A common question asked by WordPress users is “What WordPress version am I using?”. Knowing the WordPress version you’re using is important as it helps you in keeping your WordPress site secured and is needed in case you’re installing a new theme or plugin that only works from a specific WP version onwards (and you haven’t updated WP in a while).
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The very first thing that you have to do when checking the WordPress version, is to log in to your WordPress site as the administrator.
When logged in as the administrator of the site, the WordPress version number will appear at the bottom right corner of the dashboard.
The WordPress version number can also be seen at the ‘At a Glance‘ admin widget of the same dashboard.
Finding Out the WordPress Version of Almost Any Website
There are cases wherein the WordPress version number is not located in the admin area. This could be because the WordPress version information was disabled by the developer, you don’t have access to the admin area, or the WordPress site which you are trying to access isn’t yours.
Here are some ways on how you can find out the WordPress version you are using even if you don’t have FTP access and you can’t log in. Keep in mind that these methods aren’t suitable for all websites.
Method 1: Looking for Generator Tag in Source Code
Open the browser window and go to your website. View page source by right-clicking any space on the screen and choose View Page Source, which will show the site’s source code. What you are going to do next is press Ctrl + F, then search for ‘generator’.
If the WordPress site version information wasn’t disabled, then a tag which looks like this will appear.
<meta name="generator" content="WordPress 4.9.8" />
This is a meta tag which is used by WordPress which means that the site was created using WordPress. The thing is, the WordPress version number of many websites is removed by owners.
Method 2: Viewing readme.html File
For every WordPress installed, a readme.html file is added in the root folder of the website. The file can be accessed by adding the readme.html at the end of the site’s URL, not unless the owner of the site has disabled access to the file. The readme file will look like this.
However, this doesn’t always work. Firewalls can block you from viewing the file.
Method 3: Viewing Source Code of WordPress Login Screen
The WordPress version of a website is also displayed on the login page.
This method doesn’t work if the owner of the WordPress site has disabled access to the login page or admin area via .htaccess.
All you have to do is to add wp-login.php in the URL of the WordPress site.
Once the page is loaded, right click on any empty space in the screen and click the view page source menu which will open the login screen’s source code.
Press the CTRL + F keys and look for the ‘ver=’ which will add parameters of the version into the stylesheets. Thus, the page will display something like this.
<link rel='stylesheet' id='buttons-css' href='https://www.thesite.com/wp-includes/css/buttons.min.css?ver=4.9.8' type='text/css' media='all' /> <link rel='stylesheet' id='login-css' href='https://www.thesite.com/wp-admin/css/login.min.css?ver=4.9.8' type='text/css' media='all' />
Finding out the Plugin Version You are Using
Heading to the plugins page in WordPress admin area is the simplest and probably the easiest way to know the plugin version you are using.
The plugin page of the WordPress admin area displays the plugin version just right below the plugin. This means that if you don’t have access to the admin area, you only have a little or no chance at all to find out the version information of the plugin that the WordPress site is using.
If all the methods above don’t work, another way to find out the plugin version number is by heading to the plugin’s readme file of the website. That is, if you know the plugin directory name. This method only works when the WordPress site isn’t protected by Sucuri firewall.