A Solution for Using Oberlo without Shopify

You have likely realized that you cannot use Oberlo without Shopify. The reason being is that Shopify owns Oberlo and it can only be used on their platform.

If you really like what Oberlo does in terms of importing dropshipping products from AliExpress, then I have a solution that uses WordPress. It is called AliDropship.

There are many advantages to using WordPress for dropshipping rather than Shopify. I’ll explain how you get all of the same features plus many key features that Oberlo doesn’t offer.

How Oberlo Works with Dropshipping

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What makes Oberlo such an awesome Shopify app is that it enables you to create a dropshipping store with Shopify.

You can import products that Oberlo offers or import products directly from AliExpress (the most popular option).

Some of Oberlo’s features include:

  • Daily Products Sync
  • Orders Auto-Fulfillment
  • Automated Tracking Numbers Sync
  • Place Bulk Orders with Oberlo Supply
  • Pricing automation
  • Sales report
  • Dispute Management
  • Shipments Tracking
  • Orders fulfillment monitoring

The features above help to automate your dropshipping store and make it somewhat hands-free. Yet, for one reason or another, many dropshippers prefer to find an alternative.

As for myself, I tried using Shopify’s 14-day free trial to test out Oberlo.

I really liked Oberlo’s features. It was very easy to use and I wouldn’t have mind to continue using it except for a couple of reasons.

Not Having 100% Ownership of Your Store

When I create a WordPress website, I retain 100% ownership of it. This isn’t the case with Shopify.

You would be paying a monthly fee to use their software. That means you must also abide by their rules.

They essentially have the ability to shut down your store at any time for any reason. Imagine earning a decent income from your store only to find out it has been closed.

Monthly Expense

I’ve always used WordPress because it is free to download and install. Shopify’s basic plan is $29 per month. Oberlo’s basic plan is $29.90 per month.

That is a minimum of $60 per month to maintain a dropshipping store. That doesn’t include other Shopify apps you may need or want to install that also have monthly fees.

One Shopify dropshipping store I came across had 37 apps installed to maintain it. It had to cost in the hundreds per month to maintain.

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The Advantages of Using AliDropship for Dropshipping with WordPress

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AliDropship is a dropshipping WordPress plugin that works very similarly to Oberlo with a couple of key advantages.

The plugin transforms any WordPress installation into a fully featured dropshipping store that sources products from AliExpress.

You can install the plugin yourself or if you prefer, you can order a custom dropshipping store that is built by the AliDropship team.

The advantages of using AliDropship compared to Oberlo and Shopify include:

  • 100% store ownership
  • No monthly fees to use it
  • No limitations

Since AliDropship is a WordPress plugin, you always retain 100% ownership of your store. You will have no worry about your store being shut down.

Having 100% ownership means that you can modify your store, sell it, give it away, or move your store to a new hosting provider. You have the power to do what you wish with it.

Another plus of AliDropship is its one-time fee. Whether you buy only the plugin or order a custom dropshipping store, you only pay a one-time fee.

That means you can put your monthly savings towards marketing your store. Many dropshippers promote their stores using Facebook ads and Instagram sponsored posts.

Saving at least $60 a month (the minimum cost of running a Shopify/Oberlo store) is a great help when placing towards other expenses.

There are no limitations when using AliDropship as there is when using Oberlo. Oberlo places limitations on how many products you can import as well as how many orders are auto fulfilled.

This isn’t the case with AliDropship. You can import an unlimited amount of products and have it automatically fulfill an unlimited amount of orders.

What are AliDropship’s Store Features?

This plugin has some very cool store features that are comparable to Oberlo’s features.

They include:

Automation

  • Search and import products
  • Auto updates product information
  • Pricing automation
  • Fulfill orders automatically
  • ePacket shipping filter
  • Auto order tracking

Customization

  • Built-in themes
  • Product customization
  • Unlimited number of products
  • Product variations
  • WooCommerce support
  • Built-In Image Editor

Marketing

  • Discount coupons
  • Product reviews
  • SEO product tags
  • Abandoned cart
  • Email lists

Managing

  • Live statistics
  • Payment gateway integrations
  • Inventory management
  • All-in-One dashboard
  • Cash-back system
  • Free updates and support

Importing Products from AliExpress

You can import products using the WordPress admin or via AliDropship’s Chrome browser extension.

