How to Add WordPress to Your Website but Not Have it Live

I am often asked the question: how do I create a static HTML website with WordPress embedded within it so that when a visitor clicks on a link or an image in a post, it takes them to the corresponding article on my blog?

The problem is that while WordPress is truly fantastic and incredibly useful for creating a blog, once you have it set up and embedded on your website, it will always live there. This is the core issue with WordPress.org, the non-profit organization behind WordPress, and its biggest selling point: you never have to update it or “fix” it because it is constantly monitored and maintained by trained volunteers.

This is why you need to host your own WordPress blog. Not only will this give you total control over the platform and how it functions, but you won’t have to worry about it breaking down or the server running out of space. Let’s take a look at how you can set up a standalone WordPress blog and integrate it with your existing website.

The Best Way to Have a Static Blog with WordPress Embedded Within It Is to Use a Static Site Generator

WordPress gets a lot of bad press because of its notorious tendency to break down and become outdated. This is why many people choose not to include it in their websites. Fortunately, there is a solution to this. Use a static site generator to create your blog. A static site generator will let you embed WordPress within a fully functioning website, but the site will be completely static; it will never change. This is a dream for anyone who values content accuracy and value for money. Not only will you never have to worry about WordPress breaking down, but you can also rest assured that the content will always be up to date.

There are a number of these tools, all of which are great. I’d recommend Squarespace, Wix, and WordPress itself (you’ll need the paid version for the best results).

Squarespace Is The Best in Class

If you want a fully functioning, premium-level WordPress-based website with total control over the content, design, and layout, there’s nowhere else you need to go but Squarespace. Not only do they have one of the most user-friendly interfaces for creating a blog or website, but they also provide premium services such as free backups, free domain privacy, and free weekly website themes — not to mention the usual content delivery and hosting. If you’re looking for a one-stop-shop for creating a blog or website, Squarespace is your best bet. Plus, their marketing team is top-notch and very responsive; if you have a question or need help with anything relating to your website, they are more than happy to help.

Wix Is Another Great Alternative

Wix is a bit cheaper and offers a stripped-down, basic option for those who are looking for a quick and dirty blog or website to launch. Depending on your needs, you can choose from a variety of fully functioning, premium-level themes and install WordPress alongside other popular platforms such as Shopify, Joomla, and Drupal. For those who want to go the extra mile and are looking for an all-in-one solution, Wix is a fantastic choice as they also offer a fully managed hosting service with WordPress installed for free (just like Squarespace but on a cheaper plan).

The Bottom Line

WordPress is very popular and easy to use, which makes it extremely useful for those who are looking to create a blog or website quickly. It also has a large and active community, which means if you have a question or need help with anything relating to your blog or website, you’ll most likely find the answer. The main issue with WordPress is that if you have it installed on your website and it gets shut down or taken down by the platform’s administrators, you’re screwed because you’ll have no content to fall back on. This means you’ll either have to pay for hosting or find a new solution.

Hosting your own WordPress blog is far more secure and gives you full control over the platform. You will not be reliant on third-party providers like Google or PayPal, and you can also rest assured that your content is always kept up-to-date.