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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, Prestashop, osCommerce, Magento, Zen Cart, CubeCart, and CRE Loaded, 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 Link

Crafty WordPress Theme | Demo | Download

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3. osCommerce Templates Link

Cosmetics Store | Download

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Computer Store | Download

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4. Magento Templates Link

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Electronics Store 3 | Download from eCommerce-Themes

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5. Zen Cart Templates Link

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Acadame | Download from ichoze.net

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Clean Blue
A collection of free CubeCart 3 Skins. More free Cubecart skins.

7. CRE Loaded Templates Link

Electronics Store | Download

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8. General E-Commerce Templates Link

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.

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Clothes Collection | Download

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Gadgets Template | Download (valid HTML)

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Online Movie Store | Download (valid HTML)

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Books Online | Download (valid HTML)

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Beauty Company | Download (valid HTML)

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Clothes Store | Download

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Hardware Store | Download

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Online Store | Download

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  1. 1

    This is beautiful THANK YOU !

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  2. 2

    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.

    -16
  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

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

    -1
  5. 5

    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
  6. 6

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

    2
  7. 7

    high quality?

    riiiight

    -2
  8. 8

    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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  9. 9

    Nice!

    -2
  10. 10

    Beautiful designs!
    Thanks, That’s really great!

    -4
  11. 11

    Oh wow… these are Template Monster-quality.

    In other words: worthless.

    -5
  12. 12

    Good post..!!!

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

    -3
  13. 13

    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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  14. 14

    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.

    -2
  15. 15

    Prestashop is da best opensource ecommerce solution so far…

    -2
  16. 16

    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!:-)

    -1
  17. 17

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

    -3
  18. 18

    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.

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    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?

    -1
  20. 20

    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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  21. 21

    Thank you for the great list..

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

    -1
  22. 22

    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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  23. 23

    @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.

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  24. 24

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

    -3
  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

    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.

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  30. 30

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

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