Importing using the admin area

importing products

Importing using the Chrome browser

product imports

Personally, I like importing products using the Chrome browser extension. It gives you the opportunity to explore individual products on AliExpress.

I also like using the built-in images editor. That is a recent feature that was added on. AliDropship is constantly improving upon the plugin.

When you own the plugin, you receive any feature updates free of charge. You also have continued support.

Meaning, you can always contact customer service for any questions or concerns.

User Notes:

One thing I like to mention about using the AliDropship plugin is that your web hosting provider needs to have the ionCube loader installed.

Many hosting providers have this installed already but my particular web hosting provider did not. I installed ionCube myself and the plugin worked fine.

However, I know many people would be frustrated dealing with that so ask your web host if they have ionCube installed already.

Otherwise, save yourself the hassle and use AliDropship’s web hosting service.

That was really the only gripe I had with using the plugin but it really wasn’t the fault of the plugin, it had more to do with my hosting provider.

Wrapping Up

I hope this post has provided you with an awesome alternative to using Oberlo and Shopify.

Many AliDropship users are having tremendous success with their dropshipping stores.

Most users have had zero experience with eCommerce. That means that anyone who is willing can accomplish similar results.

What are your thoughts on owning and operating a dropshipping store? Leave your feedback in the comments below.

I wish you much success in your online business!

About Eartha

Hey there! My name is Eartha. I'm an internet marketer. I enjoy helping others discover the benefits of starting their own online businesses. Start your own eCommerce Dropshipping business. Get a custom made dropshipping store created for you! (Use: EARTHA for 10% off!)

10 comments / Add your comment below

  1. Hi Eartha!

    Thanks for the comparison. I tbought about Alidropship, but was concerned with the distance of where the product is coming from and returns.

    I wish they would have a Alidropship center based in the U.S. too! 🙂

    Blessings and thanks again!

    1. Hi Leah,

      Yes, the shipping times are usually a concern for many people. However, ePacket shipping helps as well as searching for products based in the U.S. on the AliExpress website. AliDropship has a blog post concerning shipping times and why they won’t hurt your dropshipping business. Thanks for stopping by and posting your comment!

  2. Hi Eartha,

    Great and insightful article!

    Just starting a dropship store on Shopify but want to change due to those ongoing costs you mentioned.

    Would the AliExpress plugin work on non-Wordpress websites per-chance?

    Thanks.

    1. Hello Babatunde,

      The AliDropship plugin only works with WordPress. It is a very robust plugin with a lot of features. I think it is an ideal option for not only saving on monthly expenses but also having full ownership of your store. Thank you for stopping by and posting your comment. I wish you much success in your online business!

  3. Hello,

    Solution is great actually. The only thing is there is limit of 1000 products using AliDropship plugin, rest seems all good. Going to use this for one of my client site.

    1. Hello Vikas,

      Actually, there is no limit on the number of products that you can import using the AliDropship plugin. The DropshipMe plugin which is a helpful product importer has a package with a 1000 product (plus 500 bonus products) limit. Both work together great if you choose to use them at the same time.

    1. Hi Montriniki,

      Yes, you can dropship using your own website but it will need to be a clean installation of WordPress (meaning a new WordPress website.) You can then use the AliDropship plugin or AliDropship Woo (WooCommerce version) to build your store. AliDropship also builds custom stores if you prefer to have it made for you. Thank you for stopping by and posting your comment!

  4. Thank you so much for this article! I’ve become interested in this recently and went looking for more info about how to do it properly. Almost every reference I’ve seen suggested you *need* Shopify. The overhead involved with that was a concern since it’s a new venture, and when you mentioned the extra costs with Shopify, it reminded me of the upselling with Woocommerce add-ons I’ve run into in the past. I’m “fluent” in wordpress though and host my own websites, so I’m happy to see there’s a valid alternative to Shopify. Thank you!!

    1. Hi Janet,

      I’m so glad this post was helpful to you. Yes, I was the same way starting out. Almost everywhere I researched talked about Shopify but I was still holding out for a WordPress option. Thank you for stopping by and posting your comment!

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