4 Tools to Detect the Scripting or CMS used by a website

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As web surfers we are very keen to know which website uses which script or CMS (Content Management System). No? Well one would be certainly lying if the answer to that question would be ‘No’.

Here we are NOT talking about client-end scripts like jQuery, JS or Ajax instead we are focusing on the site’s core scripting/coding language like HTML, ASP, PHP, etc. Which obviously brings in the CMS’s like WordPress, Joomla, Drupal and many more under the contention.

One of the common methods is to use the Developer Tools section of your browser and check out the source code of the website. All CMS’s or forums or other frameworks maintain a systemic approach which doesn’t vary much from version-to-version.

Some common examples include the Meta Generator tag in Joomla and WordPress, Footer copyrights, custom scripts like the <vbscript> and specific CSS classes like vb_divname as seen on a vBulletin forum.



Without much ado let’s quickly take a look at all the 5 tools in brief which will help you detect the scripting of a website.

1. Builtwith

If you are not using a popular browser like the likes of a Chrome or Firefox which expectantly don’t offer extensions/plugins then you should settle with this nifty little online tool named Builtwith. Well don’t take the word little too seriously because Builtwith offers more than we think it does.

In fact I would rate it the number one website sniffer or detector tool considering it’s quickness and detailed analysis. Builtwith also has a chrome extension for better usage. You can find it on their site.

Builtwith’s report is divided into a lot of sections – Server Information, CMS, Framework, Advertising, Analytics to name a few.

2. CMS Detector

Onlinewebtool’s CMS detector (as the name suggests) does only the job of detecting the CMS of a site. The disappointing part of this tool is that it just displays the name of the CMS of the site you search for instead of providing extra details like the build, version of the same.

But sometimes you do need such specific tools for faster completion of your task.

3. Wappalyzer

Wappalyzer is probably the quicker of the aforementioned tools because it’s an add-on and not an online tool. So we expected it to show instant results as soon as the site loaded and mind you it didn’t disappoint.

An extension for chrome is available in the Chrome web store and a plug-in is also available for Firefox in it’s repository. The good thing about Wappalyzer is that it has a bookmark-let which can be dragged on-to any browser and used efficiently.

4. Chrome Sniffer

Chrome Sniffer is the popular-most tool among the above 3 and that’s the reason we decided to put it at the end. It displays the CMS, advertising scripts, javascript or jQuery scripts & analytical codes much like the Builtwith tool. The difference is that it indicates all of them in the form of images instead of plain texts.

Now with this post I hope you won’t face any major problem in detecting CMS or scripting of website(s).

Have you used any other tool or extension apart from the above 4 for sniffing through a site ?

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    Nice way to check how site is build and which all errors are in that and beside that this is good idea to remove errors in site.

  2. All the tools are very helpful to check out all the errors.I think one can easily make it possible with the help of these tricky tools.Thanks for such experience sharing..

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    I will test the Wappalyzer add-on and write a comment here.

    It’s interesting and useful to analyze the most used CMS to build websites, especially if you’re spying your competitors

  4. I shared your wonderful post to all my friends and they came to know about these nice tools.Which will definitely decease their lot of checking task.

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    I used a few tools and so far, they all show CakePHP. In reality, it’s Commnetivity. Commnetivity is the content management system i’ve spend the last 3 and 1/2 years developing.

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