Wouldn’t it be awesome to be able to open an AliExpress dropshipping business of your own for free? Now it is possible when you use WordPress, WooCommerce, and a special dropshipping plugin. What is even cooler is that not only is WordPress free to use, so are the plugins.
I’ll explain how you can create a free dropshipping store of your own using the WooCommerce eCommerce plugin and the free AliExpress product sourcing plugin called DropshipMe.
The Three Things That You’ll Need
Getting your free AliExpress dropshipping store is easy and only requires three pieces of software:
All three are free to download and use. The DropshipMe plugin is probably the one you are least familiar with.
What this particular plugin does is enables you to import the best products from AliExpress into your WooCommerce store.
The creators of the plugin manually selected over 50,000+ of the best selling products on AliExpress.com.
The selected products have a proven track record of sales, great ratings, and trusted suppliers.
Another huge plus with the DropshipMe plugin is that all of the titles, descriptions, and images have been edited for you!
What this means for you is:
- No more researching the best products for your store
- No spending time editing titles, descriptions, and images
- Increase in conversions and repeat sales
- Decrease in supplier disputes
Here is a video I created showing how to use the DropshipMe plugin:
In the video, I am using the AliDropship plugin. It is the only other plugin besides WooCommerce that works with DropshpMe.
Like WooCommerce, AliDropship turns your WordPress website into an eCommerce website. The big difference is that AliDropship creates a full-featured AliExpress dropshipping business.
It automates all of the necessary tasks required to own and operate a dropshipping business of your own. It isn’t a free plugin but it does have a one-time fee and no ongoing recurring fees.
What Fees Can You Expect Using WooCommerce for Dropshipping?
Building your store completely for free is a huge money saver. All of the software that you need to get started does not cost anything.
You install WordPress on your web hosting provider, install the WooCommerce and the DropshipMe plugin and you can begin importing the top-selling AliExpress products into your store.
This doesn’t mean that your business will be without expenses. Here are expenses that you may still incur:
- Web hosting
- Payment gateway fees (credit card processors)
- Advertising fees
Other Options for Opening Your Dropshipping Business
Creating your own AliExpress dropshipping business with free software is an exciting option. It enables anyone to get started for very little. Dropshipping is already one of the lowest cost online businesses that you can start.
That being said, what would be the reason to explore other options? Well, it is always great to have options. What I’ll explain below is still a very low-cost.
Incorporating the AliDropship Plugin
Even if you are using WooCommerce for your store, you can still use the AliDropship plugin as well. That is because there is a WooCommerce version called AliDropship WOO.
Like the original AliDropship, it automates all of the important tasks of operating a dropshipping business:
- 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
These features can save you from having to find other WooCommerce plugins that perform those specific tasks.
You can still be under budget because the AliDropship plugin has a one-time payment of $89. There are no ongoing monthly fees to use it.
Even if you decide to stick with WooCommerce and DropshipMe only, you will still benefit because you will always retain 100% ownership of your store since it runs on WordPress.
Since you are not paying another service to be on their platform, you won’t have the worry of having your account closed down.
Where to Host Your WooCommerce Dropshipping Store
The web host that you choose is also important when it comes to running an eCommerce business. You’ll need good uptime as well as SSL (browser encryption for sensitive data such as credit card information.)
The hosting that I use that has been working well for me is SiteGround. They provide free SSL which is a requirement for running an online business.
I was most impressed with their customer service.
Whenever I have a question or need help, I just open up a live chat and someone connects with me in a matter of minutes.
They also have all of the system requirements needed for plugins such as WooCommerce, AliDropship and more.
So far, I have been extremely happy with their service. No downtime and excellent customer service.
Getting your own dropshipping store is easier than ever and now you do not have to pay any software fees when you use WordPress, WooCommerce, and the DropshipMe plugin.
The DropshipMe plugin sources products from AliExpress. Over 50,000 products were manually selected and edited.
It saves time on doing product research, editing titles, descriptions, and images. It also includes user reviews. Best of all, DropshipMe is free to download (you get 50 product imports.)