Have you ever stumbled onto a site and thought, I wish I knew how they built that? Or I want that feature!
I’ve experienced “site envy” on more than one occasion and actually think it is a good thing to be curious about how others have set up their sites. In fact, it is one of the first questions I ask clients: what are the sites that inspire them?
3 simple steps to figuring out what wordpress theme a site it using:
Step 1: Go to the site you would like to investigate
Step 2: Right-click on the page -> Click View Page Source.
Step 3: Hit Ctrl + F and search for the keyword “themes“. You will notice the “themes” label inside a long URL within code. In this example, you should see that I am using a theme called Patricia. You can then do a Google Search for that theme to learn more about it from the theme developer.
A few caveats: some people elect to create child themes and rename them to something completely different. In this case, you might need to dig a little deeper and look for “wp-content” to learn more. If all else fails, you can always reach out to the site owner themselves!
While we are at it, you might be curious about more than just the theme they are using. When I am doing investigation, I use a site called BuiltWith. BuiltWith literally takes only a few seconds and it will generate a report with all kinds of helpful information like where they host and what plugins they have installed. Here is the BuiltWith report for my site.
Your turn: Have you ever wondered what theme or web host someone was using? Do you get inspiration off how others have built their site?