Deploying to a remote server via FTP
For this example, we’ll use 2 domains:
- https://mywpsite.com to represent our server that runs WordPress (could be your local computer as http://localhost/, http://mysite.local, http://192.168.0.1/, on WP Engine, Digital Ocean, or other hosting).
- https://mystaticsite.com to represent where you’re deploying your static site to. This will end up being where you want your users to visit, so your production domain, but during testing, you may set this to a staging server, such https://staging.mystaticsite.com, http://126.96.36.199 or to a subfolder such as https://mystaticsite.com/myfirststatictest/.
The FTP deployment method is quite simple in the options you need to fill out. Below, we see an example of what your settings might look like and we’ll go through what each option does:
Beware – be careful not to overwrite your WordPress site with your static site. This can be a pain to cleanup and may even cause your site to be inaccessible until cleaned. The main thing to avoid is setting your Base Url to the same address as your WordPress site. If it’s the same domain, but a different subdomain or subdirectory, that’s fine, though.
Set your Base Url to what we defined at the top of this page as https://mystaticsite.com or your equivalent.
Set this to what you would use in what’s usually called the host or server address field in your FTP program. Often, it’s the same as your domain, or with the ftp subdomain in front of it. Other times, especially if you’re setting up a new site and don’t have your domain yet, it will be an IP address.
Again, the same username as what you would use to connect via FileZilla, Cyberduck or whatever app you like to use for FTP.
As above. This will not be shown as you enter it, so if you have a tricky password that you need to enter manually, you can type it somewhere else that you can see it, such as the browser’s address bar and then copy and paste it in. Be careful not to copy any space characters at the start or end of your password as this may cause them to be interpreted as part of your actual password characters.
FTP Remote Path
This may not be intuitive as to what you need to set here, so we advise to first do a test upl
Did you know, you don’t need to save any of your credentials within the plugin if you are exporting via the UI (vs CRON/CLI). Just enter your credentials on the settings page and hit Start static site export. If you navigate away from the page, your credentials will not persist. You can also hit the Reset to default settings button to clear any settings you’ve saved for the plugin from your WordPress database.