In this article, we look at the best multi-vendor WordPress marketplace themes for 2017. Building a functional online marketplace from scratch can prove costly: if you have an idea for a marketplace website along the lines of Amazon, Etsy, or eBay, one of these premium themes will provide an inexpensive way to test the waters.
The requirements of a multi-vendor marketplace are fairly self-evident. Sellers need to be able to sign up, build shops and sell their wares; buyers need to be able to buy those wares with ease and confidence. And perhaps most importantly, site owners will want to be able to monetize those transactions, often by taking a percentage cut.
All of the themes on this list support intuitive, easy to use marketplace solutions and satisfy those requirements, though several do need additional plugins for full functionality. Most are integrated with at least one of the following well-known plugins: Dokan, WC Vendors, or WooCommerce Product Vendors.
If you still need hosting for your marketplace, we recommend Bluehost. They’re currently the best all-around provider for reliable, high-performance, but inexpensive hosting.
You get what you pay for might be a cliche, but the Social Marketplace theme, developed by the talented WordPress team at BuddyBoss, perfectly illustrates why that cliche exists. As a WordPress marketplace theme, Social totally delivers, and it brings all the functionality and attention to detail that’s making BuddyBoss one of the fastest growing WordPress developers around.
It might be at a higher price point than our other picks, but the fantastic integration of WC Vendors (a WooCommerce add-on) along with BuddyPress gives it a certain edge over the competition. The design is clean and modern, as you’d expect, and the user-experience has been carefully crafted for both site users and site admins.
But if you don’t require the deeper social features provide by BuddyPress and BuddyPress, you can’t go wrong with our next top pick, either–at a lower cost. Which is…
Our number one selection prior to the release of Social Marketplace was Marketify, by the team at Astoundify. It’s the best-selling WordPress marketplace theme on Themeforest, with nearly 1600 sales. The design is clean, modern and fully responsive.
Marketify lends itself equally well to both physical and digital products, but it’s especially well matched to digital. Products like photos, audio, video, fonts and even templates are right at home on Marketify. If your intention is to build a site like Codecanyon, Envato, Flashden or any number of stock photography marketplaces, this is the direction you’ll want to take.
Powered by the Easy Digital Downloads plugin, we should note that the marketplace extension bundle for EDD is sold separately. It’s not strictly required, but is strongly recommended to build a full-featured marketplace.
Succinctly titled Market, this relatively new theme boasts a clean, contemporary design that’s going look and work great no matter what device you view it on. The theme integrates with the Easy Digital Downloads plugin, instead of WooCommerce, to provide its marketplace functionality. Front-end submissions are supported via the (optional) Front-end submissions add on.
Each author can build their own storefront, with a profile that includes their bio, contact information, and a custom logo or banner. Webmasters looking to build a site like Fiverr can also take advantage of the free Download as Service EDD add-on. If you don’t want to be limited to digital products, the Simple Shipping add-on provides the option to sell & ship physical goods.
Market is optimized for speed, translation-ready, and SEO ready/optimized to help you secure a top spot in Google and other search engines.
Next up we have Squarecode, which has a lot in common with Marketify. The flat, minimal design fits right in beside other contemporary marketplace themes for WordPress, and it’s especially suited for selling digital products (though physical products work too).
Once again, the powerful, extensible Easy Digital Downloads plugin powers the theme. The free version is all that’s required, but users can take their site even higher with available paid add-ons.
The theme is built on a robust, extensively commented HTML5 and CSS3 codebase. Squarecode is mobile-ready, WPML ready, and SEO optimized.
Released in May, MarketHub was created specifically for building a digital products marketplace. The design is sleek and modern, designed to offer maximum scalability and flexibility. Powered by WooCommerce (and the WC vendors plugin), MarketHub includes everything you need to build a robust digital marketplace out-of-the-box. An advanced reviews plug-in is also included.
Developers may also appreciate the inclusion of SASS, Bourbon and Neat technologies. Fully responsive, and optimized for all devices.
The Makery theme is first-and-foremost about physical products. This is the sort of marketplace theme you need if you’re building a Etsy style marketplace on the WordPress platform.
