I'd use an established site like vWorker (formerly Rentacoder) or eLance to get quotes. Eliminate all coders who don't have a near-perfect satisfaction record or who haven't been on the site for at least a year or two. Then, look at the past projects of who's left and eliminate anyone who hasn't worked on projects like yours. (Sometimes, you'll find a coder with strong ratings has achieved them via really small projects; not good if you have a bigger project.) Once you are down to a small number of well-qualified coders, look at their responses (many are rote automation) and see if they really read your spec. Communicate more with the ones that look good - ask for an example of a similar project. Then, make a decision. If you hold to your standards, you'll have a very high probability of success on your first try.
Thanks. But I'm still confused :).
What specs? I've got a psd file and need to end up with a wordpress them. I don't know what to even ask in terms of requirements, other than 'make it so, need a wordpress theme'.
Are there differences in coding wordpress?
If you can describe what you want as an end result, and can explain what you are starting with, that should be sufficient to get a coder to do the conversion.
Just be as specific as possible. I you don't say you want navigation links and later tell the coder to add them, then you'll have to pay extra.
The looser your project definition, the more important it is to get a really well-rated coder. The better ones will anticipate your intentions and won't get hung up on minor changes. Coders who are merely competent will deliver exactly what you asked for in literal terms, without applying much thought to your intentions or the user experience.
One other thought occurs to me. If I understand the project, you have a design in image form that you want translated into a fully functional Wordpress theme.
If that's correct, you should think about whether you want it to be a standalone theme, or run on a theme framework like Thesis or Genesis. The frameworks will let you control a lot more with options in a control panel, and will do things like basic SEO that might otherwise require a plugin. Minimizing the use of plugins is generally a good thing, as they can slow performance or even conflict with each other.
To convert a PSD into wordpress theme is easy for the amount you said above so let any web design company to do this or let me know if you can't fine
There are firms out there that will do this for $100/page and turn around in 24 hours.
This is such a commodity service now that you can simply send out a single page to one of them and see what quality you get back. If not up to scratch, try another.
If you pick one of the larger ones, or as Roger says one with good feedback left at eLance or RentACoder, you'll probably have no problem at all. I've never had a problem when selecting suppliers by eLance or RentACoder feedback.
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Oppppsss! Sorrry.... I got confused.. that was supposed to be my answer to the other topic... :D
Here's my comment related to the above topic
There is a plugin called "Divine a photoshop plugin" that can create websites from photoshop to wordpress promptly. Absolutely Free.
Turning your psd into WP theme is really not that hard, you might even like it after a little practice. There are several great online services that take your psd and turn it into a theme. You just have to specify the areas, content, navigation and special features such as plugin stuff (that requires specific css too).
|Is there anything I should watch for in this process? |
It will depend on your needs and taste. I make my own themes, and in this case I would ask for the same result: remove extra codes, clean design, WP adds a lot of meta tags that I don't like (yes I know) specially any trace of "made or powered by wordpress" and would also ask for removal of stuff my site won't use, such as those dupplicated listings or archives. That is just my opinion.
search a bit, some offer a plus, 100% valid code and cross browser compatible, perhaps that's important to you in a diff level.