Do you intend to possess a WooCommerce online store, but not sure about your WooCommerce skills? You’ve come to the right place, read this post for a quick solution.

In this post, I will talk about the available options to create a WooCommerce theme.

With various available e-commerce options in the market, I have chosen the most prominent and widely used WooCommerce to discuss. As you know it is the most customizable e-commerce platform to convert a plain WordPress website into an online store. Let’s explore.

    Create a WooCommerce Theme in 2 ways.

  1.  Manually Create WooCommerce Theme from scratch 

  2. Create WooCommerce Theme With TemplateToaster

And for those who are not so familiar with WooCommerce and wish to make WooCommerce theme, let me tell you that WooCommerce is not a CMS, rather it is a free plugin of WordPress CMS.

Yes, WooCommerce is a WordPress plugin, therefore you need to have a WordPress theme first in order to install a WooCommerce plugin to convert your WordPress to an e-commerce website. Let’s get started with the manual method first.

1. Create WooCommerce Theme

Before digging deeper, let’s first understand the steps to how to manually create a WordPress theme.  As this is going to be the base of our WooCommerce theme.

1. Install WordPress Locally

Firstly, install WordPress locally.

2. Install WooCommerce Plugin

As WooCommerce is a plugin so, you need to install it to the WordPress CMS. Simply Go to WordPress Dashboard ➡ Plugin ➡ Add new ➡ Install WooCommerce plugin and set up.

3. Create WooCommerce Theme

  • Coding Manually

The wp_content directory would be used to carry out all the related work. Make a new theme subfolder; wp_content ➡ Theme folder. Let’s name it as ‘mytheme’ for now.

Next, I have to decide on the layout of the new theme. Generally, WordPress requires only 2 files i.e. style.css and index.php. But for this layout, you would require the following listed files.

  • header.php :- This file contains the code for header section of the theme.
  • index.php :- This file includes the code for the Main Area and will also specify where the other files to be included. It is a main file of the theme.
  • functions.php :- This function file will help you add the plugin support in the theme.
  • woocommerce.php :- This file is included in the theme to set the default layout of your store.
  • footer.php :- It handles the footer section of the theme.
  • style.css :- It takes the responsibility of styling of your theme.
  • bootstrap.css :- It is highly responsive so, no separate CSS code is required.
  • bootstrap.js :- It provides its own js for the tabs, navigation etc.

And the following folders are required to store the above-mentioned files and images:-

  • css Folder :- This folder contains all the .css files used in the WooCommerce theme creation.
  • js Folder :- This js folder contains all the .js files used in the WooCommerce theme creation.
  • image Folder :- This folder contains the images used in the process. All the images will store here only.

woocommerce custom code file structure

The Bootstrap.css and Bootstrap.js file need to be copied to the theme folder. You can easily create these files with a text editor such as Notepad. Let’s now thoroughly understand the coding part.

1. header.php file

Place this code to your header.php file.

<html>
<head>
<?php wp_head(); ?>
<script type="text/javascript" src="<?php echo get_stylesheet_directory_uri().'/js/jquery.js'; ?>">
</script>
<script type="text/javascript" src="<?php echo get_stylesheet_directory_uri().'/js/jquery-ui.min.js'; ?>">
</script>
<script type="text/javascript" src="<?php echo get_stylesheet_directory_uri().'/js/bootstrap.js'; ?>">
</script>
<link rel="stylesheet" href="<?php echo get_stylesheet_directory_uri().'/css/bootstrap.css'; ?>">
<link rel="stylesheet" href="<?php bloginfo('stylesheet_url'); ?>">
</head>
<body <?php body_class(); ?>>
<div id="header" class="jumbotron">
<div class="header-logo"><img src="<?php echo get_template_directory_uri().'/logo.png'; ?>"> </div>
</div>
<div class="container">

This header.php file contains the code for the header of the page.

