What Plugins is this website using

Which plugins does this website use?

That' s a question we ask very often in the WordPress community. It' especially tempting to know which plugins a popular website uses. As they say, which WordPress plugins a website uses.

Using automatic on-line recognition is the simplest way to find out which plugins a website uses. However, unfortunately such plugins are by far not able to recognize all plugins. In addition, many of these instruments don't turn up very well, which often results in humans giving up their investigative work too early.

However, because these kinds of on-line recognition tool are so fast and simple to use, they are still a good starting point. Not in any particular order, the most beloved of these plugins that can recognize WordPress plugins are perhaps: WorldPress Plugin Checker, WPThemeDetector (a main purpose of this utility is to detect WordPress topics that we discussed in a previous post), What Theme Is That and Built With. What does the plugin checker do?

We' re using somewhere in the range of about fifteen plugins; the best of these plugins can only recognize four of them! It is also noteworthy that each of these utilities works slightly differently - which means that some can recognize plugins, others can't - so it's always a good idea to use more than one utility to get a more complete result sheet - Note: Even in combination, these utilities can only recognize about five or six of the plugins used on this site.

Every website uses HTML to show its contents. Your web browsers will see this unique identifier and show it to us so that we can see it (e.g. in paragraph, image, etc.). However, with a little know-how, it's not difficult to look at the source text itself - and grasp it; and when it comes to looking for WordPress plug-ins, it's often exactly where you find them.

Let's take a look at three ways to find the treacherous characters that some plugins might have left behind when using Chrome (although the same principle will work in many other browsers): Search for plug-in directories: Right-click anywhere on the website (not above an image) and choose View Page Source from the drop-down list.

Perform a fast search* in the resulting source for " wp-content/plugins/". No matter what comes after this word in the source file (note: there will probably be more than one instance of this word on the page if more than one plug-in is used, so you'll have to look more than once to get them all covered), could very well be the name of a plug-in.

Hint: Similarly, it may be rewarding to look for either style sheet or JavaScript filenames (look for anything that appears just before ".css" or ".js" in the code), as they may sometimes specify plug-in name. Several plugins have their own coding left on the page, which is packaged in HTML annotations to help programmers better comprehend their results - Yoast's powerful Geo plug-in is an outstanding example.

Use the ' View Page Source' option described above to browse through the source and search for rows with plain text: These rows are the HTML-commentaries! Provided there are such commentaries, they often take you directly to more information about a particular plug-in - simple! The latter is often an ultimate win when it comes to finding out which plug-in is in charge of creating a particular site feat - and can often be successful when everything else goes wrong!

Move the mouse pointer directly over any function on the page you are interested in using Chrome and right-click. Choose Check Item from the drop-down list and you will see a shared screen of the page and the basic source codes. Look at the source and try to find'ID' or'Class' name, which often look similar to 'class="' or 'ID="'.

Whichever comes directly after one of these source tag properties could very well be the name of the plug-in behind the feat! For example, the above screenshots show'div class="jp-relatedposts-posts...', which is an acronym of the name of the plug-in that we use to create the associated mail image displayed under each of the postings in this blogs.

Google'jp-relatedposts' leads you to the plug-in we use to do this: It is possible to predict which plug-in generates a certain part of the website's functionalities? When you find a way to classify or describe this function, you can then find a listing (e.g. via Google) of plugins that might be in charge of creating this particular feat.

Also, if you can only find one plug-in that does something similar, then there is the possibility to google the name of that plug-in, followed by the words "alternatives" (for example) to try to find more/similar plugins - and with a bit of good fortune you can find the one you want from the contestants that appear by looking at the docs (like screen shots, etc.) of each one.

While I know this may seem like a desperate notion, displaying the page with the features you're interested in can, with some luck, lead to someone recognising the features for members of a board like Reddit, Quora (or even a WordPress-focused Facebook group - provided you happened to be a member of a group, as these are usually private groups).

What is more ( and this is much more likely), although no one can tell you which plug-in is used, it is often the case that someone knows of a plug-in that does something similar (or better)! While some website owner won't have the amount of patience (or inclination) to reply to an e-mail asking them for website (s) information, some will, and some will, and some may even, be happy that you have such an interest in their website!

In order to find a particular Chrome word, go to the "Edit" page in the top right corner of the Chrome page, choose "Search" and then "Search...". Enter the request (in this case "wp-content/plugins/") and press Enter. Do you know any other ways to determine which plugins a website uses?

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