Published on December 3, 2015
Here at Reliable PSD, we hold a very special place for WordPress in our hearts. PSD or Sketch to WordPress projects can be very simple or very complex, and we absolutely LOVE them all. In fact, it’s currently the only CMS (Content Management System) we work with, and we’ve spent many years mastering it thoroughly and completely.
Why do we love WordPress so much?
It’s an amazing, reliable platform. It’s flexible, so you can customize it to your every need. And its creators keep it running like a well oiled machine: there’s amazing developer support, and it’s frequently updated for issues, bugs, and better performance.
WordPress can accomplish any need you may have when it comes to your website:
- Editing / adding content to your website.
- Having a full e-store with every feature you can imagine.
- Running a subscription based site where you manage multiple user accounts.
- And much, much more.
So, how does our PSD to WordPress process work here at Reliable PSD?
It starts with PSD to HTML
At Reliable, our PSD to WordPress process starts with PSD to HTML5. We begin by taking your designs and carefully converting them to beautifully written code that’s responsive across all devices, and seamless across all browsers.
When the developer assigned to your project is done coding the site, a senior developer carefully reviews it for any coding errors or mishaps. If any are found, they get taken care of promptly, and the site is reviewed again. This process is repeated until no errors are left.
One of the most special things about Reliable PSD is that we have a designer fully involved in the PSD to WordPress process as well. The designer works together with the developer to make sure that your website looks just as good on tablet and mobile as it does on desktop (unless, of course, you’ve provided responsive designs – in which case we’d match them to a T).
The designer also carefully examines every page and compares it to the original PSDs provided to make sure it’s pixel perfect. The designer will send the developer as many rounds of revisions as necessary for the files to be finalized and ready for you review.
Only when this process is completed, and all team members are happy with the quality of the work, will we send you links to review the HTML files. 9 times out of 10 the files are good to go as they are, but if we ever happen to miss something, we always fix it right away so we can move forward quickly and efficiently.
HTML to WordPress
Next, we’re ready to move forward with WordPress integration. This is where we take the HTML files and expertly integrate them with PHP to make them work on the WordPress platform.
When this has been completed, we go through another rigorous quality assurance session before we send you your brand new, shiny site :-).
And that’s it! Your PSD to WordPress project is done!
Advanced Custom Fields
In all of our PSD to WP projects we use an incredible and versatile gem of a plugin called Advanced Custom Fields Plugin. We take the already easy to use WordPress dashboard, and make it even more user-friendly and intuitive. With ACF, we can customize the dashboard to your specific layout and content so that adding content and managing your site is that much easier and faster for you and your clients.
ACF enables you to use WordPress in a ways you’re most likely already familiar with from other websites: complex layouts and pages are just like filling out a form. Image sliders can be easily updated, just like uploading photos to Facebook. And much more. So even if you’ve never used WordPress before, you’ll get used to navigating and using the admin dashboard in no time at all.
We Always Start from Scratch
There are many companies out there that use a pre-made WordPress theme in PSD to WordPress projects and customize it to match your design. Not us. Not ever. There are many issues that arise from coding WordPress sites in this way, which is why we code from scratch Every. Single. Time.
By doing that we can ensure that:
- Your website will be coded using 100% clean code and work flawlessly on every device and browser. (We won’t be ‘hacking’ someone else’s code to try to fit your design into a pre-made framework).
- Your website will load as quickly as possible, as it will only be using the code and scripts your design requires. (Pre-made themes often have tons of extra features in them to choose from, and even if you don’t use them all, they still end up slowing down your site).
Have a PSD to WordPress Project? More questions about our process?
Click here to get in touch now. We’d be delighted to get you a quote for your project. And one of our capable project managers would be more than happy to answer any questions you have!
This post was last updated on January 17, 2020