There are many dropshippers that create their dropshipping stores on Shopify. This is not uncommon as Shopify is one of the most popular eCommerce platforms being used today.
However, there are also many successful dropshippers using the AliDropship WordPress plugin. What makes these two platforms so different?
I will go into details about both platforms to hopefully give you a better understanding of your options when it comes to using Shopify or WordPress for dropshipping.
Why Use AliDropship Instead of the Popular Shopify Platform?
When I began exploring opening a dropshipping store, I also turned to Shopify and Oberlo as my first choice.
The platform is awesome but there was still part of me that preferred using WordPress. It is a good thing because it led me to find an alternative solution, which is AliDropship.
Pros and Cons of Using Shopify
What I really liked about using Shopify was that it was really user-friendly. Adding the Oberlo app was also easy.
I began importing products from AliExpress quickly and easily. Shopify’s store themes are also awesome. Most have a professional look and feel.
Although, many of the themes are quite expensive (ranging at around $140). I also liked the fact that they have their own payment gateway already installed.
They do have their own fees but it is a great option if you do not want to deal with using another payment gateway service.
What led me to want a WordPress alternative were two things: store ownership and saving on monthly fees.
You do not have 100% ownership of your store. A third-party eCommerce service can close your store at any time and for any reason.
Shopify’s basic plan starts at $29 per month. Oberlo’s basic plan starts at $29.90 per month. That is a minimum of $60 per month to operate your store.
I don’t mind paying monthly fees for services that I use. However, I knew that I could save on those fees by using WordPress.
- Easy to use
- Professional looking store themes
- Oberlo also easy to use
- In-house payment gateway
- You do not retain 100% ownership of your store
- Risk of your store being closed
- Store themes are expensive
Pros and Cons of Using AliDropship
When I began searching for an alternative to Shopify, I was lucky enough to find AliDropship.
AliDropship is a WordPress dropshipping plugin that enables you to import products from AliExpress into your online store.
It has a ton of features that help to streamline the operation of your store. There are also no limitations on how many products you can import and how many orders are automatically fulfilled.
I also like that they have a custom dropshipping store service which comes in handy if you prefer not to build your store yourself.
They do not have as many store themes available as Shopify does. As of this writing, there are only three store themes.
However, if you use the WooCommerce version of the plugin, it is compatible with any number of WooCommerce themes that are available.
Unlike other third-party eCommerce platforms, there are no monthly fees to use AliDropship. Another plus is that since it is a WordPress plugin, you retain 100% ownership of your store.
- Tons of features
- No limitations on product imports
- No limitations on automated order fulfillment
- Custom dropshipping store service
- No monthly fees
- Retain 100% store ownership
- Limited store theme options
- You have to use WooCommerce (and AliDropship Woo) to have more theme options
AliDropship or AliDropship Woo? What’s the Difference?
I briefly mentioned the WooCommerce version of AliDropship. Why would you choose one over the other?
There are a variety of reasons to use AliDropship Woo vs the original AliDropship plugin.
One reason is that you have always used WooCommerce for your online stores and are accustomed to it.
Another is that you already have a WooCommerce store running and want to add dropshipping products from AliExpress to your store.
You may also want to have the option to have more store themes available which is possible with WooCommerce.
Some Successful Dropshippers Who Use AliDropship
It is always great to read success stories for inspiration and motivation. You get to see what is possible with hard work and consistent effort.
$28,000+ In Sales In Just 30 Days!
This AliDropship store owner owns 7 different drop shipping stores. He is earning about $500+ in sales a day.
From 0 to $12,000 In 5 Months With A Single AliDropship Store
This store owner has three eCommerce stores. However, he is earning $2,000 per month from just one of his stores.
A Drop Shipping Store That Generates $32,000+ Per Month
This particular store sells anime related items. It utilizes social media advertising to generate a lot of its sales.
You can find these stories and more on the AliDropship blog.
Wrapping It Up
Maybe you are like me and was in search of a WordPress solution for dropshipping. Or maybe you were curious about what other dropshipping options were available.
Either way, I hope that this post has enlightened you on this amazing piece of software. It is great to have options.
You never know if or when you’ll need a WordPress solution for dropshipping.