The 15 Best Free eCommerce & Shopping Themes for WordPress

The design of your online store matters just as much as the quality of your products. As such, you need to make sure that your eCommerce and shopping theme has all the necessary features as well as an attractive design that will make your products look even more visually appealing while making your customers feel welcome.

With features such as product filters, mega menus, and auto-complete search, the themes in this collection were designed to help you sell more products. When you pair that with attractive and responsive design, you’ll quickly be on your way towards making more profit from your online store.

In this collection, we’ve rounded up the best free eCommerce and shopping themes for WordPress that will help you take your store to the next level.

Woostify WooCommerce WordPress Theme (Free)

The Woostify theme is focused on bringing you more conversions in your online store. It offers features such as auto-complete search, product quick views, one page checkout and more. The theme is also optimized for fast loading times.

Shoppo Multipurpose WooCommerce Shop Theme (with Envato Elements)

The Shoppo WooCommerce theme has a minimal and clean design that puts your products in the spotlight. You can setup your online store quickly by using one of the many pre-made shop styles, or you can create unique and complex page layouts with the intuitive drag and drop page builder.

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Tyche eCommerce Theme (Free)

The Tyche theme has a beautiful grid layout on the homepage that makes it easy to showcase the most popular products from several categories. The theme is also easy to customize, fully responsive, and full of features designed to help you sell more.

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Maison – Minimalist eCommerce WordPress Theme (with Envato Elements)

The Maison theme is a great choice if you’re looking for a minimal theme that doesn’t skimp out on the features. The theme comes with 5 different homepage designs, one-click demo import, and eCommerce features such as image lazy load, quick view, mega menus, and more.

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Storefront – Minimal WooCommerce Theme (Free)

Storefront is the perfect theme for your next WooCommerce project as it was designed by the same team that made WooCommerce. The theme offers several layout and color options to customize your shop as well as multiple widget regions, a responsive design, and much more.

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Adiva – eCommerce WordPress Theme (with Envato Elements)

The Adiva is unique and modern looking eCommerce Theme. It includes several premade demos, responsive design, and tons of customization options. On top of that, you will find all the necessary eCommerce features designed to help you sell more.

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eCommerce Gem – Multipurpose eCommerce WordPress (Free)

The eCommerce Gem is a multipurpose eCommerce WordPress theme suitable for any type of online store. Key features include product search with category select, multiple sections on the front page, full-width slider, latest and featured product carousel, call to actions, and more.

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Cashier – WooCommerce Starter Theme (Free)

The Cashier theme is a minimalist and clean theme for WooCommerce that loads fast and is easy to customize. The theme is fully responsive, optimized for SEO, and easy to customize.

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Ocin Lite – WooCommerce WordPress Theme (Free)

The Ocin Lite is a beautiful WooCommerce theme perfect for modern and clean online shops. It has a responsive design that will make it easy for your customers to make a purchase on every device.

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Indra WPKoi WordPress Theme (Free)

Try the Indra theme if you are on the lookout for a WordPress theme that loads fast. The theme offers several premade demos which can be installed with one click and on top of WooCommerce integration, it also integrates with the Elementor page builder plugin.

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Shophistic Lite WooCommerce Theme (Free)

The Shophistic Lite theme comes with stunning CSS animations and a powerful theme options panel that lets you customize every aspect of your site. It also includes a custom social icons menu, responsive design, and built-in SEO optimization.

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Sullivan WooCommerce Theme (Free)

The Sullivan theme offers features such as search with instant results, full-width slideshows, responsive design, dropdown modals for account settings and the shopping cart, and tons of customization options.

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WooShop WooCommerce Theme (Free)

WooShop is a free WooCommerce theme with interesting features such as a hover over effect on products images, category descriptions, and SEO optimization. The theme is also easy to customize.

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Shopstore – Multipurpose WordPress WooCommerce Theme (Free)

The ShopStore is a sleek multipurpose WordPress WooCommerce theme. The theme is fully responsive and comes with impressive product display options. The ShopStore also includes plenty of customization options.

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Shopera – Customizable WooCommerce Theme (Free)

The Shopera theme is a free and minimal WooCommerce theme that’s highly customizable, fully responsive, and easy to use. It’s suitable for any type of online store and is also translation-ready.

