(X)HTML/CSS Coding-Services


You don’t have to do everything by yourself. If you are running out of time or simply aren’t that enthusiastic about the coding process, you might be willing to consider special coding services to get your job done in time. Particularly since there are dozens of such services, the price is usually quite reasonable and worth the time you save, headaches you avoid and further projects you can keep working on. However, whether the result is sophisticated or not, is the matter of personal experience – at least it should be.

The companies and designers listed below do not design web-sites; instead they convert drafts and sketches (mostly in the Photoshop-format, .psd) into the (X)HTML-Code (with CSS-styling). The prices depend on the desired processing time. The faster you’d like to get the work done, the more expensive the coding will be. Some service providers offer optional extras – for instance, AJAX-Scripting and further interactivity.

Service Price ($) Time (days)
Chop and Code1 225,- 3
Dawnstudios Slice it 2 175,- 3
Design2Markup3 no data 3
designslicer.com (currently down) 70+,- 2
fastSlicer4 200,- to 325,- 1-3
W3 Markup5 409,- 1
FinelySliced6 299+,- Australian Dollar 4
PSD2HTML7 153,- to 211,- less than 24h
PSDXHTML8 89,- 18 hours
Slice’r’us 9 no data 2-3
Slice ‘n Diced10 279,- to 399,- 3-6
SliceMyDesign11 220,- 165,- 3
The Choppr12 149,- 3
The Designer’s Chop Shop13 175,- 1-3
XHTML iT14 119,- 8 hours or less
XHTML Slicer15 200,- to 350,- 1-3 days
XHTMLGenius16 250,- 3
XHTMLized17 249+,- up to 7 days
We’llcodeit18 199+,- 3

Footnotes Link

  1. 1 http://www.chopandcode.com/
  2. 2 http://dawnstudios.com/sliceit/
  3. 3 http://www.design2markup.com/
  4. 4 http://www.fastslicer.com/
  5. 5 http://w3-markup.com/order
  6. 6 http://www.finelysliced.com/
  7. 7 http://www.psd2html.com/
  8. 8 http://www.psdxhtml.com/
  9. 9 http://www.slicerus.com/
  10. 10 http://www.slicendiceit.com/
  11. 11 http://slicemydesign.com/
  12. 12 http://thechoppr.com/
  13. 13 http://www.designerschopshop.com/
  14. 14 http://www.xhtmlit.com/
  15. 15 http://xhtmlslicer.com/
  16. 16 http://xhtmlgenius.com/
  17. 17 http://xhtmlized.com/
  18. 18 http://www.wellcodeit.com/

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  1. 1

    Our prices here at Slice’r’us start at 135$. Thanks!

  2. 2

    no 10$/layout indians?

  3. 3

    How can they afford to do them that cheap? It is incredible.

  4. 4

    Thanks for the resource, I’ll give try if a need them in the future

  5. 5

    Well, my company has only used xhtml slicer. While it is a great timesaver, they do tend to take pretty big shortcuts to keep costs down. Sometimes these don’t matter, other times the entire site can break if the user does something as simple as bumping the text up one step. Also, graphical shortcuts means things like minute shadows may be left out, diagonal lines may not line up, etc. Overall however, it’s so cheap, that it is a great option when you don’t need anything complex but also don’t have the time to do it yourself.

  6. 6

    To make the list complete.. In the fist week of September the new players will come to the market. The team of Super Coders formed a dynamic team to offer their superb coding services :)
    Check this address in next few days: XHTMLizers.com

  7. 7

    I’ve used SliceMyDesign, a service from Jayme Blackmon. It saved me a ton of time, the CSS was right on, and I’ve been able to edit and change it to meet all my secondary page needs with no problems. Highly recommended.

  8. 8

    I’ve used XHTMLized. They have been one of the originals in this category and while their prices have been on the rise, their service is well worth it. They will do exactly what you need or describe, and are very quick most of the time faster than the estimates. They know all the quirks and keep things standards compliant.

