Designers, developers, and e-commerce businesses rejoice! WordPress has become one of the most powerful options for those looking to bring their marketplace to the web, and at least one of the greatest motivators is the astounding availability of free themes. Powerful, versatile, and above all else stunning to look at, these themes make creating your online marketplace a piece of cake.
WordPress has some remarkably powerful tools for the e-commerce world. There are multiple plugins that allow for seamless transactions and interactions between marketplace communities and the people who visit them, making WordPress a great tool to begin with.
Here are 15 free themes to get started with when getting the best look for your online shop.
Vantage – A flexible and strong layout that comes ready-to-go with several integrated plugins like Page Builder and MetaSlider, giving developers and site owners alike the power to make their shop fully their own. Vantage gives shop-keepers the ability to diversify not only their portfolio, for their business front at the same time. Vantage’s powerful portfolio tools make it a great option for those selling services such as public speaking, life coaching, or event planning.
Socute – Offering as many layout and coloring options as there are e-commerce companies, Socute provides web developers with a clean and elegant method of driving design forward along with merchandise sales. Extensive theme options and page types allow for multiple design looks, while custom widgets and more than 300 shortcodes allow for intuitive behind-the-scenes manipulation. Socute’s templates cry out for use with fashion retail, so keep it in mind for apparel, accessory, and high-end applications.
Shopera – An awesome experience for those who want to bring a catalog-like feel to their web shop. Shoppers are easily engaged with the integrated blog features on the front, while still finding the content they’re shopping for. Shopera’s unique catalogue-like exterior make it a prime choice for those who want to tie in articles to their shopping experience – if you have a product that has a life style attached to it, Shopera is the choice for you!
Virtue – One of the more powerful and versatile options for those who are looking to really customize their browsing and e-commerce experience with WordPress. Built using HTML5 and CSS3, Virtue gives developers the ability to create incredibly diverse and gorgeous pages, postings and more. The clean layout and large bright design make it a great choice for digital or physical artists looking to sell their photography, sculpture, or metal works on the web.
Bearded – Bearded offers a fun and unique shopping experience that goes beyond the normal minimalist and simple layout design. Bearded gives a sleek and engaging shopping experience with the power of a jQuery BxSlider Slideshow and CSS3 animation behind it. With its fun look, toy and novelty marketplaces are a perfect fit for Bearded!
Artificer – The best choice for those who know their shoppers will be browsing from a multiple of devices. Artificer comes ready-built with a stunning responsive design, making it prepared to work with browsers armed with mouses, stylus, or finger tips. Endless customization makes the Artificer layout perfect for any e-commerce store front, making your shop one of the best on the web. Artificer’s full use of WooCommerce features make it perfect for anyone looking to sell specific products on the web, but with its sleek and simplistic look, it would be a great stop for handmade or artisinal sales.
Dazzling – A clean but colorful design choice for those who want minimalism beyond the classic black and white choices. Dazzling offers numerous customization options, and with its development rooted in Bootstrap 3 it has a nearly endless responsiveness to every shopper’s needs. It’s infinite scroll feature makes it a great option for anyone selling a high volume in items, so those in accessories, apparel, or even novelty items would enjoy this layout.
WooCommerce – The perfect option for a newcomer to the world or design and development, WooCommerce is a gentle entrance into getting comfortable with making a theme truly yours. This theme offers multiple payment gateways to give customers peace of mind, while presenting a stunning and intuitive interface. With WooCommerce, the options for shopfronts are limitless – hand-crafted bowls? Organic dog treats? Locally sourced kid’s shoes? The world is your oyster, and WooCommerce makes you the pearl.
Fruitful – Fruitful brings a powerful front end design in a clean and simple package. Sellers looking to present their merchandise without overwhelming design and layout options can find peace with Fruitful. Easily add your own logos, fonts, icons, and more. Fruitful’s effervescent design make it great for anyone in the food and drink business – and not just because the word “fruit” is in the title!
Shopper – Designers looking for a flat, sleek, and minimalist design can depend on Shopper for the ultimate in contemporary web shopping. Prebuilt with the Drag & Drop GT3 Page Builder Plugin, Custom Price Filter Widget, and Yoast for your SEO needs, Shopper gives a great experience for both seller and buyer. With its flat and sharply minimalist look, retailers who specialize in high-end decor and home goods should turn to Shopper for their needs.
11. New Standard
New Standard – A great option for those looking to make a quick, responsive, and mobile-ready design. Perfect for presenting any kind of merchandise, New Standard comes with three unique themes to make your shop feel like yours. With its emphasis on product and not story-telling, e-commerce sellers interested in marketing their skills and services should look to New Standard as a great option – photographers, graphic designers, and writers alike can all benefit from the clean finished look it provides.
Wootique – A foundation for many other themes, Wootique is a powerful theme that can’t be overlooked. Multiple widgets offer a powerful customer checkout and browsing experience, and their customized widget sidebar lets you recreate the theme to suite your needs.
AyoShop – A brainchild of the Genesis Framework and WooCommerece worlds, AyoShop is a wildly brilliant theme that brings the power of a paid template into the world of free. It boasts it’s light and simple design, free of bloat and excess drag. Multiple child theme options make it ready to go, while designers also have the option to go in and make the theme work for their clients. With its incredibly elegant looks, AyoShop is a great choice for those sell anything from makeup to hairdressing services.
Kidshop – Sellers looking for an option tailored to kid’s retailers can rely on Kidshop to provide their e-commerce needs. Comes preloaded with numerous widgets and plugins to make transactions smooth and powerful, and the playful interface makes shoppers feel welcome in an instant. Selling hand crafted kid’s clothes? Artisinal wooden toys? Kidshop is a great choice for you.
Simple – A gorgeous template that packs a punch on a big screen or on your smart phone. This design is as easy to customize as it is to fall in love with, and has the added bonus of allowing sellers the ability to “tag” their products with sub-categories within the blog. With its focus on product and not much else, it’s a great choice for those who are selling visually complex works like book covers, posters, or even jewelry.
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