Steps To Find Out Which WordPress Version You’re Using

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Recently, one of our users asked a question to us that how to find out the WordPress version they were using..?? In most of the cases, you may need this information to see if your domain is up to date. Well, in this post, we will show you some easy steps to find out which WordPress version you’re using.

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The very first thing that you need to do is to log-in to the admin area of your WordPress domain. Now, scroll down to the bottom on the dashboard page. Thereafter, you will find line which includes “Thanks for creating with WordPress”. Now, you will see the WordPress version number.


On the same dashboard page of your WordPress site, you can also find your WordPress version in the “At a Glance” admin widget. In the above screenshot, we are WordPress version 4.4.2. This is one of the easiest way to find out the WordPress version that you are using. Although, if you can not find the WordPress version information on the dashboard, then there are few other ways to find it.

How To Find Out the WordPress Version of Any Website

In few cases, you may not be able to see the version information in the WordPress admin area and some of them are:

  • Your developer may have disabled the version information in admin area.

  • You may not have an Administration access to the admin area.

  • You are simply trying to find out the WordPress version of a website that you do not own or have control.

Now, we are assuming that you don’t have the FTP access to a site and you can not log-in the WordPress admin area. Please note that these methods may not work on many sites. Few security conscious domain owners hide this information in order to protect their site against common threats. Having said that, here are some of the quick methods that you can try to find out the WordPress version of a site.

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Step 1: Looking For the Generator Tag in Source Code

  • Simply visit the domain in the browser window and right tap on any empty area on the screen, then select View Page Source from the browser menu.

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  • This will load the website’s source code in the browser window. Thereafter, press “Ctrl+F” and search for the “generator”.

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  • If it is a WordPress website and if the domain owner has not disabled the version information, then you will be able to see a tag line like this:

<meta name=”generator” content=”WordPress 4.4.2″ />

  • However, this meta tag is used by the WordPress to inform you that the website is created using WordPress. Many website owners remove the WordPress version number, so this tag may not displays up on the some WordPress domains.

Step 2: Viewing the readme.html File

  • Each WordPress installation adds a readme.html in the site’s root folder. Unless the domain owner has disabled the access to this file. You can access it by adding the readme.html at the end of the website’s URL.

  • The readme file will display you the WordPress version on the top.

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  • Although, this method may not work, if a website is protected by the Sucuri firewall.

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Step 3: Viewing the Source Code of WordPress Log-in Screen

  • WordPress login screen also contains an information in the source code which would reveal the WordPress version of a site. However, this method will only work if the WordPress website owner hasn’t disabled the access to log-in page or admin page through .htaccess.

  • Simply add the wp-login.php to WordPress website’s URL.

  • Then after, when the page loads, right tap on any empty area on the windows screen and select the “View Page Source” from the browser menu.

  • This will open the log-in screen’s source code. Now, press “Ctrl+F” and search for the ‘ver=’. You will be able to see the version parameter which is added to stylesheets and it would look like this.

1 <link rel='stylesheet' id='buttons-css' href='' type='text/css'media='all' />
2 <link rel='stylesheet' id='dashicons-css' href='' type='text/css'media='all' />
3 <link rel='stylesheet' id='login-css' href='' type='text/css' media='all' />

Instructions To Find Out Which Plug-in Version You’re Using

  • The simplest way to find out which plug-in you’re using is by visiting the plug-ins page in the WordPress admin area.

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  • There you will be able to see the plug-in version below the plug-in name for each plug-in installed on your WordPress website. Although, if you do not have access to the admin area, then the chances of finding out a plug-ins version information are less.

  • Few plug-in like Yoast SEO automatically add version information in a website’s source code. Now, you can visit a site, right click in an empty area of the screen and then select “View Page Source” option from the browser menu. The tag which is added by the Yoast will look like this:

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  • Other plugins load CSS or JavaScript files and sometimes they use plugin’s version number appended to script or stylesheet URLs like this:

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However, this is not a reliable method to found out a plug-in version number. For instance, the version number could be the version no. of jQuery script a plug-in is loading. Some other sneaky way find out the plug-in version is by visiting the plug-ins readme file on a site. If you know what plug-ins directory name would be then you can try to accessing the readme.txt file. For example, if a website that has the free version of WPForms installed, then you can access its readme file like this:

Although, this method may not work if the WordPress website is protected by the Sucuri firewall.

That’s all, we hope that this post helped you to learn how to check the WordPress version that you are using.

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