    My only complaint is that every time I go to them the price has gone up. I mean it started at $79 way back, and has now gotten to $249 for a single page. But I have to say it is well worth it and still at $249 it can save you time to keep designing.

  9. 9

    Brendon Kozlowski

    August 23, 2007 9:50 pm

    If you’re looking for the personal touch, using one of these companies would be a great idea, especially if they can alter something to act in a specific manner (hovers, rollovers, etc…), but if all you need is a direct 1-to-1 conversion, a colleague of mine likes to use SiteGrinder2 Pro, a plugin for Photoshop which costs about $250 US.


    If you do prefer working with people over a computer, there are many advantages do going that route (person over computer), but sometimes time is of concern.

  10. 10

    Here is another one (X)HTML/CSS Coding-Service: http://snapcoders.com. We have used them few times … their work was perfect and time/money too :). Recommended

  11. 11

    I suppose that the services would be good for a graphic designer who wasn’t also a competent coder, but having one coded page doesn’t a good template make. Twice I’ve use a service when I was in a time crunch. Both times the code was okay but only if all the pages exactly followed the Photoshop comp. There was no extra typographic classes. I found that I still had to massage the stylesheet to make it broad enough to serve as a template, so I didn’t save all that much time.

    Then there’s the fact that working with somebody else’s code, while it may be perfectly fine, doesn’t follow my coding conventions. I suppose if you found one service that stayed consistent, that wouldn’t be a problem. But I’d lose the CSS libraries that I’ve worked out over time.

    One other problem with jobbing out page styling is that you’d never get your own HTML/CSS chops up to speed. I can take a pretty complex Photoshop layout and turn it into a template set with a couple of variations in 3-4 hours, a simple one in less time. I only got efficient by practice and working out my own reusable classes.

    As to SiteGrinder, I use if for quick and dirty HTML comps. It will put out pages easily, after you learn its layer naming conventions. But for any kind of CMS or Dreamweaver templates the pages aren’t flexible enough, or optimized enough for my tastes. I still template out from scratch. That’s a short term cost in time for a long term benefit in flexibility and ease of maintenance and re-usability.

    These aren’t just control freak issues. Solid templates save headaches and time in the long run.

  12. 12

    MMh, yeah, sitegrinder produces Xhtml strict, but isn’t as clever as specified:
    – heavy pages ( thanks repeat-x ! )
    – Try deactivating Css upon an example page and see!

  13. 13

    MMh, yeah, sitegrinder produces Xhtml strict, but isn’t as clever as specified:
    – heavy pages ( thanks repeat-x ! )
    – Try deactivating Css upon an example page and see!
    Man-made still rulez!

  14. 14

    I have used xhtmlslicer for several projects. As mentioned before, there turn around is good, but they do take short cuts. On complex sites they will get you about 80 – 90% of the way there, and you will still have to roll up your sleeves to get it just right. You do have to have a knowledge of css/xhtml to correct shortcuts that may break down when the site is fleshed with more content. I do recommend them however as ultimately it saves time and money and allows you to concentrate on design.

  15. 15

    HTML is a markup language, you can’t “code” something in HTML.

  16. 16

    “HTML is a markup language, you can’t “code” something in HTML.”

    Sure you can. You just can’t program in HTML. Stop being a douche.

  17. 17

    “HTML is a markup language, you can’t “code” something in HTML.”

    It’s unneeded elitist remarks like that which make me want to punch kittens in the face.

    “no”, you’ve added so much to this world with your comment. You’ve given us enlightenment.

  18. 18

    I recommend XHTML Genius. I’ve used them on a project or two and have been impressed with the level of clean code.

