WhatRuns

Discover what runs a website in one click 👨‍💻

#2 Product of the WeekAugust 25, 2017
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WhatRuns is a free research and competitive intelligence tool for developers, designers and salespeople to know the technologies used on any website.

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Reviews

 +6 reviews
  • Abhilash JainProduct Marketing / Growth
    Pros: 

    Beautiful Design, Easy to Use

    Cons: 

    None I can think of

    Its brilliant. It gives you a quick breakdown of what the site is made up of.

    My personal fav is that it tells you which theme a Wordpress site is using upfront also shows the extensions used.

    Must have for marketers / anyone interested in webdesign.

  • Joshua DanceEngineer, Product Manager, athlete
    Pros: 

    Great clean look

    Cons: 

    takes a few seconds to load. Not a big deal

    Just tried this and I love the look and the clean UX. If the data is as good as BuiltWith, I will switch. :)

Discussion

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Matthias Esterl@matthiasesterl · Web/Interactive Developer, ANIMAL
Nice thing, the logo and the sharing icon could be smaller ;) How does it compare to wappalyzer.com?
Jijo Sunny
Maker
@jijosunny · Co-founder, WhatRuns.
@matthiasesterl Hi Matthias! Thanks for the UI tips, will share this with the designer 💯 Wappalyzer and BuiltWith are both good products, but here's why we think we have something different (and maybe better): 1. WhatRuns detects fonts, Wordpress themes, plugins (tens of thousands of them) to even small SaaS apps with very less adoption – those are the real gems! 2. Follow feature – keep track of technology stack and get notified when websites adopt/ditch technologies. 3. Very lightweight compared to our counterparts; and [arguably] better UI 😉 4. Improved accuracy. BuiltWith can be very inaccurate as you might've already noticed. Wappalyzer is fairly accurate, but limited in technologies. WhatRuns is trying to be the best of both worlds. 😁
frizurd@frizurd · Developer
@matthiasesterl this
Matthias Esterl@matthiasesterl · Web/Interactive Developer, ANIMAL
@jijosunny Thanks, i totally agree that your extension is a step forward! One more thing, i was just browsing through your privacy policy and it states "No visitor information is ever logged. Period.". How is the detection working then?
Jijo Sunny
Maker
@jijosunny · Co-founder, WhatRuns.
@matthiasesterl Good point! It is true that no visitor information is ever logged. We don't collect or log any visitor information including IP address, location etc. We receive anonymous website data and match with our database to display the results. Hope this clarifies.
Matthias Esterl@matthiasesterl · Web/Interactive Developer, ANIMAL
@jijosunny Thats good to hear. Thank you for presenting you extension, I'll give it a go and replace wappalyzer. 😉
Jijo Sunny
Maker
@jijosunny · Co-founder, WhatRuns.
@matthiasesterl Awesome. Thank you and welcome! :)
Nicholas Saggese@saggesenicholas · CMO, Alpine Outlier
@matthiasesterl @jijosunny Biggest feature I see is #2 which is essentially a premium feature with services like Datanyze. Is this free just for the interim? Or do you have other premium features that are TBA? Or am I missing something and either you have no commercial interests or are monetizing entirely differently?
Jijo Sunny
Maker
@jijosunny · Co-founder, WhatRuns.
@saggesenicholas You're right. WhatRuns extension will be forever free and maintained. Our business model will be similar to that of BuiltWith's, i.e selling list of websites using a particular technology. For eg., list of websites using Drift chat (https://www.whatruns.com/technol...) will be a super-useful competitive intelligence for other live-chat startups. Also, we are planning to introduce a predictive sales system which will suggest clients based on their technology adoption. For eg., if a company migrates to Magento, they are a potential client to Magento extension developers.
Lukasz Bilangowski@blukasz · Full-Stack Engineer, Consultant, Founder
@jijosunny I've just installed WhatRuns and looks good! Since you mentioned you're planning on selling lists of websites using a particular tech, I'm curious how you will differentiate WhatRuns from TechLookup from Hunter, which is free and does exactly that minus the predictive sales system which you mentioned in the next paragraph.
Jijo Sunny
Maker
@jijosunny · Co-founder, WhatRuns.
@blukasz Thank you so much, Lukasz! Great question. Hunter TechLookup is a handy tool, which I believe is developed using the data they collect for their core business - emails (big fan ✋). To differentiate, TechLookup is identifying 115 technologies, compared to the tens of thousands of techs and plugins we identify, and we're adding new ones all the time! :) Also, TechLookup gives you a downloadable spreadsheet, which is not exactly what salespeople are looking for. Predictive sales platform mentioned above is one of the many things we're working on to use the technology data we have. BTW we are just getting ready for the private beta! 🚀 Feel free to drop me a line if you like to take a look: jijo [at] whatruns.com Thanks!
Nicholas Saggese@saggesenicholas · CMO, Alpine Outlier
@jijosunny been thinking about doing something around this for a while but it would be awesome for me to be able to plug in a list of client domains and get a list back of suggestions for new prospects based on technology signals.
Frédéric Miserey@diligiant · CEO, ubiqwi
@jijosunny I don't know your biz-model but you might want to open source your detection code as it could be improved. Take https://mobile.twitter.com: it's React app and it's not detected.
Jijo Sunny
Maker
@jijosunny · Co-founder, WhatRuns.
@saggesenicholas That's an interesting idea and is aligned with our roadmap. Thanks, Nicholas! @diligiant Sorry about the occasional false detections. I agree with you that it could be improved a lot, and it is on top of our list. WR is only going to improve! ;)
Jijo Sunny
Maker
@jijosunny · Co-founder, WhatRuns.
Hi, everyone! 👋 First off, big thanks to @erictwillis for hunting 🚀 us! WhatRuns is a free browser extension that shows you what runs a website – from ad networks and developer tools to fonts and Wordpress plugins. You can also follow websites and get notified when they add or remove technologies. We soft-launched a couple of weeks back and was lucky enough to be picked up by the Chrome team. We were featured on the Chrome Webstore, landing us 12k active users in one week. It was a huge validation and helped us tremendously in squashing bugs and making a finished product. We realise we have a long way to go, and our little team is working round the clock to make it happen. Would love to hear what you think. :) Update: Thanks for the overwhelming response. Love this community ❤️ We got enough feedbacks to keep us busy for a long time. Special thanks to Matt for sharing us on HackerNews, WR made #1 on HN too. 😍
Shyjal@shyjal · Founder, Collect.chat
I have switched from wappalyzer to whatruns recently. Experienced better detection than wappalyzer. The categories and UI is an icing on the cake. Good job @jijosunny
Jijo Sunny
Maker
@jijosunny · Co-founder, WhatRuns.
Thank you @shyjal!
Anvar Tk@anvartk · Founder at Mozilor Technologies
I've seen this featured on Google Chrome Webstore frontpage. Been using it ever since. Good job @jijosunny
Jijo Sunny
Maker
@jijosunny · Co-founder, WhatRuns.
@anvartk Yes, we were lucky enough to be handpicked by Chrome just a few days after launch 🎉Landed us 12k active users in a week. Thank you for your kind words, Anvar.
Artwo@artwo · Working on great stuff
Awesome product! But I find a little issue: when I try to click on the last "website" button, it's really difficult and frustrating because of the tooltip. I made a gif to illustrate this: http://gph.is/2vm97zC
Jijo Sunny
Maker
@jijosunny · Co-founder, WhatRuns.
@artwo Thank you! Glad you liked the product. And thanks for taking time to make the GIF to illustrate the UI issue. We are working on this and will soon push an update with a fix!