How to Make a Website with Photoshop and Put It on WordPress
Photoshop is one of the most popular graphics editors available, and it’s no wonder why! Allowing for simple yet effective design, quick prototyping, and easy SEO, you can’t go wrong with utilizing Photoshop to create a website.
While there’s no denying that Photoshop is a fantastic tool for web designers, there’s also no denying that it can be difficult to use. To help navigate this complexity, we’ve put together a detailed guide on how to build a website with Photoshop and WordPress – the two most popular content management systems (CMS) in existence. With our guide, you’ll not only learn the ins and outs of building a website with Photoshop but you’ll also learn how to put it on WordPress – a CMS that is extremely easy to use and that boasts an incredible amount of functionality.
The Definitive Guide to Building a Website With Photoshop and WordPress
If you’re someone who’s new to the world of blogging or website design, we recommend taking a look at our comprehensive guide. As the name might suggest, this guide provides you with the basics. From the very first step – gathering the necessary tools – to the very last step – publishing the final product, this guide will walk you through the entire process of building a website.
You’ll start by setting up a WordPress account – the recommended blogging platform if you’re looking to create a blog. Alternatively, you could use Square Space or Medium if you’re looking to create a news site or a magazine website.
Once you have a WordPress account set up, you can move on to the next step – installing and configuring the WordPress plug-in for Photoshop (you may need to register with the plug-in provider to gain access to this feature).
Once the necessary plug-ins are installed and configured, you can continue along with the rest of this guide and get started building your website.
Get The Necessary Tools
In most cases, you don’t need an advanced toolset to get started with Photoshop and WordPress. Instead, you’ll need an easy-to-use, standard program such as Microsoft Office or Google Docs. Additionally, you’ll need a computer with a relatively high-speed internet connection – at least broadband – to be able to upload and download files rapidly.
If you’re looking to create a simple website for yourself or for somebody you know, you may want to consider using Wix or SquareSpace. Wix offers a free plan that allows you to build a basic website, and SquareSpace is renowned for its easy-to-use drag-and-drop editor. Both of these platforms are ideal for beginners who want to build a website.
Get Familiar With The Dashboard
Regardless of which platform you choose to use for your WordPress site, you’ll be presented with a dashboard – the WordPress equivalent of a control panel – when you log in for the first time. The dashboard is vital for creating new posts as it gives you access to all of the website’s administrative functions.
While the dashboard may not seem essential to the average user, it’s a completely different story for the average website owner. The dashboard gives you access to all the tools you need to keep track of your site’s performance, monitor growth, and more. In fact, without a clear dashboard, it’s almost impossible to monitor the growth of your website. And, if you’re looking to grow your site quickly, you’ll want to do everything you can to keep track of its performance.
Choose A Domain Name And Set Up The Server
One of the first things you’ll want to do is choose a domain name for your website. For the purposes of this guide, we’ll be using the domain name blog.neatcraft.com.
The next step is to set up the server that your blog will reside on. A server is like a physical location for hosting your blog’s content, and it’s vital that you choose this location carefully. Your blog’s performance will depend entirely on your server’s capabilities, so take your time in choosing the right location.
Create A Design Template
Now that you have the necessary tools and a server set up, it’s time to create a design template. A design template is simply a folder on your computer that stores all the necessary design elements for all of your future projects. It can be a completely empty template or a template that already has some elements in it, depending on how you want to work. For example, if you’re using Photoshop, you may want to create a template that already has some design elements in it so that you don’t have to start from scratch each time you create a new website.
To begin, simply create a new document in Photoshop with the size and shape of your liking. You don’t need to do any fancy designs; a simple square or circle will suffice. Then, copy and paste the following text into the center of your design.
Hello world! This is a basic website built with Photoshop. Feel free to explore the site and get inspired.
Don’t forget to use H1, H2, and H3 tags for the headings in your document as well as Blockquote, ul, li, p, h1, h2, and h3 for bold, italicized text. Additionally, you should always try to use meaningful words instead of random capital letters for the headings in your document as search engines will pick up on this and give your site a better ranking.
Once you have your design template set up, it’s time to move on to the next step – importing the design into WordPress.
Import The Design Into WordPress
To import the design into WordPress, simply open up your template in Photoshop and drag the complete design into a new document in WordPress. You’ll then need to resize and position the design as you see fit on your WordPress page (keep the proportions as they are in Photoshop).
Once the design is imported into WordPress, you can continue along with the rest of this guide and start creating your website.
The Finished Product
At the end of this guide, you’ll have learned how to make a website with Photoshop and WordPress. Hopefully, this guide will help you build a beautiful and functional website. If you’re looking to create a simple blog, we recommend checking out our WordPress Guide or our complete guide to building a blog with WordPress.