Opening a dropshipping store is a low-cost and low-risk way of starting your own online business. Doing so with AliDropship has many advantages. The good news is that you can open a store with AliDropship in three ways.
These ways include WordPress, WooCommerce, or a custom store. I will explain how each of these works so that you can decide which option is the ideal choice for your store.
Buy AliDropship Plugin Standard for WordPress
AliDropship has two versions of their plugin. The original AliDropship plugin and the WooCommerce compatible version called AliDropship Woo. The standard version of the plugin works directly with WordPress.
All that you need is a clean WordPress installation on your website. You install the plugin, adjust your settings and customizations, then you can begin importing products.
Products are imported from AliExpress which works extremely well as there are millions of products available. It saves the time of having to seek out your own dropshipping suppliers which can be a time-consuming process.
A majority of the products have free shipping as well as ePacket shipping. ePacket shipping is a faster shipping method from China to the U.S. Thanks to free shipping, you can pass that along to your customers by offering free shipping on your products.
Here are some key features of the AliDropship plugin:
- Search and import an unlimited amount of products
- Auto-updates product information
- Pricing automation
- Fulfill orders automatically
- ePacket shipping filter
- Auto order tracking
- Product customization
- Unlimited number of products
- Product variations
- Product review importing
- Built-In Image Editor
One of the many benefits of using AliDropship is that you get unlimited product importing. You will need to install the AliDropship Chrome browser extension and then you can import products quickly and easily.
The importing feature also has a built-in image editor so that you can edit images on the fly before importing.
The standard plugin is great for anyone new to dropshipping or prefers not to use WooCommerce. Note: When you buy AliDropship you also get the WooCommerce version of the plugin as well.
The standard version of the plugin includes its own AliDropship themes. You can download them here.
AliDropship for WooCommerce Store
The WooCommerce version of the plugin is called AliDropship Woo. This version of the plugin is ideal for WooCommerce users or anyone interested in wanting to use WooCommerce as their eCommerce platform.
Here are the key features of AliDropship Woo:
- Unlimited product imports
- Automated order fulfillment
- Search & import feature
- Place orders automatically
- Auto product updates
- Free AliDropship Chrome browser extension
- Built-in images editor
- Cash-back system (earn 8% commission on each purchase)
- Pricing automation
- Auto order tracking
- ePacket shipping filter
- Import product reviews
- Compatible with ANY of the thousands of WooCommerce themes
- Free updates and support
The features are pretty much the same as AliDropship. The one thing to keep in mind is that this version of the plugin is compatible with all WooCommerce store themes. Therefore, you have many more options in terms of design.
AliDropship Custom Store Option
This option is ideal for time-saving and if you prefer to have your store built by professionals. The custom dropshipping store service by AliDropship is beneficial in many ways.
The benefits include:
Your Own Personal Manager
- No matter which custom store package that you choose, you will be assigned your own personal manager. Your personal manager handles all the details of your store buildout and will be your point of contact for any questions you have or any specific details you’d like to add to your store.
They Will Help You Choose a Niche
- If you are stuck figuring out what niche that you want your store to be in, the AliDropship team can select a niche for you. They are dropshipping store experts and know how to pick the best store niches for long-term growth and profitability.
They Will Analyze Competition and Perform Keyword Analysis
- This is a step that many that are new to dropshipping don’t often do. That is because most people do not know how to analyze competition or keywords. By doing this analysis, it helps improve your store’s ability to rank well in the search engine results. Custom stores also include on-site SEO.
It Is A Huge Time Saver
- Although the plugin makes it extremely easy to build your store yourself, it is still a somewhat time-consuming process. You must still search for products, edit the titles, description, and images, all before importing. The team will research the best-selling products and edit them before importing for you.
When you order a custom store, it will be delivered to you anywhere between 10 and 23 business days depending on the store package that you choose.
Other AliDropship User Notes
Here are some helpful tips for using the AliDropship plugin.
Web Hosting Options
- The plugin works fine with most commercial web hosting providers. I host my store with SiteGround and a WooCommerce store that I test with using the DropshipMe plugin with HostPapa. However, AliDropship has its own hosting service as well which is perfectly configured to work with the plugin. When you bundle in a year’s worth of hosting when ordering the plugin, it includes free SSL and free WordPress installation along with the plugin.
Be Sure Your Web Hosting Has ionCube Activated
- Most commercial web hosting providers will have ionCube activated already. However, it’s a good idea to ask about it beforehand. If it isn’t installed, there should be no reason why it cannot be turned on. If you prefer to save yourself the hassle, you can use AliDropship’s hosting plans.
Install the DropshipMe Plugin
- The DropshipMe plugin saves so much time when importing products. The plugin has all of the best selling products which have already been edited (titles, descriptions, and images.) Best of all, it was created by AliDropship so it is completely compatible. All that you have to do is search for products and import the ones that you want. It is free to download and use so be sure to take advantage of it.
Regardless of which version of the plugin that you choose or if you decide to order a custom store, you will get free lifelong updates and customer support.
You can also get a ton of free marketing information on the AliDropship blog as well as helpful question and answers in the AliDropship forum.
Learn about all of the plugin features and options on the AliDropship website.
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