Dropified and AliDropship are two services that enable anyone that wants to create an AliExpress dropshipping business to get started quickly and easily. While they are similar in that respect they do have some key differences. I’ll explain what those are in this Dropified VS AliDropship post.
I won’t go into details of what dropshipping is and how it works since you are likely already familiar with the dropshipping process. I’ll begin by explaining what each of these services does and share scenarios in which one service may be more ideal than the other.
What is Dropified? How Does it Work?
Dropified is dropshipping software that you can use across various eCommerce platforms to create an AliExpress dropshipping business.
It is a SaaS (software-as-a-service) company, meaning it is web-based.
The eCommerce platforms that it supports include Shopify, WooCommerce, and CommerceHQ. If you use the Shopify platform, you can even manage multiple stores from one Dropified dashboard.
Dropified Software Features
I was really impressed by Dropified’s features. They offer all of the essential features you would need to manage your dropshipping business and then some.
- Easy 1-Click Product Importing
- ePacket Product Filtering
- Create Product Wish Boards
- Product Automations
- Product Customization
- Easy Variant Setup
- US Products Database for AliExpress
- Connect Existing Products
- Fulfill Orders Automatically
- Shipment Tracking
- Branding Features
- Easy Customer Updates
- Expanding Product Offerings
- Manage All Your Stores in One Place
- Change Product Suppliers
- Product Availibility Updates
- Price Change Auto Updates
- Unlimited Sub Users
They offer two price plans. The Builder Plan at $47 per month and the Premier Plan at $97 per month.
Here are the feature differences between the two price plans:
|15,000 Products||50,000 Products|
|50 Product Boards||250 Product Boards|
|1,000 Orders A Month||20,000 Orders A Month|
|5 Users||25 Users|
Dropified does offer a 14-Day Free Trial.
What is AliDropship? How Does It Work?
AliDropship is a WordPress dropshipping plugin that turns any WordPress install into an AliExpress dropshipping business.
You can install the plugin and immediately begin to create your own dropshipping store. It includes its own store themes and has a ton of cool features.
If you are a WooCommerce user, you can also order the WooCommerce compatible version of the plugin called AliDropship WOO.
The plugin features are really quite impressive. I own the plugin and find it extremely easy to use. The company is constantly adding new features and improvements.
The plugin features are as follows:
- Search and import products
- Auto updates product information
- Pricing automation
- Fulfill orders automatically
- ePacket shipping filter
- Auto order tracking
- Product customization
- Unlimited number of products
- Product variations
- WooCommerce support
- Built-In Image Editor
- Discount coupons
- Product reviews
- SEO product tags
- Abandoned cart
- Email lists
- Live statistics
- Payment gateway integrations
- Inventory management
- All-in-One dashboard
- Cash-back system
- Free updates and support
Two important things to point out about AliDropship is that you always retain 100% ownership of your store and there are no recurring monthly software fees.
Pricing is very reasonable for the plugin. It is a one-time fee of $89. They also have a turnkey custom dropshipping store service that is a one-time fee as well.
Their custom store plans are priced at $299, $499, and the Ultimate Package at $899.
Regardless of which custom store plan that you choose, you are will be assigned a personal manager who will guide you through your store’s creation process.
Here are the services included with a custom store:
- Choosing a trendy in-demand niche
- Choosing and registering a domain name related to your niche
- Custom design (logo and supporting graphics)
- Ensuring your store is mobile device ready
- Importing products with track records of sales
- Google Analytics installation
- Installing payment gateways
- On-site SEO
- Social media accounts creation
Which Software is Best for Running an AliExpress Dropshipping Business?
This is the big question! Now that you have a better idea of how each of these software works, it’s time to figure out which one is best for running an AliExpress dropship business.
To make it easier, I will break this section down into questions and answers.
Do You Prefer to Use WordPress or Another eCommerce Platform?
AliDropship works exclusively on WordPress. It is also WooCommerce compatible. Dropified supports various eCommerce platforms such as Shopify, WooCommerce (which uses WordPress), and CommerceHQ.
Does it Matter if You Have Full Ownership of Your Store?
For some, this may not be a concern. However, for others like myself, this is important. Let’s say for example that you opened a store on the Shopify platform.
This gives Shopify the authority to close your account at any time for any reason. It is stated in their terms of service:
If retaining full store ownership concerns you, then AliDropship may be a better option. When you pay for the plugin, it is yours and licensed to your store.
Therefore, you always retain 100% store ownership when using the AliDropship plugin.
Can You Afford Monthly Software Fees?
Dropified has recurring monthly fees of $47 or $97. Keep in mind that you will also incur monthly fees depending on the eCommerce platform that you choose (Shopify or CommerceHQ.)
AliDropship is a one-time fee for the plugin or custom store. There are no recurring software fees to use it.
Do You Want Access to Multiple Dropshipping Suppliers?
If you want options in terms of dropshipping suppliers then Dropified is the ideal choice. AliDropship only sources from AliExpress. However, many dropshippers are having much success with using AliExpress as their only dropshipping supplier.
What About SSL?
SSL stands for Secure Sockets Layer and is what makes your store secure for your customers sensitive data. You should not run an eCommerce store without it. If you use a paid eCommerce platform such as Shopify, then SSL is included.
If you choose to use AliDropship, you will have to ensure that SSL is set up with your web hosting provider. AliDropship does offer free SSL when using their hosting service.
Do You Want to Build Your Store Yourself or Have it Built for You?
You can easily build your store out yourself using both Dropifed and AliDropship. However, if you rather not deal with any of the technical aspects or simply want to save time, AliDropship’s custom store creation service is something to consider.
I feel that both Dropified and AliDropship are excellent for opening a dropshipping store. It will come down to which features and options that you need.
If you are on a budget and want to save money to put towards your marketing efforts, AliDropship is a great option since there are no recurring software fees.
If you want to open multiple Shopify stores and manage everything from one dashboard, then Dropified will work well for you.
Both services have customer support available to answer any specific questions that you may have.