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Pasal Ecommerce – WooCommerce WordPress theme (Free)

The Pasal eCommerce theme has a clean and modern design. The theme has comes with right sidebar widget area, footer widgets, custom widgets, 4 sliders and much more. It’s also fully responsive.

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Easy Digital Download WordPress Theme (Free)

If you’re looking to sell digital products, the Easy Digital Download theme is a perfect choice. It integrates beautifully with Easy Digital Downloads and includes features such as Schema and SEO-friendly code, one-click demo import, GDPR compliance, and various sections for newsletter, testimonial, digital downloads, and more.

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ShopIsle – WooCommerce Theme (Free)

The ShopIsle theme makes it easy to feature your popular products and various product categories. The theme is responsive and comes with a custom mega menu, extensive theme options panel, and detailed documentation.

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To learn more about WooCommerce, take a look at this article. And if you’re looking for free WooCommerce plugins, this collection is for you.

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How a Designer Might Create Timeless Designs

We’ve all seen examples of classic design – work that gets talked about for months, years, and even decades after it has served its initial purpose.

Even people who have no idea what the original design was even used for will discuss its beauty, simplicity, and timelessness.

What goes into creating work of that caliber? Today, we’re going to explore some possible explanations and try to get an idea of how a designer might go about creating timeless designs.

Will It Be Timeless?

Some things might seem as though they will be instant classics. Then, without warning, they fade into obscurity and no one ever mentions them again.

Why does this happen? No one really knows for certain, but there are some possible explanations. The most important, in my opinion, is that the general public – not just the design community – either stopped caring about the design, or never cared enough in the first place.

Design is meant to change the way people interact with one another in the world, not just designers, but everyone. If it fails to do so and generate influence beyond the scope of the original brief, it will never become the classic it could be.

Glitch Mona Lisa by Dan Svetlichnyy

Design Marketing Problems

Public opinion is fickle, but it can be greatly influenced by the right advertisement. Brands like Coca-Cola, Apple, and Microsoft didn’t get to their current level of market dominance by chance.

Even great art like the Mona Lisa has been heavily promoted to be recognizable to a modern audience.

There were plenty of contemporary works that were just as popular in their day, and even some that were more so. But it was marketing that propelled the Mona Lisa, the Sistine Chapel, the statue of David, and other iconic works of the Renaissance to last as long in the public memory as they have.

To Trendy To Be True?

As I’ve said in the past, if something feels like a trend, it probably is. I’m not simply talking about phenomena that are currently all the rage, like neumorphism or previously flat design.

I’m talking about things that merely look cool without any underlying fundamentals to ground them. Such trends are destined to be one hit wonders, fading as the design world moves on to more solid ideas.

A good way to spot a trend that’s being milked purely for profit is to determine what the most respected members of the design community have to say about it.

If the ‘movers and shakers’ of design are constantly lambasting the trend then there’s a good chance it’s simply a throwaway fad. However, if they don’t have much to say or are even incorporating it into their own work, it’s probably a winner.

Neumorphic Radio Player App Concept
Neumorphic Radio Player App by Alexander Plyuto

No Good Designers Left?

A lot of designers complain that the current crop of design professionals are too caught up in trends and technology and are ignoring the fundamental principles of good design.

These designers tend to be older and may even feel a bit left out as the world seems to be embracing a completely foreign approach to design.

This happens every generation, with the old-timers complaining about ‘today’s kids’ and their apparent lack of respect for the profession.

I’m sure the designers from the 1940s and 50s griped about ‘whippersnappers’ in the 70s and 80s with their Rapidographs and floppy disks or…whatever.

It’s true that there are a lot more designers actively working now than there ever have been in the past.

But the number of talented designers who have a solid understanding of the fundamentals has not diminished. If anything, it has increased due to the larger pool of designers out there.

The likelihood that at least a handful of these designers will produce something lasting is very high, even though one might have to wade through a lot of junk to find it.

Rapidograph & Notebook
Rapidograph & Notebook by Harry Diaz

Timeless Doesn’t Equal Boring

Think that classic design is boring and behind the times? Think again. Every single designer is influenced by those who have come before them.

If you choose only recent, contemporary designers to be influenced by, you’ll only be regurgitating the most recent trends, which could hasten their demise and make all of your work look horribly dated.

Try heading to the library and flipping through examples of classic designs by the greats of the 20th century. You might even be surprised at how often (and how badly) those designers were ripped off by later copycats.

