convert wordpress site to html

potential client contacted me.  Their site is being held captive by nasty webmaster.  they want me to grab live site (which is word press) and put on different host.  they don't want to deal with this guy any more.

I can grab the code for the site.  can i simply save as html or will i run into problems?  i don't really deal with wordpress much.
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Joshua GrantomSenior Systems AdministratorCommented:
you will run into problems with image and script paths. Plugins will not work, there is a whole list of and reasons why this will not work.

Recreating a wordpress site is not an easy task for a novice designer.
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nsitedesignsAuthor Commented:
i figured as much but was hoping for an easy solution.
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GaryCommented:
You can grab the HTML with the likes of
http://www.httrack.com/page/2/

But recreating the WP site, as Joshua has said, will be a major PITA
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nsitedesignsAuthor Commented:
yeah, I viewed source and pasted it into dreamweaver.  that's when I saw the 19+ related files!
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Jason C. LevineNo oneCommented:
If you do a Save As Complete Web Page for each page, you will get the content and some of the functionality as static pages.

But anything dynamic is going to break (as Joshua G stated) and you won't be able to get users, settings, etc without a login.

You may find that this is a worth a couple of hundred dollars and a lawyer letter to the bad actor.  That usually scares people into compliance.
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Joshua GrantomSenior Systems AdministratorCommented:
I guess it depends who actually is in the wrong.

I was in a situation before where I developed a very elaborate e-commerce setup for a client, brand identity, and a lot of other things, and they ended up not paying what was promised  so I refused to hand control over to them. They threatened me with a lawyer, I called mine and needless to say, they are now out of business entirely.
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Jason C. LevineNo oneCommented:
Obviously, but I'm taking the question at face value.
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nsitedesignsAuthor Commented:
I know the person involved.  He is very shady and I know the business involved.  They are respected and have been in the community for 30 years.
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Joshua GrantomSenior Systems AdministratorCommented:
I gotcha. I would definitely recommend getting a lawyer to send him a letter. Like Jason said, it could scare him straight.
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nsitedesignsAuthor Commented:
thanks all!
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