35 Free High-Quality E-Commerce Templates

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For website owners who are evaluating e-commerce solutions, there are several good options for powering websites and shopping carts. Regardless of which option you chose, deciding on a design brings with it even more decisions to make. Of course, a custom design is always an option, but for those who want to keep costs down, templates are a popular choice. Premium e-commerce themes are easy to find, but they can be expensive. Free e-commerce templates are difficult to find, and quality free templates are even harder to find.

We’ve done the research for you, and in this post we present 35 of the highest-quality free e-commerce templates available. There are templates specifically for WordPress, Prestashop1, osCommerce2, Magento3, Zen Cart4, CubeCart5, and CRE Loaded6, as well as a number of general e-commerce templates. Please notice that these templates aren’t intended to be used 1:1, but should rather be used as a skeleton for your own shop and hence saves a lot of work, because otherwise you would have to start from scratch.

1. WordPress Templates

Crafty WordPress Theme7 | Demo8 | Download9

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WordPress e-Commerce Plugin11 | Download12

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2. Prestashop

CleanBlue14

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et-black16

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PrestaThemes18
A collection of free high-quality templates for PrestaShop.

3. osCommerce Templates

Footwear19 | Download20

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Appliance22 | Download23

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Cosmetics Store25 | Download26

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Computer Store28 | Download29

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4. Magento Templates

Modern Theme31 | Download from Magento32

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Blue Skin34 | Download from Magento35

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Telescope Theme37 | Download from Magento38

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Pet Store Theme40 | Download from Magento41

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Free Magento Theme from Template Monster43 | Download44

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Electronics Store 346 | Download from eCommerce-Themes47

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5. Zen Cart Templates

Free Zen Cart Template49 | Download50

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Acadame52 | Download from ichoze.net53

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Clothes Online55 | Download56

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6. CubeCart Templates

LiteFree58

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Clean Blue60
A collection of free CubeCart 3 Skins. More free Cubecart skins61.

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7. CRE Loaded Templates

Electronics Store63 | Download64

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Clothes Store66 | Download67

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8. General E-Commerce Templates

The following templates were created for the purpose e-commerce but not built for a specific system. If you plan to use one of them, it would need to be adapted to and integrated in the e-commerce solution of your choice. Templates with valid HTML code are marked.

Pet Shop69 | Download70 (valid HTML)

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Auto Parts72 | Download73 (valid HTML)

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Clothes Collection75 | Download76

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Gadgets Template78 | Download79 (valid HTML)

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Online Movie Store81 | Download82 (valid HTML)

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Books Online84 | Download85 (valid HTML)

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Beauty Company87 | Download88 (valid HTML)

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Clothes Store90 | Download91

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Hardware Store93 | Download94

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Online Store96 | Download97

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Computer Store99 | Download100

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Mobile Phone Shop102 | Download103

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Hi-Fi Technics Store105 | Download106

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Electronics Store108 | Download109

