Do you want to check which WordPress version you are using?
Sometimes you may need this information to see if your website is up to date. You may also need to check the WordPress version if you run into compatibility issues with a plugin or third-party tools.
In this article, we will show you how to easily check which WordPress version you are using.
The first thing you need to do is log in to the admin area of your WordPress site. On the dashboard, scroll down to the bottom.
You will find the ‘Thanks for creating with WordPress’ line. Next to it, you will see the WordPress version number.
On the same dashboard page, you can also find your WordPress version number in the At a Glance admin widget.
For instance, in the screenshot above, our test site is running on WordPress version 6.6.2.
This is the easiest way to find which WordPress version you are using on your website.
If you can’t find WordPress version information in the dashboard, you can go to the Tools » Site Health page inside the admin area and switch to the ‘Info’ tab.
Site Health will show the WordPress version information under the WordPress section. It will also show which PHP version your website is using and a ton of information about your hosting server environment for debugging purposes.
To make it easy, we have created a video tutorial on how to check which WordPress version you are using.
However, if you just want to follow text instructions, then you can follow our step by step tutorial on how to check which WordPress version you are using.
How to Find the WordPress Version of Almost Any Website
In some cases, you may not see the version information in the WordPress admin area because:
- Your developer may have disabled version information in the admin area.
- You may not have Administrator access to the admin area
- You are simply trying to find out the WordPress version of a blog you don’t own or control.
We assume that you do not have FTP access to a website and can’t log in to the WordPress admin area.
Please note that these methods may not work on many websites. Some site owners may choose to hide this information as one of the WordPress security best practices to protect their websites against common threats.
Having said that, here are some methods you can try to find out the WordPress version of a website.
Method 1: Looking for the Generator Tag in Source Code
Simply visit the website in a browser window. Right-click on any empty area on the screen and select ‘View page source’ from the browser menu.
This will load the site’s source code in the browser window.
Now, you need to press the CTRL + F keys on your keyboard and then search for ‘generator’.
If it is a WordPress site, and if the site owner hasn’t disabled version information, then you will be able to see a tag like this:
<meta name="generator" content="WordPress 6.2.2" />
This meta tag is used by WordPress to show that a site is created using WordPress.
Many site owners remove the WordPress version number, so this tag may not show up on some WordPress sites.
Method 2: Viewing the Source Code of WordPress Login Screen
WordPress login screen also contains information in the source code that would reveal the WordPress version of a website.
However, this method will only work if the WordPress site owner hasn’t disabled access to the login page or admin area via .htaccess.
Simply add wp-login.php to a WordPress site’s URL, like this:
When the page loads, right-click on any empty area on the screen. Select ‘View page source’ from the browser menu.
This will open the login screen’s source code. You need to press CTRL+F and search for ‘ver=’.
You will be able to notice the version parameter added to stylesheets.
It should look like this:
<link rel='stylesheet' id='dashicons-css' href='https://example.com/wp-includes/css/dashicons.min.css?ver=6.2.2' media='all' /> <link rel='stylesheet' id='buttons-css' href='https://example.com/wp-includes/css/buttons.min.css?ver=6.2.2' media='all' /> <link rel='stylesheet' id='forms-css' href='https://example.com/wp-admin/css/forms.min.css?ver=6.2.2' media='all' /> <link rel='stylesheet' id='l10n-css' href='https://example.com/wp-admin/css/l10n.min.css?ver=6.2.2' media='all' /> <link rel='stylesheet' id='login-css' href='https://example.com/wp-admin/css/login.min.css?ver=6.2.2' media='all' />
Find Out Which Plugin Version You Are Using
The easiest way to find out which plugin version you are using is by visiting the Plugins page in the WordPress admin area.
You will be able to see the plugin version below the name of each plugin installed on your WordPress site.
However, if you don’t have access to the admin area, then the chances of finding out a plugin’s version information are slim.
Some plugins like All in One SEO automatically add version information in a site’s source code. You can visit a website, right-click in an empty area and then select ‘View page source’ from the browser menu.
The tag added by AIOSEO will look like this:
You can find this information in the source code. It will look like this:
However, this is not a reliable method to find a plugin’s version number. For example, the version number could be the version number of the jQuery script the plugin is loading.
Another sneaky way to find out the plugin version is by visiting the plugin’s readme file on a website. If you know what the plugin’s directory name will be, then you can try accessing the readme.txt file.
For example, if a site has the free version of WPForms installed, then you can access its readme file like this:
Keep in mind that this method may not work if a site is protected by a Sucuri firewall.
We hope this article helped you learn how to check which WordPress version you are using. You may also want to see our expert tips and hacks to protect your WordPress admin area and our top picks for the best email marketing services to grow your site.