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WooCommerce does a lot of great things. You can turn your WordPress website into an online store with just a few clicks. And with the right extensions, you can basically do whatever you want to with your online store.
But one of the challenges is getting the look of your online store just right. WooCommerce has basic styling, but the store pages and the product pages and the checkout page needs a little bit more styling to get it looking just right for your chosen theme.
The good news, however, is that it also offers a selection of quality themes that are built to work with the plugin right out of the box. Like the StudioPress themes we talked about a few weeks ago, there are a lot of these here that can really help your business stand out.
So today let’s take a look at some of my favorite WooCommerce themes that you might want to use for your business.
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Hotel is a modern theme that really packs a punch, but loads quickly and doesn’t overload the reader.
It’s built primarily for those who are selling time or services — especially hotels, Bread and Breakfasts and other accommodations.
I love the homepage of the theme. You can easily show off who you are and what you do, but keep to a digestible amount for the viewer. The “product” page offers you a great chance to show off the venue and allow users to book a time. It’s all extremely visually appealing without losing any functionality.
My only complaint is that it really is only for time or service sellers. If you’re selling products out of your storefront, you might have a hard time adapting it to meet your needs.
But other than that, it’s a great looking theme that can help small businesses in that service area.
If you’re a fan of Hotel, but sell products more, Threads is probably the WooCommerce theme for you.
Like Hotel, Threads is very visual. It starts with the hero image on the homepage and continues throughout. The shop page is exclusively all images until you hover a product.
The product page is extremely clean and I love the styling of the tabs in the product information. It’s a great way to show it off and allow the customer to learn more about what they might be buying. And it’s all pretty clear where they need to go.
My only issue here is that if you don’t watch your image sizes, you could be in for a long wait for pages to load. Image compression is very key with this theme.
Still, if you can manage your images and page load times, Threads is a great theme to use for your online store.
If you’re a fan of the style of Threads, but don’t like all of the big images, Homestore might be the one for you.
Homestore also uses a lot of images, but in more of a traditional way. There’s a lot more white space with clear separation. The product pages are simple, but very easy to read and see more about the product, which is a dream for a customer.
Also, the header menus make it easy for potential customers to look through your inventory based off any number of categories and the like. It’s a great feature if you offer a ton of products.
And really, I don’t . It might not be your style or it just might be what you’re looking for. In any case, I think it’ll be really hard to go wrong with Homestore.
Finally, for anyone running a bookstore, Bookshop is probably the way that you want to go.
Everything about this theme just screams a bookstore. From the homepage where you can list books by favorites, on sale or your newest items, to the search template which allows you to easily create a search experience like a big bookstore, you can have a great website for your store in just a few minutes.
And the single book pages make it easy to add a book to the shopper’s cart while having the necessary description and reviews. And users can easily share your products on their social media channels.
The only negative I can come up with is that some of the buttons have slight gradients, which feels a little bit late 2000s/early 2010s, but that’s a pretty minor design nitpick.
Otherwise, this is the perfect theme for any bookstore looking to move online or build a new website.
So what questions do you have about WooCommerce themes? Have you used any of these themes before? What was your experience like? Be sure to leave your questions and answers down in the comments section below.
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