• Would it be possible to provide a WordPress-based web site to a user on a disc, such as a data DVD? The online site uses a SQL database and the WP Data Access plugin to build the pages.

    I am building a family history site containing entries from my great-grandfather’s diaries. However, I’m 75 years old and at some point not too far down the road I won’t be around to pay the hosting fees. The web site could then disappear. While other, younger family members could assume the hosting payments, none of them have the technical knowledge needed to keep the site going. If there was a way to provide this site on a disc, I could give copies to various family members.

    If it is not possible to run a WordPress site from a disc, I would be interested in suggestions as to how to go about preserving this site in other, more permanent ways.

    Thanks ahead of time for your help.

    The page I need help with: [log in to see the link]

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  • There are a few different ways you can save a static WordPress website as raw HTML and CSS to your computer so you can view the website without an internet connection. Here are a few options:

    Use a tool like HTTrack or WinHTTrack to download the entire website and save it to your computer. These tools allow you to specify the URL of the website you want to download, and they will automatically download all of the HTML, CSS, and other assets required to view the website offline.

    Use the “Save As” feature in your web browser to save the website as a single HTML file. This will save the current state of the website as a single HTML file, but it will not include any of the associated CSS or other assets required to properly render the website.

    Use a plugin like “WP Static HTML Output” to generate static HTML files for your WordPress website. This plugin allows you to export your entire WordPress website as a set of static HTML files, which you can then download and view offline on your computer.

    You could also consider hosting free on wordpress.com hosted website. If you cant pay a bill later, you would not be able to have a custom domain, but you could just use the free sub domain that wordpress.com gives you.

    Though make sure to read their terms, not sure if they delete inactive websites or not after some time.

    Thread Starter Rich


    Thanks Mike! This is all very helpful.

    Thread Starter Rich


    Houston, we have a problem.

    The WP Static HTML Output plugin has been taken off the market. Here is the message from the plugin page:

    “This plugin has been closed as of August 10, 2020 and is not available for download. This closure is permanent. Reason: Author Request.”


    I didn’t notice that before, but I found this one https://wordpress.org/plugins/simply-static/

    And this video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kO-PCcpvaDI that might help walk through it.

    Thread Starter Rich


    I installed the Simply Static plugin and I’m running it now. We’ll see what happens!

    Thanks again, Mike.

    Thread Starter Rich


    Well…it’s a good news, bad news situation. The static site downloaded to my local machine OK, and most of the site works fine locally. However, the main part of the site doesn’t work.

    The diary pages, which are the pages I am most concerned about preserving, are built from an SQL database using the WP Data Access plugin. The data doesn’t appear the static site…a least not with the default settings in Simply Static.

    I will continue exploring the options in Simply Static. Perhaps there is a setting that will make that part work, too.

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