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5 Steps to Convert PSD to WordPress

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5 Steps to Convert PSD to WordPress

A web application requires two elements to be successful. One is a user-friendly and compelling design. The other is functional and effective code. Non-programmers may be able to create an image PSD of the design but don’t have the necessary coding skills. Fortunately, the open-source WordPress allows you to create stunning websites and manage content with very little coding. Follow the 5 steps below to convert your PSD image into a custom WordPress site.

Step 1. PSD Slicing
The first step to convert PSD to WordPress involves slicing. This is cutting and dividing the image file into multiple files. Each design file has a separate element of the complete design. This allows each feature to be coded individually. Slicing is performed with editing software like Adobe Photoshop. Another way to create the pixel perfect images is to build the PSD up in layered images.

Step 2. Create index.html and style.css Files
The next step involves coding the sliced images into HTML or XHTML files. The files are then styled using cascading style sheets (CSS). Programmers can do this by hand or use software like Dreamweaver or Fireworks to perform the coding. The objective in this stage is to add pixel perfect placement and rollover effects. The developer has to decide which elements of the site are responsive based on the functional requirements.

Step 3. Break Up index.html Into WordPress Theme Files
The initial index.html file should be designed with WordPress theme file structure in mind. A normal WordPress theme consists of various PHP files such as index.php, footer.php, header.php, sidebar.php and other PHP files. Once the theme is created, functionality can be added using WordPress plugins and tools.

Step 4. Add WordPress tags
The beauty of WordPress are the hundreds of built in functions which can be added to a custom theme. There’s no need for complex HTML coding. Adding the WordPress tags to the theme files adds the desired functionality. Now the custom WordPress theme is complete and can be activated through the WordPress dashboard.

Step 5. Add Functional Plugins
Now that the original image PSD has been converted into a custom theme the full functionality of WordPress plugins and configuration is available. WordPress offers a huge range of free and paid plugins to add all kinds of functionality to the website. The WordPress dashboard offers a wide choice of configuration options for all types of website.

There is no need to waste time and energy altering the core HTML code to add functions. For example, if you want to add drop down menus, sliders or other interactive features there’s no need to code JavaScript by hand. Just grab a relevant plugin, install and activate and the functionality is added to the WordPress site.

So, if you can create an image PSD in Adobe Photoshop or even Microsoft Paint a good developer or software company can convert PSD to WordPress for you. You will then have a custom designed website built on the free, open-source WordPress platform allowing you to access all the plugins and configuration options you’ll ever need in the future.

6 Comments

  1. Mara
    October 6, 2014 at 7:35 pm

    A few years ago I was working on converting a psd file into a Wordpress template so that I could have a custom designed website but I got so frustrated with all of the conflicting information online regarding how to do it, that I gave up. Maybe I'll give it another shot now. Thanks for pointing me in the right direction!

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    • admin (Author)
      February 18, 2015 at 3:17 pm

      You're welcome! Wish you a successful start!

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  2. francis woods
    September 12, 2014 at 1:34 pm

    This post has given me enough information to get started but I think I still want some practice. Maybe I will play with a couple of designs later today and see how they turn out before going with the real thing this weekend.

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    • admin (Author)
      February 18, 2015 at 3:14 pm

      Practice and experience are the key elements, which define a skilled and professional web designer. So practice more and more in order to gain a reputation of a responsible designer, who delivers projects of premium quality.

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  3. September 9, 2014 at 8:41 pm

    What you have told me here is enough to understand that I need to find someone like your company to handle this so that I can spend my time on things that are more productive. Each of us have talents and my is definitely not do things like this. Thank goodness for outsourcing.

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    • admin (Author)
      February 18, 2015 at 3:08 pm

      You're definitely right! For example, to get a premium-quality result everybody needs to work in the area of his/her expertise and only. That's why we have individual experts for each stage of a web-development project.

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