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5 Easy Steps To Convert PSD To WordPress Services

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Conversion services have emerged with the increase in CMS applications. WordPress, Drupal, Joomla, Magento and many more applications are fighting with each other to be at the top. I have already discussed about the conversion of PSD to HTML. But in this post I will be discussing about PSD to WordPress conversion.

banner-minThere are just 5 simple steps to convert PSD to WordPress. Follow these steps correctly and minutely for the complete conversion. They are explained below:-

Step 1Design file is sliced

In each and every markup conversion procedure the design file is sliced off in premise set. All type of images whether it is PNG, JPEG or PSD are first sliced off and then disintegrated into various groups such as Footer, Header, the navigation bar, the sidebar etc. There are numerous tools which are available for image editing. Adobe Photoshop is considered to be the best choice for this task. Slicing is an important task which is done for ensuring the website is pixel perfect and riveting.

Step 2 Create index.HTML and Style.CSS

When the design file is sliced fully into its different components it is finally converted into the theme designs which is uploaded with WordPress. Finally experts in this field employs the correct CSS codes, HTML and XHTML with proper SEO semantics.

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Step 3 : Conversion of index.HTML file into WordPress theme structure

Now at this moment the file is already being sliced into its different components. They are well optimized for the website and internet for suitable markup conversions. Then it is finally converted into theme designs which will be uploaded with the WordPress software.

Step 4: Adding multidisciplinary WordPress tags

At this moment the markup elements have already been broken down into WordPress PHP structure. Now basic level of functionality is achieved with the correct internal functions and WordPress tags. Once this step is completed we will be having a functional WordPress theme with basic functionality.

Steps 5 : Augmenting the theme with additional functionalities

Now we are on step away from using and experiencing the magic of WordPress platform. We already have the website with proper functionalities and to make it more dynamic Plugins are required to be installed in their back-ends.

More than 17,000 WordPress Plugins are provided to its users. If you want to have drop down menu’s or Blog integration just install proper Plugins from the library.

 

 

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Why do firms Order PSD to XHTML Conversion Online

LPG (Liberalization, Privatization and Globalization) comes with its share of benefits for doing business globally. Internet however, recognized its LPG benefits way back, with its increasing (and still emerging) scope and trend. More and more businesses are getting online, and entrepreneurs are developing websites to interact with their target audience. As websites become their only principal gateway of reaching out the people, they press on designing best and pixel-perfect websites. This also highlights the ever increasing importance of Website Designing and Development.

It goes without saying that designing a static web page, or for that matter, an entire website, doesn’t end the process. It is rather the beginning and includes many processes including XHTML.

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XHTML isn’t just a hype created in the website designing arena. It is a much needed process that makes the website come alive. The versions in XHTML however differs. For perfect clarity and vision, there are Professional versions, and Basic versions include less advanced conversion techniques.

XHTML conversion companies flourish with copious conversion orders, and fulfill various clients’ specifications. Reasons for their increasing popularity are mainly two-

  • Little or no Knowledge and Expertise in XHTML
  • Time Constraint

Programmers without extensive knowledge and expertise in coding hire conversion companies. Unlike website designing, which is centered on creativity, theme, choice and ideas, XHTML is a process with defined rules and coding standards. You might at once try out your hand in web designing, but XHTML is a far-fetched dream until you have extended knowledge of the field.

The another common factor for availing PSD to XHTML services is ‘time constraint’. There are many companies, including those of Web Designing itself, that order PSD to XHTML Conversion online. When a whole-and-whole web designing firm chooses a conversion company, chances that they are not pro at XHTML are quite less. If their domain is designing mind boggling websites, they might not try their hand in a less or never-tried-off business activity. They might then have to cut down time and resources on website designing, from which they are getting good business.

The quality XHTML conversion service providers often have a proper streamlined process with a manager, support team and QA team, to handle clients and their requirements; and keep timely-delivery as one of their highlighted USP. Hence, offering your PSD to reputed XHTML Conversion company is always a safe bet.