  19. 19

    PSD2HTML is my vote. I am a designer and developer who occasionally just doesn’t have time to do everything myself. These guys rock! This is competent XHTML/CSS! They even implemented my design into a WordPress theme, and even through in a Javascript Form … all for $600 (this included three photoshop template pages). Incredible! They very nice and they communicate suberbly and promptly! No need to shop anywhere else.

  20. 20

    Well, why are they so cheap?
    They have a number of templates, and the one that fits best for a design will be used. But then… It costs extra if you want a sticky footer or a fixed header or any other stuff that has just that little of extra.
    Also, they don’t keep SEO in mind, so in my opinion they’re pretty expensive for what they offer.

  21. 21

    PSD2HTML produces nice, slim and optimized CSS and valid XHML. The guys pay a lot of attention to detail, for instance all the headlines that use background images are coded with FIR technique (Fahrner Image Replacement). The 24 hours delivery time refer to working hours, so usually it takes 3-4 days for a design to be coded.
    PSDXHTML is cheaper, quicker (1 day), the code is clean, but here no attention to detail. Although I’m pretty sure, if you specify what you exactly want, you will get it.

    With all of these service companies I’m always a bit astonished why they hide who they are and where the sit. You will never find a telephone number or address.

  22. 22

    Recently I found this service called GoWebPlans(http://www.gowebplans) which offers far better service than these XHTML coding services. They will help you in doing the mock-up, developing standards and semantic aware coding and publish your site with the use of a CMS which makes later modifications to content dead simple.

    Best thing is all this cost me just $495 and site was setup within 2 weeks. So I recommend you to give it a try…

    Disclaimer : I’m one of their clients and not affiliated to GoWebPlans.

  23. 23

    That’s actually pretty good money, at least for me. It takes me around an hour or two to fully code a psd to xhtml and css. Heck, even at 100 bucks I’ll still be making a good hourly wage.

  24. 24

    CSS Designed has PSD to XHTML / CSS at 150$


    Turnaround time is around 48 hours

  25. 25

    I’ve used PSD2HTML before and have been impressed with the service. It took longer than quoted, but that is completely fine because the work was good. I plan to keep using them.

  26. 26

    @Troy – you must be kidding me with 1-2 hours … what are you coding “Hello world” ?
    Never tried one of this services, but I’m seriously thinking of creating one.

  27. 27

    I was considering doing some work on the side of my normal job that is identical to what these companies offer. At these prices, though, it seems like a difficult market to enter (or perhaps the problem is that the market is *too easy* to enter).

    I’ve read a comment that some of these companies don’t produce consistently good work, but other comments that mention how solid their reputation is. And as Harry points out, there is a lack of contact information on at least one of the companies’ sites, but that doesn’t seem to hurt their business.

    More power to them.

  28. 28

    I wonder how many of these comments are by the sites’ owners themselves. Nevertheless, if anyone could show me examples of slices and the original design I could maybe form a little small opinion.

  29. 29

    I recommend XHTMLized. Their service was excellent last time I used them.

    By the way, weren’t they the ones that started this whole trend?

  30. 30

    Thanks for the mention here.

    Since XHTMLized started the fixed price per time in a certain time marketing, there has been well over 100+ such business crop up on the web. It’s created a new industry which is a great thing as the web in now looking a lot more semantic.

    At XHTMLized we’ve been in strong demand and over the years have built up a really solid customer base working with some of the webs greatest brands and web celebrities. These days we’re working more and more on large scale projects, and moving away from smaller one page, one off projects.

    We’re establishing long term relationships with brands, agencies and designers which really want the very best quality. We are selective about the people we work with and always make sure that we have dedicated resources available for our selective clients.

    We don’t advertise at all, and all our work comes from referral.

    There’s something we’re working on now which will revolutionize this industry just as much as our marketing did a few years ago.

    Thanks to everyone for the ongoing support.

  31. 31

    120$ per layout in 1-3 days
    contact via email

  32. 32

    The price you have listed for Slice My Design isn’t correct, their sites says $220.