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Footnotes

  1. 1 http://www.prestashop.com/
  2. 2 http://www.oscommerce.com/
  3. 3 http://www.magentocommerce.com/
  4. 4 http://www.zencart.com/
  5. 5 http://www.cubecart.com/
  6. 6 http://www.creloaded.com/
  7. 7 http://www.thekingcart.com/2008/10/02/crafty-cart-free-wordpress-ecommerce-plugin-theme/
  8. 8 http://demo.billionstudio.com/?wptheme=Crafty%20Cart
  9. 9 http://www.thekingcart.com/wp/wp-content/plugins/download-monitor/download.php?id=1
  10. 10 http://www.thekingcart.com/2008/10/02/crafty-cart-free-wordpress-ecommerce-plugin-theme/
  11. 11 http://www.instinct.co.nz/e-commerce/16/
  12. 12 http://downloads.wordpress.org/plugin/wp-e-commerce.3.6.9.zip
  13. 13 http://www.instinct.co.nz/e-commerce/16/
  14. 14 http://www.ezytrader.com/product.php?id_product=10
  15. 15 http://www.ezytrader.com/product.php?id_product=10
  16. 16 http://www.ezytrader.com/product.php?id_product=27
  17. 17 http://www.ezytrader.com/product.php?id_product=27
  18. 18 http://www.prestathemes.com/freethemes.html
  19. 19 http://how2make.blogspot.com/2007/04/free-oscommerce-template-footwear.html
  20. 20 http://darylwtlau.googlepages.com/footwear_green.zip
  21. 21 http://how2make.blogspot.com/2007/04/free-oscommerce-template-footwear.html
  22. 22 http://how2make.blogspot.com/2008/05/free-oscommerce-template-appliances.html
  23. 23 http://darylwtlau.googlepages.com/appliances_osc.rar
  24. 24 http://how2make.blogspot.com/2008/05/free-oscommerce-template-appliances.html
  25. 25 http://www.websitetemplates.bz/free_templates/675.html
  26. 26 http://www.websitetemplates.bz/free_download.html?action=get_link&n=675
  27. 27 http://www.websitetemplates.bz/free_templates/675.html
  28. 28 http://www.freetemplatesite.com/
  29. 29 http://www.freetemplatesite.com/sample/sample_osc.zip
  30. 30 http://www.freetemplatesite.com/
  31. 31 http://www.magentocommerce.com/extension/146/modern-theme-for-magento-frontend-interface
  32. 32 http://www.magentocommerce.com/extension/146/modern-theme-for-magento-frontend-interface
  33. 33 http://www.magentocommerce.com/extension/146/modern-theme-for-magento-frontend-interface
  34. 34 http://www.magentocommerce.com/extension/519/blue-skin
  35. 35 http://www.magentocommerce.com/extension/519/blue-skin
  36. 36 http://www.magentocommerce.com/extension/519/blue-skin
  37. 37 http://www.magentocommerce.com/extension/135/telescope-theme
  38. 38 http://www.magentocommerce.com/extension/135/telescope-theme
  39. 39 http://www.magentocommerce.com/extension/135/telescope-theme
  40. 40 http://www.magentocommerce.com/extension/503/pet-store-theme
  41. 41 http://www.magentocommerce.com/extension/503/pet-store-theme
  42. 42 http://www.magentocommerce.com/extension/503/pet-store-theme
  43. 43 http://www.templatemonster.com/free-templates.php
  44. 44 http://www.templatemonster.com/sample/sample_magento_theme.zip
  45. 45 http://www.templatemonster.com/free-templates.php
  46. 46 http://ecommerce-themes.com/magento-themes/electronics-store-11.html
  47. 47 http://ecommerce-themes.com/magento-themes/electronics-store-11.html
  48. 48 http://ecommerce-themes.com/magento-themes/electronics-store-11.html
  49. 49 http://www.templatemonster.com/free-templates.php
  50. 50 http://www.templatemonster.com/sample/free_zen_cart_template.zip
  51. 51 http://www.templatemonster.com/free-templates.php
  52. 52 http://zen-cart-templates.ichoze.net/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=65&products_id=182
  53. 53 http://zen-cart-templates.ichoze.net/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=65&products_id=182
  54. 54 http://zen-cart-templates.ichoze.net/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=65&products_id=182
  55. 55 http://www.sawcb.org/free-zen-cart-template.html
  56. 56 http://www.templatemonster.com/sample/sample_zencart.zip?PHPSESSID=lbc49a1k2ooigqgms8kgut63g2
  57. 57 http://www.sawcb.org/free-zen-cart-template.html
  58. 58 http://www.cubecartskins.net/freebies/cubecart-v3/litefree/prod_34.html
  59. 59 http://www.cubecartskins.net/freebies/cubecart-v3/litefree/prod_34.html
  60. 60 http://mycubecart.com/shop/free-cubecart-3-skins/cat_20/
  61. 61 http://www.cutecrab.co.uk/free-cubecart-skins.shtml
  62. 62 http://mycubecart.com/shop/free-cubecart-3-skins/clean-blue-v2/prod_2/
  63. 63 http://www.freetemplatesite.com/
  64. 64 http://www.freetemplatesite.com/sample/sample_creloaded.zip
  65. 65 http://www.freetemplatesite.com/
  66. 66 http://info.template-help.com/sample_templates.html
  67. 67 http://images.template-help.com/sample/free_CRE_loaded_template.zip
  68. 68 http://info.template-help.com/sample_templates.html
  69. 69 http://csscreme.com/freecsstemplate/pet_shop/
  70. 70 http://csscreme.com/tpsaveas.php?tp=pet_shop.zip
  71. 71 http://csscreme.com/freecsstemplate/pet_shop/
  72. 72 http://csscreme.com/freecsstemplate/auto_parts/
  73. 73 http://csscreme.com/tpsaveas.php?tp=auto_parts.zip
  74. 74 http://csscreme.com/freecsstemplate/auto_parts/
  75. 75 http://www.freewebsitetemplates.com/forum/showthread.php?t=2508
  76. 76 http://www.freewebsitetemplates.com/download.php?template=clothesfashion
  77. 77 http://www.freewebsitetemplates.com/forum/showthread.php?t=2508
  78. 78 http://www.freewebsitetemplates.com/forum/showthread.php?t=2936
  79. 79 http://www.freewebsitetemplates.com/download.php?template=gadgets
  80. 80 http://www.freewebsitetemplates.com/forum/showthread.php?t=2936
  81. 81 http://www.freewebsitetemplates.com/forum/showthread.php?t=2209
  82. 82 http://www.freewebsitetemplates.com/download.php?template=onlinemoviestore
  83. 83 http://www.freewebsitetemplates.com/forum/showthread.php?t=2209
  84. 84 http://www.freewebsitetemplates.com/forum/showthread.php?t=2268
  85. 85 http://www.freewebsitetemplates.com/download.php?template=booksonline
  86. 86 http://www.freewebsitetemplates.com/forum/showthread.php?t=2268
  87. 87 http://www.freewebsitetemplates.com/forum/showthread.php?t=2320
  88. 88 http://www.freewebsitetemplates.com/download.php?template=beautycompany
  89. 89 http://www.freewebsitetemplates.com/forum/showthread.php?t=2320
  90. 90 http://allfreetemplates.info/template_details.php?id=86
  91. 91 http://allfreetemplates.info/out.php?f=1&p=50&u=http://allfreetemplates.info/template_get.php?id=86
  92. 92 http://allfreetemplates.info/template_details.php?id=86
  93. 93 http://allfreetemplates.info/template_details.php?id=85
  94. 94 http://allfreetemplates.info/out.php?f=1&p=50&u=http://allfreetemplates.info/template_get.php?id=85
  95. 95 http://allfreetemplates.info/template_details.php?id=85
  96. 96 http://allfreetemplates.info/template_details.php?id=84
  97. 97 http://allfreetemplates.info/template_get.php?id=84
  98. 98 http://allfreetemplates.info/template_details.php?id=84
  99. 99 http://templates4net.com/template_details.php?id=70
  100. 100 http://templates4net.com/template_get.php?id=70
  101. 101 http://templates4net.com/template_details.php?id=70
  102. 102 http://templates4net.com/template_details.php?id=67
  103. 103 http://templates4net.com/template_get.php?id=67
  104. 104 http://templates4net.com/template_details.php?id=67
  105. 105 http://www.1stwebdesign.sk/en/free_templates/free_website_templates_page3.htm
  106. 106 http://www.1stwebdesign.sk/en/free_templates/download/4022.zip
  107. 107 http://www.1stwebdesign.sk/en/free_templates/free_website_templates_page3.htm
  108. 108 http://www.1stwebdesign.sk/en/free_templates/free_website_templates_page6.htm
  109. 109 http://www.1stwebdesign.sk/en/free_templates/download/4002.zip
  110. 110 http://www.1stwebdesign.sk/en/free_templates/free_website_templates_page6.htm
  111. 111 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/2008/12/01/100-free-high-quality-xhtmlcss-templates/
  112. 112 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/2007/02/14/free-design-templates/
  113. 113 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/2007/01/12/free-css-layouts-and-templates/

