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Is it possible to make a WordPress deployment read-only? For a website that won't be updated, I'd like to make it read-only/static, so the archive is there but nobody can post, so I don't have to deal with breaches and updates?

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Assuming you have shell access, or access to any Linux/Unix box, you could use wget to download the entire site to static html files:

wget --recursive --no-clobber --page-requisites --html-extension --domains domain.com http://domain.com

Then either upload or move these files to your web root (after backing up and removing your WP installation).

I imagine it's also possible to do this via some sort of proxy/cache setup, but I can't comment on the relative security of such an approach with any certainty.

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    Be aware that everything dynamic (comments, contact forms,...) will not work any more then. – kraftner Apr 23 '18 at 9:04
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Finally the solution I resorted to was Simply Static (a free plugin) – it generates a static copy of the website (including custom content).

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