WordPress plugins are quite tempting because you get to display awesome features on your website without having to code it manually. Just install and play with a little configuration settings, if needed.
If you’re visiting websites and suddenly see some interesting element on a popular website, all you want to know is the plugin or code they’ve used to create it.
There isn’t any way to know the complete list of plugins a WordPress site is using unless they’ve kept the WP content folder publicly accessible.
So, in this tutorial, I’ll share some tricks to get the list of plugins a WordPress website is using.
3 Ways to Find The WordPress Plugins Used By Any Site
Trick #1 Google Search to Find Plugins
This is one of the quickest hack methods but this might not work on popular blogs since they’ve already implemented the essential security settings and blocked access to their WP content folder.
Anyways, if the WP content folder is still accessible for a particular site, type the following query in Google search bar.
(Make sure to replace xxx.com with the domain name for which you want to know the list of plugins).
Let me show you a real-life example.
I typed one of my friend Harleena’s blog aha-now.com with the above Google search query and got the results as shown in the screenshot above. It lists most of the plugins used by the blog.
If you want to remove this from the search results, login to Google Webmaster Tools and block WP content/plugins folder from the search engines using the robots.txt file.
Trick #2 Use WP ThemeDetector to Get the Name of Plugin
WPThemeDetector detects the theme and plugins a site is using. Just enter the URL of the site for which you want the list and hit enter. Wait for few seconds for the request to process and you’ll see the list of plugins used by the site.
Trick #3 Check Source Code
This trick works most of the time, especially if the blog is using a premium theme. Right click on the blog, select View Page Source and a new page with the source code will open up. Navigate to the page and hit CTRL + F. A search box will open up. Type wp-content/plugins and scroll down one by one. You will find the plugins used by the blog as wp-content/plugins/**name of the plugin**/.
I use the above tricks occasionally to find the plugins I love on other sites. Do share with us via comments if you know of any other tricks.