I see and get requests all of the time for people looking for someone to take what is basically a drawing or Photoshop design, and "convert" it into a WordPress theme.
To me this is overkill for 2 reasons:
- Most times they haven't actually done anything except create some pretty pictures with thier colors and logo. Not any specific functionality requests that can't be done with any of a million plug ins, nor have they created a layout that can't be found in existence already.
- There is no such thing as "converting" a drawing into a WordPress theme. What you really mean is you need someone to code a theme with these colors and logo from the ground up.
9 times out of 10 what they have is simple enough to convert the colors of an existing theme.
For some reason when I see this it really irritates me and they would be better served and save a ton of time and money by just contacting a WordPress person FIRST to see what may already exist and can just be personalized with a few CSS changes, swapping some icons and the right images.
"Oh, you want Facebook connect? Yeah, that's so difficult that you needed to draw it. A sidebar on the home page? Wow, it's a wonder no one has ever thought of that. Thanks for drawing the sharing icons, that's going to take weeks of development".
I had a call today and the guy actually asked me "How long will it take you to match the colors?". I sent him the exact color codes back in about 10 seconds. What year do people think it is? Why don't they just pick up the phone and discover that it's not 1997 anymore?
I think too many people waste money in this area by assuming they need to reinvent the wheel, just to match their colors. However, it is extremely difficult to tell someone this once they have it their mind, based on what their graphic artist who knows nothing about WordPress, tells them.
There have been occasions where I've seen a few that would require a build from the ground up. But not most. Is there some kind of book out or something that is telling people they have to do this?
Am I the only one that feels this way, or should I just shut up and take 3x's the money from them to do something that I could have done cheaper and faster?