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.
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.
Theme Matcher is an online tool that will create your custom theme automatically. Simply input the address of your existing website, select your layout, and then Theme Matcher will create a WordPress theme that looks identical.
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.
2. Hire a Freelancer to create a custom theme
We posted a job on Elance.com and Freelancer.com (two of the biggest freelancing sites) to see what kind of potential developers we could find to create a WordPress theme that matched 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
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 Toolset-based themes to create all of the features an advanced theme will need including custom post types, forms and search.
You can create themes for a number of different types of websites including directory, membership and e-commerce sites.
The best part is you don’t need to use any PHP to do it. What once might have taken days of coding can now be created in hours.
Check out how the directory theme AdListing (seen above) was created using Toolset-based themes.
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.
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.
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