<link rel="stylesheet" href="<?php bloginfo('stylesheet_url'); ?>">

This line code tells the WordPress to load a style.css file which will handle the styling of the website.

<?php bloginfo('stylesheet_url'); ?>

It is a WordPress function that loads the stylesheet.

<link rel="stylesheet" href="<?php echo get_stylesheet_directory_uri().'/css/bootstrap.css'; ?>">

The Bootstrap is widely used framework for responsive web design. It has inbuilt css files to style the website. Download it and keep the bootstrap.css file in your theme/css folder.

<body <?php body_class(); ?>>

Here ‘body_class();’ function applies WooCommerce class on the body tag which will help us to apply WooCommerce default style and functionality in our theme.

<div id="header" class="jumbotron">

And this ‘div’ with id header which will be the header of the page. You can later style it with style.css file.

2. index.php file

This is the main file of the theme.

<?php get_header(); ?>
<div id="ttr_main" class="row">
<div id="ttr_content" class="col-lg-8 col-sm-8 col-md-8 col-xs-12">
<div class="row">
<?php if (have_posts()) : while (have_posts()) : the_post(); ?>
<div class="col-lg-6 col-sm-6 col-md-6 col-xs-12">
<h1><?php the_title(); ?></h1>
<h4>Posted on <?php the_time('F jS, Y') ?></h4>
<p><?php the_content(__('(more...)')); ?></p>
</div>
<?php endwhile; else: ?>
<p><?php _e('Sorry, no posts matched your criteria.'); ?></p>
<?php endif; ?>
</div>
</div>
<?php get_sidebar(); ?>
</div>
<?php get_footer(); ?>
<?php get_header(); ?>

The first line of code in the above-mentioned code will include the header.php file

<?php if (have_posts()) : while (have_posts()) : the_post(); ?>
<div class="col-lg-6 col-sm-6 col-md-6 col-xs-12">
<h1><?php the_title(); ?></h1>
<h4>Posted on <?php the_time('F jS, Y') ?></h4>
<p><?php the_content(__('(more...)')); ?></p>
</div>
<?php endwhile; else: ?>

This code will display the main content of the page that you have created through WordPress administration area.

<?php get_sidebar(); ?>

This line of code will include the sidebar.php file. You can use it to display your contact information, recent posts, archive etc.

An empty div has been added to separate the main area and the sidebar from the footer.

<?php get_footer(); ?>

And this will include the footer.php file.

3. function.php file

Add plugin support in the theme, by creating a functions.php file in theme folder with the help of the following code.

<?php
function customtheme_add_woocommerce_support()
 {
add_theme_support( 'woocommerce' );
}
add_action( 'after_setup_theme', 'customtheme_add_woocommerce_support' );
?>

4. woocommerce.php file

By creating a woocommerce.php file in your theme, you can easily set the default layout of your store.

<?php get_header(); ?>
<div id="main" class="row">
<div id="content" class="col-lg-12 col-sm-6 col-md-6 col-xs-12">
<?php woocommerce_content(); ?>
</div>
</div>
<?php get_footer(); ?>

5. sidebar.php file

In the sidebar.php file use the following code.

<div id=”ttr_sidebar” class=”col-lg-4 col-md-4 col-sm-4 col-xs-12″>
<h2 ><?php _e(‘Categories’); ?></h2>
<ul > <?php wp_list_cats(‘sort_column=namonthly’); ?> </ul>
<h2 ><?php _e(‘Archives’); ?></h2>
<ul > <?php wp_get_archives(); ?> </ul>
</div>

The internal WordPress functions to display the different categories, Archives of posts are called in this file. You will get the listicle result items, thus it is required you to wrap the actual functions in unsorted lists (the <ul> tags).

6. footer.php file

Add the below code to your footer.php file.

<div id= "ttr_footer">
<h1>FOOTER</h1>
</div>
</div>
</body>
</html>

You can also add additional text, links, the copyright information of your theme in the footer area.

