Shopping themes or plugins, suggestions

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I want to build a new eCommerce site and I don't want to commit to a Shopify contract or similar. I am on a tight budget. I would like to find a 'good' and 'free' theme or plugin if such a thing exists. But good over weighs free. But it has to be low priced if I have to pay for it.

So any of you that have feedback on my question, please respond. I would like to get started on this by the weekend if possible. I already bought my domain.

Wish me luck. I did this about eleven years ago, and completely screwed it up, after paying a web designer $2,500 for web design and redo after I mucked up the coding by tinkering with it. This time I want to do it on a WordPress platform. Unless you can show me an HTML method that is pretty simple as my HTML talent is limited and my Dreamweaver is not working now due to some computer malfunction.

Boy, can I babble on too long or what?:p
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  • Profile picture of the author Johnwiggity
    I really like X-Cart. You'll have to pay to get it going though, but I think it's really great. Depends on what features you need.
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  • Profile picture of the author Palomino
    I use Magento CE, because it's free. You can get a free theme or a cheap premium theme from Themeforest for really cheap ($45-$80 vs. $180 for a much lesser-quality theme from TemplateMonster) and some discount hosting (Hostgator's Business Plan is less than $20/mo and includes an individual SSL certificate for your store) and you're good to go.

    I used the Grey Scale theme (FREE) to customize this client's site and we're getting them live next week.
    OP, if you've got a small budget, I can get you set up with a professional looking store using a free theme like this one that I can customize to your branding.

    **EDIT** Just saw that you want to use WordPress. There are some great eCommerce themes for WordPress out there. The choice will come down to whether you're going to build your site around a plugin, or a framework. If you are not stuck on WordPress, my advice and offer still stand. Good luck, OP!
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  • Profile picture of the author Ernies
    I think Elegant themes offers some options for ecommerce and they offer a great theme package for only like $50 a year.
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  • Profile picture of the author ronrule
    Originally Posted by timpears View Post

    I want to build a new eCommerce site and I don't want to commit to a Shopify contract or similar. I am on a tight budget. I would like to find a 'good' and 'free' theme or plugin if such a thing exists. But good over weighs free. But it has to be low priced if I have to pay for it.

    So any of you that have feedback on my question, please respond. I would like to get started on this by the weekend if possible. I already bought my domain.

    Wish me luck. I did this about eleven years ago, and completely screwed it up, after paying a web designer $2,500 for web design and redo after I mucked up the coding by tinkering with it. This time I want to do it on a WordPress platform. Unless you can show me an HTML method that is pretty simple as my HTML talent is limited and my Dreamweaver is not working now due to some computer malfunction.

    Boy, can I babble on too long or what?:p
    It always scares me when people say "on a budget" with regard to building an eCommerce site. There is a science to it, and how the home page looks is secondary. The majority of visitors will never see your home page - a search engine will land them right on the product that they believe is the best fit for what they were searching for. So the selling ability of THAT page is more important than any home page 'cool factor'.

    I suggest a slightly different approach ... don't commit to ANY "theme" until you know what your audience responds to. $2,500 is a VERY low price for an eCommerce site, and all you will get is something that's "technically functional" - you have no idea if the site will convert or not. Doing eCommerce the right way requires more thought.

    Start with the most basic, minimalist theme you can find. Plenty of free ones. Save your money for keyword and multivariate testing. Spend $100 per day on AdWords for 30 days, testing a variety of keywords. Don't worry about profitability yet. The purpose of this test is to figure out which keywords CONVERT so you can go back and optimize your site for those words later, but you need enough of a budget and enough data for this to be effective. I would put $3,000 is the absolute low end... the more data you can get the better, that way you aren't wasting your time on SEO for words that don't drive sales.

    It's not until the SECOND step where design comes in ... once you have a base traffic and conversion rate established, you can start creating landing pages testing different layouts (multivariate testing) and watch the conversion rates, with the goal of eventually running with the theme that converts best site-wide.
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    • Profile picture of the author earsaver
      Is there an available storefront theme available that I can use with my Amazon Affiliate codes? I don't need a pure eCommerce theme as I want to use this site exclusively with Amazon products. Any tips pointing me in the proper direction would be greatly appreciated.

      Thanks in advance,
      Joe Benevides
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