If you’re building your own website or blog, choosing the right theme can be a big decision – after all, your theme provides the backbone for the look, feel and functionality of your site. It can be easy to lose hours searching various theme directories and markets to find a template that’s aligns with what you’re trying to achieve… other times, the perfect theme can jump right out at you when you least expect it.
Stumbled across a WordPress site you love the look of and wondering which theme it’s powered by? Figuring out the theme being used by a particular site is relatively easy – and when you know exactly which theme has taken your fancy, you’ll usually be able to find it online and then install it on your own website or blog.
If you’re comfortable skimming the code of a website to find the information you’re looking for, you can detect the theme of a WordPress site in a few easy steps:
- Right-click anywhere on the webpage
- Select ‘show’ or ‘view’ page source
- Search the code by clicking CNTRL + F or Command + F
- Type “theme” into the finder box
The HTML code displayed will usually look something like wp-content/themes/detected-theme/style.css. In this example ‘Detected Theme’ would be the name of the theme.
Not comfortable with HTML and looking for a simple solution? You can use the theme detector from Satori Studios to identify the theme used on any WordPress powered website.
Once you’ve viewed the source code or used a free theme detector site to find out the name of the theme you like, you can then do a simple Google Search to find the platform the theme is available from, if the theme is publically available.
Simply enter “[theme name] + wordpress theme” into Google or your search engine of choice to discover which theme provider or marketplace offers or sells your desired theme. From there, it’s simply a matter of ensuring you’ve found the correct theme, taking a test drive, and installing it on your WordPress site.
Keep in mind; a WordPress theme that looks great on a site you love may have also been subject to some pretty heavy customization. This means that, even if you find the theme, it’s unlikely to look and feel exactly the same if you install it on your site. In fact, depending on the site you’re drawing inspiration from, the bare bones of the template may bear only a slight resemblance to the site you originally found it on.
Be sure to take the theme for a demo test drive before installing it to avoid disappointment. If you’re looking for help with further customization, contact some specialist WordPress theme developers to talk through your ideas.