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WordPress comes up with a range of prebuilt themes that you can easily include in your web pages. But to create your own custom design to make yourself unique, you need some way to transfer the design from a picture to a website.
Building websites has become a staple of the modern world. Every professional needs a good place for making themselves known to their potential clients, and that’s exactly what a website achieves.
But a website is a layered thing consisting of codes and images and making sure it all works well together can be incredibly tricky. This is where PSD to WordPress conversions come into play.
In general, it is agreed upon that using WordPress is a good idea - after all, 60% of all websites run on WordPress - but the road to creating such a site may be quite difficult. You need to have what is called a PSD, which is a kind of layered image used in Adobe PhotoShop that is used for website layouts.
It’s the most efficient way of designing the look of your WordPress website, but the process is not without its hurdles. That’s not to say it’s completely unachievable - in fact, if you know what you’re doing, you should be able to handle it on your own with little problems. Here is a handy guide on converting your PSD to WordPress.
1. Analyzing the PSD File
The first step is to conduct a thorough analysis of your PSD file. This should not be skipped by any means as this will give you a good idea of the complications that may arise later on in the process. Along the conversion process, you will be performing various complex operations, such as spilling the mockup into various codes, so an analysis before starting the entire process will help you prepare.
2. Slicing the PSD File
Now that you know what to expect, you need to slice or separate, the PSD file. What this entails is splitting the design into smaller layers in an image editing software (e.g. PhotoShop). Through this process, you can link each slice to a different URL through in-page navigation and site navigation. Save the sliced files like JPEG, GIF, or any other graphical format.
3. Writing HTML, CSS and PHP
Now it’s time to write the codes. If you have the slices, that’s enough for developers to create an HTML website that will look exactly like your PSD. You’ll need separate files for each of the codes, with the respective extensions of index.html, style.css, and index.php.
4. Integrating WordPress
The next step is integrating the HTML/CSS files with WordPress. The two key files here are Index.php and Style.css. You’ll need to separate the index.html into .php files and should all go well, your WordPress template should be all ready.
5. Adding WordPress Tags
All your markup elements are by now broken down to WordPress’s PHP structure, but you’ll still need some more functionalities to make sure your website is fulfilling its purpose. With WordPress tags, you can make sure that the user has much more control over the appearance and theme settings through the use of plugins.
6. Conducting Final Tests
Of course, you can’t just do all the things mentioned and simply hope that it all works out. The final stage of the process is conducting the final tests, and it may just be the most important step of them all.
This is where all errors are fixed, as well as final adjustments are made to improve performance, all to ensure that the theme runs as it should.
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