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How to Upload Your Slides Website to WordPress With the Static Pages Plugin

We created a WordPress plugin – Static Pages – that enables you to easily import and publish a static website on WordPress. If you are a Slides or Startup customer, then you can download the plugin for free, otherwise, you’ll have to purchase it.

You should note that the Slides template is not a WordPress theme, it’s just the front-end part of a site. It is suitable for such use-cases as adding a landing page for your shop or blog, adding a page with a subscription form to your site, using it to quickly perform A-B tests on your site, etc. It is not suitable for building something that will require some back-end processing, e.g. a fully-fledged e-commerce website.

Installing Static Pages

Before we can use it, we first need to install the Static Pages plugin. Download the plugin. It comes in a .zip file. Don’t unzip it. You’ll upload it to WordPress as it is.

Open your WordPress Dashboard and select Plugins > Add New from the menu.

How to Upload Your Slides Website to WordPress With the Static Pages Plugin

On the Add Plugins page, select Upload Plugin and select the plugin from your computer.

Add Plugins

Click on Install Now to install the plugin.

Install Now

Next, activate the plugin.

Activate Plugin

You will then see it listed on the menu:

Static Pages

Selecting Static Pages from the menu will display a page with a list of your uploaded static pages, which should be empty right now.

Uploading Your Slides Website to WordPress

Now, let’s upload our Slides website to WordPress.

Click the Upload archive button:

Uploading Your Slides Website to WordPress

Then select the zip archive containing your Slides website and Upload it.

Upload file

You should then see the fields shown below:

Uploaded website

If instead, you only get the fields shown below, then you need to make some changes to your Slides template archive and upload it again. Follow the Fix outlined below the image.

Incorrectly uploaded site

Fix: For the Static Page to work, you need to ensure that the Slides website files aren’t placed in a folder when archived. To ensure this, go into the root folder of your Slides website, select all the files and folders and compress them. This will create an archive containing the files, without placing them in a folder. Now delete the previously uploaded Static Page on WordPress and upload this new archive.

Setting the Page’s URL

You can rename the Static Page:

Setting the Page's URL

You can also set the URL that the page will be served from. Use / if you want it as your homepage (https://example.com) or a different string (e.g. campaign) that will be appended to your site’s URL (https://example.com/campaign).

Set static page url

After specifying a URL and saving the change with the Update URL button, you should see an Open in New Tab link. Use it to open the static page you just added.

Open in new tab

You can use the Static Pages plugin to add several static webpages to your WordPress site, each with a different URL.

If you’d like to find out how to host your Slides website on GitHub Pages, we have a guide for you.

Updated on September 14, 2020

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