Some readers have asked for theme recommendations, so here are some of our favorite free themes for WooCommerce – and they actually support WooCommerce.
Picking a great WooCommerce theme is really difficult, as many free WooCommerce themes do the bare minimum to render WooCommerce correctly and then use the default WooCommerce styles (we find this with almost every theme that “fully supports WooCommerce” in the WordPress.org repo). This frequently leaves your shop with a style that doesn’t fit in with the rest of your theme, and can make your site look like a hack job.
Many sites recommend themes that don’t include any WooCommerce styles (we’re guessing because they don’t actually test the shop styles). The themes we’ve selected below have actually been tested by us and do a great job of making sure that your WooCommerce store’s styles fit with the rest of your theme to give your entire site a unified look and feel.
Have a favorite free WooCommerce theme that we missed? Let us know in the comments!
Astra – Brainstorm Force
Astra is developed by Brainstorm Force. It’s actively updated to support the latest version of WooCommerce and is responsive for mobile devices. Astra is lightweight and easy to customize, plus it works with all of the third-party page builders.
Virtue Lite – Kadence Themes
Virtue Lite is from Kadence Themes. It’s a responsive theme with a flat design and clean layout. It also includes portfolio pages and posts to showcase work or to provide information about your business. Virtue is one of the most highly rated free WooCommerce themes on WordPress.org, and it does a great job of showcasing images for your portfolio or products.
Highwind – James Koster
Highwind is developed by James Koster, one of the core WooCommerce contributors. It’s a very lightweight theme and though it’s responsive, isn’t designed to have tons of bells and whistles (don’t go looking for seven different slider options with this one). However, that helps tremendously with performance and stability. Highwind plays nicely with many plugins (including plugins from WooThemes) and is developer-friendly, so you can customize or extend it as needed. It’s great for sites that focus on content but also have small stores.
Fruitful – Fruitful Code
Fruitful is a simple, minimal theme from Fruitful Code. It has both responsive and static layout options under a ‘Theme Options’ menu. The homepage isn’t widgetized (there are no included page templates), but there are shortcodes included for customizations to your pages (along with a shortcode reference that includes images / samples for each shortcode). The handy thing about using shortcodes rather than a homepage template with widgets is that you can then use the shortcodes on any page you prefer.
Fruitful is great for putting the focus on content or images throughout the site.
Panthea – YIThemes
Panthea is developed by Your Inspiration Themes. It’s a responsive theme with a flat design that’s focused on selling. There are available spaces for banners and store notices, and the “megamenu” allows you to set images in your menu dropdown for categories, which helps make this a really useful theme for retail shops.
As a word of caution, I don’t think this theme has been updated for WooCommerce 2.1 yet, as it looks like they may be completely overriding the “Shop” page template. I was able to fix the issues on the shop page pretty easily with a bit of CSS, but this may not be a theme that’s ready “out-of-the-box” at the moment.