It’s important to stay up to date with the latest version of WordPress. In this guide we’ll be showing you how to check WordPress version using a few different methods. Whether you can log into your admin or not these methods will cover a couple of ways to see what version of WordPress a site is using.
You can always see the latest version of WordPress on WordPress.org. It’s important to run the latest version of WordPress for security and bug fixes.
Latest WordPress Version: 5.8.1
You can download the latest version of WordPress on wordpress.org
Here are 4 simple ways to check WordPress version of your website:
Checking Your WordPress Version in the Dashboard
By far the easiest and fastest way to find the WordPress version of your site is to log into your WordPress dashboard. After logging in you’ll instantly be able to see your current WordPress version.
See WordPress Version by Viewing Page Source Code
You can view the WordPress version used for any site simply by viewing the source code of any page on their site. This method is ideal if you want to determine WordPress version without logging into a site.
Simply just right click in your browser and click “view source”. This will allow you to see the source code of the page (in this example we are using Google Chrome).
Once you are viewing the source code hit Control+F on the page and search for the word “Generator”. There should only be one result and you will be able to see the WordPress version of the site with it.
Note that this won’t work on every WordPress blog since many security plugins will hide this from the front end. But if the site has it you’ll see the active version of WordPress a site is using.
View the readme.html on your WordPress Site
When WordPress is installed it included a readme.html file. This file will reveal the WordPress version and is often front end accessible.
Just go to yourwebsite.com/readme.html, if this file loads it will show the current version of WordPress the site is using.
View the Site’s RSS Feed
You can find the RSS feed of most WordPress sites by accessing yourwebsite.com/feed/. This will bring up the WordPress site’s RSS feed.
Once you’re viewing the RSS feed you can search for the word “generator” which will indicate what version of WordPress is used.
This can be an easy way to see the version of a site you don’t have admin access to.
Get WordPress Version (PHP Snippet)
The following PHP snippet will output the version of WordPress your site is currently using. This is useful for plugins and theme development if you want functions to require a specific version of WordPress.
Why Check the Version of WordPress You’re Using?
There are a few reasons why the version of WordPress you’re using matters but it can be boiled down into 3 reasons: security & stability, compatibility and features.
- Security & Stability: Arguably the most important reason for knowing your WordPress version is to be aware of any security holes. If your WordPress version is outdated you could run into stability issues as well and more bugs over time.
- Compatibility: When upgrading and uploading plugins many list what version of WordPress they are compatible with. So nothing which version your site is running can lead to fewer conflicts when making changes to plugins or themes.
- Features: Each major version of WordPress typically includes new features, for example WordPress 5.5 added functionality for XML sitemaps making one less plugin required.
With all of these ways to check your WordPress version, you’re sure to know what version a site is using (or one of your own sites). Many security plugins will block ways for front end users to see a site’s version so if you were unable to use these methods on a site that is most likely why.