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Design platforms for Wordpress...

I have designed a site in Adobe Muse and I love it! I would, however, like to take advantage of Wordpress CMS. Currently, it is not possible to transfer my adobe muse site over to Wordpress. Are there web designer tools available for those who are less code savvy? (please don't respond with "learn more code"!) I truly enjoy designing websites, but I don't enjoy the code as much as others do!

Thanks in advance!

1 Answer

Personally I find that trying to transfer .psd files into WordPress gets messy and ends up being much more time and $ consuming than utilizing what WordPress has to offer. There are sites that will do this for you for $100.00 but I think that plan comes at a sacrifice of functionality.

I think your best bet without getting your hands too dirty is a 3-pronged approach:

  1. Choose your starting theme wisely. Some themes have supplemental themes (ie twentyfourteen is complemented by ridizain). Get one that's either very close to what you want or a blank slate that's either really easy to change or works with a styles plugin (see next).

  2. Investigate plugins such as WP Styles (which add color and other style easily) and Page Builder by Site Origin, which gives you more layout flexibility and allows you to drop widgets into pages without having to code columns, etc.. Be sure to add Black Studio TinyMCE alongside PageBuilder and use the visual editor often in the widgets. There are other plugins for backgrounds, etc.

  3. Concentrate your design efforts in terms of creating picture or or text block elements you can drop into a page and rearrange as desired in widget form.

Hope that helps!