When building a site on WordPress, selecting a theme is one of the most important steps. Your theme not only controls the appearance of your site — it can also affect your site’s load time, performance, and SEO.
To make this critical decision, you might look through dozens or even hundreds of themes in the WordPress directory and third-party marketplaces, which can quickly become overwhelming.
One way you can narrow down your selection is to visit a WordPress site you admire. What theme does it have? How does it organize its content? How does it pair images and other visual features with text? How does it reflect the overall look and feel of the company's brand?
If your business is in the same niche or you need the same features for your site, then you may want to use that theme. You can always customize the color, font, and page layouts to ensure your site is unique.
Luckily, there are two simple methods for finding out what theme a certain website is using. In this tutorial, we’ll show you how.
How to Find Out What WordPress Theme a Site Is Using
There are two options for finding out what theme a WordPress site is using. You can use a theme detector tool and simply type in the site URL. However, if the site uses a custom-built stylesheet or the theme has been heavily modified, then your search will prompt an error message. In that case, you can manually locate the theme’s style.css file in the source code of the website.
The style.css file will contain a theme header with information including the theme name as well as the theme author and version. You can then search for it in the WordPress directory or a third-party marketplace to download and purchase it.
We’ll discuss each of these processes in detail below so you can find out the theme of any site.
Find a Site’s WordPress Theme Using a Theme Detector Tool
Using a theme detector tool is the easiest option for figuring out which theme a site is using. Simply copy and paste the URL of the site and the tool will find and retrieve its theme name in seconds.
While these tools will not be able to detect all custom sites, it might be worth spending a few seconds searching the URL in one of the tools below before moving onto the next step.
Using custom snippets and deep-scanning algorithms, this free online tool will scan any web page and automatically extract active theme information. Users just have to input a URL into the text field and click the What WordPress theme is that? button.
What WordPress Theme Is That is another free online tool that automatically detects what WordPress theme (and plugins) a site uses. As with the WP Theme Detector, a user just has to type a URL into the search bar and wait for the tool to retrieve the theme information.
You may prefer this tool because it supplies a few more details than WP Theme Detector, including the author, author homepage, and an image of the demo homepage, as shown below.
This free theme detector provides even more information about a site’s theme, including where you can find it and how much it costs. That means that you could find out what theme a site is using and have it implemented on your own site in minutes.
If I click on Themeforest in the above search result for Jane’s Patisserie, for example, then I’m automatically directed to the product page in Envato Market with an option to buy now.
If a site uses a highly-customized theme, has hidden its theme details, or was not built on WordPress, then the above-mentioned tools will indicate an error message and you can move onto the next step.
Find a Site’s WordPress Theme Manually
If a theme detector tool is unable to scan a site, you can find its active theme information in its page source code. Just follow the steps below.
Go to your favorite WordPress site. For the sake of this demo, let’s check out one of my favorite food blogs Just Homemade.
Right-click on the screen and select View Page Source from the drop-down menu. A new tab will open.
Press Ctrl+F and type “style.css” into the search box.
Scroll down until you find a line of text that looks something like this: <link rel='stylesheet' id='themename_style-css' href='http://example.com/wp-content/themes/theme-name/style.css?ver=1.1.47' type='text/css' media='all' />
Knowing the different options for figuring out what theme a WordPress site is using can help you make an informed decision about what theme to build your site on. This is an essential step in achieving the look you want on your site.
Originally published Dec 13, 2019 12:49:54 PM, updated February 11 2020