3 Ways to Clone Any Web Design Into a WordPress Theme

Have you ever needed your WordPress theme to match another design? Sometimes you're integrating a blog into an existing website, other times you're converting an old site to WordPress - Either way, it's an age old problem.
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Have you ever needed your WordPress theme to match another site’s design? You might be integrating a blog into an existing website, or converting an old site to WordPress – Either way, it’s an age-old problem.

There are a few ways to get a theme to match an existing website with varying cost and difficulty, read on to find out the best option for you.

1. ThemeMatcher.com

Theme Matcher is an online tool that will create your custom theme automatically. Simply enter the address of your existing website, select your layout and areas for WordPress content, and then Theme Matcher will create a WordPress theme that looks identical to your existing one.

The software copies all of your code, image, CSS etc and repackages it in a simple .zip theme file, ready for you to upload.

For straightforward conversions, this is definitely the fastest option to clone your website.

Theme Matcher

2. Hire a freelancer to create a custom theme

We posted a job on Upwork and Freelancer (two of the biggest freelancing sites) to see what kind of potential developers we could find to copy a website template from our existing site design.

The response was overwhelming! On each site, we received 80+ bids ranging from $200-$800 and taking 2-5 days to complete the work.

Going through each of these proposals was very time-consuming. Many of the cheapest contractors had no ratings and showed poor communication in English.

If your site is complex or you have very specific requirements, this is a good route to take. However, expect to spend a significant amount of time selecting and talking to your contractor, and allow a few days for them to complete the job.

3. Create a theme yourself

Toolset-based Theme

It might sound like a challenging proposition but creating a complete theme with customized features is easier than you think.

That’s because you can use page builders such as Toolset, Elementor, or Beaver Builder.

Toolset

With Toolset, you can create all of the features an advanced theme will need including custom post types, dynamic image galleries and sliders, forms, and search.

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You can create themes for a number of different types of websites including directory, membership, and e-commerce sites.

For example, check out how the directory theme AdListing (seen above) was created using Toolset-based themes!

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Elementor

Elementor is one of the best page builders out there at the moment. With its easy-to-use interface, anyone can now create and design websites, regardless of their coding knowledge. With its shallow learning curve, you should be able to have your site up and running in no time.

If you want to jumpstart your designing process even further, Elementor provides pre-designed templates in both the free and PRO version!

Beaver Builder

Creating a website using Beaver Builder can help streamline your design process. With no coding required, Beaver Builder also lets you choose from pre-made templates and modules that you can use anywhere on your website.

We created a tutorial showing you how to create a WordPress landing page using Beaver Builder.

If you’re still unsure which one works best for you, check out our article comparing Elementor and Beaver Builder.

The best part about page builders is that you don’t need to use any PHP to design your website. What once might have taken days of coding can now be created in hours.

Conclusion

The fastest, cheapest, and easiest way to make your WordPress theme match an existing site is to use ThemeMatcher.com.

If you have complex requirements, you may need to invest a lot more time and money to hire a freelancer to create something custom. Alternatively, have a go at it yourself using a page builder such as Toolset, Elementor, or Beaver Builder.

Should you just want to use a pre-made theme, there are plenty of options around. Run a quick search on WP Mayor for the type of theme you’re looking for, and I’m sure you’ll find something for your needs.

If you’re at that phase and you’re also looking for high-performing web hosting with an expert support team, consider SiteGround.

Happy Theming!

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18 Responses

  1. Wow ThemeMatcher looks great, i can see it being used for proof of concept sites, landing pages and turning simple HTML templates into WP themes, however when it comes to my main site i would still go with option #2 (or #3).

    1. keep away from http://importintoblog.com.
      These people are impostors. Not only their services do not work, but also they play stupid and NEVER REPLY when you ask for your money back, although they state that “All plans come with:
      A money-back guarantee
      If you are not thrilled with our service, we do not want your money. We will refund any payment made within the last thirty days if you are unsatisfied for any reason.” (https://importintoblog.com/sign-up)

  2. I’ve used ThemeMatcher. I think the simpler your original site is, the more likely the conversion will be smooth. However, that doesn’t mean don’t use it. I converted a site that was in Dreamweaver with extensive server-side-includes used as well as a fairly complex template. Using ThemeMatcher, it was much easier to open the resulting page from TM and delete the stuff no longer needed.

    Note that if you are scrapping most of the CSS from your old site, you will have clean-up to do there as well. But it is STILL easier than trying to do this all yourself. MHO, OC.

    1. Marcemile, your service seems amazing. ThemeMatcher was blocked on a site and your site was able to get it. But I would need help from you if possible. Is there a way I can contact you?

  3. You should state that the service is $47.00 before wasting my time.

    You should have mentioned that you are getting a affiliate fee from the theme.

    you have lost my respect for you article

  4. The service is $47.00.

    You should have mentioned that you are getting a affiliate fee from the theme.

    you have lost my respect for you article

  5. Wow ThemeMatcher looks great, i can see it being used for proof of concept sites, landing pages and turning simple HTML templates into WP themes, however when it comes to my main site i would still go with option #2 (or #3).

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