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I have written recently about the advantages of using a Content Management System (CMS) such as Joomla! as the environment for creating your websites.  <link here for previous article>

One of the benefits of using a widely distributed open source CMS like Joomla! or DRUPAL is the astounding variety of extensions, plug-ins and theme templates that are available at little or no cost from the user community of your favorite CMS.  I note also that many of the CMS features that I am using in Joomla! are also available in WordPress. So I am finally understanding why so many of you switched to WordPress for your personal blogging sites some time ago.  (OK Cheryl – I get it…)

But it takes time to find the exact template or theme that you may want – and there just may not be any author out there with the same twisted sense of style that I have.  So the solution is to create your own HTML code and CSS files. 

But wait a minute.  I found the Joomla! solution because I am not proficient in coding or CSS creation. In my typical voyage of discovery (keep seeking and you shall find on the internet) method, I seem to have found an answer. 

Website gives you the capability to create your template as a Photoshop (or GIMP) file – that is the PSD part of the name (PSD is the file extension of a Photoshop file).  By using particular layer names in Photoshop for the specific elements of your sytle sheet or web page, you can submit your completed PSD file to the site and the service will automatically convert your PSD file into the necessary HTML code and CSS files to create your site.  The system has Joomla! or WordPress specific layer names that permit you to use this powerful conversion site to create template files for your preferred environment.

I recommend that if you need to create template files with full HTML and CSS capability, that you go to  and view the tutorials and check out the documentation which includes the layer names available for template elements.  I am at the beginning of the process, but I believe that this will be a much faster system for creating templates for Joomla! and other environments than HTML coding and CSS file creation.  I also think that the system will help me learn the CSS system as I observe how my Photoshop designed pages are interpreted into Cascading Style Sheet files. 

In addition to simple placement of content, menu and image elements, the system embeds a number of sophisticated and intellegent functions into your pages. 

If you want total control of your on line image and, like me, you have limited background in coding – this website appears to be a powerful tool in your bag of tricks to help you create web pages that meet your needs and specifications. 

Shaun McIntyre is the brain behind the site.  He provides the following You-Tube video tutorial to explain the specifics of creating a Joomla! template from a Photoshop file. 




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Rebecca Levinson, Real Estate Marketing and Online Advertising Consultant
Real Skillz-Clear Marketing for Your Real Estate Vision - Lake Geneva, WI


Thank you so much for posting this informative information, helpful to many I am sure.  I have heard many pro's about the Joomla platform, mainly that is an easier platform for people to use self-service.


Jul 29, 2009 05:41 AM #1
Ted Baker
Carmody and Associates LLC - Winter Haven, FL


I spoke with Shaun McIntyre about the service levels he offers.  The free service is, naturally, limited to a subset of the capabilities of the site.  With limited layer naming conventions, the free service does not reach the level of creating Joomla templates.  

The paid service is $20 per month, so will appeal to the pros among us who will use the service on an ongoing basis.  This is a bit interesting as those pros may prefer to do their own coding.  But even the professional will find, I believe, that the system provides quick templates for client demos. 

The new user has free access to the full service for the two week demonstration period.  And, Shaun tells me, many people finish their work in that demo period.  I have suggested an alternative pricing model to Shaun - I will report back if he makes any changes. 


Aug 12, 2009 08:29 PM #2
Song San
Coldwell Banker Dynasty - Rosemead, CA
Broker, MBA

  I remember seeing a service similar where they could convert your PSD files to html files for a flat fee. If you have one or two pages and need it right away that might make sense. If you are doing more and want to save money and have better control you might want to look at something like SiteGrinder that can convert PSD files to html and css stylesheets. I have been using that program for a few years and the benefits that I mentioned are well worth it.

Jan 09, 2010 03:28 PM #3
Ted Baker
Carmody and Associates LLC - Winter Haven, FL

Update: I now use Artisteer 2 to accomplish all template related tasks for Joomla, Wordpress or HTML

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