  33. 33

    @ Dever

    I don’t find it that hard to take a complex layout, slice it and code it. Of course they are templates I created, but it still only takes an hour or two. XHTML isn’t hard to code if you know what you are doing. I suspect that the people who do this as their job do it the same as I. I can see a complex site in which the designer has no knowledge of web design taking a a full day, but any designer is web knowledge can design it in a way that makes coding easier.

  34. 34

    Vitaly Friedman & Sven Lennartz

    August 24, 2007 5:56 pm

    Thank you, Alberto. We’ve corrected the price.

  35. 35

    If anyone wants to pay me to code up their layouts for them, I’m game!

    These services definitely look like a good idea. I don’t think I’d personally use them, because I get pedantic and like to do things ‘just so’, but if I were a graphic designer with poor coding knowledge, or were simply in a rush and didn’t have time, I’d definitely check them out.

  36. 36

    I’ve tried to work with PSD2HTML but at the beginning of work, we can’t deal.

    Sorry but they are working with ticketing system and they answered my questions about work in 24-48 hours.

  37. 37

    I’ve used the TheChoppr and was surprised how quickly and painfully was it. The guy responded to me within an hour and even he said 3 days I had the review version of my template within 2. Then he worked with me on the review and made all my requests and additional changes. Also, the page had very well organized and structured code.

    I’d recommend TheChoppr and will definitely use them again.

  38. 38

    @ Vitaly and Sven
    Feel free to reference my blog post on this subject to fill up your list.

  39. 39

    At Happy XHTML we offer some of the highest quality coding available. Our prices are comparable to XHTML Genius, but our code is awesome.

  40. 40

    ok, that awesome, but im still wait 4 smashing make a list article/tutorial bout how to convert/ tips trick make psd to xhtml/html/css code thanks

  41. 41

    Bruno at design2markup did an awesome job for a site I gave him in photoshop. 48 hour turnaround, and gave me support for questions I had afterwards.

  42. 42

    I can’t recommend PSD2HTML highly enough. They are fast, friendly and their code is spot on. I have also had them install Drupal and create templates from my psd file and their work was excellent. Will keep using them for sure!

  43. 43

    I have used and suggested PSD2HTML before. Their prices are good and their XHTML is good. But the CSS needs a little work. It’s good from a novice’s perspective, but if you’re looking to continue to build on what they create, it gets a little dicey. The way they format their CSS doesn’t always make it super easy. Being a 10+ year professional at this, my opinion is that they’re worth the money, but they’re not perfect.

  44. 44

    To hell with these Indian places for $49, iv heard nothing but bad things for anything that has came from there.

    And they also annoy me with their just about daily calls trying to sell their services. How on earth can i do business with people i cant have a conversation / commuicate with on the phone.

  45. 45

    some of these are good, but only if you really either cant do it yourself or you just dont have time.

    i like to do things myself, that way i know exactly what i want and can tweak it as much as i can. all my sites are done by hand :-)

  46. 46

    We’ve used slicencode.com a few times and we were quite pleased with the quality of their work and turnaround time.

  47. 47

    Sometimes Coders also need Designed Comps.
    Who are the Design service providers then?

  48. 48

    can they also use smarty if the template is in pdf like convert it for specific script which is using smarty ??

    example is phpLD >> http://www.phplinkdirectory.com

  49. 49

    Hey John Macpherson- looks like you’ve been bitten more than once- Trust me, we’re not the call center variety- We’re a bunch of designers ourselves having worked in Advertising agencies in europe and the US- Take a look at our site and if you still think we’re a hole-in-the-wall outfit- leave a number- i’ll call you and we can talk design- or even better i can ask some of my regular clients from your neighbourhood to call you.
    The point is its easy to get biased in a global marketplace- the smart thing to do is look for the best deals.

  50. 50

    Sometimes Coders also need Designed Comps.
    Who are the Design service providers then?



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