Following the official release of Magento 2.0 in November, 2015, designers and developers all over the world are working on updating themes and extensions to comply with the new version of the most popular ecommerce platform. Even though merchants are still hesitant about migrating to Magento 2.0 despite its compelling advantages compared to the predecessor, it’s already clear that Magento will focus on its constant improvement in the next few years.
Acknowledging the fact that complete migration to Magento 2 by all store owners will take time, the vendor has announced that previous versions will be supported till 2018. Most major merchants are likely to schedule the update for 2016. The hardest part of it will be transferring customization, as all themes and custom elements are to be drawn from scratch. We’ve compiled a list of the best Magento 2.0 themes and templates that have been released so far ranging in price from free up to $100.
6 Tips For Choosing Magento Template
- Magento Edition Compatibility
- Included Extensions
- Live Demo
- Read reviews
Today the responsive design is a must, not an option. Furthermore, it’s more than affordable nowadays, so make sure that themes which you select are responsible.
Be sure to check if the theme is available for your particular Magento edition.
While choosing a template, don’t forget to pay attention to extensions, which are included, because it’s more cost-efficient than to buy and install them separately.
When your business will grow, you’ll need the website to adapt to the new needs, so you should check prematurely how deeply you can customize your theme.
Every theme has a Live Demo and you shouldn’t skip the possibility to check it out and click around for a bit.
Finally yet importantly, it’s always useful to know about the user experience and check how the author will react on complaints if there are any.
The first challenger on our list is Crafts 2.0. This Magento theme features tile blocks at the home page and it’s mobile friendly. For product page, designers chose a grid structure to enable easier browsing. If you want to see your shop on Crafts 2.0, you can have it for $79.
To see the live demo or download this theme, follow the link.
Ves Yume 2.0
Ves Yume 2.0, a child of Venustheme developers and designers, is a free Magento 2.0 template released, as claimed by the company, “as a gift” following the platform’s update. Ves Yume 2.0 inherited a few things from Magento’s new blank theme and UI. Among the features of this theme are compatibility with Bootstrap 3.x Layout Components, Ajax Cart, checkout improvements and responsive design.
You can view the live demo and download this free Magento 2 template here.
Here’s another free template from Venustheme crew. Dubbed “Ves Vigoss” this template was designed based on Magento 2.0 blank theme with Bootstrap 3. The features are pretty much the same as Ves Yume’s: responsive design, scalability, Ajax Cart and Brand Logo Slider. Some sneaky ecommerce websites have already started offering the two themes mentioned above for a fee of $5-$50 therefore it should be stressed that those are free, at least according to their vendor.
Follow the link and download this responsive Magento 2 theme from vendor for free.
Ketty Magento 2 Beta
The last free entry on our list, Ketty Magento 2 Beta was actually one of the first Magento 2 themes to have ever been released. Among the most prominent features, apart from responsive design and Ajax Cart, are improved checkout, cross browser support, configurable swatches and a slider. The only thing asked in return for downloading this free theme is a tweet.
Get this theme for free.
This Magento multi-store template is extremely customizable and will be a perfect option for starting a custom project. It has a fully responsive design and a ton of useful features. Main benefits, which should be mentioned, are deep customization of admin settings, 10+ built-in extensions, and various home page layouts. The theme was created by Elite ThemeForest author Alotheme. These guys are very serious about supporting and updating their products so that bugs and errors are eliminated quickly and you can always count on the quick response if you have some questions. Electro costs 84$ and the price includes 6 months of support.
Orson is an excellent theme for the clean and modern eCommerce store no matter what business you are running. It has 15 predefined layout styles and more than a dozen of extensions. Orson provides user an ability to choose between fully responsive design and mobile optimized theme. In addition, it has a fully customizable admin menu and many other features, which you can find on the template’s page. This theme, created by ArrowHiTech, will cost you 83$.
Another template from the Alotheme, that will be a perfect fit for the fashion and personal care brands. It also has various page styles and includes more than 10 extensions designed to improve user’s experience. Alto is a fully responsive theme with many custom options and unlimited colors, which will be suitable for every brand identity. Besides, as the author states, you can install Alto just with one click. To get this theme for your business you should pay 84$.
Magento 2 Fashion Theme
By the name of this theme you can understand the audience its developers were attempting to target. This template really does look fancy. Among its features are rich snippets support, customized home page, email to friend feature, color swatch on product page, full page zoom and cross-browser support. Unlike previous entries, this one is not free and is sold for $85.
To view demo and purchase it, follow the link.
Everything Magento Theme
The more expensive the product is the more features it usually incorporates. This rule applies to ecommerce in general. It also applies to themes and templates distribution. This template comes with over 21 various homepage layouts for different types of shops and unlimited color selection. It also features popup newsletter/login, multi header, cloud zoom, flexible block widget, and the blog extension for Magento. The price of this Magento 2 template is $89. To learn more about it follow the link.
The most expensive entry on this list is “Porto.” It took over 3000 development hours to complete this theme featuring 17 layouts, unlimited headers and footers, and RTL support. This theme is also Retina ready and SEO friendly. Porto is available for purchase for $99.
If you have any questions about anything I’ve mentioned in this blog post or anything else related to Magento, please feel free to drop me a message via this form. I am on the team performing Magento migration for large Magento projects.