Frequently asked questions

What does HardyPress do?

HardyPress generates static (HTML) copies of your WordPress pages. It works a bit like a web crawler, starting at the main page of your website and looking for links to other pages to create static copies of. It also includes any images, CSS & JS files, and any other files that it can find a link to.

Why is HardyPress more secure than traditional hosting services?

With HardyPress you can hide your WordPress installation from the bad guys and publish a static site for the rest of the world to see. HardyPress will create static copies of all of the pages from your WordPress installation, leaving no attack surface for malicious users!

What do you mean when you say "HardyPress hides the WordPress installation"?

It means that your WordPress installation only runs when an editor enters the Admin area to make some changes. For the rest of the time, your WordPress simply doesn't exist and visitors access a totally static version of the website.

Ok, but is my website still vulnerable when WordPress is switched on?

No, it's not. First of all your WordPress lives in a separate random-generated domain. In any case, even if your hidden domain is leaked, your installation is protected by HTTP basic auth. Your website editors won't notice the difference.

Why is HardyPress faster than traditional hosting services?

Every time you visit a WordPress page it needs to perform database queries to fetch content and run PHP code to render the page. These actions take time to perform. With HardyPress, you're creating a static copy of all of your WordPress pages. When someone visits your static site they can instantly receive the page because HardyPress already did the work of creating it. Depending on the complexity of your site, theme, and plugins, using a static site can easily increase the performance of your site by 10x. Moreover your content is served through our CDN (13 edge servers on SSD) with out of the box HTTP2 support.

How can I import my existing WordPress website?

All you have to do is to Sign in and click on the "Import website" button. You can choose to use our FTP importer, or if you don't want to leak your FTP credentials, you can install All-in-One WP Migration pluginĀ® a top-rated trusted plugin (600,000+ active installs), than past the URL of the generated backup on our importer. We will seamless copy all the files and import the existing database. In few minutes you will be able to see your website live on HardyPress, and appreciate all the benefits HardyPress can offer.

How can I (or my customers) login to WordPress backend when it has been switched on?

Even when your WordPress installation is turned off, a special login page is available. If the credentials you enter are correct we'll automatically turn on WordPress and sign you in. The whole process is completely transparent for the final editor.

How can I access to my files and database?

HardyPress offers you a classic PhpMyAdmin interface and SFTP access to your files. Or if you want to export all your stuff in one click, you can alwayes download the archive with your files and your db.

Do you support SSL?

Of course! We offer free one-click HTTPS certificate for each domain associated to your website.

What is the difference between static and dynamic website?

A static site is one that is usually written in plain HTML and what is in the code of the page is what is displayed to the user.

A dynamic site is one that is written using a server-side scripting language such as PHP, ASP, JSP, or Coldfusion. In such a site the content is called in by the scripting language from other files or from a database depending on actions taken by the user.

Our solution allow you to combine the benefits of a classic dynamic CMS like WordPress (ease of installation and ease of use) with those of a Static Site Generator (security, performance and resilience), eliminating the criticality of both, allowing us to produce and host on a CDN the content of the website generated by the CMS, in the form of static content.

Can I host my website on HardyPress? Is my website compatible?

If none of your plugins have front-facing dynamic components, your website is compatible with HardyPress. Feel free to use them without losing any of their awesome benefits. The easiest way to see if it's compatible though is just trying to import it to HardyPress and see how it goes :)

Do you host only WordPress-based website?

At the moment we choose to host only WordPress-based websites. We will host other CMS/technology eventually.

Can I have contact forms on my website?

Yes! We seamlessy support the most popular contact form plugin available in the WordPress market, Contact Form 7. If your site uses it, everything will work normally.

What about search? How can it work on a static website?

During the deploy process, we take care of scraping your website's pages, and augment the search box to provide instant suggestions.

What about WooCommerce? Can I build and e-commerce on HardyPress?

You cannot use WooCommerce with HardyPress. Anyway you can certainly build an e-commerce upon a static website using external services like Snipcart and check if can fit your needs.

Can I choose the PHP version for my website?

Yes, at the moment you can choose between PHP 5.6 and PHP 7.0. If you have special needs feel free to contact us.