HTML/CSS web template used as a WP 3.2.1 Template

Newbie question here and the DOCS at WP are not helping me. Also I think sitepoint members are more knowledgeable about WP than WP forum members :stuck_out_tongue:
I searched but couldnt find any threads like this that were targeted towards 3.2.1.

I have my own HTML5/CSS web design and I want to use it as a WP template.

Is there a way instead of actually building a “WP Theme” to just use my design and INSERT php snippets here and there to take advantage of WP’s Loop and plugins?
I think building the website in this way would be ideal for me, but I don’t know if its really possible. Is this a good way to make a WP site? Are there any tut’s that explain this process?

Also I would need I guess Child Themes(?) too, so my front page is different than all the other contact, blog posts pages etc… This I have no idea how it is done. Thanks again for any help.

No, that is not true. There are some real experts over at the Wordpress forum who know the product inside and out.

The sad fact is that most people don’t incorporate Wordpress into their site’s design, they end up incorporating their design into Wordpress. I, too, did some searching for this several months ago and did not find any satisfactory examples. I found some stuff about “the loop” and played around with it and it did not meet my needs.

My site template is split up into functions I keep in a class. So when I had to integrate my site into Wordpress, all I had to do was copy the default theme, strip out the stuff I did not need like the header, footer, and such and make calls to my functions. It was not too difficult as my template was modular. I would rather have used some Wordpress functions to do it, to generate the posts and the sidebars and such but I wasn’t prepared to invest the large amount of time required when the probable result was failure.

Your best bet is to seek assistance at the Wordpress forum.

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