Creating an online store with WordPress has gotten a lot easier over the years. But what about creating a multi-vendor marketplace like ThemeForest or Etsy? Well, thanks to the existence of marketplace WordPress themes, launching your own multi-author online store is now much more straightforward.
By using one of these themes and the right WordPress plugins, you can build a store where vendors and creators can sign up, list their products for sale, and manage their own accounts, all from within your WordPress website.
The best marketplace themes in this collection have designs that are built for high conversion rates and generating more sales for your store. They also feature front-end forms and templates for your registration, account, and reporting pages, helping to give your multi-vendor ecommerce store a professional look and feel throughout.
Whether you want to create a place where vendors can list and sell their physical or digital products online, thanks to these themes, you’ll have no trouble giving your marketplace a professional design. Creating a successful marketplace is all about attracting the right vendors and customers, and these themes can certainly help you do just that.
Marketify is a professional looking WordPress theme that allows you to create a multi-vendor marketplace where authors can sign up and begin selling their physical and digital products.
The theme makes use of front end submission forms to simplify the registration process, and also the procedure for adding new products to the marketplace. Marketify closely integrates with the free Easy Digital Downloads plugin which is used to handle all the online store and eCommerce functionality of your marketplace. This free plugin is very easy to use, so even if you’ve never setup an online store before, you should have no problem.
By using the plugins that are recommended for use with this theme, you can easily implement an automated profit sharing system where authors are paid a percentage of the profits each time their products are sold online. It is also possible to enable social media registration and login to further simplify the signup process and remove unnecessary friction, making it easy for your site to grow.
As Marketify is a flexible marketplace theme, it can be used to create a single-vendor online store, and then be expanded to include the products of other vendors in the future as the site grows. Or you can just build a multi-vendor marketplace store from the outset.
If you want to create a multi-author marketplace with automated profit sharing capabilities that is easy to use from both admin and end user perspectives, then the modern looking Marketify is an excellent choice.
Checkout has been created by Array in order to help you build a digital store or marketplace with WordPress. However, as the demo shows, this is a versatile theme that can be just as easily configured for a business portfolio.
In marketplace mode, this theme has been built to integrate closely with the free Easy Digital Downloads plugin. This popular ecommerce plugin will handle all your file management needs, with the ability to collect payments from your customers when they make a purchase.
If you do decide to create a multi-vendor marketplace with Checkout and Easy Digital Downloads, managing and distributing profits and commission payments can all be automated. This makes the process of running a marketplace much less time consuming. To help build trust with your target audience and show off your credibility, the Checkout theme includes an attractive testimonials page for publishing client and customer feedback.
When creating your website, you also get access to a pricing table builder tool, a powerful product slider and gallery creator, and plenty of customization options for fine tuning the appearance of your store or marketplace.
Checkout has been built to be fully mobile-responsive and retina ready. This ensures that your website will not only be easy to use, but will also look great, no matter what device is being used to access it. As well as being available on its own, Checkout can be yours, along with the other 15 themes from Array, for one great value price ($199).
Stocky has been created to allow you to build an online marketplace with a strong focus towards selling stock photographs and images.
Through the default configuration Stocky is ideal for allowing a single user to showcase their best images online and sell them with ease to their visitors. However, this theme also has the ability to allow other users to register an account and upload their own photos to the store, giving you all the tools you need to build a fully functioning multi-vendor marketplace.
While Stocky takes care of the great design and store front interface, the eCommerce functionality is handled by the free Easy Digital Downloads plugin. Not only is this plugin the tool of choice for those selling digital products online, but its core functionality can be greatly expanded thanks to the large number of extensions available for it. However you want to manage your store or marketplace, Easy Digital Downloads won’t stand in your way.
If you want a marketplace theme that has been created especially for selling digital photos and other imagery, in a single or multi-vendor vendor store, then Stocky is the ideal choice.
MarketHub is one of the newest items in this collection. Due to this, it has a very modern design and a highly competitive feature list.
After importing the demo content, your WordPress website will have a brand new homepage and set of inner pages. Then it’s time to replace the placeholder text with your own content, before uploading any new images. Once the design and appearance of the homepage are taken care of, the next task is to begin configuring how your new marketplace will work.
As MarketHub has been built around the powerful WooCommerce ecommerce plugin and the purpose built WC Vendors add-on, you should find the configuration process surprisingly straightforward. With these two plugins, vendors and authors can register at your site, list their products and services for sale, and monitor their account performance through their own dashboard. Payment collection and distribution are taken care of for you, helping your multi-vendor marketplace to run smoothly.
MarketHub aims to make it as easy as possible to create a multi-vendor marketplace with WordPress. With a series of YouTube videos and a library of detailed documentation, you’ll have plenty of resources to turn to while working on your project.
Makery includes lots of features of its own for helping you build a professional-looking ecommerce marketplace. However, it also integrates with the tried and tested WooCommerce plugin, which is used for handling the inventory management and shopping cart features of your store.
Visitors to your website can sign up and create an account, after which they can begin listing their own products for sale at your store. Each vendor gets their own internal dashboard for managing their sub-store. They also get their own public profile, which they can promote to drive more traffic to their products. Furthermore, they can also use their vendor profile section to connect with their potential customers, in order to make more sales.
Through the control panel, you can customize many aspects of the appearance of your website. This can help you make this theme your own, without the need to edit any code. Other features of Makery include content sliders, a fully responsive design, and front-end registration and submissions forms for recruiting other vendors.
Makery is an attractive ecommerce theme that includes support for creating a multi-vendor marketplace with WooCommerce.
Marketica has been built from the ground up to cater to those working on a multi-vendor marketplace.
