My website without code is a new tool that detects if a site was created using a website builder. The app can detect over 50 different tools that people use to build sites, including those powered by WordPress like Beaver Builder, Elementor, and Divi, as well as Drupal, Squarespace, Shopify, Wix, and others. It was built using PHP and an AJAX call to grab the website builder. The app’s detection capabilities extend to site builder tools which account for over 2 billion websites, as measured by Built with.
After talking to the creators of the app, based in Utrecht, I encouraged them to add Gutenberg to the list. The site is designed for use by people who spot a cool website and want to quickly see what tool was used to create it.
One place to find inspiring WordPress sites is the Webby Awards Websites category for 2021. In the Government and Civil Innovation category, WhiteHouse.gov won with its Gutenberg-powered site. the Tennessee State COVID-19 Dashboard, another nominated WordPress site in the category, also used the block editor for its builder. Looking back at the nominees and winners powered by WordPress, almost all of them have a site that was built using Gutenberg. I haven’t found a page builder among them. This seems to indicate that most of the sites recognized with Webby Awards for Web Excellence are building their designs above the Block Editor.
In 2014 we introduced a service called What theme which detects WordPress, Ghost, Drupal and Shopify templates. It was then moved to be maintained by CodeinWP. At that time, the main idea of a design was the theme of a site and its options. Over the past seven years, plugins have played an increasingly important role in the way WordPress users create their website designs, whether they are page builders or block libraries. Simply checking a theme will no longer give you the full picture.
My website without code is a handy bookmark-worthy tool that lets you quickly flip through a list of sites to see which site builders they’re using. It is intended to appeal to entrepreneurs who need to get their business online so that the rest of the site is customer service oriented. It would be helpful if this or another new tool could expand to detect blocking plugins and libraries that a site is using so that visitors can get even more information about the website they find inspiring.