There are many reasons why you should be using Magento for eCommerce. For one, it’s dominating the eCommerce industry. Magento is a free to use platform that uses open source technologies and programming languages. It also has a great Enterprise edition that has both a platform as a service and non cloud version. It’s not only more flexible for developers than most other platforms, but it’s also more easily accessible and ensures better security for users. Due to its customizability Magento allows for the best mobile experiences for your viewers utilizing top responsive frameworks with the already existing platform. It also allows you to integrate with third-party services including a payment gateway, database applications, transportation, and shipping tracking. Last but not least, Magento is extremely SEO friendly powered with a lot of built in SEO friendly URLs, search engines, sitemaps, positioning layers, URL rewrites, tags, and descriptions, etc.

Once you decide to use Magento Open Source for your ecommerce store, it’s time to pick the best design for your brand. A big decision is to decide whether to go with a custom theme or prebuilt theme. A custom theme is a great route but is often unaffordable for smaller businesses or projects that need to get up fast.

If you decide to go with a prebuilt theme this can be an intimidating task because of all of the themes available to you to choose from. Depending on where you look, a lot of the designs are very similar but have minor differences, whether it’s adding a hover animation, hamburger menu rather than a typical menu, or using background images. It really comes down to what design and which features fit your brand the best. Today, we’re going to show you 15 of our favorite Magento Open Source eCommerce themes to help you decide based off web design trends in 2016 seen below. These designs may have very similar features but the designs are certainly different and can be used by many different products. If you’re interested in checking out or purchasing one of these themes, simply click on the screenshots!

Web Design Trends in 2016

  1. Hamburger menu
  2. Long scroll
  3. Card layouts
  4. Hero images
  5. Loading animations
  6. Hover animations
  7. Galleries and slideshows
  8. Motion animation
  9. Scrolling
  10. Background animations/videos
  11. Responsive design
  12. Flat design

1. Athlete

Athlete

Trends this theme follows:

1, 2, 4, 7, 11, 12

• Athlete is a fully customizable, fluid Magento theme with responsive and retina ready design.

• Compatibility – CE: 1.7.x.x 1.8.x.x, 1.9.0.x, 1.9.1.x, 1.9.2.1 – 1.9.2.4

2. Shopper

Shopper

Trends this theme follows:

1, 2, 3, 4, 6, 7, 11, 12

• Shopper is an extremely powerful and flexible premium Magento theme with responsive and retina ready design.

• Compatibility: Magento CE 1.7.x.x, 1.8.x.x 1.9.0.x, 1.9.1.x, 1.9.2.0 – 1.9.2.4

3. Avanter

Avanter

Trends this theme follows:

1, 2, 3, 4, 7, 11, 12

• Avanter is a fully responsive Magento theme with a clean, minimalist and elegant design.

• Support Magento Community Edition 1.8.x and 1.9.x

4. Mango

Mango

Trends this theme follows:

1, 2, 3, 4, 7, 11, 12

Mango is an extensive collection of layouts that is responsive ready, offers multiple variations of the major elements and is seo optimization ready.

• Compatibility: IWD Onestep Checkout, Magegiant extensions

5. Intenso

Intenso

Trends this theme follows:

1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 11, 12

 Intenso is a ready-to-use extension with 12 custom extensions with simple, responsive and customizable elements.

• Compatibility: 1.9.2.4, 1.9.2.3, 1.9.2.2, 1.9.2.1, 1.9.2.0, 1.9.1.1, 1.9.1.0, 1.9.0.1, 1.9.0.0, 1.8.1.0, 1.8.0.0

6. Porto

Porto

Trends this theme follows:

1, 2, 4, 7, 9, 10, 11, 12

 Porto is the number one selling Mangento theme on ThemeForest. It’s got Magento 2.x compatibility, supports RTL languages and is mobile/retina optimized.

