Content management system - Software

How Can I See Which CMS a Website Is Using?

Do you want to know which content management system (CMS) a website uses? Then read the tips that I share in this article, and you will find out in no time!

It is not difficult to find out which Content Management System (CMS) a website uses, but you just need to know how to do it.

In this article, I will first show how you can view a page’s source with the three largest browsers (Chrome, Firefox, and Internet Explorer).

Based on this, you can determine whether a website uses Joomla, Drupal, WordPress, Typo3, Magento, or Dotnetnuke.

Content management system - Web development

Do you want to know more about the differences between the three best-known open source cms? 

View the source code of a website

Go to the website whose source you want to view and click the right mouse button.

  • With Internet Explorer, you choose ‘View source’ or ‘Show source’ depending on the language settings
  • With Firefox or Chrome, select ‘View page source’ or ‘View page source’ depending on the language settings.

Discover the Content Management System used

What you now see in front of you is the source code of the website. You can search for specific terms used in the source code or enter a term using the search function (CTRL + F). Each CMS uses a specific folder structure by which you can recognize them.


Search for ‘/ templates /’ like:

<link rel = "stylesheet" href = "/ templates / system / css / system.css" type = "text / css" />


Search for ‘/ sites /’ like:

<img src = "sites / all / modules / drupalorg / drupalorg / images / d8.svg" alt = "Drupal 8">


Search for ‘/ wp-includes /’ like:

<link href = "// sworg / wp-includes / css / dashicons.css? 20141219" rel = "stylesheet" type = "text / css" />


Search for ‘/ skin / frontend /’ like

<link rel = "shortcut icon" href = "" type = "image / x-icon" />


Search for ‘/ typo3conf /’ like:

<img src = "/ typo3conf / ext / t3org_template / i / typo3-logo.png" width = "118" height = "34" alt = "TYPO3" title = "TYPO3" />


Search for ‘/ Portals /’ such as:

<link href = "/ Portals / _default / default.css? cdv = 354" media = "all" type = "text / css" rel = "stylesheet" />

As you can see, it is quite simple to discover which CMS a website uses.

Are you researching which CMS you want to use?

Then keep in mind that a CMS is responsible for managing and displaying the content. An important consideration here is open source vs. closed source.

Have you made this choice? Don’t look at factors such as the design and findability of a website. These are not determined by the CMS.

A web design consists of CSS and HTML and can be applied to any CMS. Findability is largely determined by the content that you place in the CMS.

‘Content is king’ is what many specialists say, and we have been experiencing this for years. Would you like to know more about how to make your website easier to find? Read also: How do you get more visitors to your website.

Do you want to know more about the differences between WordPress, Drupal, and Joomla, the three most-used open-source CMSs? 

If you are not that passionate about your browser and source code, you can also do it via shortcut keys. To see the source code, click on Crtl and U at the same time, so Crtl + U. To quickly find the correct text, click on Crtl and F at the same time and type in the text you are looking for.

Or just use

Here you can see where the site was created, info about:

-> Web Server

-> SSL Certificate

-> Hosting Providers

-> Content Management Systems (CMS)

-> Frameworks

-> Widgets

-> Mobile

-> Aggregation Functionality