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March 23, 2015 / carlispina

Peak Behind The Scenes of Websites with Wappalyzer

Wappalyzer LogoWhether you are just learning computer programming or you are an experienced developer, it is often useful to be able to look at the code for a website to determine how they have structured their code and achieved key parts of their functionality. While this can be done by simply viewing the code on virtually any webpage, sometimes what you really want to know is what platforms are being used or which frameworks did the developers employ to create their look and feel? This can be harder to figure out from a page of code, but Wappalyzer is a tool that solves this problem.

Wappalyzer is available as a browser extension for Firefox and Chrome or a bookmarklet for other browsers. Once the extension is installed or you click on the bookmarklet, you can access information about all sorts of tools that are used as part of a website, including content management systems, frameworks, eCommerce platforms, web analytics tools, APIs, and, in some cases, programming languages. Clicking on any of the listed tools will take you to a Wappalyzer page that provides market data about who uses those same tools. In addition to the browser extension and bookmarklet, Wappalyzer is also open-source, so users can download their code from GitHub to customize it for their own needs.

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I only recently found out about Wappalyzer from a friend when I was talking about doing research on some websites, but I have found it to be not only interesting for that project but also just a fun tool to click on when using random websites to get a peak behind the scenes without doing any in-depth analysis of their code. I think Wappalyzer can be a valuable tool for anyone who is interested in learning more about how a range of websites are created or how functionality can be added to websites. It is a particularly nice tool for those who are just learning how these various tools, languages, and frameworks can work together. I would highly recommend it.

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