If you own a Cubecart ecommerce store or are setting one up, you may find that decent off the peg templates or ‘skins’ are few and far between. Below I have gathered together and reviewed a list of places to start looking. There is a lot of potential for great design for Cubecart skins, just as already exists with WordPress, but I do feel there is a way to go yet. Hopefully we will see more quality skin designers appearing over the coming year, as I believe there is a big market for them. Please comment if you know of any really good ones that I’ve missed, or have ideas about what sort of skins you would like to see designers making.
CubeCart Forums – Try this first for loads of commercial skins posted by different designers. It has the advantage of being chronological, so the newest skins appear first! Lots of talent to be found here if you delve..
Cubecart Skin Store – Lovely clean and simple skin designs, probably my favourite of the bunch. Price for a V4 skin is £15.50. Live demo not working for all of the skins though. They also offer skin installation at a very reasonable £5.00 or another £10.00 for doing it within one working day. You can your skin tweaked too, for which you email with details to get a quote.
CC Skins – These skins have good simple layouts – they would probably make a good base to customize yourself if you have the CSS and html skills. Also offers a live demo of the skins by using the dropdown skin selector box.
Shop Dev – Offers only 4 skins, but of high quality. The Sandbox V4 skin in particular has a great clean web 2.0 feel to it and a versatile backend.
PT Templates – Offer 3 different skins in a few colourways for v3 and 4. These are a bit more pricey starting at around $80. Clean useable designs.
Cart Designs – Somewhat confusing and cluttered site, they offer 5 version 4 skins in different colourways ranging from £9.99 to £29.99, and around 12 version 3 themes. Unfortunately you can’t see a live demo of the skins in action which is a bit of a downside. However they do offer some useful modifications and will install and host your store for you.
CC3.biz – 47 V3 skins, but only 5 V4. Another slightly old fashioned looking site with skins of variable quality. However it is worth a delve around – there are some gems to be found. I particularly like this Rugged Western V4 skin – it’s fairly graphics heavy, which makes it stand out from the crowd. Prices are in Euros, skins cost €25.00 – €35.00
Demon Templates – There are ten V4 three column designs but no two column ones, selling at £14.99. They are fairly basic – and currently the live demo isn’t working. Lots more version 3 skins, ranging from £9 – £15, but the designs are a little uninspiring and out of date.
Estelles Mod Store – This site supposedly offers skins as well as mods, but i couldnt find any. The range of mods though is great, offering addons such as contact forms and wishlists. A good one to go back to once you have your basic store up and running.