How To Convert PSD File Into WordPress
PSD to WordPress conversion is a very advanced export, and it needs rudimentary learning of WordPress. Converting a PSD to WordPress Theme can nearly take a couple of days to several months depending on how complex a WordPress theme is. However, once you understand the details, it becomes a conversion of worth knowing.
Most of the WordPress experts believe that with a little coding knowledge, you can create striking visuals of your webpage. However, when you use Photoshop to create a web design, the story is a whole lot different.
It is the part we will cover in this post. You will learn about the steps that will help you in converting your PSD design into WordPress theme.
A NOTE OF CAUTION: This task includes the voracious use of HTML, CSS, PHP code that requires preliminary knowledge of all these languages. Please make sure that you have the needed skill before indulging in the procedure.
Let’s get you started:
What Exactly A PSD Is?
The first thing you must understand here is PSD. It is a file extension of a Photoshop image. This file allows you to edit pictures in separate parts of JPEG and PNG file extensions. This file is the best way to pour your creativity over the images. Creating custom design is highly interactive and pretty simple as well.
Know More About WordPress Themes
Here I am assuming that you are new to WordPress themes. In a nutshell, WordPress themes are similar to your smartphone themes. As the mobile phone themes decide the appearance of your phone’s UI, similarly WordPress themes decide the looks of your website. It includes navigation, menu, layout, and widgets.
Technically, WordPress theme is a group of templates, which governs the look and the appearance of your website. WordPress may have started as a blogging platform, but now the whole console is revolutionising. It is not just about blogging anymore. It is about innovation.
There are many complex web programmes which can blow your brains out. But with the introduction of WordPress, these processes can be made simple. WordPress is a blessing from Matt Mullins and his team.
How To Convert PSD to WordPress Themes?
Now, let’s focus towards the pressing concerns here. How can you convert a PSD file to a functional WordPress theme? So, are you ready to lay down your creativity on the canvas of WordPress? Let’s get you started then,
You Need To Slice Your PSD Image
The designing process here starts with cutting and splitting your PSD image. Here, only your Photoshop skills will work, and you can divide all the design components separately.
You must be sure what you want to keep static and what components you want to make dynamic on your website. Optimizing your images is the best bet for you. It is because more images mean slower the site. So, keep a rational mark of what you want to preserve static and what you want dynamic on your site. The best practice to cut your PSD file into pieces is,
- Cut the background
- Cut the header and the separator
- Cut the footer
It is the best way to slice your PSD files into the number of small images.
Now Move To index.html & Style.css
After finishing with the Photoshop, it is time to move to the world of programming. However, this is a simple stage. So, there is no need to panic for it. Once you created your PSD design, you need to create a static HTML file and a CSS file. Name them appropriately as index.html and Style.css. It will make things easy for you in future.
There is much software such as Dreamweaver and Fireworks which will make this step much simpler. However, learning a little bit of HTML and CSS will keep you informed of the proceedings. You can follow the basic tutorials from W3Schools and other developers communities.
You must place the PSD components in the right positions with the help of the index.html and Style.css file. You can also apply a responsive layout to make the design attractive.
You Must Break Your index.html According To WordPress Theme File Structure
Once you are ready with the basic template, you must make it accommodate according to the new WordPress environment. Before you go into that, you must be aware of how you should organise the WordPress elements.
Here if you want your template to run on WordPress, you must regulate the elements correctly. It guarantees that the WordPress plugins and widgets will function seamlessly with your template.
Remember those files up there? Index.php and Style.css. These files are the most important files in the WordPress template hierarchy. All the other important WordPress files, such as archive.php, header.php, sidebar.php, and footer.php are also very crucial in a WordPress theme.
Let’s have a look at the basic files of WordPress Themes,
As you can see, there are these many files in a WordPress template. It shows that compartmentalising a WordPress template is not going to be an easy task. You can follow the post mention above for complete hierarchy.
Add WordPress Tags
Once you complete the compartmentalising of the WordPress theme, you are nearing the end. Tagging the theme files is very important. Only after the WordPress tags, you can say that you’ve created a Theme on WordPress. You can refer to codex.wordpress.org for template tags and function references.
After adding all the necessary functions and tags, you must place the files in one single folder named under your choice. After that, you will be all ready to active your custom WordPress theme from the dashboard.
Winding It Up
So, as you create your own theme, you are all set to engage with your visitors. The key here, however, lies on how you improvise with the needs of your visitors and your business. The success depends on the temperament how you innovate solutions for your visitors.
If that seems a bit difficult, you can always consult a professional in PSD to WordPress conversion. I hope that the post guides you well. If you have any questions, feel free to ask. Till then, have a great day.
Morris Edwards is a Manager at Awebstar, a WordPress development company in Singapore which is dealing with web design & development, mobile app development, SEO, social media marketing and more. Connect with him on Facebook, Twitter, and Awebstar.com.sg.