Imagine that you’ve noticed your website looks dated. You decide it needs a facelift. You know that with WordPress, you can change the theme while keeping the pages, posts, media, comments, etc. in your website.
You know there are some great-looking websites out there, so you start clicking around for inspiration. You find a few sites with designs that you’d like your site’s new design to be similar to. You ask yourself, “What WordPress theme is that?” You don’t know how to figure it out, so you’re stuck.
I’m here to get you unstuck! Here are several ways to figure out which WordPress theme a website uses.
Video Showing How to Figure Out A Site’s WordPress Theme
Here’s a video showing how to figure out the WordPress theme a website uses. The rest of this post includes instructions in text.
Check Website Footer
Many WordPress themes put the theme name in the footer (the bottom of the site). If the site owner hasn’t removed it, it may be there. It’s so quick and easy to check that this should be the first place you look.
If the theme name isn’t in the footer, proceed to the next method.
Use a Theme Detector
There are many WordPress theme detectors. These are online tools that read a website’s code and attempt to identify the WordPress theme. Some of them will link you straight to the store where you can buy the theme.
They do a pretty good job when the website creator simply installed a theme without modifying its code. If the theme was modified, or if the site uses a custom theme, the theme detector won’t be able to tell you which theme is used.
If a site is running a child theme, some detectors can identify the parent theme.
As a bonus, some theme detectors can identify the WordPress plugins that a site is running. They usually can’t detect all the plugins that are activated, because not all plugins output code on the front end (what you see when you visit a website) for the theme detectors to pick up.
What WordPress Theme Is That is my favorite. I’ve used it for years, after learning about it through the WordPress Grand Rapids group I was in at the time. It has a clean, minimal interface that’s not cluttered with ads. It also detects parent themes and WordPress plugins.
Feel free to look at other theme detectors, to see if you like any better than What WordPress Theme Is That. Here are a few of the better ones:
- wpthemedetector.com (also reports plugins)
- scanwp.net (also reports plugins)
- whattheme.com/ (minimal interface; doesn’t report plugins)
- theseotools.net/wp-theme-detector (also reports plugins)
If the theme detectors can’t pinpoint the theme, there’s one more thing you can try.
Check Source Code
A WordPress website outputs HTML code, and that code often includes clues about the theme. So you can view the HTML using the browser’s “view source” command, and look for hints of the theme. Here’s how.
- Open the website running the theme you want to identify.
- Right-click somewhere on the webpage and click View Page Source (or Show Page Source or View Source or a similar option). (If you don’t see this in your right-click menu, you may need to look through the menu bar of your browser – look for the words Tools, Develop, or Developer).
- Once you have the code open, use Ctrl + F (on Windows) or Cmd + F (on Mac) and look for “style.css”. If you don’t find anything, look for “/wp-content/themes/” and look at the CSS files (style.css or another .css file) to look for clues of the theme or parent theme. If you get a CSS file with a URL containing a <code>?</code>, you can try deleting the <code>?</code> and everything after it, then hitting enter. There are times that you simply won’t be able to figure out the theme used.
- When you think you’ve found the theme name, try to find it. Google the name you found, followed by “wordpress theme.”
What’s Next for Your Site’s WordPress Theme?
Most businesses don’t want their sites to look just like 10, 100, or 1,000 sites that are already out there. You want something different. That could mean simply making some changes to an existing theme, or getting a fully custom theme, depending on your budget.
We can help you figure out which path will be best for your business, and we can help you choose a theme, modify a theme, or create something completely custom! Contact us to talk about your WordPress theme.