Why and How to Create a Static Website with WordPress –

Why and How to Create a Static Website with WordPress

What can’t you possibly build with WordPress? You can build all types of websites ranging from small blogs to large e-commerce websites.

It’s the reason why WordPress is the platform of choice for millions of businesses across the globe, including big-name brands.

WordPress is straightforward to use and comes with many customization options in themes, page builders, and plugins.

Additionally, the platform enjoys a huge community of contributors and supporters across the globe. There are many reasons why WordPress is a staple, but we won’t get into that.

While WordPress is a formidable application framework, you can’t build simple static websites on the platform. I mean, simple HTML + CSS + (perhaps JavaScript) websites, and not that other “set a static page in your Reading Settings” thing.

I’m talking about this, which is NOT what we’re trying to achieve.

And that’s all because WordPress generates what we call dynamic webpages.

If that sounds confusing, my friend, it is. So, what’s the difference between a static website and a dynamic website? Well, to shed some light, I will explain how WordPress works and how static websites work. Let’s begin with static websites, ladies and gentlemen.

Static websites use simple HTML and CSS files, and probably some JavaScript. Files that you create/code from scratch or using some software such as CoffeeCup, among others. Oh God, I hate the jargon, but it’s hard to avoid.

If I were to explain, we would need an entire web design course. When you have a few minutes to spare, check out the guides I linked above for more info.

Aside: For beginners, HTML provides the structure and CSS provides the style. JavaScript provides interactivity. Personally, I would rather write code from scratch than use CoffeeCup, because such tools create bloated code. I would rather take my chances with NotePad++, and build everything from scratch.

WordPress, on the other hand, is a platform that generates webpages on the fly. You don’t code pages from scratch. Just log into your WordPress admin, enter your content, and hit the Publish button.

Then the almighty PHP kicks in and retrieves your content from a database that runs on MySQL or something else, such as MariaDB. Yeah, I know, but read on.

WordPress takes care of everything else, bringing different parts together to build the page you see in your browser.

It’s much like what Microsoft Office does when you create a document. Just enter the content, and Microsoft Office handles everything else. You don’t code the document from scratch.

That said, you have a couple of tools to create a static version of your WordPress website. I mean, you can either use a plugin or a cloud-based service.

That’s what I love the most about WordPress; there is always a workaround. You either get a plugin or service to sort you



This article was written by Freddy and originally published on WPExplorer.

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