PSD to HTML / WordPress: Awesome Design to Code Services For Non-Coders

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Web designers prefer the aesthetics of website building. They enjoy working with, and creating, things of beauty. It could be argued that coders see beauty in the art of programming, and bringing a design to life. But to some designers, coding may seem a labor-intensive, time-consuming activity. Which is not entirely true.

When code does not meet certain standards of structure and quality, designers are unlikely to receive the product they envisioned. Code that is not W3C compatible, search engine friendly, or totally responsive, will rarely produce a winning website.

Designers using Photoshop will have little trouble finding coding services capable to converting their files to HTML/CSS. At the same time, they have every right to seek the best of the lot. Finding a first-class coding service can, however, take time and effort.

We’ve done that for you. The design to code services you’ll see here are experienced and produce quality work. They care about their clients.

PSD to Many Things   

Whether you need to have your PSD files converted to HTML5 or responsive HTML5 markup, a WordPress theme, or a WooCommerce website, PSD to Manythings is a one-stop design to coding service you can depend on. If you have an existing website you want to make responsive, improve SEO performance, or one that is simply in need of a good overhaul, they’ll do that for you as well.

Whether they will be working from PSD files you submit, or upgrading one of your existing websites, their code will be W3C validated and optimized for SEO. PSD to Manythings will always verify that their markup functions properly on Android and iOS devices, by testing it on those devices.

If you’re a Sketch user, you can also take full advantage of the services they offer. PSD to Manythings makes a point of providing the exact services their customers ask for. They’ll never try to sell you something you don’t need. It’s also important to note that their quoted delivery times always take into account QA inspections and testing.

Direct Basing

Direct Basing provides big and small businesses, digital agencies and freelancers alike with fast and efficient slicing and development services. Direct Basing has been in the slicing and coding business for over 9 years. They’ve completed more than 14,500 projects for nearly 3,000 clients in 45 countries during that time.

The team of 40+ developers has an extensive knowledge of CMS systems, including WordPress and Joomla. They accept PSD, Adobe Illustrator, or IND files, and other regular formats, and convert them into semantically correct, cross-browser compatible xHTML or HTML5. Even if you do slicing yourself, you’ll save time by letting Direct Basing do it for you.

Working with Direct Basing is a pleasure. You can always rely on getting an honest and accurate quote and quick delivery. Honda, Fox Sports, KLM, and Eneco are but a few of this coding service’s many clients.

Xfive – Developers Who Care

It isn’t every day you come across a coding service that wants to be your friend. That’s one way to summarize the type of service you can expect from Xfive. The talent, experience, and skillsets are there, and Photoshop, Sketch, and AI conversions are their specialties.

Where you’ll find a difference is the way in which you’ll come to think of them as a partner, just as they would like to be thought of an as extension of your design team. Xfive’s development processes and standards are transparent, and they are always willing to answer your questions or make suggestions.

The fact that their repeat customer percentage (83%) is one of the highest in the industry, speaks volumes about the quality of their work, and how much the Xfive team cares about their clients and customers.

Design to Code by Netlings

            Design to Code by Netlings is an Indian-based software engineering studio that also has gained a reputation for greatly caring about its customers. They can handle any size PSD, Sketch, AI, or INDD to HTML/CSS project you can throw at them. That includes small stuff, like tweaking an existing website, or upgrading it to serve mobile users.

How to Make Sure Your PSD Files are Ready for Conversion

Your website design may be brilliant, but that brilliance won’t be fully appreciated by the developer until the coding and testing are compete. In the meantime, if your files are not well organized, certain elements have been left unnamed, or if any ambiguities are present, the coder is going to look upon your work as being anything but brilliant. Production time will be longer, and the cost to you will be greater.

There are many things you can do to prevent such a nightmare (for you and the developer) from happening.

Here are several practices worth following.

Organize Your PSD

Organizing your work makes it easier and faster for the coder to find what he needs. It also makes it less likely that you’ll allow something important to fall through the cracks. The net result – increased productivity and lower development costs.

Leave Nothing Requiring a Name Unnamed

There’s no reason to neglect naming layers; especially when the Adobe CS6 Photoshop search feature makes it easy to give a name to everything that needs one.

You can help yourself by establishing naming and color conventions early on, including having easily understandable color conventions for changed and multiple states.

Prepare Rollovers

This is also something you should consider early on, especially before you are working with live templates. Adding rollover states to links and call to action buttons is easiest when you don’t have to go back to do them just prior to submitting your files.

Blending Modes are a No No

Blending modes have their uses. Applying them can produce nice effects in images, and shorten image processing times. Why not use them then? The answer is simple. Blending modes are impossible to create in CSS.

Leave them in, and the affected website images will at best be unpredictable in appearance, since they’re unlikely to render correctly.

Content Flexibility is Important

Content flexibility simply means leaving some extra space around a block of text, or an image, in the event text will need to be added, or an image needs to be changed. There will undoubtedly be places in your design where you don’t want to place a straightjacket around your content.

Manage Specific Assets

Attach an asset folder to files containing special fonts, logos, or supporting content. Such a folder can prove to be invaluable to developers as well as to team collaborators.

John Culotta
John is the chief editor here at WebDesignDev. He is a creative who enjoys writing, research, and all things design related as well as (formerly) a full-time musician. As an entrepreneur, he has many years of experience in designing websites, packaging, logos, photo editing, and the development of his own top-selling products on Amazon and Shopify. You can see his motivational Instagram account or connect on LinkedIn and follow him on Twitter.

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