When most people discover dropshipping and seek out an e-commerce platform to create their own store, Shopify is often the online store of choice.
While it is an excellent platform, it is not always the best solution for everyone. For example, some people prefer to use WooCommerce or WordPress for their dropshipping store.
Others would rather not pay the monthly fees associated with using the Shopify platform and apps. Thankfully, you do have options for dropshipping without Shopify.
Below is a great option if you want to dropship using AliExpress to source your products.
- 1 Why Would You Want to Do Dropshipping without Shopify?
- 2 How to Start a Dropshipping Business Using This AliExpress Dropshipping Plugin
Why Would You Want to Do Dropshipping without Shopify?
As briefly mentioned above, some people prefer to use WordPress as their e-commerce platform.
WordPress is free to download and install. That eliminates having to buy software to create your website.
Another reason is that WordPress has tons of plugins that are often free to use versus the apps that are often fee-based for use with Shopify.
Primarily, you simply save more money by dropshipping without Shopify. You don’t have to pay the monthly fee (starting at $29 a month).
The Potential Monthly Cost of Running a Shopify Store
Let’s take a look at the potential monthly costs of operating a Shopify store using some of the most popular Shopify apps:
|Shopify (basic plan)||$29 monthly|
|Oberlo (basic plan)||$29.90 monthly|
|Boost Sales – Upsell & Cross sell app||$30 monthly|
|Mailbot Email Marketing app||$29 monthly|
|Checkout Boost Upsell app||$20 monthly|
|Returns Manager app||$19.99 monthly|
|TOTAL:||$157.89 per month|
You may not need or want to use most of those apps but keep in mind there are tons more available that help your Shopify store run efficiently.
Chances are you may install a few to do the job and some of them may have recurring monthly fees.
Imagine putting those monthly fees towards promoting your store instead. That is possible when using a WordPress dropshipping solution such as AliDropship.
AliDropship – An AliExpress WordPress Plugin
An awesome solution to dropshipping without using Shopify is the AliDropship plugin for WordPress.
It transforms your WordPress website into a dropshipping store ready for importing products quickly and easily from AliExpress.
There are no ongoing monthly fees because AliDropship has a one-time fee of $89. You can take that monthly savings and put it towards promoting your store.
It has a ton of features to include:
- Search and import products
- Auto updates product information
- Pricing automation
- Fulfill orders automatically
- ePacket shipping filter
- Auto order tracking
You can import an unlimited number of products and sell an unlimited amount without ever having to worry about additional fees.
Unlike Shopify, all of the marketing features you need are included with AliDropship. You don’t have to search, pay for, and install additional plugins.
AliDropship marketing features include:
- Discount coupons
- Product reviews
- SEO product tags
- Abandoned cart
- Email lists
How to Start a Dropshipping Business Using This AliExpress Dropshipping Plugin
Starting a dropshipping business of your own is easier than ever. Unlike in the past, you don’t need any technical knowledge, you also don’t need to hire a web programmer.
What you do need is your own installation of WordPress and the AliDropship plugin.
You are likely going to fall into one of two categories:
- You’re familiar with using WordPress
- You have zero website experience
I’ll break down how to get started for each of these categories.
You are Familiar with Using WordPress
If you fall into this category then you are likely already familiar with using WordPress. You probably have installed/uninstalled different plugins.
You are familiar with installing/uninstalling WordPress themes and you have a general understanding of how to maintain a WordPress website.
If this is the case, then you will do fine with using the AliDropship plugin. All that is required is installing it and then customizing your store.
All of the customization can be done within the AliDropship admin area of your WordPress website.
You Have Very Little to Zero Website Experience
You fall into this category if you have no idea how to really use WordPress and you’ve never installed a plugin.
Learning how to do so isn’t difficult, but you likely want to place the development of your dropshipping store into the hands of professionals.
If this is the case, you are in luck because AliDropship also builds custom turnkey dropshipping stores.
They will handle all of the technical details for you to include:
- Niche research – They select a trendy, high-demand niche for you after analyzing it for stable long-term positions and a great potential in future.
- Domain name(.com) – Search engine-friendly domain name relevant to your business
- Custom design – You get a unique design including a custom logo, header images, icons, favicon, banners, etc.
- Mobile devices ready – A perfect responsive design fitting the screen size of any device, whether desktop or mobile.
- Google Analytics integration – GA stats integrated – to keep you informed about the website’s traffic, its sources, visitors’ behavior, conversions, etc.
- Up to 12% AliExpress cashback – Get up to 12% cashback for your every purchase on AliExpress.
- WP dropship plugin – The plugin allows searching, importing and updating products on your site directly from AliExpress quickly and easily.
- Payment gateways – AliDropship Plugin supports the most popular payment processors like PayPal, 2Checkout, Stripe, PayU.
- Delivery time – You’ll have a full-fledge dropshipping business: 5 to 15 days depending on your package.
- On-site SEO – Increase visibility within the organic search results and to deliver targeted traffic to your site.
- Social pages – Accounts of your business on the top social networks and integrate social buttons and widgets on your website.
- Promo video (Ultimate Package) – Video will help you to promote your webstore and tell your customers about all the advantages of your products and services.
- Social media promo tool (Ultimate Package) – A special plugin will automatically post your products and promote your business on 4 top social networks.
Even if you are already familiar with using WordPress, having your niche store built for you can save a lot of time.
In a matter of days, you will have your own preloaded dropshipping store ready to make sales. You can immediately start promoting your new store.
I hope this post has opened you up to another alternative to dropshipping without Shopify.
Whichever direction you go in, I wish you much success with your online business!