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Steven Snell is a Web designer and blogger. In addition to maintaining his own blog and writing for a number of other top design blogs, he also manages an online shop that offers premium graphic design resources.

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  1. 1

    As a professional designer, I use to hate seeing this free stuff because it made me less needed.

    But I love it now because the “nice” side of me likes to see the average person have access to good design rather than going with a bunch of hokey ugly stuff.

    Free stuff opens up the Internet to everyone.

    -22
  2. 2

    This is beautiful THANK YOU !

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  3. 3

    Big Disappointment! where is CubeCart….Also you missed some good templates of osCommerce, Magento & Cre Loaded…I started with oSCommerce which was really easy any most popular but then i shifted to CubeCart…. Now finally I’m working with new generation E-commerce solution Magento which is Simply Excellent. The only flaw with Magento is that it’s only built for Unix operating systems. Although there is some tweaks for windows installation which is not recommended by the developers. Still Magento is the Best E-commerce solution seen so far.

    Good post Steven !! Thanks for sharing Free Stuff !!

    DKumar M.

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  4. 4

    Thank you for the great list..

    there is any wordpress for e-commerce themes for free?

    -1
  5. 5

    I’ve looked for free Magento cart templates but didn’t see some of the ones posted. Thanks!

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  6. 6

    No Zen Cart templates?? Well they are about to release version 2.0, which will revamp the templating system… but still I think it is an oversight to leave them out.

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  7. 7

    I have a long background in e-commerce and have watched as EVERY e-commerce store that uses one of these templates FAIL every single time.

    -6
  8. 8

    Chris, care to share insight as to why they fail? Is the failure solely the templates, the business model, both?

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  9. 9

    @Mike… i guess you missed the Zen Cart templates which is right under 4th heading. scroll again !!

    @spydeeyk… You might want to search “Crafty Cart” on google for free wordpress theme. Also there is “WordPress e-Commerce plugin” coupled with Crafty Cart makes for one heck of an e-Commerce solution.

    1
  10. 10

    high quality?

    riiiight

    -2
  11. 11

    Smashing Magazine is known for it’s best quality, each and every post is full of resources and high quality. But posts like this really hits bad on the quality part.

    I am not saying, this post isn’t helpful but the title “High Quality” is really misleading. You can’t rate any of these templates as “High Quality” ones, the quality surely lacks in most of them.

    Just my 2 cents though.

    Regards,
    Deep

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  13. 13

    Beautiful designs!
    Thanks, That’s really great!

    -2
  14. 14

    Oh wow… these are Template Monster-quality.

    In other words: worthless.

    -5
  15. 15

    Good post..!!!

    Thanks for sharing free stuff…!!!
    I got a e-commerce project recently..
    these are my inspirations…
    Thanks…

    -4
  16. 16

    Usually I don’t reply here, because there’s normally little to ad. The posts are good so I digg them on digg and that’s it.

    Today I saw in my rss reader that you were doing a post on ecommerce templates. Since I’ve designed 3 stores on Zen Cart I thought I’d check it out.

    I was quite shocked to see you promoting Template Monster Templates. Template Monster tweaks the code. Not in a normal way, but in a non compliant with zen cart way. So if you install a template from template monster, most of your overides and additional modules don’t work any more. There are however very nice free templates available trough various sources on the internet. There’s even a site where you can testdrive them.

    So I hope the author will digg a little deeper to look into the ecommerce systems a bit better.

    Other than that, Smashing Magazine rocks!

