High Voltage – Building Static Sites With WordPress-Managed Content

WordPress evolved from a simple blog platform into a full-fledged content management system. It is now evolving beyond that into an application development framework. It is a new era for WordPress. One that partly made possible by the WP-API plugin. The plugin bolts a REST API on top of the WordPress platform, allowing for integration of WordPress with other systems.

WP-API can be leveraged in many ways. For example, there is a lot of excitement around using WordPress as a backend for single page web apps and mobile apps. But the possibilities don’t end there. In this talk, we will explore the use of WP-API to integrate WordPress-managed content with static site generators.

Static site generators and flat-file CMSs have been growing in popularity over the past few years, due largely to developer productivity, reliability, security, performance and ease-of-deployment. They are a compelling alternative but compromises must be made to realize the benefits. It doesn’t have to be an either-or decision. We will explore strategies for using WordPress as a collaborative writing room – similar to proprietary alternatives like Prismic.io and Contentful. And we will explore strategies for building static sites using that content.

Middleman can build a static site with content managed in WordPress. Here’s one way to do it.