Strattic, a WordPress internet hosting firm that creates static information managed through a headless set up, has acquired WP2Static, an open supply plugin for producing a static WordPress web site. Leon Stafford, the plugin’s creator, has been working for the corporate for the previous 9 months and can proceed to keep up WP2Static.
In 2020, Stafford removed WP2Static from WordPress.org after the downsides of internet hosting within the listing started to outweigh the advantages for his venture. He cited WordPress.org’s lack of a simple option to alert customers to vital updates, customers abusing the Critiques part to file points, the shortcoming to disable help, and the cumbersome plugin launch course of.
WP2Static is a device aimed extra at DIY customers who wish to handle their very own static web site technology, however Stafford discovered that internet hosting on WordPress.org usually introduced the plugin to customers who didn’t absolutely perceive its perform.
“It was virtually too simple for individuals to put in WP2Static/Static HTML Output when within the wp.org repository,” he mentioned. “This result in fairly a number of individuals putting in it on their stay manufacturing servers and anticipating some magic efficiency enchancment, which isn’t the best way it’s supposed for use.”
Buying WP2Static permits Strattic to funnel the much less technical crowd to its internet hosting companies, in addition to those that favor a extra managed expertise. For the time being customers get updates from the WP2Static website, or through the Composer bundle, or GitHub obtain. Strattic plans to relaunch the plugin on WordPress.org to enhance its discovery, set up, and replace course of.
“Whereas Leon was focusing improvement primarily for the open supply/GitHub customers of the plugin, we’d wish to get this static web site resolution serving to as many WordPress customers as attainable and for that, the WordPress repository makes it the best expertise for them,” Strattic CEO Miriam Schwab mentioned.
Schwab mentioned previous to buying WP2Static, it was already producing top quality leads for Strattic, as Stafford had listed the corporate as an alternative choice to utilizing the plugin.
“We count on this pattern will proceed and develop now that WP2Static is a part of the Strattic household,” Schwab mentioned. “WP2Static is a superb possibility for customers who wish to take a look at the waters with static WordPress in a low-commitment method, and in addition for customers who’re extra ‘DIY’ and get enthusiastic about constructing their very own infrastructure and structure for his or her web sites, and sustaining it on an ongoing foundation.”
Strattic might be advertising the plugin as a place to begin. Customers who outgrow WP2Static might be inspired to look to Strattic for extra advanced performance, comparable to dynamic plugins, varieties, search, 301 redirects, web optimization plugins, multi-language, and different options not supported by the plugin. Schwab mentioned they don’t at present plan to rebrand WP2Static however are contemplating revising its identify to “WP2Static by Strattic.”