Once the theme has been activated on your site, it integrates seamlessly with the free WooCommerce online shop builder plugin. This, along with the many add-ons available for WooCommerce, allows you to either list your own products for sale online, or allow other vendors to join you, giving them the ability to list their products on your website too.
Through the control panel of your website, you can either assign existing products to new vendors, or give them the ability to create and manage their own products at your store. Depending on how you configure your store, it could be a totally hands off project that allows you to automatically collect commissions from your vendors each time they make a sale.
As well as the great design of this theme, and its ecommerce marketplace features, Marketica includes the premium Visual Composer and Revolution Slider plugins. In addition to saving you money, this also allows you to not only create custom page layouts with ease, but also add animated product and content slideshows to any of your website’s posts and pages.
Marketica is a modern, responsive WordPress theme that includes everything you need to start listing your products, and those from other vendors, for sale on your website.
SquareCode has been developed by a ThemeForest Elite Author and is a marketplace theme for WordPress that is ideal for selling physical and digital products from multiple authors, all on one site.
By integrating this theme with the free Easy Digital Downloads eCommerce plugin you get the best of both worlds, with a well-designed theme and a very functional and easy to use plugin.
If you are thinking of building a multi-vendor marketplace but are unsure of how to encourage new publishers to add their products to your store, SquareCode has some great features that will simplify this process for you. These features include detailed vendor profiles and portfolios which make it very easy for your sellers to showcase their skills and products in order to generate more sales.
The SquareCode marketplace theme also comes equipped with lots of customization options which make it very easy to personalize your website, all without the need to touch any code.
If you want to create a site where you and a whole host of other authors can sell their physical or digital projects in great looking surroundings, then SquareCode has been designed just for you.
Market has an impressive design that will give your ecommerce store or online marketplace a professional look.
This marketplace theme has been built to integrate seamlessly with the powerful Easy Digital Downloads plugin. Thanks to this, you can add the core ecommerce functionality to your website for free. Then you can pick and choose from the many Easy Digital Downloads extensions in order to add more marketplace functionality to your site. To save time you can simply opt for the Easy Digital Downloads marketplace bundle of add-ons.
Once you’ve defined your Easy Digital Downloads configuration, you can import one of the Market theme demos to get your marketplace started. The Market demos look great and will instantly give your website the right look and feel required to start attracting other vendors and new customers to your marketplace.
Customizing your new website is easy too. Thanks to the theme options control panel, Market gives you a quick and easy way to change colors and fonts as well as upload your site’s logo. This WordPress theme also includes a useful page builder tool. You can then use this tool to customize any of the demo content provided by Market. Designing your own custom layouts with the page builder is also an option too.
To make it as easy as possible for you and your vendors to manage their accounts and listings, Market features responsive front-end submission forms. This simplifies the process for your users when it comes to logging into your site, creating listings, and managing orders.
Whether you want to create a marketplace to sell physical or digital products, Market has the right design to give your website a professional look.
HireBee has been designed be the AppThemes team to make it as easy as possible to setup a freelancer marketplace.
As well as having a very professional appearance, the HireBee theme contains all the features you would expect from a product that allows you to build a freelance bidding site. With this theme activated on your WordPress site, your visitors can register, post projects, and then have other users bid on those projects.
When it comes to generating revenue from your freelancer website, the best way to monetize your HireBee powered website is to charge a percentage fee of the project price. The payment features of the theme take care of collecting this charge from users, leaving you with little else to do but check your PayPal account for new payments.
If you would like to build a site like Elance, Freelancer, or 99designs, then HireBee is a time and cost effective way of doing so.
FreelanceEngine is a WordPress theme that has been designed for anyone building an online freelance marketplace.
Like the other purpose built themes from EngineThemes, FreelanceEngine includes all the features and functionality you need to build this type of marketplace website with WordPress, all wrapped up in an attractive design.
A website built with this theme will be able to cater to two types of user: the freelancer and those looking to hire a professional to work on their project. New arrivals at your website will be invited to either create a profile to advertise their services, or post a project to begin attracting potential freelancers to work with.
The theme also makes it easy for freelancers and other visitors to browse the listed projects, as well as search them based on the criteria of the type of work they are looking for. Project managers, on the other hand, can browse the profiles of freelancers to find the right candidate for their position, and then contact them directly.
Like the rest of the theme, the freelancer profile pages are very nicely designed and will help present a professional image to prospective employers. Freelancers can upload portfolio items, list their skills, and publish a short bio.
The pages that are created to list the projects are also cleanly designed, making it easy to see the details of the project. This includes the number of bids received so far, the project budget, and information about the user who posted the project.
Other useful features of FreelanceEngine include a page builder tool for creating custom layouts, multiple options for monetizing the website, and a review system for both freelancers and those doing the hiring.
Walleto is billed as a turnkey solution for creating a multi-vendor marketplace website with WordPress. It’s been designed to promote and sell digital products which can be downloaded from the store once the purchase has been completed.
When it comes to making sales, Walleto removes many of the common barriers by letting users pay via a number of payment gateways, including PayPal, Skrill Moneybookers, and Google Wallet, to name just a few.
To help authors sell more products, each vendor gets their own store on the site, making it easy for them to promote all of the items they have on offer. Registering as a seller on your marketplace is also beneficial to product creators as they don’t have to worry about setting up their own store, managing payments, and finding customers.
Site owners can monetize their new marketplace website by charging users a monthly fee to host their products and have their own store, charging a percentage fee of each sale, or selling advertising space.
Walleto also makes use of social media account login integration, allowing both sellers and buyers to login and create accounts using their existing Facebook or Twitter accounts, making it as easy as possible to get new users on board.
Walleto from SiteMile is a great looking marketplace theme for WordPress that has all the features you need and more.