How can I tell if a website is created using CMS such as Mambo, Joomla ?

Posted on 2008-11-11
Last Modified: 2012-05-05
How do I find out if the website below was created using CMS system such as Mambo, Joomla etc.

Thanks in advance for your feedback.
Question by:sabecs
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    by:Roger Baklund
    In the lower right corner of that page, there is a link to a web design company. They have their own CMS, I would guess this is what is used on that page.

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    Thanks cxr,
    I saw the link but how do I know its their's and not Mamboo, Joomla etc, Is their a way of inding out from the code view?
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    There will often be a meta tag in the source, like this:

      <meta name="generator" content="Joomla! 1.5 - Open Source Content Management" />

    ...but it is easy for the developer to remove this. Or include it on a non-joomla site, for that matter. So you can not know for sure.
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    Like others have already said - there isn't a 100% fool-proof way of telling - but - if I were a betting man, I would bet against this site being based on Mambo/Joomla based on a couple of things:

    1. The typical Joomla Contact Us form has a very "distinctive" look - this site has a different contact us mechanism - so, since this site's contact us doesn't do anything "extra" over a normal Joomla contact us component, I reason that they would have simply used the standard joomla form if they used Joomla since it does the same thing - why develop/change something just to have it do the same thing -UNLESS of course, they are trying to hide the fact that they are using Joomla - in which case - they arn't doing badly on this particular point...
    2. The page headers and even the location of the CSS files are not where typical Joomla sites put them. So again, they are either trying to hide the fact that they use Joomla, or they are NOT using Joomla. I stick with Occam's Razor here...
    3. The SEF friendly URL's are not typical of the built-in way Joomla rewrites it's URL's for SEF. Again, this *can* be changed, but I doubt that anyone would go this far to "hide" the fact that they use Joomla.
    It's not as if Joomla is a huge security risk and hiding the fact that you use it protects you from attacks etc...

    Also, they may hide that they use Joomla from the user, but it is MUCH more difficult to do so for the client - even though you can also skin Joomla's administration backend, the code changes to make the interface look sufficiently different and have different menu items from Joomla would probably be way too much effort for most...
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    Personally I have no experience of Mambo but significant Joomla experience and I would have to say the site you've included is certainly not a Joomla site, no question!!!!


    1. The file system is entirely wrong

    If you view the site source you can see a lot of references to the file main/ when linking to templating and image files etc;

    where as the Joomla system always uses template/ or image/ to point towards these files

    2. There is also a lot of unlinked raw java evident within the page opposed to a link to a java file which suggests that this is a highly modified site perhaps a mambo template and modified by someone that is new to template editing.

    This I also deduce from the meta keyword overkill!

    However since reading your question I have viewed the mambo system and would conclude that the site is neither Mambo or Joomla given that all internal linking is HTML based opposed to php based which both mambo and Joomla are.

    The site is a custom design!!


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