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Convert Wordpress to HTML


One way to improve speed and decrease security threats is to convert a WordPress site into static HTML pages. This article will explain why and how to convert a WordPress site from dynamic to static pages, as well as the common methods and the step-by-step procedure.


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WordPress is a popular content management platform that can be set up easily and managed by non-technical users. It does however use a database system as well as other dynamic components which can slow down page loading times and expose it to security risks.

As a matter of fact this website was built with HTML. For me HTML works a lot faster then a CMS-system and also loads a lot faster. One just has to work very precise otherwise there will be errors all over the place.

WORDPRESS TO HTML USING PLUGIN

We are going to use the Simply Static plugin for this. It has excelent ratings a lot of users. First follow these easy instructions:

  • Log in to your WP dashboard
  • Locate and click Add New under the Plugins
  • In the keyword search box, type Simply Static and press enter.
  • Install and activate Simply Static

Convert Wordpress to HTML Simply Static


With the plugin installed we go to "Simply Static > Settings". Here you can choose how to convert files. You will see three options for destination URLs and a selection of delivery methods.


Convert Wordpress to HTML Simply Static settings


Select Destination URL Options

Absolute URLs

Converting and creating HTML files for a different domain or URL is possible. This is where the URL to your static website will be added.

The destination URL to which the HTML content will be placed is specified. This could be a directory, subdomain or, in certain cases, the main domain URL.

Use the URL to replace WordPress on your main domain. However, this will not replace the WordPress files on your main domain. You may have to move them to another directory.

Relative URLs

This will convert your WP website into static HTML files. These files can be used in any website, regardless of its name. You can also include a path to your files if you don't want them to be in the root directory.

For offline use

This will allow you to convert WordPress to static URLs, which you can save to your local drive or other storage media. This option allows you to browse the site offline. You will need to select the delivery method in all options.

Select delivery method

Once you have chosen the Destination, click on the Delivery Method. You can choose from a Zip archive or Local Directory. Save the changes.

Generate your HTML files

Navigate to the Simply Static section, and click Generate. In the new window, click Generate static files. The conversion process starts. It will take several minutes depending on how large and complex your WordPress website is.

It displays a link to the compressed file once it is complete. You can either save it locally or extract it to the URL you wish to use. Or, you can browse offline using a local copy.


Convert Wordpress to HTML generate files


The files should be on your pc now. Next step is uploading them to the hosting for which url you have been generating the files for. This can be done with FTP which takes a lot of time or with Cpanel as compressed file which goes fast. In case you uploaded compressed files, of course extract them at the destination. I think screenshots are not necessary here as all these actions are pretty basic.

Of course check in your browser if all is working fine, and also all links are working.

WORDPRESS TO HTML USING HTTRACK

This is just one more method of converting a Wordpress website in a static HTML one. HTTrack, an open-source tool, allows you to download a website in its entirety onto your PC. It also preserves the structure. It creates directories, images, HTML and other files as it downloads files. Additionally, it provides a structure that allows users to browse the site offline.


Convert Wordpress to HTML with HTTrack


You can give it a name so it is different from other websites you might download in the near future.

  • Select the Download web site (s) from the Action drop-down menu.
  • In the Web Address (URL), enter the URL of the WordPress site you wish to download. You can also click the Add URL option.

Convert Wordpress to HTML HTTrack action


Click "Next" and "Finish" to begin the conversion process.


Convert Wordpress to HTML HTTrack conversion


  • HTTrack's local site will use the WP permalink structure. It saves the majority of dynamically generated content, such as comments, recent posts, and related posts, as HTML.
  • After the process is completed, you can upload your entire website to a domain or subdomain and also access it offline from a local machine.

It saves each file separately so you can use a compression tool and put them into one ZIP or RAR archive that is easier for website download. To upload the zip file to the URL you desire for your HTML website, use Cpanel or an FTP client. Once you have uploaded the file, extract it to your preferred directory/URL.




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