Are you excited about the possibility of owning your own dropshipping store? You should be because it is easier than ever to get started.
The good news is that you don’t need to have any prior experience with web design or eCommerce to open your own store.
You can do it yourself and save money in the process using AliDropship. I’ll show you how to own a shop with the AliDropship plugin.
What Does the AliDropship Plugin Do?
AliDropship is a WordPress dropshipping plugin that transforms any WordPress installation into a full-featured AliExpress dropshipping store.
It enables you to import products directly from AliExpress into your store. You can import products easily from your WordPress admin:
Or you can use the free AliDropship Chrome browser extension to import products:
It has a ton of features that help to streamline the management of your store.
Some of the best features are automated such as:
- Auto updates product information
- Pricing automation
- Fulfill orders automatically
- Auto order tracking
Unlike similar services, you get unlimited automated order fulfillment and unlimited product imports. Some services place limitations on these features on top of their monthly fees.
Note: There are no recurring monthly fees to use the AliDropship plugin.
Other AliDropship Features
- Built-in themes
- 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
Why Use AliExpress as Your Dropshipping Supplier?
You may be wondering why many dropshippers choose to use AliExpress as their dropshipping supplier.
There are many great reasons why they are an awesome resource. They are one of the largest online retailers in the world.
The merchants (primarily based in China) are accustomed to dealing with dropshippers. So much so that they do not ship any marketing material in the packages sent to your customers.
Other great AliExpress benefits include:
- 200,000 exporters
- Over 100 million items
- No entry or participation fees
- No limits on your profit margins
- No limits on the amount of products you sell
- Works with individuals and registered companies
- Free shipping on most items
- Ships to over 200 countries worldwide
- Online shipping tracking
- Wide range of shipping methods
- Buyer protection system with full money back guarantee
What is Needed to Use AliDropship?
Decide What You Want to Sell
There are so many products available on AliExpress that you are sure to find items that you want to sell.
If you are having some trouble choosing a niche, you may want to think about items that are impulse buys.
Impulse buys are great for dropshipping stores because people are more apt to buy products based on emotion.
These type of niches can include:
- Gadgets & electronics
- Pet-related products
- Retro items (80’s and 90’s, etc.)
- Home decor
The list can go on and on but hopefully, you get the idea.
Register Your Domain Name
Once you have your niche picked out and know what items you want to sell, it is time to think about what you want your domain name to be.
I like to choose domain names that end in dot com (.com). It has been the standard forever and makes domains easier to remember.
I also like to keep my domains short (if possible) and if I can have the niche keyword in it, I’ll do so.
If the domain you really want isn’t available, consider adding another letter or word to the domain such as:
Or you can choose a different domain extension such as a .net or .org if the name you want is available with those TLDs (top level domains).
I usually register my domains using Namecheap.com but there are tons of domain registrars online.
You can definitely find a deal with a quick web search.
Get Web Hosting
After you order your domain, you are ready to get web hosting. Just like domain registrars, web hosting services are plentiful. You can shop around for the best deal.
Most shared hosting plans are low-cost but since you are running an eCommerce store, I recommend going with a better plan.
You can ask the various web hosting providers which of their plans are ideal for hosting a dropshipping website.
If you want to save yourself time, you can also choose AliDropship’s hosting service. Their servers are perfectly configured to their plugin and
Anyone can download and install WordPress for free.
Most web hosting providers also offer one-click installation of WordPress. You don’t need any technical background using one-click install.
You simply click the link within your web hosting admin to begin the process. You answer a few basic questions and your WordPress website is up and running within minutes.
Install the AliDropship Plugin
You will need to order the plugin and install it on your WordPress website.
Here is a quick tutorial on how to do so:
After you have the plugin successfully installed, you can begin customizing your store (all within the admin area) and importing products.
If you have any questions or need support, you can always contact AliDropship’s support team. They are very responsive. You can also read their knowledge base and blog for answers.
What is an AliDropship Custom Store?
So building your dropshipping store yourself has lost its appeal. No worries. AliDropship also offers custom dropshipping store creation.
They handle everything for you such as:
- Niche market research
- Domain name registration
- On-site SEO
- Social media pages creation
Even experienced dropshippers can take advantage of this service as it saves them hours of time having to build their store themselves.
New dropship owners can get started with promoting their store and earning sales much faster with a custom store.
I hope this post has helped you to realize how easy having your own dropshipping store can be.
Whether you build your store yourself or order a custom store, you have the opportunity to begin earning profits online.