How to detect what CMS a website is using: 8 easy ways
Website CMS systems have their own characteristics, affordable tools, and options for the admin panel, and also provide the opportunity to implement a particular design. Popular CMSs include WordPress, Joomla, OpenCart, Drupal, and others.
When to choose a CMS for your website
How to detect which CSM is used on a website
The name of the CMS is specified in the source code of the page
Indication in the website footer
Link structure analysis
Admin login URL
Other options how to go to admin panel:
- site_name/wp-admin/ - WordPress;
- site_name/administrator/ - Joomla;
- site_name/admin/ - OpenCart;
- SiteName/user/ - Drupal.
Service pages in robots.txt file
For example, a fragment of a robots.txt file for WordPress looks like this:
HTTP headers and browser extensions
Also, this extension allows you to see the cookie and recognize the CMS by the characteristic signs that are indicated in the file. For example, wp-settings for WordPress.
Installing extensions in the browser will help to find out the CMS used and get other useful information about the site.
Plugins for Google Chrome: Chrome Sniffer, Wappalyzer.
Plugins for Firefox: RDS Bar, Wappalyzer.
Free online services
The most popular, simple, and effective way to find out the CMS is to use online services.
Alternative options will help you find markers that identify a particular CMS system: through the HTML code of the page, internal website files, and via browser extensions.
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