    Juliet van Ree

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  17. 17

    I usually admire your great work, but this time I must admit that I’m quite disappointed by the quality of this list. Those sites are awfull (“sexy pink” must be a joke…)

    Keep up the good work anyway.

    -3
  18. 18

    Prestashop is da best opensource ecommerce solution so far…

    -3
  19. 19

    Are these templates free to be used in a commercial ecommerce service whe are building?

    -3
  20. 20

    Personally I think most of these “Free High-Quality E-Commerce Templates” looks like crap! If youre ambitions is to boost sales I think spending $150-200 on a nice looking commercial template is a good investment! Just my opinion!:-)

    -2
  21. 21

    what a sh… all look templatemonster-like and isn’t beautiful at all. Dissapointed.

    -4
  22. 22

    Vitaly Friedman & Sven Lennartz

    January 26, 2009 12:43 am

    @Mike (#21): they don’t have to look beautiful, they must be functional and be easy to customize. That’s the point of this article, not their beauty. They are not intended to be used as is.

    3
  23. 23

    Jakob Løkke Madsen

    January 26, 2009 12:46 am

    I would never use a free template like these for an actual project. I can’t see why anyone would be satisfied with investing so little time in the public face of their business.

    Still it’s always interesting to see lists like this for inspiration. Even the ugly ones make you think about why they’re ugly, right!

    One thing that strikes me, though, is this:
    Why do none of the themes place the main product categories in the top navigation bar? Are there any documented usability benefits from listing the categories down the left side? Would it be too many tabs?
    Or has it just become the norm for e-commerce design to lay it out this way?

    -2
  24. 24

    this list is average. kinda dissapointed. Its just a big list of templates from templatemonster. erghhh.

    would have been better to actually see a list of creative examples of real examples. Generic themeing really does suck.

    -1
  25. 25

    Warning: WP-Commerce has a lot of bugs with the new WP 2.7.. Hope they fix them soon.

    -1
  26. 26

    What a perfect timing, as I intended to start from scratch my e-project… Many thanks, keep smashin’!

    -1
  27. 27

    nice. but when will free forum skin goes out ?

    -2
  28. 28

    good job… nice site! thank you!

    -1
  29. 29

    Thank U very much……. it’s really useful …. XD

    -1
  30. 30

    This will be a useful post for me – a friend wants to set up a small store of her own, and these examples will give me a great starting point. Thanks!

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  31. 31

    @Juliet,

    “So I hope the author will digg a little deeper to look into the ecommerce systems a bit better.”

    There were a few days of digging for this post. There aren’t very many decent free e-commerce templates out there and there aren’t very many good resources for finding them. I don’t claim to be an expert on all of these systems, but I do feel that this post is at least a helpful resource for people looking for theses templates, because they’re quite difficult to track down.

    -2
  32. 32

    Does anyone else receive old rss feed news? Like yesterday I got ~5-10 “font” related news which were posted last year.

    -1
  33. 33

    @Vygantas:

    Yeah, the same thing happend to me yesterday…

    -1
  34. 34

    Vitaly Friedman & Sven Lennartz

    January 26, 2009 5:58 am

    @Vygantas (#32) and @Trond (#33): it seems that Google Reader has some problems with our feed. We checked the feed and it’s OK. It’s not the first time already. We’ll contact Google folks to look into this problem.

    -1
  35. 35

    @#8 Jeff: I used to work for MonsterCommerce, an e-commerce shopping cart company that was purchased by Network Solutions and dismantled/rebranded. I did custom storefront designs for clients who purchased the shopping cart. I can count on two hands the number of stores I designed that are still in business. Those were the custom design clients. We also integrated templates for people. None of the template sites I did still exists.

    If you own an e-commerce business and are serious about being around a long time, you need to believe in your business enough to do it right, get a custom design, get a custom storefront if you require it. Your storefront can be very basic but still be very successful if you have a unique product or service. Don’t think people can’t spot a TemplateMonster site from a mile away and be put off immediately.

    1
  36. 36

    Great to see so many templates, however I have never used an ecommerce templates as they are usually too restrictive. Over the years I have found my clients are all looking for bespoke or custom ecommerce design.

    The main reason for this, I believe every ecommerce company operates different. For example free delivery on all orders over £50, Automated emails, delivery note processing, product page layouts etc. The list is endless.

    It is good to see clean ecommerce designs and templates, they just need to be further enhanced to ensure they meet the clients requirements if they are used.

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  37. 37

    Wow, awesome stuff! I’m bookmarking this for future projects.

    0
  38. 38

    I’ve used several of these throughout the last few years. DON’T EVEN THINK ABOUT USING WP Ecommerce .. It is a complete nightmare if you have any intentions of doing customizations aside from simple color / font changes.

    Honestly if you have any hopes of taking any of these templates and customizing above a 5% range .. or integrating your own theme into their functionality .. I hope you have a budget in the thousands .. and even then I hope you can find a few people who’ve dove head first into the shallow end prior to you.

    Smashing should do more research into these things before claiming anything.

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  39. 39

    Are there any good templates or solutions for mobile phone ecommerce?

    -1
  40. 40

    FINALLY! I’ve been waiting for such a list for 2009. It’s taken me far too long to find something I can use with wordpress and that doesn’t cost a fortune. I will be checking some of these out. Thanks guys!