• Compatibility: Magento Community Edition 2.x ready, Magento Community Edition 1.7.x – 1.9.2.4 ready, Magento Enterprise Edition 2.x ready, Magento Enterprise Edition 1.13~1.14.x ready, CM Multivendor Extension, IWD_Onepagecheckout extension, Zeon_Manufacturer extension, Mageplaza extensions

7. Blanco

Blanco

Trends this theme follows:

1, 2, 3, 4, 7, 11, 12

Blanco is a clear, easy to customize Magento template. The template is fully compatible with heavy stores which have a variety of languages and currencies to create convenience for customers around the world.

• Compatibility: 1.5.0.0, 1.5.1.0, 1.6.0.0, 1.6.1.0, 1.6.2.0, 1.7.0.0, 1.7.0.1, 1.7.0.2, 1.8.0.0, 1.8.1.0, 1.9.x.x

8. Focus

Focus

Trends this theme follows:

1, 2, 3, 4, 6, 7, 11, 12

Focus is a premium Magento theme with advanced admin module. It’s extremely customizable, easy to use and fully responsive.

• Compatibility: Bootstrap 3.x

9. Black&White

Black & White

Trends this theme follows:

1, 2, 4, 6, 9, 10, 11, 12

Black&White Magento 2.X and Magento 1.X theme is a best seller theme by Meigee suitable for any kind of store.

• Compatibility: CE1.7.0.0, CE 1.7.0.1, CE 1.7.0.2, CE 1.8.0.0, CE 1.8.1.0, CE 1.9.0.0, CE 1.9.0.1, CE 1.9.1.0, CE 1.9.2.0, CE 1.9.2.1, CE 1.9.2.2, CE 1.9.2.3, CE 1.9.2.4, CE 2.0.1, CE 2.0.1, CE 2.0.2, CE 2.0.3, CE 2.0.4, CE 2.0.5, CE 2.0.6, CE 2.0.7, CE 2.1.0

10. Granda

Granda

Trends this theme follows:

2, 3, 4, 6, 7 10, 11, 12

 Granda is fully responsive, retina ready, has ten homepage options, and includes 35 PSDs. Granda is developed on the basis of Twitter Bootstrap Framework.

• Compatible with new software versions

11. Sahara

Sahara

Trends this theme follows:

1, 2, 3, 4, 6, 7, 11, 12

• Sahara, the newest design from Plazathemes, has been created as a mega store Magento eCommerce solution for online stores. This magento theme shows a sophisticated look, well-structured layout and most powerful features of a ecommerce store.

 Sahara contains a lot of powerful features to help users to effectively manage the shops. Slideshow(Banner7) allows both images and content, presents most amazing items and its brief introductions, and impresses visitors with visual effect.

12. Crafts

 Crafts

Trends this theme follows:

1, 2, 3, 4, 6, 7, 11, 12

• Crafts is full with the romance of autumn, a perfect fit for any handmade accessories of crafts shop. It’s the perfect Magento theme for those who wish to impress their shoppers with the artistic and vivid feeling!

• Compatibility: 1.9.2.4 Security Patch

13. WooPlus

WooPlus

Trends this theme follows:

1, 2, 3, 4, 6, 7, 10, 11, 12

• Wooplus is a fully responsive Magento Theme with a clean, minimalist and elegant design. It is easy to customize, highly flexible with a powerful admin panel that help you easily build a fully-functional online store with eye-pleasing presence.

The theme is built with the newest technologies such as HTML5, Bootstrap 3, CSS3, SASS and includes many new features such as: powerful admin module, beautiful slider, unique product labels, custom blocks, quickview, ajax add-to-cart, multi comparison and many other features that will help you improve your sales.

14. Logancee

Logancee

Trends this theme follows:

1, 2, 6, 9, 10, 11, 12

• Logancee is a great combination of a clean, modern, minimalist design and a number of powerful features. This is a great combination of a clean, modern, minimalist design and a number of powerful features.

• Compatibility: 1.9.2.4

15. Dresscode

Dresscode

Trends this theme follows:

1, 2, 3, 4, 6, 7, 11, 12

• Dresscode is premium responsive magento theme which can be used according to your needs and requirements. It includes a lot of custom features. Fully responsive, customizable, based on Sceleton CSS Framework.

• Compatibility: 1.9.x, 1.8.x, 1.7.x, 1.6.x

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