Ever come across a website that you really liked, but had no clue what script or software was used to build it? Well, I recently came across a site that provides this very information. In fact, it provided a lot more information than I had expected, and I was only using the free version. I’m sure their paid membership would offer a lot more data, but for the most of us who are simply looking up one or two websites, the free version is more than sufficient.
Here is the site: www.builtwith.com.
According to their site, they track the technology usage data on over 250 million websites. It would be safe to say that covers most of the websites on the Internet.
Builtwith scans the technology being used on a website and provides dynamic data points according to their findings. For example, if your site isn’t using WordPress as the CMS, then it won’t show any WordPress related information. On the other hand, if you are using WordPress, then it will display the plugins that are being used on your site.
On a few of the websites that I looked up, here were some of the data points that were extracted:
- Server Information
- Nameserver Providers
- Hosting Providers
- Content Management Systems
- Analytics and Tracking
- WordPress Plugins
- Aggregation Functionality
- Really Simple Discovery
- Pingback Support
- Document Information
- Friends Network
- Cascading Style Sheets
As you can see, it offers a pretty comprehensive list of all the core technologies being used by a website. In addition to the technology usage data, they also offer other pro services.
Are there any other similar tools you can suggest?