An Overture with HTML 5

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With the passage of time, the versions of HTML start becoming obsolete. The daily up-gradation in the formats of creating a website gradually pushed the boundaries of HTML 4. The last decade owes heavily to HTML 4, but now, it was time to revolutionize. Several publishers wished to improve the functionality and raise the bar of the current applications. In 2004, the two major conglomerate working groups realized the need of an upgraded version of HTML. The compatibility of the browsers with HTML 5 is still under scanner. This news bought a new tide of arguments among the specialists.

However, HTML 5 would finally evolve as an advanced and latest version of its ancestor HTML 4. HTML 5 proposes to introduce all the features with a new look and feel. The features are being worked upon under the supervision of the individuals from different browser vendors. The deficiencies of HTML 4 would be no longer there in the newer version of its successor.

The popularity of the video and audio publishing sites like YouTube, Viddler, MySpace, Revver saw a rise in people using plug-ins. The functionality of HTML 4 lacked in embedding the videos on such websites as the multimedia controls were restricted and the only plug-in deployed was Flash for cross browser compatibility. HTML 5 provides the source element which can identify the media type or codec support for specifying the video/audio file for the browser. An additional media feature will help you to specify a media query for selection on the device limitation or type attribute for specifying the media type and codec.

The earlier versions of HTML like HTML and XHTML were always defined on syntax but HTML 5 would be defined based on DOM (Document Object model). This is a tree representation which is used internally by browsers to represent the document.
So, with DOM in place, the language is not dependent on the syntax.

HTML documents can be represented with the help of two syntaxes:

  1. HTML serialisation (HTML 5)
  2. XML serialisation (XHTML 5)

HTML serialisation is considered to be more compatible with the manner the browsers handle HTML, this syntax is inspired by the SGML syntax.

The progress on the work of HTML 5 is fast and it will continue in the following years. Evaluating the requirements and implementations, it is estimated that the work would finish in more than a decade.

PSD to XHTML: Importance of Browser Compatibility

The increasing importance of PSD to XHTML conversion cannot be negated. It is an intrinsic part of Website Designing and holds a heavy weightage. It also goes beyond saying that Internet has spread its root in a diverse fashion and does not limit itself to Home PC and Systems.

The browsers are adding up in the queue, and with the arrival of every new or improved browser, the coding criteria also changes. Earlier the coder has to fix his attention to limited browsers, but the present XHTML coding rules simply outcast any leniency with browser compatibility.

The well known and highly used browsers are IE (with its different versions), Mozilla and Safari. Many people are comfortable with Mozilla because of its user friendliness (each link opening in different tab with horizontal structure), while many find IE better. Safari is a comparatively new browser with different specifications than IE or Mozilla; and then there is Google Chrome from Google. Hence while code testing, it becomes important to check the pages in all the different browsers from common to uncommon ones. You cannot just leave the compatibility issue with Opera, Opera Mini, Netscape and other browsers because few number of people use it. Your prospective clients, who are sitting poles apart, may very well be browsing your website through Netscape or Opera. And who knows that he might very well turn into a regular business client!

How to Make them Browser Compatible
After knowing the importance, the point in question is how to make the site browser compatible. A thorough XHTML programmer knows all the coding formulae. If you however choose to begin the coding with basic XHTML understanding you possess, it is important to note that not all the browsers can be made XHTML compatible. IE 5 for instance, has no in-built functionality to support Div, and hence does not support XHTML.

It is therefore important to choose a set coding standard that goes well with all the preferred browsers. But at the same time, there might be cases where a particular specified content attains perfect visibility in one browser, and appears deformed in another. A textual paragraph for instance, with a defined width, color and font specifications might not come out fine in two different browsers. In this case, some programmers use Browser Hack to even out the content in both the browsers. But the use of Hacks is not recommended and is avoided to the last as it does not signify browser compatibility.

A little knowledge is very dangerous. It is always a safe bet to outsource the design work to XHTML Conversion firms who are well versed with the ins and outs of XHTML coding standards.

XHTML Delivery in 8 HRS! Is it 8 HRS Really?

It continues to amaze me as to how the Web Development companies promise XHTML Deliveries in 8 HRS or 4 HRS Flat! The web is burgeoning with companies that guarantee “quality in quick time”, and this certainly entice the clients. So is it just a marketing gimmick, an insubstantial statement, a pure lie or a gentleman’s promise? Let us know about it in some detail.

