With the emergence of excellent open source content management systems (CMS) in recent years, a business seeking to develop a professional online presence rapidly at a reasonable cost is a reality.
Drupal, an open source CMS used by large corporations and governmental organizations such as CNN, AOL, WhiteHouse.gov, Harvard and many others, is a wonderful option for businesses needing a powerful website without the typical costs of having one made from scratch. It's highly customizable to your needs, and with the thousands of free Drupal themes out there, you can build a site that will impress your customers.
This is a collection of free Drupal themes that are suitable for small businesses. To learn more about Drupal, start your journey on the official Drupal website.
This cleanly designed Drupal theme is built specifically for e-commerce sites. Drupal can have e-commerce capabilities through extensions such as Ubercart, enabling you to get an enterprise-level e-store up and running within a fraction of the time and cost it normally takes to deploy one.
Ishalist is best described as minimalist in aesthetics. If you want a neutral and humble look that lends itself to customization, you should consider using this theme. This Drupal theme is spacious, with plenty of white space, big typography and a nice header region to place product images on.
3. St Octavin
St Octavin's visual design is oriented toward modern corporate website. Out of the box, it has a slick, animated drop-down navigation menu and a top image banner region for showcasing your products and services.
Orange is a beautiful and modern Drupal theme. It has a great structure for placing your company's web copy. The integrated search bar is quickly apparent to your site visitors, ensuring that they will be able to find what they are looking for.
5. Acquia Slate
This corporate Drupal theme is dark in color scheme, clean and professional. The huge header region gives site owners plenty of room for images, company slogans and so forth. The sidebar features a vertical navigation menu that readily affords site visitors ease-of-use for exploring the website.
The Contrast Drupal theme will give your future website a slick, two-column webpage layout. The aesthetic is crisp and clear, using a blue, red and black color palette.
Danland is a free Drupal theme outfitted with clean, clear and professional visuals. It has support for one, two or even three columns for your web pages, wide cross-browser support even for outmoded browser versions (such as IE6), an emphasis on SEO to help your business gain exposure from search engines and much more.
8. AD Novus
This Drupal theme is professional and features a light color scheme. You can configure the website layout to have one or two columns depending on your needs and preferences.
The free Fields 2009 Drupal theme will be especially appealing to business owners who are in the health, organic, environment and nature industries. The vibrant green and blue color scheme and the illustrative background allow the theme to be fun and light-hearted, but business-ready at the same time.
10. ST Conch
ST Conch is an elegant business theme aimed at business/e-commerce site owners. An animated image banner at the top of the layout serves as a great location for flipping through your company's images to intrigue and engage your site visitors.
Do you use Drupal for your small business blog or website? What are some of your favorite themes? Let us know in the comments.
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