    PS: Does anyone recommend Market Theme? I am seriously going bonkers trying to find a simple solution

    0
  41. 41

    Where are Drupal Themes!

    3
  42. 42

    Wow, nice themes here. And for free, dang. I am a designer, and it doesn’t bother me at all!

    0
  43. 43

    I just love those who like to complain about things given to them for free :p Presumably they mostly can’t or won’t read … “Please notice that these templates aren’t intended to be used 1:1, but should rather be used as a skeleton for your own shop and hence saves a lot of work, because otherwise you would have to start from scratch.”

    Thanks to Smashing as always.

    1
  44. 44

    Great collection of templates, Steven. I’m bookmarking these for future projects.

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  45. 45

    Nice that people are so excited to lower their value by receiving the same stuff they can charge for free, but in a templatized format of PHP garbage. I’m glad I’ve moved on from this over-hyped “design” career to something much better.

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  46. 46

    I have been using the wordpress e-commerce plugin for a few of my stores recently, and I have to say that I love it. In the past I have used Zen Cart, CubeCart, OsCommerce and Magento, and I feel like wp e-commerce is FAR easier to use and customize than the other carts. There is no complicated template system. You control everything (store and non-store) through one admin. And as long as you are familiar with CSS, you can pretty much get it to look anyway you want. While there have been a few bugs, the guys at Instinct have been incredibly responsive and helpful.

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  47. 47

    There were many reasons why I choose wordpress e-commerce over all the others… the main reason was that it was the first cart to embrace digital downloads in very real way… not just an after thought… or a module thrown in at the end to appease a few users… not only was the digital downloads well thought out… but many aspects of the functionality of the cart where exactly what I had envisioned (after months of research)… and it actually did these things out of the box…!!!… Once I started using the cart I was amazed that you could just start turning off things like shipping and reducing the checkout form to say ‘name’ & ‘email’ without even touching the code… This Is Truly A Versatile Cart… and whoever first decided on this level of flexibility and functionality deserves an award…!!!… :)

    -1
  48. 48

    The only thing nice about them, is that they are free.

    -1
  49. 49

    seriously I think this is the worst thread you’ve ever posted…

    those designs are HORRIBLE like early ’00s templates, the whole web is full of those sh.

    I work for a company making a lot of e-commerce websites and it was really hard to find inspiration for such a specific kind of website, but I had to and clients are satisfied I hope…

    so my advance… as far as you can go, MAKE YOUR OWN DESIGN!
    ;)

    -1
  50. 50

    I wouldn’t go that far with the ones for osCommerce. I just worked on two of them and the coding isn’t that good. They’re way nicer than other templates indeed and free on top of it :) but, coding wise … not so much :)

    thanks a lot anyway …

    -1
  51. 51

    I agree these are just horrible, if you’re just getting into ecom then I would suggest to never start with these templates. You’re only going to get frustrated and have a crap site. The comments here give better info than the post so its not all a loss.

    -1
  52. 52

    Interesting comments this post will save me some time on up and coming projects, there are so many carts out there I waste ages comparing them all based on this post and my investigations I think the best two in my opinion are wordpress and magneto.
    Excellent place for resources and sure if you want to code an ecommerce website from scratch stay off templates but if you are like me and pushed for time with customers who don’t want to pay the full wack then there is nothing wrong with modifying a good template.

    -1
  53. 53

    I hate to complain, but no Joomla./Virtumart templates?

    Still, nice collection of freebies.

    -1
  54. 54

    Woah there. Am I sensing some design snobery ;)

    E-Commerce “design” is about making online sales and many of these themes are all about helping people (retailers etc…) make online sales – if you don’t believe me check out the SEOMoz site and read up on many of the 17 or so proven design techniques to help you make online sales. Heck if “google product search” follows these rules “and” if it works for them then it will work for you too… trust me :)

    The themes in this article suit that particular need.

    The next generation of e-Commerce design though could be a totally seperate article in its own right that I’d love to help write. I have been researching “product swarms” and 3D malls just to name a few…

    In that sense this article is very helpful and will help many people sell online (people that are not necesarily designers) get a shop up and running in no time.

    Heck judging by some of the comments here you would think that they reckon smashingmagazine was made purely for them… as opposed to any other readers that potentially don’t care whether their shop has latest grunge background ;)

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    Except for a couple of templates this is a disappointment. No great user experiences.

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    It´s good… May be you make a post of web side agriculture

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    great post – thanks for sharing.

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    A great set, thank you. X-Cart templates would be nice to have as well.

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    Timely…….

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    I like the “Free Zen Cart Template” from Template-Monster and decided to use it for my upcoming e-commerce project. But I´m wondering about the detail information about the free templates on Template-Monster: “[...] please note there are conditions and limitations associated with using these free website templates [...] All free samples are presented here with a trial purpose solely and are for your personal use only.”

    In my opinion this makes no sense here because nobody is building a e-commerce site only for his personal use. It has always a commercial background.

    So please be careful by using supposed “free” templates.

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    I can’t believe it’s free. You force me to bookmark this nice blog. Thanks a lot..

