If you’ve wanted to start an online store, there’s never been a better time to do so. Today, there’s so many different tools you could use to build a high-quality online store, you might have trouble picking which one would work best for you. From hosted options like Shopify to plugins for your WordPress blog to a dedicated eCommerce CMS, there’s options for every need.
PrestaShop is one of the emerging popular eCommerce systems that lets you make the online store you’ve always dreamed of. It’s also started to attract attention on ThemeForest, the site for themes and more from our parent company Envato. Keep reading to take a look at what PrestaShop offers and some of the best themes you can get for it to make an eCommerce site quicker than ever.
PrestaShop: A Great Open Source eCommerce Solution
If you’ve been looking for a great CMS for your eCommerce site, PrestaShop is one you should definitely consider looking into. I’ve considered starting many different online shops, and have used WordPress eCommerce plugins before, but somehow had never heard of PrestaShop until recently. It’s actually already quite popular, powering over 150,000 eCommerce sites, and it won the 2011 Open Source award. And no wonder: it’s already been translated into 43 languages and has over 2,000 modules and templates, so it can be used for any type of eCommerce site, anywhere you want.
We’ll definitely have to dive into more of PrestaShop’s features in the future, but for now, let’s take a look at some of the best PrestaShop themes from the growing collection on ThemeForest:
If you’re launching an eCommerce store in 2012, chances are you’ll have customers that want to purchase items on the go from their smartphones and tablets. Rather than having to make a custom design for smaller screens or use a special plugin that detects mobile devices, Shopaholic is ready out-of-the box for any screen size with its responsive design. It also features a spacious, modern design, with PSD templates to customize as you wish.
A modern design with beautifully integrated navigation and product images, Sunset might be the perfect theme for a fashion store. It features a light color scheme and description cards when you hover over pictures, keeping your site clean while still feature-rich. With multi-language and social network integration, there’s not much more you could ask for launching a nice entry-level eCommerce site.
If you’re wanting to make an advanced eCommerce site, Ultimate Shop is a great choice. You can choose from 4 included color schemes, and choose from a number of column settings to get your store laid out the way you want. It even lets you include multiple carousels on the home page, perhaps to feature promotions and the brands you carry, or anything you’d like. Best of all, it includes an advanced search module to help your customers find exactly what they’re looking for on your store.
Urbanista features a light, clean theme that’s easy to customize if you want to dig into its code. It features a clean, modern styled slider with crisp text that would fit in with the new metro designs in software. The front page can show even more products with its included tabbed layout. Best of all, you can feature products or show discounts with the product labels, which is a nice way to set your site apart. Then, featured products will show up first on each category page, giving you an easy way to show off your best products automatically when you update your store, without tweaking individual pages each time.
If you want to make a chic store that’s easily customizable, Alysum might be the perfect option for you. You can choose from included background textures and tweak all of the colors throughout the theme right from the settings, without having to dig into code at all. You can even use any of the great free fonts from Google Fonts right inside your theme without any extra tweaking. It includes extra modules to help you easily add newsletters, logos, social network sharing, and more to your site. With all of those features, you’ll have a unique design in minutes without having to know any HTML or CSS.
So there you have it: 5 great themes you can customize to make the online store you want with PrestaShop. We’ve already looked at some of the best eCommerce themes on ThemeForest for a variety of CMSes, which you might want to check if you haven’t made your mind up about what you want to use to power your site. If you want to use PrestaShop, though, these themes are a great way to get your site up with a beautiful theme quicker than ever.
If you’ve used PrestaShop to build an eCommerce site, feel free to share a link to it in the comments below, as we’d love to see what you made with it!