In today’s world, creating a feature rich and fully functional website is a huge task in itself. When we look at the most popular prevailing web design technologies you will come across two overly used platforms – Joomla and WordPress. Using these most versatile platforms you can easily create a CMS based website with expandable menus, galleries, sliding images and other interactive elements. No additional skills or expertise is required for opting either of these.
Although both offer a great amount of convenience to the developers, there are however some differences in the way they both operate templates. In WordPress, if a change is made in one of the element, it is immediately reflected everywhere it is used. Such a modular system allows faster execution of the project. Joomla on the other hand has a different approach. It handles different pages as separate set of components. This means that you need to add components separately on each page and that changing the component on one page would not affect the other pages.
If you have your concepts on paper or rather PSD files, this is the time to convert them into a fully functional website. Let’s check out the steps of converting PSD to WordPress and Joomla templates.
1. Analyzing the Project
You need to clearly analyze your project and split it into small parts. You can separate the images and items such as the menu, gallery, text blocks etc. and examine them carefully to understand which of them can be implemented over the CMS system. A header, a menu, main block and footer are all contained in a WordPress or Joomla website. One can ease the work by making use of these modules.
2. Cutting the PSD images into elements
It is essential to cut the PSD images into elements as the CMS enabled websites place the images in specific folders so that they can be accessed properly. These grouped components are tightly connected for better interactivity.
3. Making every element work with your CMS
You can adequately place each component on the page and decide the exact manner in which they will work and be shown. You can also choose how it reacts to the clicks from users.
4. Running your website
Now you are ready to run a fully designed website. What you can do additionally is to revisit the code in order to optimize your website. In most cases, it is seen that there are some unnecessary elements which are implemented but never used. You must get rid of them for better memory usage and faster loading.
Today, there is also an automated option to convert your PSD file to CMS template. There are numerous sites available on the internet that can do it for you, saving you time and money. However much attractive this option sounds, I will still never recommend it as it to you as it will ruin your entire project. It is best to carry the conversion manually so that the site performs better with all the functionalities intact.