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                                                                   It looks like they pulled it off,
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8 Responses to “PSD to WordPress Project Still Going Strong”
Blake @ Avid Local Marketing on August 2, 2011 3:03 pm

There is another plugin like this called Site Grinder that I tried using. They rely
very heavily on their own system of tags within the layers of your PSD. Since
anyone worth their own weight in graphic design uses layers like crazy, that
aspect shouldn’t be a big deal.

With Site Grinder, the learning curve was kind of high and the code was a little
bulky and slow. Also, there were lots of imperfections when making the
conversion (text, spacing, alignment, etc.).

At the end of the day, my company ended up deciding that learning to slide
and dice PSDs to convert into html and then to wordpress was better because
the code was more lean and the design matched more accurately. At first it
seemed like it would take longer to develop this skillset, but when you consider
the learning curve of the custom tags and then having to go back and tweek
everything to make it look good after the psd->wordpress conversion, it didn’t
save much time at all.

Lynda dot Com is a great place to learn how to do PSD->wordpress
conversions if you want to have a solid foundation (instead of hacks that don’t
always work).

Irfan on August 2, 2011 3:59 pm

Now this is something great for us (graphic designers). We designs but we
can’t code, we are good photoshop but we are bad at coding. Divine, you guys
have made something awesome. Thanks a ton!

Raj on August 3, 2011 8:37 am

I have doubt in my mind.. do they support wordpress theme frameworks..?

Dave in Belize on August 3, 2011 1:13 pm

I just wonder how much the “automagical” conversion will add bloated and
useless code, causing slower load times and resulting slight google penalties

Sudheer Ranga on August 3, 2011 5:49 pm

This is a good plugin but lessens our coding knowledge. Its not that difficult to
convert PSD to WordPress if you first convert PSD to HTML and then to

Daniel Scocco on August 3, 2011 6:59 pm

@Raj, theme frameworks like Thesis or Genesis have their own child themes, so
I don’t so.

@Dave, code should be WC3 valid according to their site.

Web Marketing Tips on August 5, 2011 2:10 am

With this plugins I am sure many designer will be able to fly their imagination.

This one is sounding great … but would love to know which language they will
use for wordpress theme.

Sw amykant on August 16, 2011 11:09 am

Seems interesting. Let me try it.

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