If you are on the hunt for an affordable, flexible and feature packed ecommerce platform then you would be well advised to look at Shopify. You will be able to go live with your online shop very quickly using their intuitive content management system and excellent front end theme designs. One of the biggest advantages of Shopify is the range of quality of themes available for you to choose. Whilst many of the best Shopify themes are around the $100 mark there are some excellent free Shopify themes to get you started. You also have the option to customize any of these themes or build one from scratch. All the themes listed are below but we also have a list of slightly better premium Shopify themes here which start around the $40 mark.
If you are not aware of Shopify, it is a powerful content management system that that been designed specifically for ecommerce. It has the ability to integrate with over 70 payment gateways and has the option to add coupon codes. As the CMS is hosted externally you will not have to worry about security and PCI compliance. It has one of the most active designer communities producing hundreds of themes and the CMS now powers the over 70,000 online shops. You are likely to find a theme very close to what you require from there theme marketplace and if you want to test out the functionality I would suggest you try a free theme listed below (these are often very good themes that are slightly older than the rest or lack the range of features of the themes you need to pay for).
Solo is an official theme release by Shopify. Its a free e-commerce template designed by Pixellent.com. Solo’s default design is minimalist and contemporary. It is suitable for small online shops. This theme allows customization of the background, colors of the buttons, and size of the fonts. Solo supports MailChimp Newsletter subscription.
Strikingly simple, Jumpstart is a great Shopify theme to launch a new crowdfunding campaign or sell a single product. With its mobile-optimized features, video playing functionality, and a comprehensive FAQ module, Jumpstart can help startup businesses kick off a new venture.
Boxing is a free Shopify theme that delivers a strong message on a modern layout. The theme is responsive and equipped with awesome features such as homepage slideshow, drop-down menus with multiple columns, and pop-up promotional top bar. Its powerful customization panel lets you choose your preferred colors and fonts.
Online shops with a lot of inventory will be best served by this Shopify theme. Snowboards is a child theme of Venture, which has the following features: homepage slider, responsive framework, beautifully designed drop-down menus, and typography-based style.
Here’s another Venture child theme that offers the same features but is designed for shops that sell general outdoor merchandise. Outdoors lets you build an amazing and client-focused e-commerce website through highly useful features such as homepage slideshows, multi-column main menus, several options to customize colors and fonts, and responsive layout.
Black and White
Clean and classic, this Shopify theme relies on minimalist and photo-driven designs to sell products. Black and White carries with some brilliant features such as a fading homepage slideshow that looks great on all screen sizes, borderless background images, a powerful customization panel, and typography-driven design.
With a strikingly beautiful image header at its homepage, Vibrant will capture the attention and interest of your intended audience. Let the pictures of your products come alive in this theme, which features edge-to-edge collection of photos, fading homepage slider, and a conveniently customizable design.
If you’re planning to attract the young and urban market, check out this ultra-modern Shopify theme. Brooklyn uses the best and latest trends in website theme design to bring your online store to modern thinkers. The theme boasts of responsive design (with an amazing mobile layout), cutting-edge typography, dynamic product displays, and uniquely designed product pages.
Free doesn’t necessarily mean lacking, and this particular theme proves that point. Toy is a Shopify theme designed for small- to medium-sized businesses, and features an attractive and highly useful sidebar. With a fly-out shopping cart, customizable homepage, and responsive framework, Toy will definitely make your online shop a must-visit site.
This theme boasts impressive animation effects for individual product images. Beauty is officially supported by Shopify. It is mobile-friendly and will look great even in small smartphone screens. Another great feature of Beauty is the automatic sub-category creation if you use tags on the products for sale.
Simple and minimalist, Bone contains a visually catching sidebar that provides you space to put your best links and social media accounts on full display. This theme is perfect for those who have a mid-sized inventory, as well as those who want their products front and center instead of the theme stealing the show.
Light is another theme officially supported by Shopify. The responsive design of this template allows it to be viewed correctly in small screen displays of phones. Light has some nice animation effects for gallery images. Site visitors can zoom and pan individual product images.
Music is a responsive theme geared towards musicians and online shops selling music-related products. It allows the use of custom backgrounds. Music lets Shopify users change the theme’s color for buttons, content area, and footer section. The default CSS typography can also be customized. This theme is perfect for selling songs online as it allows instant purchase and download of albums or individual songs.
This particular theme was designed to handle online stores with large inventories. Sharp is built for traditional online sellers who just want their products presented in an organized manner on web pages. This theme features a sidebar where you can put your widgets and very important links. Sharp comes with a customizable homepage, three page templates, and responsive design.
Here’s another theme that’s built for stores with huge number of products. Supply Blue aims to present your products in an orderly, categorized, and highly efficient manner. The theme also has the following features: sidebar product filtering, visible navigation elements, and Product Reviews app compatibility.
The dark cousin of Supply Blue comes with the exact same features under the hood. As its name implies, Supply Dark uses darker colors to paint an elegant style to your online shop.
One of the most basic Shopify themes in the lot is Classic Light, but it does not scrimp on amazing features and functions. This theme comes with a sidebar where you can configure multi-level navigation and ad banners. Classic Light is very convenient for people who may not have enough time to create a website but desire to have a professional-looking e-commerce store.
Similar to Classic Light but using darker colors, Classic Dark brings a sense of luxury and modern flair to your Shopify store. This theme is fully responsive, and its homepage is easy to customize. Choose this Shopify theme if you like to spend less time building your professional online store and more time actually running the business.
Vintage is a retro style based on the Minimal Shopify Theme. It looks great on any device, thanks to its responsive design. Vintage is very flexible too, the theme can have custom layouts for the home page, products, and collections page. There’s a nifty slideshow plugin for the home page which can display an animated sequence of featured product images.
New Standard White
The clean and minimalist style of the New Standard theme makes it suitable for selling any product. This theme is officially supported by Shopify. While it is possible to change the background image, the New Standard’s color scheme looks best on light-colored backgrounds. This theme has a very user-friendly sign-up form for customers and a filterable collection of products.