Back when I first got started marketing on the internet — way, way back in 1997 — there was a lot of focus placed on website design. A LOT of focus. Much more than there is today, it seems. It was believed, by many successful marketers at the time, that in order to make sales on a website, your website had to look good — it had to look professional. If it didn’t, customers wouldn’t trust you enough to give you their credit card info. in order to purchase your products.
That was understandable. At that time, web-design tools were primitive and web-design itself presented a rather difficult and very steep learning curve — at least good web design did. So, people who actually did possess the skills to create slick looking, highly professional appearing websites were few and far between. And, as such, they commanded significant hourly rates for designing websites. In those days, pretty much, good looking, professional appearing websites were only available to already successful businesses — for the most part, anyway. The small business owner, more often than not, was restricted to having a website that looked as though the creator had spent, perhaps, a weekend or so familiarizing themselves with a relatively cheap website design software package. Good, skilled web designers were few and far between, and as such, being such a rare commodity, and in such high demand, their skills were available at premium prices usually far outside the budgets of small business and home business owners.
Having a website which looked unprofessional was just not good for business. It hurt sales. A cheap looking website impressed upon visitors that the site was run by a non-serious, fly-by-night sort of operator. And, of course, there is the impression that if a company doesn’t care enough to put the time, effort and expense required into building themselves a professional looking website that makes a good impression on visitors, then why should a visitor believe that the same company would put the necessary time, effort and expense required into delivering a quality product and service, and making sure that the customer enjoys a safe and worthwhile buying experience? Visual impressions are very important in marketing.
All of that was about twenty years ago, though. And, today, twenty years later, the market, in man ways, has changed considerably. But, one place where it hasn’t changed is in the importance of having a good looking eCommerce website. All of the same rules still apply today. A website that appears professionally designed will drastically improves customer confidence. And, improved customer confidence means improved sales — no ifs, ands, nor buts about it. A website which looks poorly designed will stir trepidation in your customers and they’ll experience reluctance in making a decision to spend money on your website. If you’re running any kind of online store then your online store needs to look as though it’s being operated by professionals who are serious about their business. A poorly designed website will just not convey that to your visitors.
Fortunately, today, good looking website design is not nearly as difficult to obtain as it once was — not by a long shot. Fully functional online stores can be run on exceedingly feature-rich, reliable and robust, self-contained CMS systems, such as WordPress — for just one example. And, such systems will allow for the simple plugging-in of pre-designed online shopping website templates. Along with this, just about everybody and their brother, these days, are building such templates — and, a great many of them, possessing the skills and know-how to build them well. Design software for doing so is now powerful and highly involved — and the skill-set required to utilize it is not rare — as it was when I was first starting out.
This means, of course, that slick looking, professional looking, well designed online shopping website design templates are now exceedingly plentiful and easily obtainable. It’s a simple matter nowadays to make your online shopping website just as professional looking as any of your competitors — no matter what corporate powerhouse may be behind your competition’s site.
So, there is no longer any excuse for having a poorly designed, cheap looking online shopping website that deflates customer confidence and sends your potential customers fleeing to the competition. Especially since, in many cases, such professional looking templates for online shopping websites can actually now be had entirely for free! Yes, there is no shortage whatsoever of various resources out there on the internet that offer free download css templates for online shopping websites. There are, in fact, very probably, many hundreds of such sites — if not thousands — offering, in total, probably millions of different designs. And, most of them look very slick and professional.
In today’s market good design is just as important as it ever was — you must have a good looking, professional appearing website. It really and truly is an absolute must. If your online shopping website looks cheap, your customers will think that you’re cheap. If your online shopping website looks unprofessional, your customers will think that you’re unprofessional. That’s just the way it works. So, a good looking website is imperative. Luckily, however, it’s not the 90’s anymore. And, as such, if you’re not an experienced website design professional, you wont have to locate someone who is and pay them upwards of $300 per hour to build a website for you. Instead, you can simply find and take advantage of free download css templates for online shopping websites that many various internet resources offer at no cost. And, by spending just a small amount of time browsing through the various options, you should be able to locate a plentiful selection of really good looking templates that you can just plug-in to whatever online store back-end platform you happen to be using to power your site.
Here’s a few of what we think are the best free download CSS templates for online shopping websites currently available (followed thereafter by links to many hundreds more):
Free Fashion store CSS template [download]:
WordPress free CSS online store theme [download]:
Free “Online Shop” CSS template [download]:
Free “Computer Online Shop” CSS template [download]:
Free ‘Coffee’ CSS WordPress Template [download]:
Free ‘Sales Point’ osCommerce CSS template [download]:
Free ‘Watch Shop’ osCommerce CSS online shopping template [download]:
Free ‘Team Gear’ responsive PSD online shopping template [download]:
Free ‘LookSHOP’ responsive online shopping CSS design template [download]:
Free ‘Gift Shop’ modular PSD online shopping website template [download]:
Those are our picks for the best, top-10 free download CSS templates for online shopping websites that are currently available. And, as promised, here are some great links to a number of other various websites where you can browse many more online store templates and themes for all of the most popular eCommerce website platforms:
With our top ten picks for the best free download css templates for online shopping websites, along with the incredible myriad of options available through the links we’ve provided above, you should have no problem finding a great, free template or theme for your own online store! However, if you happen to know of any great resources for free download css eCommerce templates that we’ve missed, we’d appreciate it greatly if you’d take some time and fill us in. Please use the comment box provided below to share your favorite places on the web for locating great looking and functional free download css templates for online shopping websites with us, and all of our other readers. Or, if you have any questions or other comments regarding the information we’ve provided here, please feel free to share those as well. I’ll do my best to respond as my time and schedule permits.
That’s it for now. I wish you the absolute best of luck and success with your online store, and with all of your future endeavors!