Magento is a popular open source e-commerce software platform that has a modular architecture and is extremely flexible. It comes with a number of online shop maintenance capabilities. It is also simple to configure and easy to customize. And despite the fact that it was launched just last year, it has been gaining more and more popularity among Web designers and e-business owners.
Magento has a ton of credentials in its pocket from some very big e-solution players. Magento Enterprise Edition, a commercial version aimed at larger companies, was launched just a month ago. The CMS includes such advanced features as marketing, promotional and SEO tools; analytics and reporting; mobile commerce; catalog-management tools. And Magento users have the freedom to customize their store with new themes, templates and plug-ins.
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Below you’ll find a showcase of excellent Magento templates for your e-commerce business. Hopefully, these templates and resources will serve you either as an inspiration for your themes, or as the foundation for your customized themes.
Free Magento Templates
Modern Theme | Live Demo This is an alternative to the default theme created by the Magento core team. It brings a more corporate look and feel, with a clean and simple design.
Magento Classic Theme Templates-Master’s first free professional Magento theme, the Classic Theme is available in 10 colors, all available for free download. This is CSS3-powered theme, easy to customize and coming with free updates.
| Created by MagThemes, this theme is very popular in the Magento community. It is freely available for download and has already been downloaded over 6,000 times.
Pet Store Theme |This is the first free Magento theme from Template Monster. Very simple and light design, and easy to customize according to your needs.
Blue Skin | Live Demo Another alternative to the Magento default interface, this one with a very minimal design that focuses on the shopping cart.
Electronics Store Theme | Full Preview | Download This theme has a rugged, mechanical appearance. The strong color and font would show off electronic devices well. To download this theme, just go to the store checkout and pay nothing; you’ll receive the theme by email within 24 hours.
| Another free theme from MagThemes. Linen Theme is very flexible. It has a stretch design (can stretch to fit 90% of your browser window) and a clean and simple layout that draws your customer’s attention to the products.
Eco Fashion | Download The Eco Fashion e-commerce template is very easy to customize. With minor changes to the CSS and images, you can transform this into your own personal theme. It comes loaded with some key SEO tools, such as lightweight CSS menus and main page content that appears before the column, footer and header blocks.
Girly Store Theme A free pink theme for stores targeted at girls. Includes theme files, the PSD source file for the logo and fonts. It has the same power as the default Magento template; only some minor changes were made to the CSS, images and theme code, but not the core files. So, you can update to new releases of Magento with no problem.
Refresh | [Editor’s note: removed] Refresh is a free W3C-compliant, CSS-based template based on the original HTML/CSS template by StyleShout.com. This work is distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution 2.5 License, which means you are free to use and modify it for any purpose.
iPhone Optimized Theme | This video shows a preview of how Magento looks on the iPhone.One more alternative skin to the default Magento interface. The very clean layout was created mainly with the iPhone in mind. It includes automatic detection and delivery of packages and themes (templates, skins, CSS, layout) based on the user-agent (client) that can be configured to global, website and store views.
Commercial Magento Templates
HelloPerfect | [Editor’s note: removed] A professional Magento template with a rocking background style. It has a clean and easy-to-navigate Web 2.0-style interface, made with a variety of different types of stores in mind.
JM Purity | Live Demo | Membership starts at $59.00 This template is simple but very clean and professional; users can customize the color a lot in just a few simple steps. JoomlArt has integrated its standard user tool into JM Purity, which enables buyers to control font size and color (default, red and blue) for optimal viewing.
Women’s Store | Live Demo | $185.00 This theme is intended mainly for a women’s accessories store. It’s a Template Monster template, so it obviously comes in multiple sources like PSD, XML, CSS and PHTML. Anyone who appreciates elegant, modern and unusual e-commerce websites will understand that this is more than just another HTML-based template.
HelloUniversal | Live Demo | $99.00 This template is perfect for any type of business and is available in your choice of three fabulous eye-catching colors (red, green, blue). A great start for your new online shop! Comes with the source PSD file.
Lingerie Store | Live Demo | $195.00 Another Template Monster template, this one targeted at female customers. The front page includes a big Flash slideshow gallery to introduce the store and products.
HelloPod | Live Demo | $99.00 This wonderful new theme comes in three colors (orange, blue and green), suitable for any type of online store. With a wonderfully sophisticated design, the theme looks stunning, and the exclusive widget helps it stand out too! It can be edited easily using the PSD files included in the package, and it is very SEO-friendly. Compatible with all major browsers.
Fitness Store | Live Demo | $180.00 This theme is a fantastic addition to the Template Monster Club. It is another very neat and clean old-school design with some compelling features. It has the same flexibility and powerful features that other Template Monster templates are known for, including an adaptable design and layout, a black-and-white color scheme and SEO optimization.
JM Mesolite | Live Demo | Membership starts at $59.00 This theme is an exact port of JoomlArt’s famous Joomla-based “Mesolite” template, with the same great features. But you’ll see in this new theme JoomlArt’s first extensions for Magento, namely a category list, product list, product slider and slideshow, all of which optimize the presentation of products to potential customers. The product slider and product list allow you to localize your store by displaying a specific groupings of products (such as ones based on best buys, top-rated, most reviewed, etc.).
Flower Store | Live Demo | $188.00 This incredible Magento template features a clean and beautiful new look and feel, designed to allow for quick and easy customization. Suitable for any kind of store, and comes with a dark background and eye-catching header design.
HelloModern | Live Demo | $99.00 This professional template has a clean and easy-to-navigate interface and is made with a variety of different types of stores in mind. It includes a clean and professional Web 2.0-style design, with very fast-loading HTML code. Compatible with all major browsers, and comes with fonts, PSD files and instructions.
Art & Photo Store | Live Demo | $195.00 This template features a clean and simple design and plenty of Template Monster’s horsepower under the hood, with a front-page Flash gallery, perfect for displaying products. It’s optimized with the latest Web technologies to increase your website’s efficiency.
Megastore | [Editor’s note: removed] A very professional-looking Magento theme for all kinds of stores, but mainly larger stores with many categories and products. Many optional widgets and product-image magnifiers are available. Supports four-column category pages.
Grunge Theme is perfect for skateboarding, BMX biking, snowboarding and other extreme sports stores. It comes with a new “high-slide” gallery for product images, transparent pages, cross-browser compatibility and a new color scheme.
Check these out for more templates and Magento-related content:
- HelloThemes Template Club
- eCommerce Themes: Magento Themes
- TemplateMonster Template Club
- Official Magento Knowledge Base