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    Benedikt Roßgardt

    February 12, 2009 7:40 am

    I think, only a few themes look pretty good, but considered, that they are for free, they are all pretty good ;) cheers

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    Allo!
    thas is so good, thank you

    Merci c’est vraiment proféssionnel ces disign

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    Nice Post

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    This xtcommerce template is just as free

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    HI,
    It’s a very fantastic.
    i am very happy to this whole site.

    Thank You

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    Awesome collection :)

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    I want to use the template “Prestashop” for my webshop. Results you`ll see here http://www.sk83.de

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    Hi there,

    You have put together a good collection of templates. I’ve been doing some study on e-commerce templates and there some good ones here. Thank you for sharing.

    Cheers,
    Eddie Gear

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    hello every body,

    i think the open source world is really open, let us just enjoy it…

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    I am using coffee cup. When I open it has lots of different apllications and files which do I go to open it up in coffe cup to edit.

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    thanks…

    its fantastiq theme..

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    you can find more oscommerce template at www [dot] ezosc [dot] com / templates

    Thanks

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    yo im new at this sorry to ask but when i tr to upload template it needs home.html i make a home.html dreamweaver n put in the zip and it still says i dont have it any1 help?

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    thanks samshingmagazine.com its really good work keep it up

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    Another useful list from SM, added this to my AJAX one you made last year.

    Are you at any point in time going to publish a list of “SM lists”?

    Never dissappointing and as the author says, offers inspiration – I always come away thinking “hmmm, I could use that for….”

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    Hi all,

    I have been looking through these great templates in order to start my own on line shop. This would be my first trip into this area – I am good on computers but feel im lacking in the knowladge to choose what is right for me.

    Can someone please help? I notice some of the templates are “loaded” with a back ground branded system. Is this free also?
    Do I download the templates and then upload my whole site onto my own web space?

    Excuse my lack of experiance! Its pritty confusing !

    Thanks

    M

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    very good post!! congratulations

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    haha i can’t belive it

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    Free templates have their place and there are some nice examples here. They are fine as long as you understand their limitations and their function. And there’s no substitute for a custom site done by an experience web designer who truly understands your business! But it’s good for customers with different needs and varied budgets to have lots of options.

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    Thank you for this collection.
    It’s hard to find good Magento template.
    Good job !

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    idk ya’ll. there’s an awful lot of bashing going on here.

    for those of you who are designers…of COURSE the canned stuff looks lame.

    for those of us who simply want to get to work…they’re fine.

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    Really good post, alot of nice themes!

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    Too good, just excellent quality. Thank you very much for sharing.

    Recently I came through a site which offers some good designs as well. I thought may be useful to share this with you.

    It is QualityFreeTemplates.com

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    this is really helpful,
    anyone has to share some free templates that might be used as a starting point to sell records/music? thanks………

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    Je ne les trouve pas de bonne qualité. Un peu décue par leur simplicité.

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    this article needs an update. many links are outdated like the first theme for OSCommerce cannot be downloaded anywhere …and so on.
    also many themes/carts have seriously improved…e.g. the ones for wordpress.
    the author should make a 2010 compilation!

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    Yes Ananya, I also see the site QualityFreeTemplates.com and it is really excellent

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    Really beautiful and useful collection! This collection is covering all the basic requirements of the site! I have a question that why is there no German and Spanish Version in the free osCommerce Template

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    all nice templates
    thank you

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    Good job. The free templates posted here may not please everyone.but this listing does a great job in compiling the freebies that people can use to expedite their web development works.
    Some may not be the best looking themes but still useful as short cuts to the production time line and getting their websites ready through some tweaking.

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    Nice stuff …….

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  94. 94

    nice very nice thanks a lot

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    I downloaded 5 of these themes and uploaded them to my wordpress themes folder AND NONE OF THEM show up in Apprearence>Themes… what’s up with that?

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    I think its funny what people expect for free. I’m very pleased to find these because I need to throw up a store quickly to move some merchandise before I move offices. This is perfect for my needs…building excitement before the launch of the actual store and unloading inventory so I don’t have to move it myself!

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    Don’t try to sell yourself here, buddy!

    Desperation stinks!

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    That’s very useful. Thanks a lot!

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    Anyone know of any free x-cart templates?

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    Anybody can provide a free pink free template that could be applicable on this site yourowncart.com

    just like this pink and cute e commerce website lovelyspree.com

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    Beware of Template Monster templates for ZenCart – maybe other platforms too. There are many problems and many ZenCart features may not work due to the non-standard methods used by Template Monster.
    See the ZenCart forum for more information

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    Great !
    thank you

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    This is amazing normally these type of templates are vey high $ but this is free Thank you very much

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    shameless plug.. i wouldnt advertise your website if i was you

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    Well Brent, as it is said, “actions speak louder than words”, and, “tha’ proof is in the puddin’”. If a picture is worth a thousand words then the beauty of your site has nearly encompassed a considerable amount of the known vocabulary for “well done”! You, as well as smashingmagazine, have done excellent work regarding web design and implementation. I am here because I can’t afford your quality, (as are others…), but do desire a quality site for cheap (free—–”just keepin’ it real”). Thanks. Bookmarked you and hope to send biz your way. peace out…

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    Perhaps you two guys above could learn something from Brent…While you’re giving the guy a hard time for leaving a link (get over it) he just got a GOOD backlink whether you look at his site or not.

