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How to Use a WordPress Plugin Detector

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Want to know what WordPress themes and plugins your competitors are using? Unsure of what a WordPress Plugin Detector is?

With a WordPress plugin detector, you can find out exactly what plugins and themes are used on any site that uses WordPress. 

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ScanWP is a popular WordPress plugin detector you can use to find the themes and plugins used on a site.

Regardless of the type of site you own or plan to create, researching your competitors is a must. You need to look at not just the content they create, but also how they present it on their website. 

This is where WordPress plugin detectors come in. WordPress plugin detectors scan a WordPress website and let you know exactly what theme and plugins are used. You can now use these same themes and plugins on your own website if you think they will work for you. 

In this article, we'll cover how you can use a WordPress plugin detector. We'll cover two of the top free options that you can use today. 

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How to Use a WordPress Plugin Detector

Let's first cover two free options that you can use to detect what plugins and themes are used on a WordPress site. It is important to note that these free options are not 100% accurate.

Not all of the plugins and themes will show up in the detector. The detector might not have the plugin or theme in its database. There might have also been a change in the code of some of the plugins that make the detector miss the plugin. 

The WordPress plugin detectors should be used as a starting point for finding what is used on the website. 

WP Detector

WP Detector is a website that allows you to input any URL and search the site for WordPress plugins, themes, and hosting. If the website is heavily modified, the search results will show an error. 

You can also use their Google Chrome extension.  

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Scan WP is another great free option for finding plugins and themes used on WordPress websites. This site has many plugins and themes in its database. You'll also get a wealth of information when using this site. 

Search results include the following:

  • theme price
  • vendor name 
  • link to buy the theme
  • link to download plugins
  • much more
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Finally, we come to a paid WordPress plugin detector. BuiltWith is one of the best resources for researching websites. Not only will you uncover the plugins and themes used on a website, but you'll also discover information about the email service provider, JavaScript libraries, CSS media queries, web server, and more.

This service does come with a heavy price tag. The basic plan starts at $295 a month.

Contact the Webmaster

To be 100% certain of the plugins and themes that are used, you can always contact the webmaster. You might not always get a response, but this method will work more often than you think. 

Write the webmaster an email complimenting their website and politely ask if they'd mind sharing what themes and plugins they use. 

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Find Out What Themes and Plugins Your Competitors Are Using

WordPress plugin detectors can help you find the exact plugins and themes used on a WordPress website. 

There are two popular free options that you can use to find what plugins and themes sites are using. But to be certain about the plugins and themes used, you can always contact the webmaster. 

For a premium service that gives you much more information about a website than just the plugins and themes used, try BuiltWith. 

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