How to Convert WordPress to Static and Host in Google Storage?

A step-by-step guide to convert WordPress (WP)
into a static site and host them in Google Cloud Storage

Running massive
traffic WordPress site is challenging. There are many

  • Expensive – require server(s) based on size
    of traffic
  • Skills – you must be skilled in optimizing
    web server, database, PHP, WP for optimal performance
  • Security – have to ensure necessary WP
    related security is implemented to avoid being
  • Maintenance – you need to
    regularly updated WP core, themes, plugins to ensure
    doesn’t expose any vulnerability or break because of
    compatibility issue

A static site is lightweight and security is less concern.

You can get the static site running on cloud storage like GCS
and pay for just storage/bandwidth cost (much lower compare to
WordPress server).

I know what you are thinking.

Making site with WordPress is easy as it got large themes and
plugins marketplace. You can make your site ready with WP in
just a few minutes/hours which will take longer to
design/develop using static HTML/CSS/JS.

So how do you not leave WordPress and enjoy static site
benefits, together?


The idea is to use WordPress to build your site and once done,
convert them into static HTML files.

Let’s see how to do it efficiently.

Exporting WordPress to Static HTML Files

There are many ways to achieve this, but I found the following
procedure is straightforward. As usual, try in staging/non-prod
environment first to see how it works.

  • Login to your WordPress Admin

Note: if you don’t have WP setup yet, then you may
setup LAMP environment on your local PC or use shared hosting
like SiteGround .

  • Go to Plugins >> Add new
  • Search for “ Simply Static ” and install

  • On left navigation, go to Simply Static >> Settings

In most cases, you can leave all settings default but take a
look and see if you need to include or exclude any URL

  • Go to Generate and click “Generate Static Files.”

It will take some time based on a size of your site. I am
testing with some dummy installation which got 56 URL
and took 5 seconds

  • Download the zip file by clicking “Click here to download.”

This concludes WordPress site is converted into static files
and it’s time to put them in Cloud Storage.

Updates: I came across another two solutions
which help to make WordPress site static too.

  1. HardyPress – provide an option to convert
    existing or create a new site. It provides hosting as well.
  2. Shifter – Serverless WordPress hosting.

Hosting WordPress Static Files to Google Cloud Storage

I got one spare URL ( which I will be using for
this demonstration.

First thing, you got to verify the domain ownership with
Google .

Once verified…

  • Go to Google Cloud >> Storage ( direct link )
  • Click create bucket

  • Enter bucket information and
    storage class and create

  • Go back to the browser
  • Select the drop-down next to newly created bucket and
    select “Edit website configuration.”

  • Enter main page – index.html

  • Select the drop-down again and go to “Edit bucket
  • Enter allUsers in add members >>
    select role as Storage Object Viewer and
    click Add

  • Go back to the browser and upload the extracted zip file
    which you downloaded in previous steps

Next, you need to update your domain record to point to
cloud storage

  • Login to your Domain registrar panel and update CNAME
    record of your domain
  • Wait for few minutes and check DNS record to ensure it’s
    resolving to the configured one


and finally, let’s access the URL

So as you can see, it works.

BTW, if you want to implement SSL, then you can refer this
guide .

There are few limitations to be aware. The static site won’t be
able to do certain things like WordPress.


  • Comments submission
  • Opt-in forms

So if you heavily rely on those then this may not be a good
solution, however, if you are using WordPress site as an
information page, startup, personal then it’s worth giving a

What do you think about it?


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