You’ve probably figured out that an Oberlo WordPress plugin doesn’t exist. The reason is that Oberlo is a Shopify app.
If you are seeking a WordPress plugin that can do what Oberlo does, then the AliDropship plugin is an ideal solution.
In fact, there are some advantages to using this WordPress dropshipping plugin versus using Shopify and Oberlo. I will explain what they are below.
Why I Don’t Use Oberlo and Shopify for Dropshipping
Like many dropshipping store owners, I started out testing out Shopify with Oberlo.
Using Shopify is easy and there were many things about the platform that I liked.
It made running a dropshipping store very easy. The things I liked most about using Shopify and Oberlo include:
- Professional looking store themes
- Built-in payment gateway
- Easy to add, edit, and delete products from AliExpress
Oberlo automates many store functionalities that makes management almost hands-free such. These automated processes include:
- Automated order fulfillment
- Automated order tracking
- Order fulfillment monitoring
- Pricing automation
What I Don’t Like About Shopify and Oberlo
The Recurring Fees
I pay recurring fees for many pieces of software. However, knowing that WordPress is a free website platform and knowing that there had to be a dropshipping plugin available, I didn’t want to pay ongoing fees if I didn’t have to.
The basic Shopify plan is $29 per month and the basic Oberlo plan is $29.90 per month. The minimum to operate your store would be $60 per month.
This doesn’t include the cost of other Shopify apps that you may need to help streamline your store’s functionality.
Not Completely Owning My Store
Using Shopify means that you are paying to lease the use of their software. That also means that you do not have 100% ownership of your store. You cannot pack up your store and move it to another web server the way you can with WordPress.
The Advantages of the AliDropship Plugin Compared to Oberlo
AliDropship is a WordPress dropshipping plugin that converts any WordPress website into a full-featured dropshipping store.
The plugin has a ton of features, the most important being the ability to import products from AliExpress into your store.
It is very similar to using Oberlo but there are some key advantages that I will highlight below.
No Recurring Fees
Unlike third-party eCommerce platforms like Shopify, AliDropship has a one-time fee. You only pay once for the plugin or once for a custom dropshipping store.
Either way, you are saving money in the long run. That is money that you could put towards your marketing campaigns.
You Retain 100% Ownership of Your Store
Since AliDropship is a WordPress plugin, you always retain 100% ownership of your store. WordPress is free to download and install. Any plugins that you install regardless if they are free or paid, are also always yours to keep.
That means you can do whatever you want with your store. Customize it, sell it, give it away, whatever you want to do with it.
Lifetime Support and Strategies to Run and Promote Your Store
One of the great things about owning this plugin is that the AliDropship team doesn’t leave you high and dry. They provide lifetime support for your plugin.
That means any future upgrades and new features are included. For example, not too long ago they released their built-in image editor.
When it was released, I ran the update in my WordPress admin and I had access to the image editor. The same goes for any upgrades they release.
You’ll also receive continuous marketing tips and other valuable information to boost sales and improve the overall operation of your store.
They provide this information via email and on the AliDropship blog.
How AliDropship Works
Since AliDropship is a plugin, it is very simple to install. If you have some experience with using WordPress, you likely already know how to install a plugin.
If you do not know anything about using WordPress, you can have the AliDropship team handle all aspects of creating a custom dropshipping store for you.
Once you have the plugin installed or have received your custom store, you are ready to manage all parts of your store.
Inside your admin area, you can customize how your store looks, manage sales, customize products, pricing, and more.
You can import products from AliExpress from your admin area:
or you can import products into your store using the AliDropship Chrome browser extension as shown below:
When you use the Chrome browser extension, you can also take advantage of using the built-in image editor which works like so:
After your product has been imported, you will have a product page similar to the one below:
The great thing about ordering a custom store is that the team imports your products for you. This can save a ton of time.
Your store would be delivered in a matter of days and you can immediately begin your store’s promotion and generate your first sales.
Things to Keep in Mind
After buying and using the AliDropship plugin, I ran into a small issue that had more to do with my web hosting rather than the plugin.
The web hosting requirements for the plugin include:
- 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
These are basic requirements and are already standard on most web hosting providers. However, my web hosting provider did not have the ionCube loader installed.
I could have easily requested they install it for me but I found directions and felt comfortable enough to do it myself.
In order to save yourself the hassle of worrying about any hosting issues that could come up, you may want to consider using AliDropship’s hosting service for your dropshipping store.
Although there is no Oberlo WordPress plugin, the AliDropship plugin makes a perfect alternative.
It has many of the same features with some other key benefits as well. What are your thouhgts about using WordPress for your dropshipping store?
Leave your feedback in the comments below.