I have tried Oberlo during my 14-day trial of Shopify and it worked extremely well.
As much as I like Shopify, I didn’t want to spend money on monthly fees between it and Oberlo. Therefore, I wanted a WordPress dropshipping solution.
Can Oberlo be used with WordPress? Unfortunately, it doesn’t work with WordPress. It works exclusively with Shopify.
That led me on a quest to find a dropshipping plugin for WordPress. Thankfully, I did find a great solution which I will discuss below.
Can Oberlo Be Used with WordPress?
Oberlo is a Shopify app. Shopify is an eCommerce platform in which you can sell your own products, wholesale products, or even dropshipping products.
Since it is a Shopify app, you cannot use it with WordPress. As mentioned earlier, I wanted a WordPress solution for a couple of reasons:
- WordPress is free (no monthly fees)
- I keep 100% ownership of my store by using WordPress
Unlike using a web-based eCommerce service, you always retain 100% ownership of your WordPress store.
It’s not to say that an eCommerce platform such as Shopify will have any issues in the future in terms of closing their doors, but it can happen.
Also, consider if you wanted to move your store to another hosting provider for whatever reason, you cannot do so with a service like Shopify.
Their software stays on their platform. You cannot take it with you and use it elsewhere.
That means if you had to close your Shopify store, your store is gone for good. That is not so with WordPress.
You have complete control of your store. You can move the files to another web host, sell your store, give it away—whatever you want.
A WordPress Dropshipping Plugin Solution
If you’re like me and prefer to use WordPress over other eCommerce platforms for dropshipping, you’ll be glad to know that the AliDropship plugin can provide what you need.
Similar to Oberlo, AliDropship enables you to import products from AliExpress into your store.
The main difference between AliDropship and Oberlo is that AliDropship only works with WordPress and Oberlo only works with Shopify.
Another big difference is that AliDropship turns your WordPress installation into a feature-rich dropshipping store.
Shopify is already an eCommerce platform. What Oberlo does is add the dropshipping features to Shopify.
There are no ongoing fees with AliDropship. You pay a one-time fee for the plugin and it is yours to keep.
You also do not need any additional plugins to run your AliDropship store.
However, there are “add-ons” that you can use such as:
- Abandoned Cart (FREE)
- Customers Gallery (FREE)
- Countdown Timer ($19)
- Facebook Business ($27)
- Recent Sales Pop-up ($29)
- Social Rabbit ($69)
I recommend you check out these add-ons yourself and read up on what they can do for your store.
How to Use AliDropship
Using the AliDropship plugin couldn’t be easier. It is a matter of installing the plugin into your WordPress website.
If you aren’t familiar with how to install plugins, read this plugin tutorial for help.
Once you have it installed, you can begin customizing your store all from your admin area. You would click on the “Customization” button down the left side menu in your admin panel:
Here you can upload your own banner images, change your store’s colors, add your own text, and more.
Next, you’ll want to begin importing products from AliExpress into your store. You have two ways in which you can do this.
You can import right from your admin panel as shown:
You can also import directly from AliExpress by using the AliDropship Chrome extension for the Chrome web browser:
I really love the ease of use with this plugin. Once you have imported your products, the plugin automatically lays out the product images for you.
You will begin to see your store come together in a very professional looking layout. Here is an example of a page from my own dropshipping store that I’m creating:
All I had to do was import the product, edit what I wanted to include, and AliDropship took care of the rest.
The plugin fills in all of the pricing details, the product image layout, and more. If you liked using Oberlo, you will find that using AliDropship is just as easy.
WordPress is not at all difficult to learn and once you have your store up and running, maintaining it will be easy.
There are plenty of tutorials on YouTube as well as AliDropship’s own knowledge base, forum, and of course customer support.
Final Thoughts and Things to Be Aware Of
Now that I have used AliDropship myself, there are some things I’d like to point out.
Be Sure Your Web Hosting Provider Meets the Plugin Requirements
The requirements for the AliDropship plugin are pretty basic. However, I did run into an issue with the ionCube loader. Here are the plugin’s web hosting requirements:
- Open incoming connection
- Hosting 32bit (64bit recommended)
- PHP 5.6 or higher
- ionCube activated on your hosting (or Zend Guard Loader)
- File size upload limit: min. 10MB
I could have asked my hosting provider to install ionCube but I chose to install it myself as the directions were pretty easy.
However, I know that many people are not comfortable doing that nor do they want to bother worrying about their hosting provider meeting all of the requirements.
Therefore, I recommend using AliDropship’s hosting service.
They have configured their web server’s to work perfectly with the plugin. Their pricing is also very affordable starting at only $48 a year.
Consider Your Ongoing Costs
One huge benefit of opting for AliDropship and WordPress versus Oberlo and Shopify are the costs.
The basic plans for Shopify and Oberlo are $29 and $29.90 per month respectively. That is a minimum of $60 per month to run your dropshipping store.
That doesn’t include any additional Shopify apps that you may want to install. I found one Shopify dropshipping store that was on sale and it had 30+ apps installed:
Needless to say, that particular store likely cost hundreds per month to maintain.
The AliDropship plugin is a one-time fee of $89. That is a steal for what you get.
Since AliDropship has no ongoing fees, the money that you save can be applied towards your marketing budget for Facebook advertising or influencer marketing with Instagram.
Consider the Ownership of Your Future Store
As I briefly mentioned earlier, when you use WordPress and AliDropship, you will retain 100% ownership of your store from the start.
That is because you are not relying on another web-based service that could potentially close your store or close their own business.
Having complete store ownership is something to strongly consider even if you plan on selling your store in the future.
I really enjoy using AliDropship. It is a powerful plugin that is easy to use and that has a ton of features.
Creating and maintaining your own dropshipping store is fun and easy with this plugin.
I hope this post has helped to provide you with a great Oberlo alternative for WordPress.