You’ve heard of WordPress; your friends use it to chronicle their trips abroad in a travel blog or maybe you have a personal blog that’s hosted by WordPress. But did you know that a WordPress website could be used to build up your online store as well? In the past couple of years, WordPress has moved from a blogging platform to a top CMS or content management system for ecommerce sites. Not only is it easy and accessible for companies just starting out, but with the right theme, it’s a surefire way to increase visibility and traffic to your store.
In this post, we’ll touch on the 10 best WordPress themes for ecommerce, starting with 5 basic all-inclusive themes that don’t require outside plugins or shopping carts, and then moving on to 5 more advanced and fully customizable themes for the more established stores that know exactly how they want their products displayed. Whether your online store is just getting off the ground or you’ve been around for years and are ready for an upgrade, you’ll want your website aesthetic to be eye-catching, easy to navigate, and of course, you want a responsive backend to make your life easier. With those points in mind, here are the 10 best wordpress themes for ecommerce.
Emporium from Templatic is an ecommerce start up’s dream; it is simple to use with a well-balanced design. No need to worry about a cluttered, messy homepage with Emporium’s fully customizable homepage that offers auto-resizing on your product photos. With 4 basic color choices, ad monetization capability, and search engine optimization completely built-in along with the shopping cart, Emporium is the theme to get your online store up and running.
OneCart from ThemeForest is ideal for any ecommerce with an international market. It is completely all-inclusive with built-in shopping cart and incredible capability reach––including the ability to process any type of currency, unlimited color schemes for you to choose from, SEO––or search engine optimization-–built-in, plus OneCart can host a multi-language interface on your website or localize the content into 14 different languages, depending on where your shopper is accessing your site from.
e-Commerce is a straight-forward, well-designed aesthetic that is simple to use. With a one-click install, get your store online fast. e-Commerce offers 5 eye-pleasing color schemes, a built-in shopping cart with the option of adding the free plugin WooCommerce, and an admin panel that allows you to manage orders with ease: set shipping and tax rates, add product parameters, and even process guess orders for customers who don’t want to register an account but still want to make a purchase.
CleanSale is the theme for larger stores with a lot of products to sell. It is highly customizable with unlimited color scheme options, multiple page templates––including homepage layout options––and a typography management system ensuring that your website matches the vibe of your company and products. While highly versatile, CleanSale keeps it simple with a built-in shopping cart and even includes a built-in blog.
WP store is for the minimalists––this clean and basic aesthetic is for the no-nonsense ecommerce venture that just wants simple space to show off its product. With no busy designs to distract customers away from the goods, WP offers 2 color schemes with breadcrumb navigation capability and a customizable control panel. But don’t think simple means one-dimensional; WP Store still offers all-inclusive attributes such as a built-in shopping cart, SEO optimization, and ad monetization.
6. Mazine Theme
Mazine from ThemeForest is a sleek design offering 6 color schemes and various slider options including Flashmo, Coin, and Piecemaker. Its relatively inclusive design boasts a newsletter subscription ajax widget and contact form ajax widget, and while it doesn’t have its own shopping cart, Mazine keeps it easy by supporting WordPress’s ecommerce plugin; so it’s all self-contained in WordPress and there’s no need to go anywhere else.
7. eStore Theme
eStore, designed by elegant themes, is a highly stylized, yet clean and modern design that is a step up from the basic themes in that it doesn’t have its own shopping cart but can support simple options such as PayPal Shopping cart or free plugins like WooCommerce and eShop. Not to mention, a bonus with eStore is that it has the ability to support multiple shopping carts, so larger ecommerces can take advantage of a basic yet highly functional theme.
8. Shopo Theme
Shopo from Themify is designed for a larger company with several products for sale. It offers a number of ways to display your goods, such as a customizable product slider for the home page. Supported by WooCommerce, its shopping cart allows users to add and remove items without navigating away from the current page.
9. Eureka Theme
Eureka is a photo-driven aesthetic with a large picture slider on the homepage, allowing you to show off your hottest and latest products. It’s compatible with popular shopping cart plugins Jigoshop and WooCommerce, is mobile-ready, and supports custom html; so you can add your own buttons, icons, or info boxes.
10. Thrifty Theme
Thrifty is for the ecommerce that has less to say and more to sell. Its design is light on text and focused on product photos. With its organized spacing, products are really eye-catching. In terms of shopping carts, Thrifty can support Shopp, WooCommerce, and Easy Digital Downloads, and if you choose to change themes later on, your layout and widgets can transfer over.