Find Which Websites Are Using Any Technology With BuiltWith
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I'll be using a BuiltWith Pro account for this guide. You can find out more about BuiltWith Pro and everything you'll have access to if you sign up for a free account here.
I'm going to start in the BuiltWith Dashboard. Once logged in, from you're dashboard (which should be the first screen you see when you log in to your account) you'll see a summary of all of the base technologies you currently follow and all of the reports you've generated so far. If you haven't done anything yet, these sections will be empty.
If you're looking to gather a list of websites using any particular technology (WooCommerce in this case), the best way is to create a report. Begin by clicking either the "Create New" button or the "Create a Report" link from your dashboard as shown below.
BuiltWith allows you to create a variety of different reports as shown on the next screen. In this case, we're interested in finding a list of websites using WooCommerce and so we need to create a Web Technology Based List. Select Web Technology as the data source as shown in the next image.
Next, you'll be able to select from any of your Base Technologies (if you're chosen any) or search the BuiltWith database for any technology you want to investigate. In this case, we can search for WooCommerce and select the appropriate entry in the search results.
From here, we can generate the report straight away. Just hit the "Finish" button on the next screen and BuiltWith will begin collating your list of websites. However, at this stage you have the option to customize the report. Perhaps you want to add some filters and are only interested in particular types of websites. If that's the case, hit the "Customize" button or select the "Optional Filters" from the left of the screen.
Sometimes filtering your list of results as narrowly as possible can make the report you generate more manageable. If however, you want to see the whole lot, that's fine too!
I'm going to look at the filtering options here by clicking on "Customize".
The first optional filter allows you to filter the websites you're looking for by traffic rank. You can select particular Quantcast and Alexa ranges for the websites in your results by clicking on one of the options in the drop-down menu (as I've done in the image below) or typing specific values in the Start and End boxes.
I'm going to select the Top 100K websites by Quantcast ranking and then click "Next".
Next is the physical location filers. These let you filter results to show only websites from the countries your select. I'm going to view "All Data" from all countries and progress to the next filter.
Top Level Domain filtering is next. Perhaps you're only interested in .com websites, or one of the others from the list. You can make a selection using this filter. I'm going to use "Select All" and more on to the final filter.
Lastly is the Detection Date filter. Here you can select to view "Live" data (ie - websites that are currently using WooCommerce) or use particular dates to generate a snapshot. If using "Live" data, the list of websites you generate will update periodically. New websites that have begun using WooCommerce will be added to the list and those that have stopped will be removed. Using the "Live" setting ensures that your data is as up-to-date as possible.
Alternatively you can create a static snapshot report. By selecting a range of dates between which WooCommerce must have been first detected by BuiltWith or last detected by BuiltWith you can create a static list of websites that won't change. Perhaps you're only interested in websites which started using the technology 6-12 months ago or those that stopped within the last 3 months. The Detection Date filter is especially useful in those scenarios.
In this case, I'm going to create a Live report so I'll check the "Live" box and hit "Next".
The final options page shows a summary of the selections you've made and let's you give the report a friendly name. After generating a few reports, it can be tricky to keep track of them all without giving them names that you'll recognize, so choose something useful here.
If you want to make any changes, you can revisit any of the filters by using the "Edit" links or selected the filters from the shortcuts on the left of the screen. I'm happy with what's been selected though, so am going to click "Add to Dashboard".
BuiltWith will now go and look through it's database for matches to pull into your report. Depending on the technology and filters you select, this could take a minute or so. You can keep track of it's progress in your Dashboard, which will update as more results are found.
When BuiltWith has found all of the results, the report will be ready in your dashboard as shown below. This WooCommerce report didn't take very long to generate at all. Click on "View" to take a look at the results.
BuiltWith has found 476 websites using WooCommerce matching the criteria I entered. Not bad for just a few clicks. You can look in a bit more detail at each of the websites in the list and have various other options from here which we'll get into another time.
Generating lists like this is incredibly easy in BuiltWith and there is a wealth of information available. Have a look into BuiltWith Pro to see if this might be for you.