“PSD to XHTML Conversion- 8 HRS Flat!”
“Quality in Quick Time- Get your XHTML in less than 8 HRS!”
“8 HRS PSD to XHTML Delivery. Order Now!”

Such statements are a part of every PSD to XHTML company’s advertising campaign. Such a prompt delivery has even become one of the key USPs of XHTML conversion firms, and they are vying with each other on the basis of quickest time delivery. Pragmatically, XHTML does not take as much time as it takes to design a Web Page. XHTML is a laid out process, and designing a page is implying creativity.

When a company promises to deliver a page in 8 Hours, it is mapping out the time that might be needed in actually “coding” a Web Page. You would not agree more when I say that coding a design in XHTML is client-centric. True that codes are codes and they cannot be written as a=1 when a=2. But interaction with clients, and adhering to his specifications is equally important. Or allow me to say, it gets as important as designing it with adherence to the W3C validation.

Quite practically, you would not start the XHTML right when the client’s e-mail pop in. The first step in beginning XHTML is understanding the client’s requirements. This may involve email exchange or an online chat with him. After everything set and decided, the XHTML procedure actually begins.

This situation may get even more poignant when you are outsourcing the design internationally. The geographical boundaries distinguish the days from night in two different countries, and thus there comes a paradigm shift in the work delivery. However, there are few companies that have business executives, developers and programmers that work at night and ensure that the clients get prompt delivery.

So the 8 HRS Delivery guarantee might be 24 HRS or 48 HRS, depending upon the initiating time of the project. But if looked broadly, coding and delivering the page in 8 HRS isn’t an impossibility either.

So next time when you order your PSD to XHTML, make sure that the 8 HRS are the 8 Business hours, or the total delivery hours.

What if I Don’t XHTML vis-a-vis W3C Standards?

Not a tad, more than your website won’t be visible to everyone, you would loose your SEO score, and your reputation would be tainted.

The coding standards laid out by W3C are not a decree that are to be followed religiously. But then, expert XHTML Developers do follow them religiously. The reasons for this are numerous. With new type of tools and technologies, it gets inadvertently difficult to comply with all the factors- designing and cross browser compatibility per se.

Designing a website in compliance with W3C standards mean that your website would be viewed by all the people exactly the same way, no matter what Internet browser they use. I would forgo listing the technical standards in this article; W3C.org explains them in detail. The essence of W3C complaint standards is that the code should be clean, semantic and systematized. And a clutter-free and semantic code clearly mean a SEO friendly code. So if you are following W3C coding rules, you aren’t just entering a herd race, or following the rules laid out by some web-established punditry; you are adorning your site with the best possible XHTML and CSS that offers many advantages.

How To Check if your Website is W3C Validated?
Many clients give their PSDs to XHTML conversion companies, who claim on offering a 100% W3C validated code. But seldom do they know how to check their authenticity. After you get your coded design back, you can check its authentication with the W3C Validator Tool at http://validator.w3.org/. You can check them by three ways:-

  • Validate by URL
  • Validate by File Upload
  • Validate by Direct Input

A 100% W3C Validated Website would show the result “Passed”, with no errors or warnings. But if a page is not coded according to the exact W3C standards, it would display the “Errors” and “Warnings” in number, along with the detailed report of the bugs.

The “Errors” refer to the mismatched coding vis-s-vis W3C specified coding. Instance, element “META” undefined, end tag for “img” omitted, etc. This points out the areas where the programmer has not used the W3C standards.

The “Warnings” are a kind of recommendation and not bugs. For example, If a developer has defined color attributes twice in a CSS, it would show this as a warning.

This is the basic step for measuring the W3C qualities of any Web Page. So next time when you get your XHTML back from your client, do check its W3C validation!

Conformity and Compatibility with Pixel Perfect XHTML Conversion

The web is brimming with PSD to XHTML conversion tutorials, showing experimental WebPages with step by step coding process. But then, with more and more people getting hooked to web development, the demand of tutorials is being equally proportionate. One of the frequently asked questions addressed in PSD to HTML Tutorials is how to slice your PSD into quality HTML and CSS code. It may sound too random, but the beginning in XHTML conversion process matters a little too much.

My acquaintance with many web designers has lately been so strong that I can now get into their shoes and sympathetically understand their point of view. I have realized that the biggest challenge for a successful web designer is to get timely and quality conversion done; and for a seasoned XHTML programmer, it is the beginning process.

