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#1 Guest_Emilio Corsetti_*

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Posted 31 August 2010 - 10:54 AM


I've been looking at the builder theme, and there is a lot to like about it. I offer website development services to clients, but I'm a one man shop with little graphics design ability. That's why I work exclusively with templates. All the graphics work is done. The client picks out a look they like and then I tie everything together.

While builder offers ultimate flexibility, your current list of child themes is underwhelming. Four of the nine themes are simply the same theme but with different color schemes.

From what I've seen, it looks like I could take any website template (Dreamweaver, CSS, maybe even Flash) and take the graphic elements and CSS and recreate the same look in Builder but have all the advantages that Wordpress offers.

If that is true, and this can be done with minimal effort, you have an absolute winner on your hands and don't even know it. So the question is, can I take a template built in HTML/CSS and easily convert that template into a Builder child theme? If so, I'm in.



#2 sridhar


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Posted 31 August 2010 - 02:05 PM

The word minimal in minimal effort is relative. Knowledge of Builder, CSS, HTML and a little bit of PHP is all that's needed to re-create any template/current site in Builder. But then the real question is, how much knowledge are we talking about? Unfortunately it's not something we can easily quantify and it varies between person to person depending on their experience, skill level and eagerness to make things work.

If you ask me this question "can you take a template built in HTML/CSS and easily convert that template into a Builder child theme?", my answer is "Yes!"

If you ask me this question "can I take a template built in HTML/CSS and easily convert that template into a Builder child theme?", my answer is "No one knows but yourself"

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Posted 31 August 2010 - 02:35 PM

I consider myself a quick learner. If you had one or two tutorials where you take an existing HTML template and then show step by step the process of how to swap out the graphical elements, I think that's all most people would need. Design is all about color and font choices, background images, rounded tabs, gradient fill backgrounds, fancy bullet images, etc. It's those little things that set a design apart from the simple and unappealling. You want unattractive, look at the Twenty-ten theme.

I can go into the the php and swap out image source references. But I have to know where to look first.

I managed to integrate a Wordpress blog into an HTML site and tweak the Twenty Ten theme to give it some design.