7. style.css file

Add the following code to your style.css file.

html{
    margin:0!important;
}
body
{
text-align: left;
}
#sidebar_right
{
border-left: 1px solid black;
}
.header-logo {
    text-align: center;
}
.header-logo img {
    height: 45px;
}
.jumbotron h1, .jumbotron .h1 {
    font-size: 35px;
    color: #aaa;
    text-align: center;
}

.title
{
font-size: 11pt;
font-family: verdana;
font-weight: bold;
}
#main {
    margin-bottom: 50px;
}
a {
    color: #34393e;
    text-decoration: none;
}
.woocommerce ul.products li.product .price {
    color: #77a464;
    display: block;
    font-weight: 400;
    margin-bottom: .5em;
    font-size: 1.2em;
}
.woocommerce ul.products li.product .woocommerce-loop-product__title{
    font-size:1.5em;
    }
.woocommerce nav.woocommerce-pagination ul{
    border:none;
    }
    .woocommerce .woocommerce-pagination ul.page-numbers li, .woocommerce-page .woocommerce-pagination ul.page-numbers li {
    display: inline-block;
    margin: 5px;
}
.woocommerce nav.woocommerce-pagination ul li span.current {
    background: #337ab7;
    color: #fff;
    padding: 12px;
}
.woocommerce-pagination ul.page-numbers a.page-numbers {
    color: #444;
    padding: 12px;
    margin: 0px;
    background: #ddd;
}
#footer {
    width: 100%;
    border-top: 1px #a2a2a2 solid;
    text-align: center;
    padding: 40px;
    background: #eee;
}
#footer h1 {
    color: #aaa;
    font-size: 30px;
    font-weight: 500;
}

This style.css will set the basic style of your theme. This code will set the background of the page and surround the main parts of your site.

And this is how your page will look.

custom coding woocommerce page

You can further change the CSS file as per your choice by including animations, images, and other relevant content to give the desired look to your web page.

But making changes will require the knowledge of WordPress, PHP, and HTML. Whereas to eliminate this tedious & complex coding part choose a stronger substitute better alternative that doesn’t include even a single line of code i.e. TemplateToaster.

TemplateToaster lets you create a wonderful WooCommerce theme in no time that too without indulging in the coding intricacies.

The intuitive drag and drop interface of TemplateToaster packed with features is there to serve your purpose.

Let’s see how TemplateToaster does it.

2. Create WooCommerce Theme With TemplateToaster

To create a WooCommerce theme with TemplateToaster is like a piece of cake. Simply download this WooCommerce Theme Builder in your local machine and install it by following the steps.

Steps to create WooCommerce Theme with TemplateToaster

1. CMS Selection

Once you install the TemplateToaster you will get to see the following screen at first. Now choose WooCommerce here.

select woocommerce from templatetoaster

As soon as you choose WooCommerce, you will see another screen showing two options; first Go with Sample Template and second Start from Scratch. The choice is yours. But, as for now, I will choose ‘Start from Scratch’.

woocommerce start from scratch templatetoaster

Select the Color and Typography from the ‘Color Scheme’ and ‘Fonts apply to the body’ section respectively. And click ‘OK’ to confirm your choice.

choosing color and typography scheme option in templatetoaster

Once you click on the ‘OK’ button, you will be launched to the main interface of the theme.

main interface templatetoaster

2. Select Layout

Select the Layout for the web page. There are two available options to choose from. You can choose either of them. CONTAINER ➡ Layout ➡ Fluid

select layout woocommerce theme from scratch templatetoaster

3. Header Design

The Header is the topmost area of the web page and you can set its width accordingly. Just go to HEADER ➡ Width ➡ Full Width

header width option templatetoaster

Now, add a Logo to your theme. A logo is going to be your online identity from now so, choose wisely. HEADER ➡ Logo ➡ Browse as shown below:

add logo for woocommerce theme templatetoaster

You can Align the logo to Left / Right / Center as per your requirements. FORMAT ➡ Left ➡ Top

set logo alignment templatetoaster

Now, choose the header background. Go to HEADER ➡ Background. Choose whatsoever color or image you like as the background of the header.

change background header templatetoaster

You are ready with your header now.

