Chances are you have heard about dropshipping using AliExpress as your dropship resource.
You have likely also come across the AliDropship plugin and learned about all of its awesome features.
To add to your decision making, you have the option of using AliDropship’s free WordPress store themes or using WooCommerce for your online store.
I’ll explain the major differences between using AliDropship vs AliDropship WooCommerce.
AliDropship vs AliDropship WooCommerce – Do You Have to Buy Each Separately?
You’ll be happy to know that when you buy the AliDropship plugin, you will receive both versions: the regular version and the WooCommerce version. They do not offer them separately to buy. They are included together with your purchase. This is great for those who are still on the fence about whether to use WooCommerce or not.
Update: The AliDropship WOO plugin is now sold on its own.
What are the Main Differences Between AliDropship and AliDropship WooCommerce?
WooCommerce is a great e-commerce theme for use in WordPress. I have used it a number of times for creating client stores and also for personal use.
It is easy to install and easy to customize. Many people prefer to use WooCommerce because they are already familiar with it or because they already have a store using it.
Whatever the reason, if you want to easily import products from AliExpress into your WooCommerce store, the AliDropshp plugin makes this easy to do.
As mentioned above, you do not have to buy separate versions of the AliDropship plugin. Both the default version and WooCommerce version are provided to you upon purchase.
In terms of features, the main thing that is not included in the AliDropship WOO plugin version is the AliDropship built-in themes.
The built-in themes are only compatible with the default version of the plugin. This may not matter to you if you are leaning towards using WooCommerce because it already has store themes of its own.
The main differences between the two versions of the plugin really show in the marketing tools aspect of the plugin.
The default version of AliDropship includes the following marketing tools:
- Abandoned cart
- Email list
These marketing tools are very helpful in terms of running your online dropship store and they are not included with the WooCommerce version of the plugin.
However, WooCommerce does have other plugins that can accomplish the same or similar goals. Whether or not they are free likely depends upon the plugin.
Some WooCommerce plugins may have a fee associated with them. Either way, it’s good to know that you still have options in terms of marketing tools for your WooCommerce store.
Which Version of the Plugin Should You Use?
The version that you decide to use has a lot to do with your preference. The two most common scenarios for using the AliDropship WOO plugin include:
- You are already familiar with WooCommerce and prefer using the software
- You already have a WooCommerce store and want to add AliExpress products to it
If you haven’t installed WooCommerce or are still on the fence about using it, you may want to consider using the original version of AliDropship for the following reasons:
- You are new to e-commerce and do not have any previous experience with dropshipping
- You are ready to create a brand new online store from scratch
- You need a single package that contains all of the necessary features to run a dropship store without having to search, buy, and install additional plugins or themes
Are Updates Available for the AliDropship WooCommerce Plugin?
As far as updates and support are concerned, you will receive both with either version of the plugin.
AliDropship will continue to provide free updates as well as extending the features of both versions of the plugin for user convenience.
To sum it up, I recommend using the AliDropship WooCommerce plugin version if you already have WooCommerce installed and are accustomed to using it.
Otherwise, I think the original version of AliDropship is ideal as it contains everything you need to create and maintain a dropshipping store.
Rather than wasting time trying to find all of the plugins needed to fill the gaps that the WooCommerce doesn’t offer, you can start from scratch with the default version.
Keep in mind that some WooCommerce plugins have a fee (some are one-time and some may be monthly). The original AliDropship plugin can save money in the long run because it is a one-time fee.
Consider what your needs and goals are. Hopefully, this post has helped to clarify the differences between the two versions of the plugin.