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    Thanks for post.. I think replies just as informative as post ty

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    Great looking themes. Can’t believe they are free! I was looking for some to redo my website txrus.com and I think I have found them!

    Thanks,
    Mickey

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    Perhaps you should understand what constitutes a “GOOD backlink” because it’s certainly not one with rel=”nofollow”…

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  110. 110

    thanks for this great surprise.. but, Are there any tutorial for install?

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    great job! I think its will be nice for my online store lapakherbal.com. Thank you very much

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    wow, many nice themes, its will be really valuable and important one that its free! Thank you very much for great job

    parewa

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    i wann pages which r design in jsp..

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    Thanks for some great themes. I especially like the CRE loaded templates.

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    nice template bro…

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    With all due respect, your response, sir, is an utter waste of time!
    Why do you even bother writing anything when you don’t have anything to say?.. Just to hear yourself?
    Just wanted to point out to you in case you are unwaware that it’s best to keep meaningless opinions to oneself. Thank you.

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    these are some really great layouts, in WordPress though – I wonder how many would work with just simply an eBay Plugin

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    Very interest … i’m bookmark your site :D

    hope you’ll update more wp ecommerce theme.

    cheers

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    Great design.. i like it so much!! Just for sharing, there are some nice zen cart templates at i-techz.com/professional-zen-cart-templates/professional-zen-cart-templates-template-elegance/, i just downloaded, hope you like it too!

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    Nivrutti NItave, Web Designer,Pune

    September 17, 2010 5:01 am

    Very Nice Design

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    Brent / Bob / Bill is obviously all the same guy.. but yeah, its not a good plug because his design is terrible.

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    Blog Lulu Kemaludin

    September 26, 2010 7:45 am

    wow… Beautiful designs! Thank’s…

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    I actually felt bad for Brent getting hated on for his comment until I checked out his site and saw not only terrible design but a blog full of religious vomit and some posts that many will consider seriously offensive.

    If SM wants to keep my respect, they would take that link down…. it has nothing to do with web design.

    Here is a direct quote if you can’t find what I am talking about….
    “Liar, thief, adulterer, cheat, gossip, glutton or homosexual…all have equal access to Christianity ON GOD’s TERMS”

    “persons who fit the description of 98% of today’s terrorists [Muslims]”

    Get this crap off SM

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    Your web design sucks… and your a prejudice bible thumping douche bag

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    What the hell? Few of your links are directing to some porn site. You guys are spoiling your name.

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    I would have to agree with Chris Wallace.

    These Free Templates can be a good ‘starting point’ but should not be the final product. Thinking like that generally leads you to poor results because it is a symptom of something deeper. It’s called Cheapskate Syndrome. Clients who are looking for “free” templates don’t understand the value of a professionally designed template and are generally not willing to get serious about their brand/presence/site which infects every area of their business – HR, marketing, etc.

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    Dead Download Link …

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    this list is average. kinda dissapointed. Its just a big list of templates from templatemonster. erghhh.

    would have been better to actually see a list of creative examples of real examples. Generic themeing really does suck.

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    I had ventured out to hire a professional from India, Core Web Connections to be exact. I had read all of his reviews on the guru site and spoke to an agent from guru that reassured me that Core Web Connection reputation was good. So, I paid upfront to have a website completed. Boy! Was that the worse decision I’ve ever made. Core Web Connection was a nightmare a novice like myself could ever experience I have yet till this day to receive my website. At the end they showed no professionalism, nothing for their work. I’d avoid them like the plague if you’re considering hiring the group from India. Anyways, I believe in Karma, this will come back to haunt them.

    Not a leaf falls but that He knows it.

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    Another site not listed with zen cart templates. Anyway I agree with Chris Wallace. You should order unique design as soon as you got enough money from sales. Template is just starting point.

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    For those of us still working our way through our current economy to find alternate sources of income during this wonderfully optimistic Hopefully Changing o’ time… web design is a bit of a pita. Templates are great… at being templates. Gee whiz, kids, what is your problem? (other than jealousy, insecurity, a lack of being able to keep up, etc.)

    I need a website to work with, not to live my life around desiging. Web design is as useful as being a professional skateboarder. Teaching others and furthering the sport is it’s entire raison d’etre.

    Web Designers right now seem akin the ‘artistic egos’ of the last millenia, with a million aspiring Van Goughs all splashing voluminous outpourings of never-before conceived notions across the canvas of the http://www... a million ‘Madonna wannabe’s” – or, like a vocal artist denegrating all other forms of life that don’t hear the subtle 38-note intonations contained in their single millisecond syllabic utterances…

    many of your posts miss the point that templates are great THOUGHT starters. It encourages people who see a picture they like, try to copy it, make something of their own. Monkey see, monkey do. It furthers use of the web, therefore advertising, therefore, the need for people to design templates (and, websites… )

    Those of you who would like to claim to never have had your learning influenced by others, those of you whose intelligence soars to the point that you are indeed a creator of the First Thought Ever, and thereby unaffected by other’s thinking, ( or templates…) need to get a grip. You are obviously insecure as far as the limits of your ability to keep up with the number of templates out there that may – gasp – actually – be useful. Get off your high horse and stop trying to impress others by slamming the people who actually are flattering you by trying to copy you. Good grief.

