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Last Update: March 18, 2024

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Static WordPress sites work a little differently than traditional WordPress sites. After the static site is launched, it does not have a connection to the WordPress database.

This can affect native WordPress functionality, like search and comments. Certain types of WordPress Plugins may also not function as expected with a static site.

WordPress themes generally have no problems, unless they come with special functionality like forms.

In this article, we go over the things we do at Elementor to make many of these features work as well as static-friendly tools you can use to replace WordPress plugins not compatible with static sites.

Native WordPress functionality

We automatically replace the WordPress search with a custom Algolia solution. Advanced Search with filters that rely on query parameters is not supported yet.


Currently, native WordPress comments are not supported.

However, Disqus, FB comments and other third-party comments are supported.

Password Protected Pages

This feature is supported on Elementor Static sites.

Scheduled Posts

This feature is supported.


This feature is supported on Static sites.


Not supported yet.

Dynamic Functionality


We support Elementor Forms, Contact Form 7, and Gravity Forms out of the box.


We don’t yet support WooCommerce functionality. There are lots of alternative solutions that would work on a static site such as Ecwid and Snipcart.


We don’t yet support membership login functionality.


We support several third-party forum solutions such as Discourse.  We do not yet support WordPress forum plugins such as BuddyPress or bbPress.

Ajax Get requests 

Static sites do not support Ajax Get requests.

Query parameters

Static sites do not support query parameters that would change the content on the page. However, query parameters like UTM, GCLID, etc are supported.

Infinite Scrolling

You can add infinite scrolling using these plugins: DMD Infinite Scroll, WP EasyScroll Posts and YITH Infinite Scrolling.

Caching plugins

Caching plugins are not needed on Static sites. The best practice is to disable any caching functionality. It is recommended to maintain any minification functionality.

Security plugins

Security plugins are not needed on Static sites. The best practice is to disable them so that they are not using server resources and putting any unneeded load on your site.

Image Optimization Plugins

Yes! Images should be optimized to the smallest possible size using a tool like or WordPress plugins such as Imagify or Cloudinary. This can have a very significant impact on load time.

Minification (HTML, CSS, JS)

Yes! HTML, CSS, and JS should be minified to improve site performance. This can be done using plugins such as Autoptimize or WP-Rocket.


Yes! We built out support so that you can AMP-lify posts and pages with AMP for WP!

SEO Plugins

SEO plugins like Yoast SEO and RankMath are supported, including support for sitemaps.

Redirection Plugins

We support the Redirection, Safe Redirect Manager, Simple 301 Redirects and Yoast Premium plugins.

Multilingual Plugins

We support Polylang and WPML. GTranslate is not supported.

Relative dates

Make sure that your theme uses absolute dates (April 3, 1999) instead of relative dates (1 day ago).

Custom fields

Custom field plugins like ACF( Advanced Custom Fields) are supported.


We built out support for Coschedule, a popular way to manage social media postings!


We built out support for Comeet, a popular Applicant Tracking Platform!

Themes and Page Builders

Themes/Frameworks/Page Builders

Yes! We support the majority of the functionality in themes/frameworks. The only modules we don’t support are ones that use Ajax or query parameters.

Third-Party Services

We support most third-party services like Salesforce, Hubspot, ZenDesk, Intercom, Mailchimp, and more.


Ad services, such as Google AdSense, typically use JavaScript codes on your website to serve ads. This method is compatible with Static sites.

Theme/plugin/functionality not listed?

Feel free to contact our support team with any questions about specific functionality.

Have more questions? We’re more than happy to assist.

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