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#1 Guest_Cass_*

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Posted 30 March 2013 - 06:21 PM

The question is simple, can i create a site in wordpress, download the site to my computer created and use it without wordpress as an ordinary web-design?

Note 1: Sites made in WordPress are in PHP , to be an ordinary web-design it would be HTML.

Note 2: If WordPress would seize to exist, how could i use my saved sute with your product? Would conversions be necessary?

#2 Chris Jean

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Posted 01 April 2013 - 10:47 AM

Interesting questions.

Technically, you can view the HTML source of any webpage on the net, copy the HTML, paste it into a file, manually save each static file referred to by the HTML (js, css, images, etc), and then have your own personal version of that site that you can customize for whatever purpose. Of course, you would likely run into copyright issues doing that with some sites.

So, could you turn a WordPress site into a series of static HTML files? Absolutely. As long as you know how to do this on a technical level (as described above), this is completely possible. In the end, a web page is simply a static HTML document. WordPress is a tool written in a dynamic language (PHP) that allows for easy content management while the code handles the generation of the HTML. You could do everything WordPress does by hand, but it would take longer and would require knowledge of how to structure and format the HTML.

While WordPress could technically cease to exist, it would more or less require the internet to cease to exist or for many, many decades to go by in order for that to happen. As a GPL piece of software, even if Matt Mullenweg (creator of WordPress) decided to shut down wordpress.com, wordpress.org, and remove every copy of WordPress that he has control over, the rest of the world still has full rights to continue to develop and improve WordPress and to release all existing and future versions of WordPress.

As for your question about our prouducts working without WordPress, the short answer is that they wouldn't. All of the products are designed to heavily rely on WordPress.

Our plugins in particular are highly tied to WordPress and really wouldn't do much without it.

The themes are a bit different. You could take the css and images of a theme and make use of it without WordPress, but doing so would require some technical ability to be able to do so. For instance, it is possible to take one of our themes and change it to work with a different CMS, but to do so, you would have to know 1) how to create a WordPress theme, 2) how to create a theme for the other CMS, and 3) how to write code in order to update the code from the way WordPress works to the way the new CMS works. Even after doing this, it would still likely require much additional modification since the feature sets in one CMS (such as WordPress) aren't perfectly duplicated in another CMS (such as Drupal).

I have a feeling that the true root of your question is: Will our products have value if you decide to not use WordPress in the future? For most users, the answer is no. For some technical users that can work with the code, styling, and other elements provided in the products, the answer is possibly but probably not.

#3 Dustin Akers

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Posted 01 April 2013 - 03:07 PM

Hi Cass,

No. BackupBuddy could take it from moving from a WordPress site to another but no.

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