premium WordPress theme development. Started to learn to code 2 years ago and now I am familiar with CSS/HTML/JavaScript (jQuery) and PHP. Obsessed with application performance, user experience and simplicity.

This Post Has 10 Comments
  1. What if the Theme, Author and Child-theme are hidden, or the name has been changed by the designer?
    Is there still a way to find out the originally used theme?

    Thanks

    1. Wally,

      Sometimes there are IDs left for stylesheets and JavaScript files that might reveal what theme is being used.

      For example

      You see Avada appears in ID for stylesheet but theme folder name is changed. Some other traces in source code might be left in place too. Also you can search code snippets from custom stylesheet and JavaScript files on Github to see others using the same theme. For popular themes it is fairly easy to find them on Github therefore code will be there as well. But in that case you need to find a unique code snippet from these files that won’t be present elsewhere.

      Also function names in JavaScript files might reveal theme name.

      As you can see there are some other tricks that you can use but none of them can be automated and needs user to do an actual research.

  2. Thanks Mr Aigars for sharing valuable content on your site. I would like you sir aigars to recommend a couple of free WP themes that one can use to create a site for a restaurant. Looking forward to your reply.

  3. please, do you think these two sites (jiji.ng and efritin.com) uses a wordpress theme. because i had tried all the three methods of theme detection you discussed on this post, yet it seems to me that they are not using a WORDPRESS THEME.

    please, can you help out. or is it that they seems not to use a wordpress theme for their design at all?

    please, i really need your guide for this, because i am currently researching themes for a classified website. but wanting to see if those two sites uses a wp theme as well. thanks!

    waiting for your response, please.

    1. Titus,

      Neither of these websites are based on WordPress and instead use some custom built platform. If you are looking for classified themes for WordPress you can start your research here.

  4. Honestly the easiest way, but might not be for the less tech-savvy, is viewing the source of a WordPress website.

    Basically I search for random keywords such as:

    – wp-content/themes
    – wp-includes
    – or even surf to website.com/wp-admin

    The first option allows you to get a basic idea of the theme name since the normal setup is domain.com/wp-content/themes/theme-name-here.

    You can then look at domain.com/wp-content/themes/theme-name-here/style.css and usually at the top of that file will be the theme name.

    1. John,

      They use a heavy modified and also outdated version of the Newspaper theme. More info about this theme you can find here. If I am not mistaken they are using a version 3 or 4 which is several years old.

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