Categories Asides Recognizing WP Post author By Matt Post date September 22, 2004 12 Comments on Recognizing WP I absolutely delight in being able to go to a random blog, and instantly recognise if it’s powered by WordPress or not. Me too. 🙂 Share this: ← News.com Leads Blog Communication → WP Meetup 12 replies on “Recognizing WP” hehe. That is why I don’t like 3rd party web/blogging software :p Although if I was to use a 3rd party blogging tool it would be wordpress. Great program, just too common :p A colleague of mine looked at the URL structure of MovableBlog and thought I switched it to WP. I’ve switched a few of my weblogs to WP, and plan to switch more sections of one over, but I figured a weblog ostensibly about Movable Type should at least still use (as it always has) MT to produce it. Dale: too common? What’s that supposed to mean? It’s great software, full stop. Just because something is used by a lot of people, that doesn’t necessarily mean it sucks. Just because something is used by a lot of people, that doesn’t necessarily mean it sucks. Although if I was to use a 3rd party blogging tool it would be wordpress. Great program Again. WordPress would be one of the best blogging programs (now what do you call it? I mean is it a program or a script?) around. Never said it wasn’t. I just like having something different. Means I can set up everything the way I like it. I know how and why it works. If there is an issue I know (well should) how to fix it. I like having my websites look different. What are the tell tale signs of a blog being powered by WordPress? Generally I have to look at the address for the feeds before I can decide if it is WP or not. A clear sign (usually) that a blog is powered by wordpress is that in the feed (wp-rss2.php) for the blog, you’ll find “WordPress” for the generator. Other blogging tools also seem to put their names as generators for the rss 2.0 feeds they generate. Again, this is Matt’s own brilliant observation, made some time ago. URIs are sometimes a giveaway, but more often it’s something about the layout and organization that tips me off. permalinks and rss ‘give it away’ however as MAtt tells, you can see the layout shouting “I’m WordPress!!” “Powered by WordPress” on the bottom usually gives me a clue ;D Most people tend to keep a similar sidebar structure, use the same plug-ins, etc. Same thing for me, I generally recognize instantly a WordPress look as well as a Movabletype one. I often check page sources to look for more evidence when the page layout is not enough, and sometimes conclude “It *has* to be powered by WP, I’m sure the webmaster just hides it” 🙂 But surely the layout is determined by the CSS? Powered by WordPress on the bottom usually gives me a clue Comments are closed.