The two prerequisites of XHTML are Adherence with Time and Adherence with Quality.
After a long association with competent web designers, I have sensed the irrevocable importance of timely work delivery; and along with it, the irresistible need of outsourcing to XHTML Conversion companies.

Website design/ development companies can not take the risk of being behind the times and subsequently cut a large number of potential clients. The recessionary period simply outcasts any chances of loosing clients! Just because the web design companies are brimmed with design orders doesn’t mean saying “no” to new clients, thereby ruining client relationship. So to accelerate time to business value, design pages are outsourced to XHTML companies.

Stiff competition in the web designing market has also outlined the need for pixel perfect websites, which is precisely one reason why more and more web design firms hire XHTML conversion companies. XHTML is not so much about having a ‘strict code’ as about ‘conformity and compatibility’. E-marketers of the 21st Century have realized that even the high-end booze businesses are making serious efforts to survive in the global recession. This formula reiterates in e-business too- and when it’s about XHTML conversion, quality is revered.

All-in-all, XHTML conversion is all about time, quality and cost- or to be precise, it’s about all three going hand-in-hand. This is realized by many top notch XHTML service providers who leave no stone unturned in their service offerings. Having said that, I’m going to use this as a basis for ‘how to select a promising PSD to XHTML Conversion Company’.

  • Work Process- If you have decided to outsource your PSD for XHTML, it’s not because you want to, but because you have to. Hence you would like the work process to be seamless, easy and less time consuming. Check if the provider allows you to integrate with CMS/Blogging Engine and Shopping cart of your choice. As you are the client, you ought to have choices! Check for the same liberty of choice with PSD file format.
  • Client Support- You are hiring a conversion company primarily for saving time. Quick response time and instant communication options prove to be the success measuring devices.
  • Work Quality- XHTML quality should not only meet, but supersede the PSD mock up design. A qualitative XHTML means quick loading, optimized pages, table free design, cross browser compatibility, SEO semantic code, and most importantly- meeting all client’s requirements- howsoever and whatsoever they may be.

The complicated thing with web programmers is that their learning process never ends. Just as XHTML has overshadowed HTML, some other language/coding style may hammer its identity in the coming days!

Evolution of XHTML

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Need of XHTML
XHTML became a W3C recommendation in 2000, and within the next five years we did see many websites framed in XHTML standard.

Prior to XHTML, HTML was the successfully running coding standard on the web, and shared wide popularity. But the amazing thing however is that even after the release of XHTML as the new recommended markup language, HTML did not cease to evolute. Neither did the websites which were framed in HTML stopped to function.

HTML uses XSL to transform it into XML and that too only when HTML is also a well formed XML. Whereas in XHTML, direct transformation with XML can take place.

XHTML was a recommendation of W3C, but it did not condemn the earlier language. Webmasters were also reluctant to use XHTML any soon, given the complexity it involved and the skepticism that comes with everything that’s new. Few webmasters also believed that XHTML would slow down the browser’s speed. To a casual Internet user, an application seems fine as long as it is visually satisfying and user friendly. The HTML websites were running successfully and web designers found it irrelevant to switch to any new method.

Yet the advanced technologies hammered the need of XHTML, and this pushed the designers to leave their doubts and accept XHTML as a comfortable mark-up language. XHTML on the better side, is not entirely different from HTML. They aren’t two different languages altogether. They can be said as two different dialects of the same language.

Benefits of XHTML
They say, “Necessity is the mother of all inventions”. The need for XHTML did not show up when HTML was used successfully by web designers, because that era was not marked by the advanced technologies. Coding was desktop complaint but did not consider the compatibility with 3G Phones. Neither did it apprehend the fast arrival of different web browsers like Google Chrome, Mozilla and others.

Also, the cascading style sheet is capable of controlling all the aspects of page presentation and layout. This saves a lot of precious time of the coder and also helps to cut down the amount of code needed to display a web page properly. So in this context, XHTML offers a dual benefit. And as all major browsers support the Cascading Style Sheets, they can be used without any hitch.

HTML doesn’t bother about proper nesting of the tags, whereas XHTML considers proper nesting of tags which makes it syntax error free.