A Better Way To Find The Most Popular WordPress Themes

A Better Way To Find The Most Popular WordPress Themes

Have you ever…

  • wanted one source for the most popular WordPress themes?
  • wanted a way to look at websites actively using the most popular WordPress themes?
  • thought it would be more useful if popularity was based on the number of unique domains actively using a given theme, as opposed to just the sheer number of downloads or sales?
  • thought it would be cool if this one source included all WordPress themes, as opposed to just a subset of them?

I have, so I built WPSNIFFER precisely to meet this need.


WPSNIFFER is a Google Chrome extension that detects WordPress themes and displays usage statistics on its website at wpsniffer.com.

Where does WPSNIFFER get its data?

Every time a user of the WPSNIFFER Chrome extension detects a WordPress theme this data is anonymously stored in a central database. Currently WPSNIFFER has 10,944 active users providing it with WordPress theme usage data.

How can I help make WPSNIFFER better?

You can help make WPSNIFFER’s data more comprehensive by installing and using the WPSNIFFER Chrome Extension. The more unique WordPress websites you “sniff” the better.

WPSNIFFER Chrome Extension

WPSNIFFER Chrome Extension



What are the future plans for WPSNIFFER?

WordPress themes are just the beginning. The plan is to add detection for WordPress plugins and WordPress web hosts in the future.
If you have any ideas for WPSNIFFER features/improvements, please leave a comment below or send me an email.

Best Chrome Extensions for Bloggers & Web Developers in 2013

Best Chrome Extensions for Bloggers & Web Developers in 2013

Theme Sniffer

Detects the WordPress theme for the website currently being viewed.

Theme Sniffer Chrome Extension Screenshot

WordPress Plugin Sniffer

Detects the WordPress plugins being used on the website currently being viewed.

WordPress Plugin Sniffer Chrome Extension Screenshot

BuiltWith Technology Profiler

Detects the technologies being used on the website currently being viewed.
BuiltWith Technology Profiler Chrome Extension Screenshot

Web Developer

Offers an insane array of spectacular tools for web developers.
Web Developer Chrome Extension Screenshot

ColorPick Eyedropper

The best way to identify specific colors on a website.
ColorPick Eyedropper Chrome Extension Screenshot


Makes it easy to share content.
Buffer Chrome Extension Screenshot


Allows you to store links for future review without cluttering up your bookmarks. You can also automate social posting of your Pocketed content with The Social Media Content Sharing Automation Framework.
Pocket Chrome Extension Screenshot


Makes it easy to connect with people you exchange emails with on social media channels.
Rapportive Chrome Extension Screenshot

Alexa Traffic Rank

Provides quick access to Alexa statistics for the website currently being viewed.
Alexa Traffic Rank Chrome Extension Screenshot


Provides quick access to SimilarWeb statistics for the website currently being viewed.
SimilarWeb Chrome Extension Screenshot

PageRank Status

Shows the Google PageRank of the specific URL currently being viewed and additional stats if you open it up.
PageRank Status Chrome Extension Screenshot


Makes it really easy to identify fonts being used on any website.
WhatFont Chrome Extension Screenshot


Allows you to easily scrape & export content that is consistently formatted.
Scraper Chrome Extension Screenshot


Provides useful link data and some on-page SEO analysis features for the website currently being viewed.
Mozbar Chrome Extension Screenshot

Evernote Web Clipper

A powerful tool for clipping, notating, capturing, annotating and storing content for future consumption.

Evernote Web Clipper Chrome Extension Screenshot


Provides an incredibly easy way to share content on all your favorite social channels.

Sharaholic Chrome Extension Screenshot


Allows you to easily create & manage your shortened URLs.

bit.ly Chrome Extension Screenshot

Meta SEO Inspector

Provides a concise, behind-the-scenes look at all the meta information scattered throughout the code of the website currently being viewed.

Meta SEO Inspector Chrome Extension Screenshot

How I Increased My Extension’s Chrome Web Store Impressions 1,112% in only 15 Minutes!

How I Increased My Extension’s Chrome Web Store Impressions 1,112% in only 15 Minutes!

The Secret

I simply enhanced the professionalism of my extension’s small tile promotional image and added similar large tile and marquee promotional images.

The Extension

The extension I’m referring to here is called Theme Sniffer. It simply detects any given theme or template being used on web sites built in Drupal, Joomla or WordPress. The original version was first published in the Chrome Web Store on May 22, 2012. I built it because I personally wanted such an extension and it did not yet exist.

The Original Chrome Web Store Promotional Image

Original Chrome Extension Small Tile Promotional Image (440 x 280)

The New Chrome Web Store Promotional Images

New Chrome Extension Small Tile Promotional Image (440 x 280)

New Chrome Extension Large Tile Promotional Image (920 x 680)

New Chrome Extension Marquee Promotional Image (1400 x 560)

The Results

Chrome Web Store Stats Trend for my Theme Sniffer Extension

The Data

Note that those increases stand regardless of the viral blog post that shot up the numbers drastically on November 3rd and 4th and they are regardless, still that significant! If we removed that fluke event’s data from the 2012-11-01 through 2012-11-08 average the increase would be even more spectacular!

In fact, if we assumed something more average such as 700 impressions and 25 installations on November 3rd and 4th, the increase would amount to a whopping growth of 1,539% in impressions and 192% in installations!

The Takeaway

Don’t be lazy! Make the extra effort to design professional, consistent, promotional images in all sizes for your Chrome Extension, because the payoff can be HUGE!

Top 7 Google Chrome SEO Extensions

Top 7 Google Chrome SEO Extensions

SEO for Chrome


  • Reports on a ton of different SEO stats


  • Slow
  • Frequently breaks for random data points

SEOMoz Mozbar


  • Tons of great information in sexy interface


  • Need SEOMoz Pro account to get all the data

META SEO inspector


  • Lightweight and reports very useful information
  • They built-in my Ad Sniffer plugin


  • Ugly terminal style interface

SEOQuake Lite


  • Lightweight – includes two important data points: Google PageRank & Alexa Rank


  • No MozRank or SEMRush data (which is weird since SEOQuake owns SEMRush)

Sorezski SEO Plus


  • Tons of useful data in a sexy interface


  • Takes up too much space and requires too many clicks to access all the information

SERP Preview Tool


  • Great preview of SERP listing for given page
  • Allows you to enter your own info to optimize listing
  • Can test what it would look like for a given search query


  • That’s all it does



  • Allows you to easily run a WooRank report for the site you’re on


  • Not really an extension, just opens up the web-based report

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