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  • I know a lot of people are wondering how to convert their website into a wordpress blog, but I was wondering if there is an easy way to convert a wordpress blog into a traditional static website that isn’t database driven.

    Just curious.

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  • No, there is never an “easy” way.

    Why would anybody want to do this conversion? Short of saving every post/Page html output – I don’t think there is a way.

    Use a standard website cacher/downloader like wget. To make your life easier, make sure you are using permalinks, and that these permalinks end in .html or you are going to have a hard time getting it to work.

    Thanks very much for the info!

    In the address bar of my browser, it doesn’t show the extension of the page.

    It looks like this:

    When I look at page info, it shows the type as text/html, but so do .php pages.

    So how do I know if my permalinks end in .html??

    The reason I am toying with this idea, is mainly for resource reasons. I love how convenient WP is, but its not that much harder to post to a traditional website if you are using templates. RSS can be added as well.

    Right now I am just exploring the option of converting to a totally static site.


    Moderator Samuel Wood (Otto)

    (@otto42) Admin

    You could use something like WP-Super-Cache, which actually generates static pages for your site so as to speed up serving. This essentially eliminates the “benefit” of a static site by making the dynamic one have it too.

    However, the problem with a static site is just that: It’s static. Your pages don’t react to one another, they don’t interlock.

    Consider a sidebar with a recent posts list. To change it on a static site, every single post, every single HTML file on the whole site must change every time you make a new post.

    So how do I know if my permalinks end in .html??

    Your question doesn’t really make any sense. You are still considering the “link” as bearing a 1:1 relationship with filenames. A URL (Uniform Resource Locator) is simply an address. It does not have to bear any particular relationship to anything.

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