Support » Plugin: WP2Static » Just generates empty folders

  • Resolved acurran


    Hi I just installed and tried out this plugin. After running it, it looks like it was sucessfull, no errors and it gives the message ‘Process completed in 0:06 (mins:ss)’. But when I click on download zip, there is nothing there. I see the folders were created in uploads but they are all empty. I also tried the same server subdirectory option and again same thing, creates the folders in the subdirectory but no files. Im running latest version of WP on PHP 5.6.*

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  • Plugin Author Leon


    Hi Acurran,

    Please try these steps:

    And you may find 5.9 to work better:

    Please let me know what works.




    I can report the same behavior as @accuran with the version provided on the WP Plugin Website.

    For version 5.9, it did create the website but it rendered incorrectly. I have a feeling this may be due to how this theme works.

    As an example see vs .

    It does appear that it actually writes the content to the folders and these do appear (mostly) correctly if the pages are accessed directly.

    As an example see:

    Also worth noting: I tried both “Intelligent” and “Brute Force” methods. Same results for both.

    Plugin Author Leon


    Hi @rtisdale,

    Nice looking site!

    On the /mystaticsite, the links are definitely not getting rewritten properly, not sure what’s going on there. A couple of issues I’m working on around rewriting, then it may be worth another shot.

    The Brute-force isn’t wired up yet, but is still needed in cases like these. Forgive the technical jargon, but it uses “regular expressions” vs the proper parsing done now in 5.9 (intelligent). Parsing is the best option 90% of the time, but we need that brute force when the parser just can’t deal with the HTML it encounters for whatever reason.

    Let’s keep this dialog open and the good thing is that if it’s affecting a few people, it’s a common problem with a common solution waiting to be found 🙂




    Thanks! No worries on the technical jargon, I work in tech myself (Infrastructure Automation Engineer)

    Stay in touch and if you need any help troubleshooting, happy to give you a hand.

    On another note:


    Thanks for the responses.
    I’ve tried version 5.9. Now I get this error:

    An error has occurred, but let’s fix it!

    Everyone’s WordPress hosting environment and configuration is unique, with different plugins, themes, PHP versions, to name a few. Whilst the plugin does its best to support all environments, sometimes you’ll encounter a new issue. Sometimes we can adjust the settings in the plugin to overcome an issue, other times, it will require a bugfix and a new release of the plugin (usually a quick process).

    Switch to the Logs tab to look for obvious errors
    Check your PHP/webserver error logs if nothing in WP2Static’s logs
    Switch to the Help/Troubleshooting tab to look for obvious errors

    Nothing obvious in plugin Logs tab.
    Examples of the errors in server error log:

    403 GET /wp-content/plugins/wordpress-static-html-plugin//views/wp2static.css?ver=5.9 HTTP/1.0

    client denied by server configuration: /****/httpdocs/wp-content/plugins/wordpress-static-html-plugin/views/wp2static.css, referer: http://***/wp-admin/admin.php?page=wp2static

    404 GET /wp-content/uploads/WP-STATIC-MODIFIED-CRAWL-LIST.txt HTTP/1.0

    500 POST /wp-admin/admin-ajax.php HTTP/1.0

    Warning *** mod_fcgid: stderr: PHP Fatal error: Uncaught GuzzleHttp\\Exception\\ConnectException: cURL error 6: Couldn’t resolve host ‘www.***’ (see in /***/httpdocs/wp-content/plugins/wordpress-static-html-plugin/library/GuzzleHttp/Handler/CurlFactory.php:191, referer: http://www.***/wp-admin/admin.php?page=wp2static

    Note the website is not live and does not have a domain name resolving to it, I am just resolving the domain name with my local hosts file. Can this plugin make a static copy under this circumstance?

    Plugin Author Leon


    Hi @acurran,

    Aplogies for the late reply, have been on the road a bit the last few days.

    Thanks for trying the pre-release version.

    If you have control over your hosting environment enough to modify its hosts file, then you can use the same technique that you’re using on your local computer to resolve MYDOMAIN.COM to

    Alternatively, if you can’t do that, then you could change WordPress to point to itself, at Then, when the plugin crawls, it will resolve fine.

    One of those techniques should definitely work for you. If still having issues, please let me know.

    If you do get it fixed, please let me know and I’ll close this support ticket, else I’ll do so in about a week if I don’t hear from you.



    Plugin Author Leon


    Version 6.0 is now released, which should solve the rewriting issues.

    I have a new diagnostics theme and build tool, which is highlighting any remaining source code rewrite issues, which may come from code generated by certain themes/plugins:

    If you’re still facing any source code rewrite issues with 6.0, please create an issue in with an example of the original source code you get when you load the WordPress site in your browser and choose “View Source”, along with the output from the plugin, when you visit/open up the generated HTML file.

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