The Best Magento Theme Websites
The words I would use to describe the default themes that are included in the Magento Community edition are functional, but bland. Similar adjectives I’m sure have been used to describe Luton Airport. This is why you’ll find that 99% of Magento websites will use a custom theme. There are plenty of ready-made themes out there but in terms of websites providing them there’s only a few that I found are worth mentioning. Here’s my lowdown on what I deem to be the best of the bunch.
Before going into Magento Theme website recommendations, here’s a few tips for merchants to consider before buying a website template:
- Is it compatible with your version of Magento? An out-of-date theme will no doubt cause you problems in the future.
- Always view the demo – it’s possible to make a theme look better than it is in a shrunken down image.
- Are all the demo features included? Sometime you have to pay extra for certain features that are present in demos.
- Check sub-pages – just because the homepage is nice, it doesn’t mean the same time has been given to categories, products and other sub-pages.
- Check the HTML markup – if you know your HTML/CSS have a quick look at the markup to ensure it has been written poorly. These days it should all be in HTML5.
- Check browser compatibility – what looks great in Firefox could be dogshit in Internet Explorer, and IE still has lots of users.
- Look for ratings – sites such as Theme Forest have star rating systems and reviews. A theme with good feedback should always be favoured.
Template Monster is the WALMART of the Magento theme world – they won’t be to everyone’s taste but they have loads of choice and the quality is generally pretty good. There’s the ability to filter too which Magento developers will appreciate, but at the time of writing only 1 theme written in HTML 5.
Theme Forest is definitely the choice of web design purists across the Internet. It’s the one that everybody wants to get on anyway. The quality is generally very high, but Theme Forest is definitely more WordPress-focused, so you won’t find a massive choice here.
For a professional-looking collection of good Magento themes, Magentheme is definitely right up there. Their prices start very cheap, but for more often than not you have to pay for extras such as JQuery sliders and such – if you can do that bit yourself you can save a bit of money.
Extreme Magento Themes
For free themes, community edition themes, Magento Go themes and more these guys have a lot of themes to choose from. Another plus is the fact that they’re generally pretty cheap. You’re not likely to spend more than $100 on a theme from here.
9 Magento Themes
These guys have a nice selection of good quality, clean-looking themes available, and if you become part of their ‘Magento Club’ you save money on future purchases. If you’re unlikely to change your theme at any point it’s probably not worth joining, but everyone likes a theme club offer.