6 Good Practices When Converting a PSD into HTML
PSD to HTML conversion is one of the most common tools used to start creating a website. Even though the steps to successfully complete this conversion is not easy – for those who do not have professional background in web development – it does not cost that much. In fact, these services can be given to clients at a cheap price without harming the quality of the website.
In this article, we will talk about the 6 good practices when converting a PSD into HTML to help you get started on your project.
Prepare a Desirable PSD Design
Make sure the file will be useful for its purpose. It should be convertible into a web format with the accurate file structure. Create 3 different files for CSS styling codes, HTML codes and reset CSS codes.
Before Coding, Slice the PSD file first
Based on the web developers we worked with, this is the very first step of the conversion. It must be sliced into multiple layers with the use of an editing software that you are familiar with (we recommend PhotoShop).
Coding Before Styling
Of course, it matters how the page will look like but the foundation must be its powerful coding. Even professionals can make mistakes about this from time to time. But if you pay attention and look closely on the HTML codes provided, then styling will be easier. Make sure the page is appropriately done before moving on to the next step.
Make the site look clean by categorizing block (h1-h6, dl, div, ol, ul pre etc.) and in-line (a, em, br etc.) elements appropriately. Using too many div tags does not always result to high quality content.
Refrain from Capitalizing Markups
Lowercase markups tend to be more visible than capitalized ones. There is no need to capitalize them all.
Easy Access for Potential Clients
First, they will care about the loading speed and if it satisfies them, it will depend on the navigation experience on the site. Although it’s artistic to make things difficult (rarely), online visitors prefer to find what they are looking for at a drop of a hat. Which means combining an unordered list of elements with CSS will result to pleasing navigation menus.
Test Your Site
Skipping this part will do you no good. Test the site if it meets your standards to know if you need to redo some parts or remove unnecessary content. It’s your way of knowing if your result is going to be useful or not.
Remember that the goal is to generate a flexible, responsive and engaging website that allows visitors to find what they are looking for and not swaying them away due to the poor and complicated quality of the site. It will take a lot of time for beginners to produce such site but with these practices, we’re making less mistakes.
If converting your own PSD to HTML becomes more complex, working with web developers online may result to a professionally coded content.
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