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The Impossible Question: How Long Does It Take to Build a Website?

Web designers get asked all sorts of questions. We’re queried for advice on aesthetics, marketing, technology – and that’s just the tip of the iceberg. Being an endless fountain of knowledge is just part of the job. 😉

Our answers tend to come from experience (or a quick search). Yet, there is one question that seems nearly impossible to answer. It has confounded even veteran freelance designers who dare to take it on: “How long will it take to build my website?

It’s a perfectly reasonable question. One that should be simple enough to answer. At the same time, it’s loaded with uncertainty.

So much of the design and build processes are up in the air. Therefore, you might even hesitate to provide a guess as to the completion date. Unfortunately, that often clashes with a client’s need to nail down the specifics.

Today, we’ll look at the factors that can impact your project’s launch date. In addition, we’ll provide some tips for determining its length more accurately. Let’s get to work!

The Size and Scope of the Website

It stands to reason that, the larger the project, the more time it will take to complete. And there’s certainly some truth to that theory.

Both the sheer size and scope of a website can greatly impact the timeline. For example, building a site with a massive amount of content could require an equally large amount of work. Even a redesign of a content-heavy site might need a lot of massaging to get just right.

The same goes for functionality. As efficient as features like shopping carts are, they often need at least some level of customization. And if you need to build things from scratch, the time the trial-and-error process takes can be difficult to predict. There tends to be at least some uncertainty when it comes to coding.

The other part of the equation comes down to the available human resources. If you’re working as a solo freelancer, a large project can be a burden. Especially so if you are juggling multiple duties at once.

Availability of Content and Project Assets

Getting a website up and running is a two-way street. After all, designers and developers can only accomplish so much without a client’s active participation.

One of the major sticking points here tends to be content and other project assets. With some clients, waiting for these items to arrive can be the longest part of the process. It can be frustrating, as the situation can place an indefinite hold on progress.

There are several potential reasons for this type of delay. Sometimes, it’s a matter of an overwhelmed person with many other priorities. That leads them to seemingly disappear – just when it’s time to put the project to bed.

In other instances, it could be a lack of clear direction within the client’s organization. Design politics can lead to a vicious cycle where ideas are continuously debated and tossed aside.

Color swatches.

The Synergy between Client and Designer

There’s something to be said about the relationship between clients and designers. A bad one will undoubtedly lead to an endless stream of revisions and misunderstandings. Yet, a good one can keep a project on the fast track to successful completion.

Developing a solid rapport is important. The ability for both sides to effectively communicate needs and ideas is a key to getting things done.

For example, setting clear expectations makes the job that much easier. When your client knows and understands what you need from them, they are more likely to deliver. Conversely, it’s also great to know what clients expect from us as well.

Being on the same page (or not) with clients has a lot to do with how much time it takes to complete a project. The more synergy you have, the greater the odds of an efficient process. Just something to keep in mind.

Two people looking at a computer screen.

Your Other Commitments

For better or worse, none of us lives in a project bubble. Thus, it’s likely you have more than one website to focus on. This can be a major challenge when it comes to providing an accurate project timeline.

It’s not just a matter of having additional work to do. The other items we mentioned are relevant to all projects. Therefore, you might face a lot of uncertainty with regards to checking each website off of your to-do list.

One typical scenario: you’re waiting for a few clients to send you those missing project assets. And, of course, they all arrive at the same time. This leaves you scrambling to make progress on multiple fronts.

You’re either waiting for work or swamped with it. Sound familiar? Welcome to the rollercoaster that is freelancing!

A messy desk.

Providing a More Accurate Project Timeline

With so many factors at play, it’s no wonder that the simplest question seems impossible to answer. The problem is that difficult as it may be, a fairly accurate answer is still a requirement.

The best way to arrive at an answer is through establishing a great line of communication – right from the very beginning. It starts by taking time to find out all you can about a client’s needs and wants. Try to uncover as much as possible now to avoid surprises later. Spell it all out in your proposal.

Clients also have to be aware of your needs and wants, as well. For instance, they need to know how important their role is in supplying project assets such as content. A severe delay in getting you those items can mean missing a targeted launch date.

There can still be unexpected roadblocks, and that will usually be the case. But there’s a chance to minimize them through early communication.

The next time you’re asked that oh-so-important question, bring up the factors mentioned above. Together, you’ll be able to come up with a solid answer.

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