WordPress plugin allowing static site generation w/ security, performance and cost benefits
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WordPress plugin to generate a static copy of your site and deploy to GitHub Pages, S3, Netlify, etc. Increase security, pageload speed and hosting options. Connect WordPress into your CI/CD workflow.

WordPress as a Static Site Generator

Watch Leon Stafford's talk from WordCamp Brisbane 2018

WordPress as a Static Site Generator

Table of contents

External resources

Opinionated software

  • speed over beautiful code
  • human readable code over short variable names
  • own-code vs adding libraries
  • benchmarking over opinions (performance)
  • less clicks == better UX
  • user configurable options vs developer opinions

WP-CLI commands

  • wp wp2static options --help

  wp wp2static options


  Read / write plugin options


  wp wp2static options


  <list> [--reveal-sensitive-values]

  Get all option names and values (explicitly reveal sensitive values)

  <get> <option-name>

  Get or set a specific option via name

  <set> <option-name> <value>

  Set a specific option via name


  List all options

    wp wp2static options list

  List all options (revealing sensitive values)

    wp wp2static options list --reveal_sensitive_values

  Get option

    wp wp2static options get selected_deployment_option

  Set option

    wp wp2static options set baseUrl 'https://mystaticsite.com'
  • wp wp2static generate
Generating static copy of WordPress site
Success: Generated static site archive in 00:00:04
  • wp wp2static deploy --test
  • wp wp2static deploy
  • wp wp2static generate
Generating static copy of WordPress site
Success: Generated static site archive in 00:00:04
  • wp wp2static deploy --test
  • wp wp2static deploy
Deploying static site via: zip
Success: Deployed to: zip in 00:00:01
Sending confirmation email...


Modify the initial list of URLs to crawl

  • wp2static_modify_initial_crawl_list
  • Filter hook



example usage

function add_additional_urls( $url_queue ) {
    $additional_urls = array(

    $url_queue = array_merge(

    return $url_queue;

add_filter( 'wp2static_modify_initial_crawl_list', 'add_additional_urls' );

Post-deployment hook

  • wp2static_post_deploy_trigger
  • Action hook



example usage

function printArchiveInfo( $archive ) {
    error_log( print_r( $archive, true ) );

add_filter( 'wp2static_post_deploy_trigger', 'printArchiveInfo' );

example response

Archive Object
    [settings] => Array
            [selected_deployment_option] => github
            [baseUrl] => https://leonstafford.github.io/demo-site-wordpress-static-html-output-plugin/
            [wp_site_url] => http://example.test/
            [wp_site_path] => /srv/www/example.com/current/web/wp/
            [wp_uploads_path] => /srv/www/example.com/current/web/app/uploads
            [wp_uploads_url] => http://example.test/app/uploads
            [wp_active_theme] => /wp/wp-content/themes/twentyseventeen
            [wp_themes] => /srv/www/example.com/current/web/app/themes
            [wp_uploads] => /srv/www/example.com/current/web/app/uploads
            [wp_plugins] => /srv/www/example.com/current/web/app/plugins
            [wp_content] => /srv/www/example.com/current/web/app
            [wp_inc] => /wp-includes
            [crawl_increment] => 1

    [path] => /srv/www/example.com/current/web/app/uploads/wp-static-html-output-1547668758/
    [name] => wp-static-html-output-1547668758
    [crawl_list] => 
    [export_log] => 


This repo contains the latest code, which you can clone/download to get the bleeding edge, else install via the official WordPress Plugin page

If you'd like to contribute, please follow the usual GitHub procedures (create an Issue, fork repo, submit PR). If you're unsure about any of that, contact me and I'll be happy to help.

In trying to make development/contributing easier, we'll keep requirements to a minimum. If you prefer Docker, Local by FlyWheel, Valet, Bedrock, Linux, BSD, Mac, they're all fine. This is a WordPress plugin, so anywhere you can run WordPress, you can do development on this :)

Localisation / translations

Localisation has fallen behind on this project. I welcome anyone who can contribute some expertise in this area / help me get the project easier to translate.

Our official translation page on wordpress.org.


Please raise an issue here on GitHub or on the plugin's support forum.

There is also a Slack group, for quick discussions among the user community.


When cloning the repo for direct use, clone it into a dir named after the official WP plugin's slug, static-html-output-plugin, this will make life easier.

Sponsorship / supporting open-source

I'm committed (git-pun) to keeping this software open-source and free from selling out user data to a 3rd party. As of version 6, we'll no longer be using Freemius for this reason. We'll accept payments with Snipcart + Stripe, but they will have no knowledge of your WordPress website or any info not required for a payment. The only thing that tracks you on our marketing website is a YouTube embed, which I'll soon switch to an image to avoid that. I rock OpenBSD on my workstation and increasingly on servers because they are an open source project done very well.

There is no big company behind this software, besides a sole proprietership in my name, in order to comply with taxation requirements for me as an Australian resident.

Help keep me doing what I love: building and supporting this software.