If you’re on a shoestring budget and in need of an online store, consider downloading and installing one of these free e-commerce WordPress themes. WordPress’s ease of use, popularity, and huge collection of plugins make it a viable alternative to dedicated e-commerce software like Magento and OsCommerce.

1. Artificer

Artificer

This free e-commerce WordPress theme by WooThemes has a responsive web design, making it a great choice if you want your online store to look good regardless of whether it’s being viewed on a desktop computer or mobile phone. This theme is powered by WooCommerce–the theme development company’s own free e-commerce platform.

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2. Mio (WordPress e-Commerce Theme)

Mio (WordPress e-Commerce Theme)

Inspired by Apple’s website, Mio is a free e-commerce WordPress theme that can use either the WP e-Commerce plugin or the WooCommerce plugin.

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3. FrameMarket

FrameMarket

FrameMarket is a robust parent WordPress theme that allows you to create child themes.

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4. Wootique

Wootique

Wootique is another beautiful free e-commerce WordPress theme by WooThemes. It’s got an awesome CSS3/jQuery "featured content" slider that will allow you to showcase your top online store products.

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5. Kakileema Lite (WordPress eCommerce Theme)

Kakileema Lite (WordPress eCommerce Theme)

This free "lite" version of the premium Kakileema e-commerce WordPress theme looks clean and simple, so it’s suitable for a wide range of online stores.

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6. Velvet Sky

Velvet Sky

Velvet Sky is an e-commerce theme for WordPress and Prestashop (which is a free e-commerce software platform). This theme is released under a Creative Commons license through Smashing Magazine.

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7. AyoShop

AyoShop

AyoShop is a free e-commerce WordPress theme that requires the Genesis Framework (which costs $59) and WooCommerce. This theme has a responsive web design and extensive documentation.

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8. "Ready to Be!" (Free E-commerce WordPress Theme)

"Ready to Be!" (Free E-commerce WordPress Theme)

This clean and simple e-commerce WordPress theme has an animated "featured content" slider at the top of the home page so that you can impressively show off your featured products.

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9. Mystile

Mystile

Another theme by WooThemes, Mystile has a clean user interface, a responsive web design and several color themes.

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10. Balita (Free E-Commerce WordPress Theme)

Balita (Free E-Commerce WordPress Theme)

This free e-commerce WordPress theme released on Smashing Magazine is bold and opinionated. You can use Balita under the GNU General Public License (GPL).

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Jacob Gube is the co-founder and a managing editor of Design Instruct. He's a web developer, and also the owner of Six Revisions. Follow Jacob on Twitter: @sixrevisions