Magic and how I know the name of the theme you love

by | Apr 1, 2013 | Business | 13 comments

fairy dust_find wordpress theme

photo credit: Karen Roe via photopin cc

” I really like this website, and this website, and this one! Do you know of a theme that’s like it?”

And then I write back and say….

 “This website is using ____theme.”

And you say to me… “how did you know that?”


It’s not magic... you have the same information at your fingertips all day long.

Where can I find this “Magic Info”?

On a PC right click and choose the option that says “view page source”

On a Mac try Command + U or check out this screenshot here (Safari instructions)

And then…


page source

(Yes, it might look like gobble-de-gook code – don’t panic)

…..scroll down to look for a file that looks something like this:

Do you see where it says wp-content/themes/ ?

This is where wordpress stores theme information. In this case, the theme name is called Minimal.

And then I google with this phrase:

WP theme Minimal

google wp theme minimal

and I’m taken to a list of themes with that name. Sometimes I”m lucky and find what I’m looking for right away.

And you think I’m made of magic faerie dust 🙂

What questions do people ask you that are super-easy to answer & leave you looking like a magician?

p.s. This question might lead to some interesting cues about where your “genius” is (and easy income streams) Stay curious and open minded when answering this question.

p.p.s. It’s the start of another “Ultimate Blog Challenge“. My regular blog updates will go on pause & you’ll only hear from me once per week so that you won’t drown under the “Loralee has written a new blog post” updates!!  Because I care.

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  1. Delia

    Amazing, Loralee! Mine has to be the way I can make difficult things seem easy, how I like to keep everything simple, and how I am super-non-judgmental with all my tips and knowledge.

    May I congratulate you on this extremely clean and wonderful layout and theme that you are using for your blog! That’s again something I tend to notice really easily 😉

  2. Jan Kearney

    Shhh! You’re giving away all my “secrets” 🙂

    I often check the source when looking for themes and plugins used too.

    • Loralee

      I know… finger hovered over the “publish” button for a while… didn’t want to give away your secrets 🙂

  3. MelAnn

    This is one of my favorite tricks. I often find widgets and other neat info using same trick!

    • Loralee

      Absolutely. Finding my new favorite plugin, or sting of code. I think it’s a DIY users best friend (although, I do use a little app in my Chrome browser because it handy too)

  4. wellnesspro

    Oh that’s cool, Loralee, exactly what I needed! I’m in the process of rebuilding my site, so handy info, perfect timing!

  5. Minette Riordan

    Great tip and that stuff always seems like magic to me, too!! I am so glad I married a computer geek. In home support rocks! Love your question about what people ask me that is easy to solve… I am going to have to think about that one and come back. One (but not one I want to focus on in my business) common one is “how do you get people to read your blog? This isn’t magic either but a good system of consistent promotion through social media.

    • Loralee

      Even though you know it’s a “system”, many others don’t. Will you share your “magic trick” with them? Curious what else might crop up for you in the next 24 hours. I bet there are quite a few things…

  6. Michelle

    Hello, great insight! I just found out about this too a month ago, its brilliant!

    However, I’ve noticed a lot of developers are “renaming” themes to be whatever the blog is called, so it makes it trickier for viewers to really figure out what themes were used. One might try contacting the blog creator to find out, too.

    • Loralee

      Yeah, I see that often too. I suppose you could contact them, or look for another site that’s similar. I find that people will often have a handful of “fave sites” and from them we can find something that will suit them, but still be uniquely them. vs falling into that “copy-cat” category that sometimes happens too.

  7. Linda Ursin

    Great advice. I spend a lot of time checking HTML to find out about solutions. But I bet most people hadn’t thought of that one.

    • Loralee

      I think you’re right on Linda. Some of us notice, and other people haven’t yet seen “behind the curtain”.

  8. Ellen Christian

    Neat! Thanks that will come in handy!