Last time that we met, we briefly discussed about various factors favoring the transitions of a HTML website to WordPress. We are here today to take the discussion a few notches higher and provide you with a brief snippet of what the process actually entails.
The process of PSD to WordPress conversion is spanned over 5 fundamental steps. It would be nice for you to go through each of the steps which we have mentioned below in brief, in order to understand and appreciate the important process of converting a design file to WordPress and also to be in better control of the proceedings, should you ever require to hire a markup conversion service to perform the following steps for you. Please read ahead to know more:
Step 1: Slicing of the Design file
Any sort of Markup conversion always has its premise set in slicing off the design file. Whether it is a PSD or .JPEG or .PNG etc file, it is first of all sliced and disintegrated into various sections, such as the header, the footer, the navigation bar, sidebar etc. There are various tools available for editing images, and Adobe Photoshop is amongst the most preferred choice of the same. Slicing of the PSD file is a rather important step and ensures that the website is pixel perfect and riveting.:
Step 2: Creation of Index.HTML and Style.CSS:
Once the design file has been duly sliced, it is not the task of the markup development company to employ the correct, SEO semantic HTML, XHTML and CSS codes. It is a rather intricate and tedious process, and should only be conducted by those who possess specific, in depth knowledge and expertise in this field.
Also, if you would require a responsive web design (the one with a flexible layout, which accommodates itself as per the size of the screen which is being used to view the site,) the CSS changes are made in this very step.
Step 3: Converting index.html to a suitable WordPress Theme structure:
Finally we get to a point where the design file, after being sliced into different components, and optimized for the web with suitable markup conversions, is finally converted into a theme design which would be uploaded with the WordPress software, and eventually be powered by the ubiquitously preferred and feature rich system, WordPress.
Since WordPress is primarily a PHP framework, it is nothing but a unique assembly of myriad .PHP files. This step primarily entails conversion of index.HTML into index.PHP, Header.PHP, Footer.PHP, so on and so forth.
Step 4: Including multidisciplinary WP tags:
For now we have broken the Markup elements down to WordPress PHP structure; now with the help correct WP tags and internal functions, we endeavor to achieve a basic level of functionality. No need for any HTML codes, just with the right set of function tags, WP takes charge of the required functionality. To know more about WordPress tags you may follow: Template tags and Function References.
Once this step is done correctly, we would have a WP-theme fully functional with the basic or fundamental level of functionalities.
Step 5: Augmenting the Theme with Additional Functionalities:
Finally, we are just a step away from experiencing the pure magic and uber simplicity of WordPress platform. Once we have the HTML to WordPress Website, we can further enhance and intensify the same, by including a range of functionalities made available in the form of plugins. WP offers its users a well over Seventeen Thousand plugins, to be included in the backend upon their whims and fancies. So whether you require blog integration, an image slider or a drop down menu for your WP-website, find the same in the WP Plugin Library and integrate the same in the system.
This is the basic scheme of affair when you decide to covert PSD to WordPress. Please always decide against automated or software generated conversion, for the conversion is often faulty and sustains bugs and errors. At all times, please do opt for fully manually coded markup conversion and WP integration.