4. Menu Design

Now is the time to design the Menu for the theme. And with various available options like Simple Menus, hamburger Menus, Submenus etc. you can create a fully-functional beautiful Menu.

design menu of woocommerce theme templatetoaster

5. Slideshow Design

Having an impressive Slideshow in the theme can increase the number of users to your website. And to have one in your website just check the slideshow (🗸) option given in SLIDESHOW as shown below:

enable slideshow templatetoaster

You can adjust the slideshow height and width according to your need. Go to SLIDESHOW ➡ Width ➡ Full Width.

set slideshow width templatetoaster

You can choose the background of your slideshow from the given options or if you want to search for some more images then click on More Images option SLIDESHOW ➡ Background ➡ More Images

background image templatetoaster

You are free to add a Foreground Image to your slideshow. Just go to SLIDESHOW ➡ Images ➡ Browse and choose accordingly.

foreground image on slideshow templatetoaster

The Alignment of your foreground image is equally easy. Simply go to FORMAT ➡ Alignment and choose to align your foreground image to any side Left / Right/ Center whatever you like.

set alignment of slideshow templatetoaster

Add Text to your slideshow. Select Textarea to add content to your slideshow. SLIDESHOW ➡ Text Areas as shown below:

add textarea on slideshow templatetoaster

6. Set the Content Style

From the various given options you can easily set the Style of the Content such as Margin, Border, Padding, Typography, Color, Texture etc. like:

set layout of content templatetoaster

7. Footer Design

Design your Footer as per your specifications. You can select the width of the footer, height, Border, Margin, Effects, Shadow, Texture etc.

add woocommerce footer column templatetoaster

You can also add Number of Columns to your footer. Take a look below:

set footer woocommerce templatetoaster

8. Export Theme

Now, that you have designed the theme well, it’s the time to Export the theme. FILE ➡ Export like displayed below:

woocommerce export theme templatetoaster

After you click on the Export, a dialog box will appear and after choosing the right options click on the Export button like displayed below:

woocommerce export dialogue box templatetoaster

9. Upload Theme

Now go to the WordPress Dashboard ➡ Appearance ➡ Themes same as demonstrated below:

wordpress dashboard

Click on the Add New at the top of the WordPress DashBoard.

add new woocommerce theme templatetoaster

Again, a dialog box will appear showing an option to Install Now. You can browse to select the right theme name. See below:

browse and install woocommerce theme templatetoaster

Now just Activate the theme. And you ‘re done. See the below-displayed image:

activate woocommerce theme templatetoaster

10. Final Look of your WooCommerce Theme that is created in few minutes

Now that you are ready with your WooCommerce theme, this is how it will look. A professional and fully-functional WooCommerce theme created in just a few minutes.

woocommerce theme from templatetoaster

You’ve done it !! See with just a few clicks of a mouse you’re ready with such a beautiful design.

Woo-hoo!  You are ready.

There are two best practices outlined above that describe how to create a WooCommerce theme. And this tutorial will help you create WooCommerce themes easily. Now, the choice is yours that which way you choose to create a WooCommerce theme.
If you prefer to code, then it is believed that you are comfortable with JavaScript, CSS, HTML, and WordPress functions. However, if you choose the TemplateToaster WooCommerce Theme Builder software then the hard work will be done for you by the software only.

Need Assistance to Create WooCommerce Theme ?

You can read this article for further assistance on creating a WooCommerce website with TemplateToaster and WooCommerce you. In case you still find yourself stuck in between any procedure and seek help, feel free to leave a comment below. I will be there to resolve all your issues. Always happy to hear from you !!