Is it possible to see who made a website?

Discussion in 'Web Design and Development' started by Mildredop, Jan 14, 2015.

  1. Mildredop macrumors 68020

    Oct 14, 2013
    I'd like a new website. I used to use iWeb which was great as I could easily update it, but it was immediately recognisable as an iWeb site.

    So then I went to a web developer, but the site is a bit dull and I don't think he's that good.

    When browsing sites I like, is there an easy way to find out who made the site if there's no obvious credit? Is it possible to know if it's an iWeb, Wordpress etc. site?
  2. smithrh macrumors 68020


    Feb 28, 2009
    Yes, there are a few websites that will do exactly what you ask.

    Sadly, even though I used one of them just a day or two ago, I can't find it in my history (or memory), but at least you know they do exist.

    If I recall the site, I'll post with an update.
  3. turtle777 macrumors 6502a

    Apr 30, 2004
    If you are serious about a nice site, use SquareSpace.

    John Gruber (Daring Fireball) had this link and promo code "jg" for 10% off:

  4. Mildredop thread starter macrumors 68020

    Oct 14, 2013
    Excellent link - thanks.

    Do you think this is the best way to go? Pre-made templates? Or do you think employing a web developer to build me a bespoke site is better?

    Also, I'm in the UK. Wonder if that makes a difference.
  5. dan1eln1el5en macrumors 6502


    Jan 3, 2012
    Copenhagen, Denmark
    You can go into developer tool or just look at the source.
    sometimes in the head there is a generator tag, or you can see it on file structure or in the css file (at the top)

    usually web pages contain traces of the original designer in one way or another.
  6. turtle777 macrumors 6502a

    Apr 30, 2004
    The templates fom Suqrespace a very nicely done and visually appealing.
    In addition, you can do a lot of customizations.

    Unless you can afford to spend thousands of dollars on a custom website, using Squarespace to build the basic site first, and then having a web designer tweak it is the more cost efficient route to go.

  7. Mildredop thread starter macrumors 68020

    Oct 14, 2013
    Another excellent idea - thanks for your input.
  8. AdrianK macrumors 68020

    Feb 19, 2011
    Web developer != Web designer ;)
  9. IHelpId10t5 macrumors 6502

    Nov 28, 2014
    A few things to try to find a web developer and/or designer for a web project:

    1) Check the footer of the webpage

    2) Check the "About Us" page

    3) Email the "" account and ask

    4) Check the source code for the website and look for any comments or meta tags that may mention the developer

    5) Try loading the following in your web browser: ""

    Obviously, replace the above with the site you are interested in.
  10. smithrh macrumors 68020


    Feb 28, 2009
    I found the website I was referring to earlier:

    Note: It will show you EVERYTHING that's used, so even for simple websites the list may be long.

    I checked my website, BuiltWith was accurate.
  11. cyb3rdud3 macrumors 65816

    Jun 22, 2014
    Cool website, even though it got mine wrong, it is cool nevertheless.
  12. Mildredop thread starter macrumors 68020

    Oct 14, 2013
    Excellent advice. Squarespace tried and purchased. Thanks for your help!
  13. HoustonN macrumors newbie

    Jan 19, 2015
    if you want to see if someone's using wordpress, just hit CTRL U (or hit view source) and search for the exact query in the quotation marks: "wp-" make sure you include the dash. If you see lots of stuff like wp-content, wp-includes, it's definitely a wordpress site.

    If there's a site you really like that doesn't give credit, just see if you can ask the webmaster. If it's a huge company, chances are they have their own development staff, but for smaller companies an independent development team usually exist
  14. cudest macrumors newbie


    Apr 22, 2015
    To see who made a web site

    Just go through the whois lookup domain and check every detail of particular website.its easy even you can see where is the server of that web site and where is originally hosting of web site.That means each and every thing is transparent.each and every detail is going to see.

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