Have you ever wanted to know how to find the WordPress theme used by any website? Most of us come across a blog or site occasionally that takes our breath away. Design matters as much as functionality to first-time visitors. Web surfers are quick to hit the back button with an ugly homepage and outdated features. Yes, aesthetics is that important.
Types of WordPress Themes
WordPress websites are built on free, premium (paid), and custom themes. Users can modify these templates to make their site unique to them. This tutorial shows you how to quickly find the name of the themes used by websites that impress you.
How to Choose a WP Theme
The more unique your WordPress site is, the better. An exact clone of someone else’s website is not going to help you stand out or gain a decent reputation. That doesn’t mean you shouldn’t take ideas from blogs or websites that have an impact on you. It’s possible to use the same theme and borrow a few design ideas while keeping your project different.
Appearance Can Be Deceptive
Stunning website designs are central for attracting first-time visitors, but there’s more. A striking design is of little use if you can’t do much with it. Navigation, features, and compatibility with the latest version of WordPress are also vital.
Here are a few pointers to help first-time webmasters choose a suitable theme.
- Make a shortlist of must-have and would-like features
- Confirm the theme you choose is responsive (mobile-friendly)
- Check the site is using a theme with cross-browser compatibility
- Avoid using bloated templates with too many distracting features
- Don’t rule out top rated premium themes for long-term projects
- Verify the theme’s compatibility with popular plugins
- Must be built using an SEO-friendly design
Scan the theme page
There are a few other areas to consider that you can find on the theme’s promotional page. Look to see the last update release and software compatibility. Also, check its star rating, number of downloads, user feedback, and the developer’s response to questions.
A typical WordPress theme page looks like the example below. The yellow highlights include all the need-to-know details. Most important of all is its compatibility with the latest WordPress release. After that, ensure the theme gets updates when needed and support from its author.
What’s in a Footer?
Check the footer content before you go digging around for theme details. Some templates—especially free ones—link to the free theme at the bottom of WP posts and pages.
What Theme Is That?
Now to the fun part; finding the name of a theme used by WP websites and blogs. The easiest method is to use one of the online WordPress theme detector sites.
Point to note: Theme detection is for WordPress website, blogs, and forums only.
Add the URL (address) of the site you want to check the theme for in the ‘Site to check’ box.
Click on the Experience the magic of WPTD button and wait for the results.
Here are the details WPTD fetched for our teachingxyz.com website.
The results tell you all you need to know about the theme if it’s an original WP product.
There are several WP theme detector sites that all report similar details.
When Theme Detection Sites Don’t Work
There are two situations where theme detectors won’t work. One is if the site uses a custom theme created by a developer. The results will say that there’s no version, author, or other details to report. The theme detector will inform you that the unknown theme is unavailable for download or sale. You could always attempt to contact the owner and ask them outright.
These detectors may also fail if the webmaster changes the default theme name. The way around this is to explore the site code, which is much easier than it sounds.
Manually Search for Theme Details
The manual theme detection approach looks at the CSS and page source code.
Right-click anywhere on the site’s page and select View Page Source from the popup menu.
A new tab opens displaying the page source code. Don’t be put off by the gobbledegook.
Press down the CTRL key and tap F on the keyboard to bring up the search box.
Type themes into the search box and press Enter on the keyboard. The text after / should give you the name of the WordPress theme in use.
We get two bits of useful information from the source code of teachingxyz.com:
- The theme in use is Academy Pro (a premium template)
- It’s a Genesis Framework theme
<a href=”https://my.studiopress.com/themes/academy/“>Academy Pro</a>
<a href=”https://www.studiopress.com/”>Genesis Framework</a>
The link, https://my.studiopress.com/themes/academy takes you to the themes home page.
Unknown and custom themes
The above procedure is for finding details about WordPress themes.
It doesn’t work in the following situations:
- Non-WordPress websites
- When a site uses a child theme, the detector may only find the parent
- Customise themes
- Modified theme names
If a developer built the theme for a WP website, you could probably find its name and a few other details. However, because it’s unique, there won’t be any links to a purchase page. It’s the same for modified themes. Sometimes, webmasters change the name of a theme or hide all its files and folders from public view. Theme detectors won’t even recognise these sites as WordPress.