How to build a website like Teespring? we receive many questions relative to this topic. Perhaps everyone who work in the printing industry also knows Teespring. With its development, Teespring has become the ideal business model for many people. What makes Teespring different and helps Teespring grow to this day is probably its website. That’s why many people care to build a website that is similar to Teespring. 

Don't let you wait too long, We are going to define what is Teespring and how to build a website like Teespring in this article.

What is Teespring and How does it work? 

Teespring is an eCommerce platform that allows providers to design and sell their products on it. Not only that, customers can customize the product and place an order in minutes.

Teespring support you in many steps such as print, and shipping, then you can just focus on designing your product. Teespring offer you an online design tool to help you design your t-shirt and sell it. Your customers also can use it to customize products.

How does Teespring work?

Teespring is a free-to-use platform, create an account easily in some steps and you can start your business with no fees, but to attract more potential customers, you must pay the fees of the advertising, it is also a way that Teespring gets the money.

Teespring has income by offering marketing services. Sellers want to push your product outstanding to reach more customers, Therefore they pay for the advertising services to attract more customers. Thus, Teespring gets traffic and grows eventually since the users are paying for ads.

Other than t-shirts, Teespring also sells products like mugs, apparel, kids and babies products, phone cases, hoodies, etc. 

Access Teespring Business Model: All You Need To Know to get more information about Teespring's business model.

After knowing what Teespring is, So below we will give you how to build a website similar to Teespring. You will know what you need to do to build a t-shirt website like Teespring. 

How to build a website similar to Teespring?

People love t-shirts and anybody can launch a t-shirt business online. But product knowledge or modern technology is not the thing you need to get started. What you really need is the right tools at your fingertips that can automate the entire process.

Many customers have contacted our consultants to get advice for this. They found CMSMART's T-shirt Printing Solution on the internet and felt interested. The thing they wonder the most is if this solution could help them to make a website similar to Teespring. In this article, we will answer some related questions that are asked the most by our customers about this issue. 

Hope that this could help all of you have a clear overview of how this solution works and could it help you to build an eCommerce printing website. 

1. Can the designer tool called NBdesigner be integrated with the POD provider's APIs?

We could connect your website with any POD provider's APIs so that you can import their products, variations, and also shipping fees and taxes. We recommend integrating API as soon as you start building your website. As it will be used for import products, variations, shipping, taxes at the checkout stage. Having it from the beginning is so good, so you can add products and categories and also make sure after the import later, it will not affect your UI. Here are some examples of our POD provider's API integration projects so far.

2. Can users make accounts on the website and create designs to sell like Teespring?

This T-shirt Printing Solution supports a feature called “design launcher” which allows people to join your website as designers and create their own designs. It is already included in our T-shirt package. However, if you need to customize it to make it exactly fit with your business model, feel free to share with us your ideas. We will help you to bring it into reality. 

How it works for website admin

Dashboard: manage design templates, designers 


Designs: manage design created by designers, then approve or reject designs 


Designer: Manage designers, approve or reject user’s register requests


Withdraw: manage money withdrawal requests from designers  


Live chat: direct chat with designer


How does it work for designers?

Settings: set up banner, avatar & artist profile


My store dashboard: manage designs that were created or approved, pending, sold 


My Design: create designs, manage and edit designs  


When clicking on “Start Designing” the designer could choose 1 product to work with. 


Then, the designer could upload a completed design file or a fixable design.   


Upload file design 


Choose other products that designers want to apply their design to.  


With this design launcher feature, designers could make their own designs. Once, the designs are made. They will be shown in the shop owner's store. If there are any consumers who purchase the shop owner’s products and use designer’s designs, designers will get a commission for each successful order. The admin could set the commission rate, decide to reject or approve designer designs. 

3. Can the users have stores?

Obviously, it is also a special feature of Teespring. However, it is not available in our T-shirt package but an extra function that needs to employ on your website separately.

This function allows you to make your website as a marketplace where people could sign in and sell their products like Amazon or Etsy. If you are interested, contact our consultant to get a free consultation. 

We will integrate any multi-vendor plugin that you request (we highly recommend Dokan multivendor plugin) to turn your website into a printing marketplace. 

Here is the workflow chart.


There will be 3 types of users on the website: Admin, User, Vendors 

  • Admin:  Add product, Price, and variations for products, templates, approve vendors, set commission for vendors.


  • Vendors: Register as vendors on the site and wait for admin approval. After admin approval, vendors can add products and then design from products that were added by admin.  After publishing to sell on the site and get a commission, the admin will be the person who prints and ships to users.


  • Users shop on site: There will be  2 types of products :

    • Products that are added by admin: User will have 4 ways to order: choose variations, add to cart, and order. Upload design and then order. Design online and order. Pick a  template and then design and order.

    • Products that are added by vendors: Users can order in the following ways: Choose variations and add to cart, order use design that vendors had designed. Or upload the design and then order. 

We will develop the function that allows vendors after uploading products they will be able to choose products that were enabled design by admin, and then they can design based on what admin has set and then public to their store.

  • Step 1: Register as a vendor and get approved by the admin

  • Step 2: Add product and set price for the product


  • Step 3: Choose a product to customize and choose colors to design 


  • Step 4: Design based on colors, sides chosen 


  • Step 5: Process to upload the designed products on vendor' store



4. Can different payment gateways be integrated?

Do you know how many percent of customers abandon in the payment stage? And why do they do that? 27% of people leave the site because of too many steps in the checkout stage and 35% for they feel unsafe when filling their information. That’s you should offer your customers a safe, quick, and easy-to-use payment system whether you are an eCommerce platform owner or just maintaining your online presence. 

The chosen payment solution has to satisfy both the needs of your customers and your business. So, it has to be protected from fraud, support a variety of payment methods, be convenient to use, and be compatible with your platform.

Our solution was built on WooCommerce, so you could choose from a large range of payment gateways for WooCommerce.

For other specific payment gateway integration, please kindly contact us for more information.


5. Can you do custom work to create a website very similar to Teespring?

Our solution was built on open source code, so we could freely customize it as per the customer’s demand. 

The solution was built to meet basic requirements for a printing business only. So in case you have any ideas or have a specific business model, contact our consultant for a tailored solution for your own business. Based on the customer’s detailed demand, we will build an appropriate workflow chart and discuss what needs to be done with their website. With more than 10 years of experience in this field, we are confident that we know what is best for your printing business. 


Although Teespring is not a new model business, with its development, Teespring still is a model that many people consider an ideal model. So, we pointed out the way that you can build a website like Teespring. 

Developing a website never is an easy task, you can hire a professional firm that can help you comprehensively. CMSMART team is a good candidate for you.

We give answers to the question relative to building a website like Teespring below. Obviously, you maybe have another question, get the answer by contacting our consultant team. We are always ready to support you.