Slowly yet steadily, these days responsive web design has become almost a dominant standard for developing future ready sites. At present, almost all the sites are powered by this wonderful technique to offer the users an optimal experience of viewing and interaction. Therefore, it becomes highly important to learn the ways to create a Bootstrap WordPress theme by using Bootstrap responsive web design framework.
Though wordpress dominates around 24% or more of all the sites, but still converting the PSD or Photoshop Design File into one perfectly functioning responsive WordPress theme is not that easy what you think. This will need you to have proper grip over writing the CSS media queries, which dictate ultimately whether a theme is responsive or not.
All thanks to Bootstrap, the most popular responsive front-end framework of this world that makes the life of developers easier than before. In this article, you will find a step by step guide to convert a PSD template into the responsive WordPress theme by using Bootstrap as the WordPress platform for web development.
• Start with slicing the PSD file, which is the first and foremost thing in the entire conversion procedure. The term slicing refers to cutting and dividing the single image files into the multiple image files where each of the images contain various design elements of the total design.
• Next step is to download the most updated Bootstrap and Bootstrap the WordPress theme once the image design files are being sliced.
• Now when you have both of these files with you, you have to break these into multiple PHP files as per the WordPress theme file structure. This way, you will not only be able to convert your static index.html file into a dynamic WordPress theme, but this will also add different functionalities to this. In order to facilitate better categorization and coding, generally the WordPress themes contain different PHP files. But you will only need index.php and style.css files to prepare a fully-functional WordPress theme. It means this step includes breaking the index.html file up into header.php, index.php, footer.php and other important feature files as per the file structure of the WordPress theme.
• The best part of WordPress is that this offers a complete range of inbuilt functions, which can even be used to add customized functionalities to WordPress theme. So, to incorporate your desired functionality, you have to use the right set of inbuilt function tags in the theme files. Once you add the tags and functions properly, all the files would be places in the single folder having similar name to the theme name. After that, you have to place the folder in /wp-content/themes/ directory of the WordPress installation.
This way, you will have a well functioned responsive WordPress theme by using Bootstrap, which you will be able to activate through WordPress dashboard.