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How To Find Which WordPress Theme Is Being Used By A Blog

How To Find Which WordPress Theme Is Being Used By A Blog

Selecting right WordPress theme for your blog is a daunting task, as with so many options, you will find it difficult to pick the best one. When you search for WordPress theme suggestions on Google search, you will be amazed by the number of recommendations , and your hunt for that “Perfect WordPress theme” will never end.

Theme Website is Using

There are times when you land on a WordPress blog, and you simply fall in love with the theme used by the blog, and you are like “Wow! This is the theme which perfectly shows my blog personality” and now the hard task is to find the name of that WordPress theme. Here I’m sharing various options which will help you to find the WordPress theme being used by any blog, and you can quickly download it, and install it on your blog.

Various ways to find Which WordPress theme is that?

One thing which you should know before using this trick is, sometime you will notice a great looking theme, but it’s not the same theme you will be getting when you buy the theme. For example, here at ShoutMeLoud I’m using Thesis WordPress theme, and the design is custom developed, so even you if you buy the Thesis theme, you will not get the same look and feel of ShoutMeLoud. Similarly there are many bloggers like me, who are using popular theme framework like Thesis, Genesis and using child themes to design their blog. The percentage of such blogs are very less, so you don’t have to worry much. Once you figure out which WordPress theme framework or company a blog is using, it will at least make rest of your work easy.  Now, lets look at some of the easiest and trickiest solution to find the WordPress theme name of a blog.

Using 3rd Party tool:

This is the easiest method for any non-technical blogger to find the company behind a WordPress theme. There are few online services where all you need to do is add the URL of WordPress blog, and this online services will reveal the theme name. For example, I added ShoutMeLoud.com and it shows what theme SML is using. Along with revealing themes, these websites also reveal few of the WordPress plugins used by a WordPress site.

Which WordPress theme

You can use WhatWpthemeisthat or WPThemedetector of this purpose.

Checking Theme source file:

This is another quickest way to find the details about WordPress theme used by a blog. All you need to do is, check the source code, open the theme .css file and you will be able to find the name of WordPress theme.. This trick works with majority of WordPress themes out there, but sometime blog owner removes the credit information and change the theme name which makes it hard for you to identify the theme.

Use blog contact form:

If none of the above two tricks helped you to identify the WordPress theme, you can always drop an Email to blog owner, and ask him in professional way about the theme he is using. In most of the cases, bloggers like me would like to answer such quick questions.

If you are lucky enough, you will find the answer to your question. In case if you are still not able to find the name of WordPress theme used by that particular blog, you still have a chance if that blog happens to be a popular blog. For example, if you looking for a WordPress theme like Mashable.com, use Google search with term “WordPress theme similar to Mashable” or “Mashable WordPress theme”. Replace Mashable with the name of that popular blog. You may not get the same theme, but you will still be able to find the look-alike and well-coded WordPress theme.

If you know of any other method, feel free to share with me and others via comment. If you find this article informative, do check out our WordPress archive for more such WordPress tips and tutorials.

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  • Melvin

    This is great. I remember the old days where I would try to google what theme a popular blog is using and it was really hard back then. Now anyone can easily do this through the ways that you mentioned.

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  • Prabhakaran

    There’s an another way we can find a WP blog’s theme easily:

    By just adding “screenshot.png/screenshot.jpg” after the blog’s theme directory path..

    Example:

    http://www.shoutmeloud.com/wp-content/themes/SML/screenshot.png

    It works most of the time because, blogger friends just get rid of the credit details in Style.css and Change name of theme folder only. Mostly don’t change theme’s Screenshot file :)

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    • Harsh Agrawal

      @Prabhakaran
      That’s a very handy tip and thanks for sharing with us.

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    • sharad

      I agreed with Prabhakaran. Actually screenshot.png/screenshot.jpg are standard as per Wordpress theme creation. Hence many people forgot when they customize the theme.

      Usually , I check theme by pressing CTRL +U then CTRL+F and search the keyword theme.
      By this way we get the theme name (Original or custom theme)

      If it is custom then we can go for screenshot option.
      +1 to Prabhakaran

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  • ashu

    there is simple trick that i prefer to do the same for checking out the various information like themes, plugins, meta title, keywords, description. In all it is a kind of reverse engineering for SEO ;).
    And it is very simple, Just click on the source code -> use CTRL+F (F stands for find and you can use it for searching any word on a particular page, and it can zero your efforts) -> type the desired word like theme, plugin, meta etc. and voilà.
    you have everything about that particular site.
    need not to mention that i did that for shoutmeloud too. Hope harsh you do not mind that ;)

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    • rakesh kumar al

      finding a theme using this method is fine but using this method does not ensure about the optimum optimized wordpress theme for you. Its always better to write some message to theme developer to know the pros and cons of that theme.

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      • ashu

        You are right sir…
        But that is the secondary point to know the pros and cons of theme. How can you know about developer until-unless you find the name of the theme? You cannot. So if the easiest way as explained earlier works for you then it is awesome.
        And yes my focus was not on just theme, for everything else too.

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  • Joel James

    All these tricks will not work now a days. Most website owners like to hide their theme name. So they will change everything. Hmm.. anyway thanks

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  • Aqib Shahzad

    First of all I take a l0ok at the source code of wordpress blog otherwise I always use Whatwpthemeis tool for finding about the theme.

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  • Akshit Wadhwa

    Hello Harsh, Nice Article I Know About Only WPThemedetector But Now I Got a New Searching Resource Site from Where we Can Check the Blog’s Theme WhatWpthemeisthat. Thanks a Lot for Sharing It

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  • Deepak Singh

    I personally check website source code and sometimes WPThemeDetector for checking WordPress theme name but nowadays majority of the bloggers change theme name and screenshot froms style.css , so day by day it’s becoming very difficult to find the original name of WordPress theme.

    Thanks for sharing.

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  • Ganeshkumar

    I found the second option ie. checking the .css file to be useful. Didnt occur to me before. Thanks for the share

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  • Anubhav Gupta

    Hello Harsh

    I really like your ways to choose best theme for your blog. Frankly speaking i followed your #3 point for selecting best theme.

    I personally e-mailed a fellow blogger for asking about a theme. He suggest and also helped me for choosing theme for my blog.
    Well, Great article.

    Regards
    Anubhav Gupta
    worthofblog

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  • Monu Kumar

    Hi Harsh,
    Awesome Article, But can you tell me that via this tool which you described here we can find the themes name,proper details about themes.
    And Harsh which kind of themes are best for WP blogs.

    Reply

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