What Version of WordPress Do I Have?

To either diagnose an issue or general curiosity, you can employ multiple easy methods for knowing your current WordPress version. This post will go over them by breaking the methods into those requiring a WordPress login and those that don’t.

Checking the WordPress Version by Using Methods That Require Login

In this section, I’ll cover methods that require you to have a login.

Technique 1: Looking at the WordPress Dashboard

how to know what version of wordpress do you have from the wp dashboard
As soon as you log in to your WP dashboard, there are two areas that will display your WP version.

To know what version of WordPress you have, all you have to do with this technique is log in to your WP dashboard. Once done, you can look at:

  1. At a Glance box — if you have that
  2. Bottom-est right corner of your WP dashboard

Both of these areas will showcase your WP version.

Technique 2: Non (but a Relevant) WordPress Login

If you do not have access to the WP admin area for some reason, but to your domain registrar, you can still figure out the current running WP version for your site.

Depending on how things are set-up with your Domain Registrar, there will likely be a place where your running WP version is displayed. Worse case, you can call them or discuss via chat to find out. As an example, I will demonstrate where to look with a GoDaddy Managed WP Plan (although, may slightly differ for you).

Checking WordPress Version on a GoDaddy Managed WP Plan

Literally, this is as simple as navigating to the navigate to the “settings” tab. As soon as you do so, GoDaddy will display your WP version, along with the PHP version as well. Screenshot below for reference.

knowing wp version info on a godaddy managed wp plan
On a managed GoDaddy WP Plan, the “Settings” tab will show you your WP version. (May vary).

Checking the WordPress Version by Using Methods That Do Not Require a Login

In this section, I’ll primarily cover looking at your source code (if that info is available), and the RSS feed (again, if available).

Technique 1: Looking at the Source Code to Know What WordPress Version a Site Is Using

Viewing the source code of a WordPress site should reveal its version (if available), and also, if you care, know what your competitors are using.

To capture the version this way, go to any URL’s source code, and search for “generator.” If all of the default settings have been kept in place, the chances are that this would disclose the WP version. See the screenshot below for context.

disclosing wordpress version in the source code
In all likelihood, you’ll experience success with a search for generator. If not, try a few other keywords or variations. The point is, if a site has this information appended within its core files, it should be available for viewing in the source code. There might also be other places within the source code where this information may be readily at hand.

Technique 2: Looking at the RSS Feeds

Most of the WordPress sites have RSS feeds set-up by default. The way to access the feed is by adding /feed at the end of the URL.

For example, my site has a main RSS feed at

In any case, once you access any of the RSS feed URL, once more, search for “generator” or similar variations. If the WordPress version is part of the feed, it’ll be divulged in there.

grabbing current wp version from an RSS feed
Similar to the source code, an RSS feed can also give away the WordPress version a site is using.

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In Conclusion

Knowing what WordPress version you have is not rocket science. Hands-down, there are a couple of methods available at your disposal. However, if you are still struggling for some reason, my advice would be to get in touch with whoever your domain registrar is or with whom you have your WordPress installed.

But first, try these approaches, as we all know waiting on hold to speak to a customer representative is not the favorite pastime.