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Websites - Determining Whether Site is Plone or Wordpress

This document describes how to determine whether a unit website is run by the Plone or Wordpress content management systems.

First step in website support

Campus unit websites are created in either the Plone or Wordpress content management systems. Both are systems for creating and maintaining websites, but they work differently. For campus IT to provide website support accurately and efficiently, it is important for them to know which content management system (CMS) is running your site.

Login to your site

The first step is to login to your site. Fortunately, logging in can be done similarly regardless of the CMS.

  1. Open a browser and go to your site's homepage.
  2. In the address bar at the end of your site's web address, type login or /login so that it looks like the example below.
    Image shows URL in browser address bar ending with "login."
  3. Login with your credentials.

Your site is Plone if...

  • You can find a Site Setup link in a menu like the examples below:
    Images shows one example of a menu displayed to a logged in Plone user, including a "site setup" link.
    Image shows on examples of a menu visible to a logged in Plone user, including a link to "site setup."
  • Clicking Site Setup navigates to a page that includes a Version Overview section listing the version of Plone running the site.
    Image shows Version Overview section of Plone Site Setup page, which lists Plone 4.0.2, and the Zope and Python versions in use.

Your site is Wordpress if...

  • After you login, the Wordpress logo (Wordpress W logo.) appears in the upper left of the window.
  • The At a Glance box on the Dashboard displays what version of Wordpress is running.
    Images shows Wordpress Dashboard At a Glance box that states number of posts and pages, and "WordPress 4.3 running UW Oshkosh Divi theme."

Still indeterminate?

The site may be running on an older version of Plone, or perhaps something else entirely. Contact the Help Desk for more assistance.

    If you need further assistance please contact the Information Technology Help Desk at 920-424-3020 or

    Keywords:Guide "content management system" cms website administration "departmental website" "program website"   Doc ID:55583
    Owner:Brian L.Group:UW Oshkosh
    Created:2015-08-25 13:58 CSTUpdated:2015-09-09 09:02 CST
    Sites:UW Oshkosh
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