How to convert your WordPress site to a static site

This article describes how to create a static site from a traditional, dynamically generated WordPress site.

Why create a static site?

Creating a site with static content offers several advantages over a dynamically generated WordPress site:

  • Performance: Dynamically generated WordPress sites must pull information from a database, and parse and run PHP scripts. Static sites, however, only serve pre-generated HTML and CSS to browsers. This can result in significantly improved page load times and SEO rankings.
  • Security: Security exploits on WordPress (or one of its many plugins) do happen. With a static site, however, no external data sources (like a database) are accessed, and PHP is not run. This greatly reduces a site's attack surface, and the need to constantly keep up-to-date with security patches.

However, there are some site usage scenarios where static content may not be appropriate:

  • Ecommerce and forum sites: These types of sites rely heavily on dynamically generated content. WooCommerce, for example, does not work in a static environment.
  • Dynamic content: Any dynamically generated content, such as AJAX-based widgets, may not function properly in a static environment.

Creating a static site

Before you create the static site content, you should set up a staging site. The staging site runs the original, dynamically generated WordPress site, while the primary site uses the static site content. Usually, you use a subdomain or addon domain for the staging site, and your primary domain name for the static site content.

For detailed information about how to create a staging site using Softaculous, please see this article.

For generating static site content from the staging site, there are several plugins available that do this. In this article, we use the Simply Static plugin. With this plugin, you can easily generate static content files from your existing WordPress site. To do this, follow these steps:

  1. Log in to your WordPress staging site as the administrator.
  2. On the Dashboard in the left sidebar, click Plugins, and then click Add New:

    WordPress sidebar - Plugins - Add New

  3. On the Add Plugins page, in the Search plugins text box, type simply static and then press Enter:

    WordPress - Add new plugin - Search

  4. Locate the Simply Static section, and then click Install Now:

    WordPress - Add new plugin - Install

  5. When installation is complete, click Activate:

    WordPress - Add new plugin - Activate

  6. In the left sidebar, click Simply Static, and then click Settings:

    WordPress - Simply Static - Settings

  7. The settings page appears. Configure the settings you want, and then click SAVE CHANGES.

    There are many settings available for customizing how the static site is generated. For detailed information about these settings, please see the official Simply Static documentation at

    WordPress - Simply Static - Settings page

  8. To generate the static site, in the left sidebar, click Simply Static, and then click Generate:

    WordPress - Simply Static - Generate

  9. On the generate page, click GENERATE STATIC FILES:

    WordPress - Simply Static - Generate page

    The Activity Log and Export Log sections show detailed updates about the site generation process.
  10. You are now ready to deploy the static files to your primary website.

More Information

For more information about the Simply Static plugin, please visit

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