Wouldn't it be better if you as a designer could create your own WordPress theme even if you don’t know how to code a Photoshop design file to a beautiful, super functional WordPress theme? Wouldn’t it be nice if you could make some extra money by creating WordPress themes from your designs? Thanks to various plug-in, tools and services available in the market today, which enable you build WordPress themes even if you’re not a coder.
In this blog post, I’ll introduce you to three ways designers can make their own WordPress themes with absolutely no coding knowledge.
#1 Use a PSD to WordPress Plug-in:
This is certainly the fastest and easiest way to create a WordPress theme without having any knowledge of web programming languages. The DIY solution gives you complete control over how you design and code a WordPress theme. Divine Elemente, a Photoshop plug-in, is probably the most popular PSD to WordPress theme conversion utility that allows you to convert any Photoshop design into a SEO-friendly WordPress theme in less than 5 minutes. Developed with bloggers, designers and anyone who have enough knowledge of Photoshop in mind, Divine Elemente converts a design from Photoshop to CSS, HTML and WordPress theme PHP files including index.php, header.php, footer.php, comments.php, sidebar.php, single.php, search.php, archive.php, category.php, page.php, comments-popup.php and 404.php.
Used by over 44,000 designers worldwide, Divine Elemente establishes a “non-existent bridge” between Photoshop and WordPress to keep you away from getting your hands dirty with hand coding. You just need to put your graphics in predefined groups, make a few edits and you’re good to go. Divine Elemente is as fast as you can publish a 200MB+ PSD in 1-5 minutes. It always outputs a W3C valid and commented semantic code that is readable in popular code editors like Adobe Dreamweaver, Sublime Text and Google Chrome Dev Tools etc. Some of the unique features of Divine Elemente are custom fonts, 960 grid, and pixel precise typography. Another Photoshop plug-in that you can try to convert your PSDs to WordPress themes is Export Kit, which is not so famous.
#2 Use a Drag And Drop WordPress Theme Builder:
Maybe this option is not as open and flexible as designing a theme in Photoshop first, but you can get your hands on WordPress drag and drop theme builders especially when you know nothing about WordPress theme creation. Like the first option mentioned above, this option is also an easiest DIY solution with the only difference that you don’t need to create a Photoshop design for your site in advance. All you need to do is to drag and drop elements for building your layout and you’re good to go.
Drag and drop theme builders are often framework-based and produce outstanding results. They feature a simple drag and drop interface coupled with numerous options so that a user can achieve the desired results without touching a single line of code. Using drag and drop builders, you can save a huge amount of time and energy that you spend in designing themes in Photoshop. Some of the popular drag and drop WordPress builders are iThemes Builder, Visual Composer, Themify Builder, Elegant Page Builder, and Startup Framework.
Hire a PSD to WordPress Conversion Service:
Hiring a PSD to WordPress conversion service provider may prove to be slightly expensive for you, but you’ll get the best possible results if you find the right provider. Conversion from a PSD file to valid HTML/CSS/PHP/JS code is more complicated than you think. It’s indeed an energy-depleting and time consuming process in which one has to code the entire site from the scratch. No matter how skilled web designer you are, Photoshop to WordPress conversion is something that requires a great level of mastery over coding.
What option do you think perfect for you as a graphic designer?
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