Which plugins does CosmicPvP

Find out what kind of theme and which plugins a blog uses

Find and inquire about features

Most bloggers will recognize the following. You're surfing the Internet when you suddenly discover a great blog with ingenious functions, widgets, or a really successful design. You then write a friendly e-mail to the webmaster and ask how he implemented this and that function, but most of the time there is no answer. Don't be angry, but as a successful webmaster you get around 100 spam emails per day and 50 requests for any kind of cooperation and more, so you simply cannot answer every email individually. For you that means you have to answer your questions yourself and I wanted to show you today how that works. Because that is exactly one of the recurring questions.

Find used plugins and themes

Basically, this is very easy, especially because WordPress itself reveals it almost automatically and also makes no attempt at all to camouflage or hide the plugins or themes that are used. So you can easily find out about the source text of the page, which usually reveals all the secrets. So open the source text in your browser (right-click -> show page source text) and then press CTRL + F or, on the Mac, CMD + F to open the browser's search function. There you are now looking for "Wp-content / themes" or "Wp-content / plugins" and with Enter you automatically jump to the corresponding places. You will then be shown URLs such as those shown here at Blogprojekt.de.

http://www.blogprojekt.de/wp-content/plugins/shariff/css/shariff.min.local.css?ver=4.4.2

It is basically very easy to find out what kind of plugins and themes are being used, because the directories directly follow the search phrase. With themes this is almost always possible, with plugins only if they integrate scripts etc. into the theme. If the names are not entirely clear, just enter the folder name on Google, and you will quickly find information on the extension. This also works, for example, with divs that you can find in the source code but cannot clearly be assigned. Simply find the Div container you are using and enter it on Google, you will often find questions and answers about the corresponding extension. In the example above, however, it is easy because the Shariff plug-in is used there, as the folder clearly reveals. If you don't see that at first glance, you could too "Shariff" google and would immediately find clues about the extension.

In this way, pretty much all extensions and themes of a WordPress blog can be found, without any additional tools or extensions. Fast, reliable and with minimal effort. I myself have taken this path a few times and will probably take it more often, because good extensions don't run into your arms, they actually want to be found. Through the embedded URLs, all themes and plugins used can be displayed directly, at least if you know what to do with the values.

Online tool does the job for you

If you are lazy, or if the above method is really too complicated for you, you can also use ScanWP. For me, searching via the source text is usually faster and more effective because I can rely on my own eyes, but of course an online tool does the work for you. For example, let's just scan my esteemed colleague's blog Peer Wandiger (in which, by the way, I also write articles), we find out the following with ScanWP.

The blog uses the Eleven40 theme, which is for the Genesis framework, as well as all kinds of plugins. Some of the extensions are not recognized by the tool directly, but a quick Google search will bring us straight to them. For example "Wpshowdown". Behind the term is the ShowDown plugin, which I already knew myself, but which you can also find very quickly if you use the displayed term "Wpshowdon" entered on google. So everything can be found relatively quickly that can be found somehow.

As I said, I'm not the biggest fan of such tools. A quick look at the source text usually tells me more or basically the same thing, and I can also discover other plugins and additions such as scripts that the tool may not display to me. Either way, both ways are hardly time-consuming and if you discover a great function and want to know which plugin is responsible for it, you can find out that way. At least in 90 percent of all cases, because sometimes they are in-house developments that are of course not freely available.

About Christian

My name is Christian and I am co-founder of the fastWP platform. Here in the magazine I'm responsible for the more "technical" topics, but I like to write about SEO, which has been my passion for over 10 years.

Show all articles by Christian | Website