Since I’ve been using the AliDropship plugin, I have used two different web hosting providers. That led me to wonder what web hosting providers are good options for running an AliDropship store.
I will dive a bit deeper into what is required to run the plugin, some web hosting recommendations and the ones to avoid, as well as my own personal experience with two different web hosting providers.
Hopefully, this post will help you to chose the best hosting for AliDropship so that you can open your own dropshipping store.
What are the AliDropship Plugin Requirements?
Before choosing a web host for your dropshipping store, I recommend heading over to AliDropship’s Knowledge Base to read about the installation requirements.
As of this writing, the hosting server requirements include:
- Open incoming connection Hosting 32bit (64bit recommended)
- cURL libraries ver 7.58.0 recommended (minimum required version is 7.29.0)
- PHP 7.1 or higher
- ionCube activated on your hosting
- File size upload limit: min. 16MB
If all of the above seems foreign to you, don’t worry. Most commercial web hosting providers have those requirements installed already.
The only issue that I ran into with both hosting providers that I used was not having ionCube installed. I’ll explain more about each experience below.
Using the AliDropship Plugin with Dreamhost
The first web hosting service that I used with the AliDropship plugin was Dreamhost.
I installed AliDropship on my WordPress website and received an alert that ionCube needed to be installed.
I immediately began looking up what ionCube was and how I could get it installed onto my Dreamhost account.
Looking back, I could have easily contacted tech support and have ionCube installed for me. However, since I felt comfortable with attempting to install it myself, that’s what I did.
I followed instructions on the Dreamhost website and successfully installed ionCube. My store was up and running well.
Using AliDropship with SiteGround Hosting
Although I could’ve kept my dropshipping store on Dreamhost, I was doing some rearranging of my websites and decided to move some to a new web host.
During my reorganizing, I decided to move my store to SiteGround. I ended up running into the same issue with needing ionCube installed.
However, I decided to contact tech support right away rather than attempt to install ionCube myself. I’m glad that I did.
SiteGround has some of the best customer support I’ve ever come across with any web host. I signed into my account and used live chat to get help.
I explained that I needed ionCube installed and the support person installed it within minutes. I am quite happy with my store being hosted by SiteGround.
What Other Web Hosting Works with AliDropship?
According to the knowledge base, most commercial hosting providers will be fine for hosting your AliDropship store.
However, there are some providers that were pointed out to not be compatible according to the knowledge base page:
We do not recommend using iPage hosting provider as it uses outdated cURL libraries (7.22.0) and it is not going to update them in the nearest future. — AliDropship Knowledge Base
GoDaddy Web Hosting plans are not recommended because these plans has no option to activate ionCube Loader properly. — AliDropship Knowledge Base
They also point out that with SiteGround hosting ionCube works properly only on PHP 7.2.
Is AliDropship Hosting the Best Hosting for AliDropship?
You may or may not be aware that AliDropship has its own hosting solution. What is great about this is that they have optimized their hosting to work perfectly with the AliDropship plugin.
This solution eliminates the hassle of trying to figure out if the web hosting provider you are interested in will work properly.
What is also awesome is that AliDropship’s hosting is affordable. Their lowest plan starts at $48 per year. They also include a free SSL certificate with all of their plans.
My Video Explaining My Experience with Hosting and AliDropship
Still Trying to Decide About Which Hosting Provider to Choose?
There are so many hosting providers to choose from so it is important to narrow down your choices to at least 2 or 3 options.
You can then contact each of their customer support in order to ask if their hosting supports the requirements of the plugin.
Another reason for contacting customer support is to test out how responsive their support is as well as how knowledgeable they are as well.
I would also find out if each hosting provider offers free SSL. You need to have SSL installed for your store in order to encrypt your customer’s sensitive information.
Also make note of whether or not each hosting provider has 24 hour, 7 day a week support. That is crucial should anything happen to your website.
I like to reach tech support via live chat, email ticketing, and by phone. Some services don’t offer all three but there are plenty that do so keep that in mind.
Reach Out to AliDropship’s Support
One of the best things that you can do is contact AliDropship’s customer support and ask any questions that you may have about hosting—including their own hosting solution.
The more answers that you have, the better decision you can make.
There are tons of web hosting providers that you can choose from. I am no expert on web hosting companies but I do look for some key things to include:
- 24/7 customer support
- Good pricing
- Storage and features
Another thing that you can do is read customer reviews. Try to find legitimate reviews. You can usually tell they’re legitimate when they have actual pros and cons about the service. Some reviews may get more detailed with uptime data and more.
So far I am quite happy with hosting my store with SiteGround. I do think that hosting your store with AliDropship may be an ideal solution as well.
At least you’ll know that their hosting is already optimized for the plugin. You will also have all of the support you need for your entire store as the plugin comes with lifelong updates and support.
Another bonus is that if you order AliDropship’s hosting when you buy the plugin, they will install both WordPress and the plugin for you free of charge.
I hope this post has helped a bit in deciding the best hosting for AliDropship. I wish you much success in your online business!
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