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Extend a Static WordPress Site on Strattic Even Further by Deploying to Netlify

April 26, 2022

Extend a Static WordPress Site on Strattic Even Further by Deploying to Netlify
Extend a Static WordPress Site on Strattic Even Further by Deploying to Netlify
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Modern web developers love to build and deploy on Netlify’s high performance platform. 

Agencies and companies who want to ensure performance and the most security for their WordPress sites come to Strattic

By integrating Strattic and Netlify, you can get the most extensible, performant and secure static WordPress site possible. 

I’ve been a fan of Netlify since their BitBalloon days and as the developer behind the WP2Static WordPress plugin, I have built some popular integrations for their platform over the years. I’ve been involved in WordPress from its early days, through to its current dominance.

And that’s why I love the idea of being able to use both WordPress and Netlify at the same time! Or as we say, having my cake and eating it too.

But if you know anything about WP and Netlify, you’ll know that they’re not exactly natural partners. WordPress sites are dynamically generated and therefore are not compatible with the Jamstack approach that is led by Netlify.

So how can users enjoy the benefits of Netlify in conjunction with WordPress? Before we answer that, let’s share a little context and background.

Netlify for building and deploying static web apps

Netlify gives developers a platform to instantly build and deploy static web apps to their global CDN, using the powerful Netlify CLI tool or Git. Out of the box, you get features like:

  • Deployment previews
  • Deployment rollbacks (one-click to go back to a previous version of your live static site)
  • Serverless forms support
  • Analytics (no need to weigh down your site with Google Analytics)
  • Serverless functions (add hit counters, star ratings, geo-redirection and even personalization!)
  • Netlify Identity for user authentication on static sites

They built a rock solid platform, trusted by organizations like Unilever, Verizon and Twilio.

Netlify’s build platform smoothly integrates with popular frontend frameworks and static site generators, like Angular, Next.js and Gatsby. They maintain a list of the leading static site generators which you can connect to Netlify and start deploying within a matter of minutes!

WordPress continues to dominate the web 

There’s a reason that WordPress continues to dominate more than 40% of the web! Content creators and marketers love the unmatchable ease of adding content and modifying WordPress from its web UI. Quickly adding plugins from the massive ecosystem makes it effortless to push changes and add functionality without requiring developer resources. In addition, WordPress is Open Source software that is continuously under development by the community. This means that in many ways it’s future-proof, and if a company’s WordPress suppliers stop working for them, they should have no problem finding new ones among the thousands of WP professionals around the world. 

Now you don’t have to choose between Netlify and WordPress!

Netlify offers a great experience for web developers, and WordPress is the power tool for marketing teams…and now your team can enjoy the benefits of both.

As the developer of WP2Static, I’m already very familiar with this type of setup since WP2Static allows its users to deploy the static versions of their sites to Netlify. However, WP2Static is very much a tool for what can be described as the “DIY” crowd, i.e. those who are willing to set up and maintain their own WP dev servers and manage deployments themselves. 

So while WP2Static can be a good static WordPress option for many users, issues with configuring and maintaining the WordPress hosting environments are common, due to the infinite ways one can choose to set up a WordPress site. And for mission critical sites where teams need support, I’m embarrassed to admit that as the lone WP2Static project maintainer, some of my support responses can be a bit slow!

That’s where Strattic comes in: Strattic’s platform is end-to-end and takes care of everything for WordPress users who want to go static with their site, including on Netlify!

Strattic realized early on that WordPress wasn’t going anywhere. Instead of resisting it, they built a platform to solve those biggest WordPress issues – security and performance!

On Strattic, users access WordPress sites on non-public, containerized instances. When no one is working on site changes, these site containers turn themselves off, reducing the attack surface. Strattic’s intelligent publishing system generates a static snapshot of your site, with no PHP or MySQL exposed. This fully static version of your site is then served from the fastest global CDNs, using edge locations closest to your site visitors, with no fears of scalability. Strattic also provides seamless form and search integrations for your sites, as well as supporting most of the popular WordPress plugins.

The choice is clear for agencies and large organizations. Strattic is trusted with the static WordPress publishing of well-known names, including:

By putting both Netlify and Strattic’s engineering minds together, we’re now bridging the gap between secure, static WordPress and all of Netlify’s great benefits! 

Strattic features:

  • Keep using WordPress as usual (Strattic supports many of the most popular WordPress plugins)
  • One-click static-site generation (quickly publish incremental changes)
  • WordPress containerized sites spin down when not in use for extra security

Deploy from Strattic to Netlify for:

  • Rollbacks of the static site
  • Serverless functions 
  • Analytics
  • Netlify Identity

Strattic is partnering with Netlify to create a Netlify integration for Strattic sites

With this partnership, we’re excited to help bring Netlify-experienced developers that same loved deployment experience for their WordPress sites.

If you’d like to get started deploying your Strattic site to Netlify, please fill out the form below.