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    thanks a lot, great job !

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    thanks ! great information !

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    I actually switched to opencart from wordpress ;)

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    great collection

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    Your English sucks, and you’re an anti-christian bigot.

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    My online cosmetics boutique was a template initially. I have however tweaked it slightly to suit, but it works quite well don’t you think? modcosmetics.co.uk

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    great collection just for free..?? this is fucking awesome!! thx dude..

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    These are beautiful templates! I found this beautiful css template. someone might be interested. They also have many Free Templates on their website.

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    I’m so new to this how do you get these templates to work my first time doing this an they are all great.

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    Any really good store blogger templates for blog spot ? Anyone have any ideas?

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    hello anybody can help me how to get the stylesheet and template? I try to install the clothes store/ clothes online free theme at wordpress but having error message below
    theme095 Stylesheet is missing.

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    Anybody can help to advice me how to get stylesheet and template for clothes store/clothes online free theme above? I try to install but prompt me error theme095 Stylesheet is missing.

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    I picked up two TROJANS from downloading and clicking around on the “Tool Shop” General Ecommerce Template…NOT COOL! I have always trusted Smashing Magazine to refer me to trusted sites, links, and downloads. Not feeling that trust anymore. Good luck to anyone who downloads these templates.

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    Smashing Media Customer Support

    March 24, 2011 2:20 pm

    Unfortunately, we can not check every link featured on our website. Some links date and become outdated or wrong after some time, and we always appreciate pointers to wrong URLs. Please have understanding that we can not check every link on the site every single day.

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    Ive now downloaded 3 of these themes and none will load up onto wordpress – I am given a message that the stylesheet is missing from each one.
    Any help here, or are they all useless?

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    Christinia Keating

    April 18, 2011 4:07 am

    i found this tool pls check it

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    Thanks for the list dude!
    It helps me a lot to do my project.

    Keep writing..
    Many more prestashop and wordpess free themes plz..

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    Brent’s site is utter crap. I’ve never seen such a terrible website in a long time. Brent you’ve FAILED!

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    realy nice collection

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    its free? compatibilty with version 1.3?

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  153. 153

    Wowww thanks!

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  154. 154

    Hey Bob, Practice what you preach!

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    Big Thanks,

    great Tamplats for my Shops…

    i hop for more :D

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  156. 156

    Hey Chris,
    So what do you suggest. I’m looking into getting a t shirt e commerce site… a bit lost.Hope you can make some suggestions.

    Many thanks
    Mark

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    Hi,
    From where can I use free themes for ecommerce website , with deals and discount features.

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  158. 158

    I have the same question, looking for free hokey ugly stuff, because I really like this, because of it is FREE!

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    Excellent collection of templates for e-commerce, just what I was looking to optimize my online store project. Again thank you very much for the information of high quality for us. My shop Compras online for the thanks. Greetings.

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    Hi, thank you for the good work. This is really a good site and a lot of us would get a lot of help, specially, those who are the beginners. Some of us left some comments here that caught my eyes that are why I am leaving this note for them. If you think that you are a pro, you do not need anything from this site, then you should just leave quietly instead of making any noise. When you leave a disgraceful comment, you hurt nobody but only your-self. Because of your comment, now we all learned that you are a so called “small-minded-poor-jealous-fellow” who was not supposed to be here at all at the first place. Learn from your own mistakes if you have a little commonsense and any self-respect.

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    thanks for this collection, very useful. also, I just learned from this comments section that web-designers are quite a catty bunch

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    hey, i’m looking to start a estore and been trying to download one of these pages to get me started bit just seems to go to adds and no more. has the Crafty WordPress Theme finnish? i’m looking to start sumthing on my site bagsforhighschool.com i have done it in bloggler for now to start getting google rated. but i want to start a store. HELP!

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    Pretty nice collection of themes…although some are decidedly average!

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    This page is a terrific resource; well done. Merchants ask our support team about cart design every day, so in future we’ll send them this link.

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    Love free stuff. Some of them are great!!

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    Most of the link above are now expired. Please update them.

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    This is a great collection here – thanks will be sharing :)

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    I have free template for AbateCart. Any Idea how it can be added to the list?

    Thanks

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  169. 169

    hi everyone,
    i have one e-commerce website but i want to give it a new and modern look. i used one of the old version of candypress shopping cart. is there any way that i can convert the database to prestashop cart? need help

    thanks

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    I agree with you Brent. I run several e-commerce businesses. I am always looking for quality design when I launch new website. I am very sad to see such poor quality templates are circulated and made it top on google. But at same time I believe there are people who doesn’t care about design & quality and some how this kinda cheap templates survive.

    I don’t see any point of arguing with people who doesn’t understand value of Quality Design Templates.

    By the way free templates are free because they know that no one will pay for it.

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    Good to start! THnxx

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  172. 172

    Wow :) Amazing E commerce Templates, Thanks for sharing!

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    Nice templates. Thank you. I wish for some free Abantecart templates. Abantecart is best shopping cart I could find, but not many free templates yet :(

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