At this time, ecommerce industry is at its boom. It is thriving and predicted to reach almost 5.4 trillion US dollars in 2022, making it a lucrative opportunity for all those who want to make a living earning online. A typical ecommerce store has at least four to five employees, this means the earnings are distributed among all, leaving less room for revenue. But there is another model called ‘dropshipping’ which is much more ROI-efficient and profitable. In fact, dropshippers can make significantly more profits than actual ecommerce store owners because, dropshipping stores are a lot easier to set up.
For those who don’t know about dropshipping, here is a small introduction.
The dropshipping stores work similar to ecommerce stores but instead of packing and shipping the products themselves, the dropshippers forward the orders to a manufacturer who then takes care of the delivery process.
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- Features of AliDropship WooCommerce Plugin
- Purchase AliDropship Plugin
- Pricing Details of AliDropship Plugin
- Download AliDropship Plugin
- Setting up WooCommerce Store for Dropshipping using AliDropship
1. Features of AliDropship WooCommerce Plugin
AliDropship plugin is one of the top-most used dropshipping plugin for WooCommerce store owners. It is affordable, easy to setup, and provided one-click product import from AliExpress. Here’s a list of features that make it enticing for an aspiring dropshipper.
- Its license for a single website is available for $89 for a whole year.
- It completely automates the whole dropshipping process from adding products from AliExpress to placing orders and shipping products to the customers.
- Dropshippers will only have to add payment information and the plugin will take care of every order.
- It automatically searches for the products that are available at the lowest cost.
- It automatically tracks orders and sends delivery status emails to clients.
- It comes with a built-in image editor for modifying images being imported from AliExpress
- It also offers publish-ready templates for WooCommerce stores
- It allows auto-filling of orders on AliExpress.
Bonus Tip: Always choose an optimized ecommerce hosting to ensure your dropshipping store loads with lightning speed.
2. Purchase AliDropship WooCommerce Plugin
Once you purchase AliDropship plugin, you need to decide which version of the plugin you will use. There are two versions available for the AliDropship plugin, one for WordPress and one for WooCommerce. We recommend using WooCommerce version if you have a deep understanding of this platform, otherwise, the original AliDropship basic plugin will be good enough for you.
Note: AliDropship plugin is only compatible with AliDropship built-in themes. It does not work with WooCommerce themes, so you will have to install WordPress themes to start building your dropshipping store.
3. Pricing Details of AliDropship Plugin
Go to AliDropship website and select the basic version of the plugin. A single license of the plugin is available for $89 for a lifetime. However, if you aim for a full-fledge dropshipping store then that will cost you $299 for the basic plan, $499 for the advanced, and $899 for the ultimate one.
Here, we have selected the license for a single website, because we already have the domain and hosting available.
You will have to fill-in the details on the form page to get the plugin and then add your own payment details to purchase it.
Once you purchase the AliExpress Dropshipping plugin, you will get a license key in your email.
4. Download AliDropship Plugin
After receiving the license key, go to the update plugin page. Here you can select the following things.
- Plugin Version: AliDropship / AliDropship Woo
- PHP Version: 5.6, 7, 7+
- License Key: xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
Select your desired details and download this AliExpress dropshipping plugin.
5. Setting up WooCommerce Store for Dropshipping using AliDropship
Here’s how to set up a WooCommerce dropshipping store using AliDropship.
Step 1: Setup WooCommerce Store
After downloading AliDropship, if you still haven’t already established a WooCommerce store, then set it up using WooCommerce store tutorial. Note that we have used Cloudways hosting for WooCommerce because it decreases the installation time and provides one-click installation.
Step 2: Upload AliDropship Plugin
Go to your WooCommerce Dashboard → Plugins → Add New and upload the zip file you have downloaded to your computer.
Next, upload your plugin and click on the install now button to activate it.
After successfully uploading the plugin, the AliDropship Woo tab will appear in the sidebar menu within the dashboard.
Here, you will need to add your license key and click the Activate button to get started.
If your license is valid, then you will get a message saying that your license code is valid.
Congratulations, you have now set up WooCommerce dropshipping store successfully.
Step 3: Import Product using AliExpress Dropshipping Plugin
In order to start searching for a1nd adding products to your store, please install AliDropship Extension.
Note: You will need Google Chrome browser to add AliDropship extension as it doesn’t currently work with any other browser.
AliDropship extension allows you to grab AliExpress products of your choice to add to your store. Once you have added the plugin, the following notification will appear on your screen. Next, connect the extension to your store.
Step 4: Connect AliDropship Plugin and Extension
To do so, go to the AliDropship icon on your browser and click it. It will take you to the authorization prompt. Click Authorize to connect both the plugin and the extension.
After both are authorized, you will get the following message.
Now, go to AliExpress.com and select the products that you would like to add to your website. There are two ways to import the products:
1- Direct Import Method
Direct import method allows you to import AliExpress products in a category of your choice. You can also select the price, order volume, and seller’s ratings.
2- Import from List
Or, you can use the import list feature. When you start importing, the products are kept in a list from where you manually place them in various categories.
Once you click on Go to Import List, you will be redirected to the AliExpress store.
AliDropship allows two types of product import feature.
- Single Product Import
- Bulk Product Import
If you need to add only some particular products, click the orange AliDropship logo to import items one by one.
After clicking on the yellow button, you will see a tick next to the cart icon (as is available below).
If you want to edit item details before adding it to your store, click Edit button from the top menu bar.
In the Edit tab, you can change the Title, Permalink, Category Type, Description, Images, and all necessary changes required to take the product live.
The description can be edited from the Description tab. You can also Remove Text and Remove Images or add new images to the product. AliDropship also allows you to edit images. Simply click on the pencil icon in the top right corner of an image to start editing it.
All imported images are automatically added to the media section of the website. In order to make one image the featured image of the website, simply click on it and make it featured.
In the pricing section, you can set new price and apply pricing formula (product price will be recalculated according to the pricing formula you have set in AliDropship → Settings → Pricing).
In the Variations tab, you cannot only edit or delete already existing variations, but also add new attributes and variations. Click Reset to Defaults button in case you do not want the changes you have made to the product to be saved.
Once you have made all necessary changes to the product, click Publish or Add to Import List if you do not want this product to be visible to your customers.
Click on Import button from the top menu bar panel if you want to import items in bulk. The number of products awaiting import is displayed on the Import button. Import progress can be checked on the Import button as well.
That’s it! Now check your WooCommerce store the product has been imported successfully on your store.
Making a dropshipping store can’t get easier than this. Simply create a WooCommerce dropshipping store using AliDropship plugin and import products to your store with just a few clicks. No other dropshipping plugin allows this much flexibility in the import of products on a dropshipping store.
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