How to spot a Magento running store?

When it comes to ecommerce, it is believed that less is more and simplicity is the key. We have seen many fair share of eCommerce websites over the past few years, the bulk being on Magento. Below are some little set of clues that can help you spot a Magento store running in the wild. So read through to know how to spot a Magento running store.

The Cart Page URL

Generally, most ecommerce stores will have the default Magento one and most of the stores will have a cart page. So by just looking at the URL of the cart page a Magento store can be identified.

The Admin URL

Most stores don’t bother changing the admin URL which makes it even easier to be spotted as a Magento store. You are presented with the Magento admin login page, Magento logo or the Magento page title, if you visit

The Page Source

This requires you to check the actual page source. You can do this by clicking right on the web site and selecting View Source. There are a few dead giveaways that a store is running Magento, once you can see the page source. You have to look for the elements and check the src attribute. The thing to look for is the /skin/frontend/ part of the URL.This will also give you clues as to how they have customized Magento. They have possibly just edited the default Magento template files if they have /default/default in the src URL.When they try to upgrade; they’re usually in for some fun.

Many useless content blocks on too many pages

Boxes are everywhere by default in Magento.The default content blocks have a main content with a lighter background and a bold heading with a darker coloured background. Magento’s default blocks are cool and sometimes useful. While this is a good way to present blocks, it can also create difficulties as it looks like most other Magento sites. One can easily spot this as a Magento site.

The Cookie

The above clues might get lost in a big customization of Magento, so you cannot use them to identify a Magento store, but this next one which is the cookies, will almost always get results. This is true because changing the name of the cookies would not be a useful customization andthe stores need cookies to function. It is possible to see the cookies for a store by just looking at the cookies in your Firefox cookie viewer, but Firebug is easier. Open Firebug and the ‘Net’ tab and in order to reveal the Headers when you are browsing around the site expand the GET element. You will either get a response header like or a request header. Also often visiting this enable-cookies CMS page will show you the standard ‘You need cookies enabled’ page which is a dead giveaway too.


The store is probably running Magento if the store takes longer than 5 seconds to respond to a request.

If 1 or 2 of the above clues are true then it is sure that a store is running Magento.But if you got through the whole list and none of them were true, it isn’t a Magento store.