Starting a dropshipping business is not only one of the easiest businesses you can start, it is one of the lowest cost.
Keeping costs low is essential for new dropshipping business owners. The AliDropship plugin is one way to lower your overall start-up costs.
I’ll answer the question, “what is AliDropship?” by explaining how this powerful plugin works, its benefits, and how you can create your own dropshipping business.
What is AliDropship Anyway?
What the AliDropship plugin does is transform your WordPress website installation into a full-featured dropshipping store that sources products from AliExpress.
The plugin enables you to import products directly from AliExpress. It includes free store themes to give your website a professional look and feel.
The plugin includes a ton of features such as:
- Unlimited product importing
- Unlimited auto order fulfillment
- Automated pricing updates
- Automated inventory updates
- ePacket shipping filter
- Auto order tracking
- WooCommerce support
- Built-In Image Editor
- Product reviews
- Abandoned cart
- Email lists
- Live statistics
- Payment gateway integrations
- Inventory management
- All-in-One dashboard
- Cash-back system
- Free updates and support
Customizing your store is really easy. It is all controlled from within your WordPress admin panel:
You have control over your store’s look and feel in terms of banner images, colors, and text. You can even edit product images on the spot using the built-in image editor as demonstrated below:
What are the Plugin Requirements?
The AliDropship plugin requirements are fairly simple and straightforward for most web hosting services.
They include the following:
- 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
How Does Product Importing from AliExpress Work?
Importing products from AliExpress can be handled in two ways. You can import products from within your admin panel as pictured below:
Or you can import products using the AliDropship Chrome browser extension:
I personally like to browse on the AliExpress website and then import items into my store using the Chrome browser extension.
Do I Need to Have Experience with WordPress to Use It?
You do not need to be well-versed in using WordPress to use AliDropship. WordPress is very user-friendly.
Even the most non-techy person can pick it up in no time. Using the plugin is just as easy. Everything is labeled well so that you know exactly what you’re editing.
If you need any help along the way, you always have AliDropship’s knowledge base, forum, and of course their customer service as a resource.
Why Use AliDropship Instead of Shopify?
You have likely heard about or even considered using Shopify for dropshipping.
For one, Shopify is an eCommerce platform which is hosted by the company. You do not need to download or install any software to begin using it.
Another major difference is that both Shopify and Oberlo have monthly recurring fees. The basic plan for Shopify is $29 per month and Oberlo’s basic plan is $29.90 per month.
AliDropship has a one-time fee of $89.
Keep in mind that using AliDropship is not without its own recurring fees. You will need to pay for web hosting and a payment gateway on a monthly or yearly basis.
Depending on your needs and how much you can afford will play a part in determining which option to choose.
Maintaining 100% Store Ownership
Another good reason to create a dropshipping store with AliDropship is that you will always maintain 100% ownership of your store.
That is because your store will be using the WordPress website platform which is always free to download and install.
Unlike a third-party eCommerce platform such as Shopify in which you are essentially leasing the use of their software on a monthly basis.
Overall, the AliDropship plugin is an amazing piece of software.
I have had no issues using it. One thing to keep in mind is if you want to open multiple dropshipping stores, you will need to order a plugin for each store.
This is because each plugin comes with its own user license. It is still more cost-effective in the long-run to run multiple stores with AliDropship versus an eCommerce platform with monthly recurring fees.
I hope that this post has helped to clarify what AliDropship is and how it works. I wish you much success in your future dropshipping business!