Instead of using Easy Digital Downloads, Makery is powered by WooCommerce. Support for features like unlimited shops, multiple carts, seller profiles and commissions are built-in.
Makery is easy to customized, thanks to the included options panel. It’s responsive, translation ready, and comes with demo content to ensure a quick & painless installation and setup.
Checkout is flat, clean and leaves out many of the useless gimmicks and clutter common to contemporary themes, resulting in excellent UX: it’s speedy, mobile-ready, and a breeze to navigate and use, giving potential customers and users site a few more reasons to come back again next time.
Like several other themes on our list, marketplace functionality is sold separately and provided by the EDD Marketplace bundle. We think Checkout is worth serious consideration if only for of the effectiveness and understated elegance of its sleek, simple design.
Additional templates are also included for building team pages, pricing tables, testimonial sections, and portfolios.
Entrepreneurs aspiring to create the next Etsy might find what they’re looking for (and an inexpensive shortcut) with the Handy theme. Designed specifically as a shop theme for tangible, handmade items, Handy is powered by entirely by WordPress, WooCommerce and the WC Vendors Plugin.
The theme is versatile, with several different layout styles to choose from, and an excellent options panel for tweaking fonts, colors and more. Revolution Slider is packed in free, and Handy is both responsive and retina-ready. Video tutorials are provided.
New in August, Le Crafts is another Etsy-inspired vendor theme targeting startups specializing in crafts and handmade products, and it was developed and designed with physical products and shipping in mind. This one has the distinction supporting the popular Dokan plugin, a rather extraordinarily feature-rich vendor add-on for WooCommerce.
But if Dokan isn’t your jam, not to worry – WC Vendors and WooCommerce Product Vendors are supported too. This is a fairly versatile theme in terms of layout, with 7 homepage presets included, and 6 pre-defined portfolio layouts. You’ll find plenty of very nice secondary features as well, including an entire smorgasbord of built-in custom widgets, a fantastic Shortcodes plugin (Koo Shortcodes), Ninja Form, and of course, the seemingly inseparable Revolution Slider & Visual Composer.
Marketica is the newest WordPress marketplace theme on our list, evidenced by the way it embraces a few lovely, modern design trends. Flat design, classy typography and a liberal use of whitespace work together to create an air of visual harmony and professionalism. But isn’t that what they all say?
This is another theme that goes the WooCommerce route, making it an excellent choice for real world, physical products. Marketica wisely supports several popular WooCommerce add-ons for creating marketplaces. Choose from WC Vendors, WooThemes’ Product Vendors, or the Socio Multi Vendor plugin.
Marketica has some nice extras bundled for free: Visual Composer, for drag & drop page building, and Slider Revolution for putting together engaging, impressive homepage slideshows. Additional support is built-in for the popular Ubermenu plugin, but that must be purchased separately.
The theme takes advantage of WordPress’s own live customizer for real-time previewing of tweaks and customizations and is translation-ready.
The sleek, responsive, and retina-ready Stocky theme was developed especially for creating photography marketplaces like iStockPhoto, Dreamstime, and Shutterstock . Like many themes designed to sell digital products, Stocky relies on the Easy Digital Downloads plugin for marketplace functionality, and like the Marketify theme, you’ll get the most out of it by using the Marketplace bundle.
Advanced theme options are available for theme customization. Upload backgrounds, create color schemes with the color picker, and more. The theme is built on HTML5 and CSS3, translation-ready, and fully documented.
Wow! It’s a theme not found on the ThemeForest marketplace! Walleto was designed by up-and-coming WordPress designer SiteMile. Both physical products and digital, downloadable products are supported.
Unlike the other themes we’ve looked at for, Walleto uses neither WooCommerce or EDD for its ecommerce features, and the developer has instead implemented their own solution.
Users can create their own shops, track purchases and orders, and interact with other marketplace users by way of a built-in private messages systems. e-Wallet functionality is supported, and the site can be monetized in several ways: charge for subscriptions, or choose a commissions based model, earning a percentage of every sale.
One of the benefits of this theme is that it’s ready to go out of the box – no additional plugins and setup will be required.
And that concludes our round-up of the best WordPress marketplace themes. We’ll be adding to it as new themes come along. If you have something to add, share it in the comments below.