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7 Easy Steps to Open WooCommerce Store And Start Drop Shipping Business

by Olga L. Case studies
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Aug 02, 2017 10 minute read
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Why do people all over the globe use WooCommerce platform for their drop shipping stores?

Well, mostly because it’s free.

Oh no, wait, that’s not the only reason.

Actually, WooCommerce is awesome for any kind of e-commerce ventures, and not only for drop shipping business.

Just think of it:

  • It integrates perfectly with WordPress. WordPress, at the same time, is the most common solution for drop shipping stores’ owners – it’s convenient in use, and perfect for beginners
  • If you build your website with the help of WooCommerce, it is really easy to customize the store any way you prefer – that’s all because of countless themes and extensions
  • You can use any payment gateway – WooCommerce supports not only the major systems, but almost all the existing payment solutions as well

In other words, WooCommerce can help you take your business on a brand new height.

The experience of Kingpin, one of the most active contributors to our drop shipping forum, shows that a store built with WooCommerce has a bunch of nice small benefits – for example, you can:

  • Apply a coupon code to orders above a certain price range
  • Choose a WooCommerce store theme that suits your niche perfectly, etc.

This is why we decided to show you this little guide about setting up WooCommerce and starting dropshipping business!

Step 1. How to Open a WooCommerce store: Get domain and hosting

Well, obviously, you start your drop shipping business with thinking about the right domain name for your WooCommerce store.

We have previously described the most important aspects of a proper domain name – you can read about it here.

Generally speaking, your domain name should be unique (it won’t work if it’s already taken by someone else), memorable, and SEO-friendly.

The next step is to buy a hosting account.

This hosting solution will allow you to store all your website content (documents, images, videos, etc.), and make it accessible for any Internet user.

It is necessary to choose your hosting solution really carefully. Obviously, you can try going for self-hosting if you have the necessary knowledge. Still, please note that a web hosting provided by skilled experts won’t suffer from an unexpected power cut, or from unstable connection, or from unprofessional maintenance.

Step 2. Install WordPress to Your WooCommerce Store

As we have already mentioned, WordPress is the most common platform used for online stores creation – it is user-friendly, easy to understand, and highly functional.

Here you can find a detailed instruction how to install WordPress.

Long story short, you need to download the latest version of WordPress, and upload it to your web server. As soon as you install WordPress on your web server, you can start building your drop shipping store.

Step 3. Install WooCommerce plugin

So your WordPress store is ready. Congratulations!

The next step is to download and install WooCommerce plugin.

This is how you will be able to use all the benefits of WooCommerce platform for your drop shipping business.

Step 4. Get AliDropship plugin (WooCommerce version)

  • WooCommerce fully compatible
  • All-in-one solution
  • Automation of all processes
  • Free updates and support

$89 – one-time payment

So, now, as the store is ready, it’s time to think about ways of making your drop shipping business routine simple and easy to manage.

When you’re involved in drop shipping, it is really important to make the majority of business processes automated. This is how you can get yourself enough free time to work on customer relations and business promotion.

AliDropship plugin works with this issue quite efficiently. There is a specific modification of the plugin called AliDropship Woo – it is designed to support WooCommerce.

When you’re buying the plugin, you’re actually provided with both versions. It is up to you which one to install: either the original AliDropship plugin, or AliDropship Woo.

AliDropship Woo helps you run your drop shipping store in a quick and effortless way because it can:

  • Import items directly from AliExpress
  • Import product reviews
  • Automatically apply pricing mark-up formula
  • Automatically update products info
  • Automatically fill orders

Step 5. Choose and set up the WooCommerce theme

One of the most unique features of WooCommerce is its incredible level of customization.

Among other things, it supports a huge variety of themes – you can use any theme you like for your store.

For example, you can go for Storefront – the most popular theme offered by WooCommerce that has 1 519 784 downloads at the moment of writing this article. People commonly choose it because Storefront is free, intuitive, flexible, responsive, and fully localized.

But, of course, you’re not limited in your choice. If you want to get a theme from an independent developer, make sure that it is:

  • Professionally designed
  • Easy to use and navigate for store visitors
  • Responsive  good-looking and functional on any type of devices (laptops, PCs, tablets, smartphones, etc.)
  • Suitable for your drop shipping store structure and niche

Step 6. Set up the core elements

The whole procedure of setting up a drop shipping store with WooCommerce is described in this free guide.

At the first stage of organizing your store content, you need to do the following:

  • Write unique texts

You will definitely need a text for your home page, and, ideally, a text for every category page.

You can write categories’ texts later, but the home text page is a must.

Also, don’t forget about SEO titles and descriptions – they are essential for search engine optimization.

  • Provide contact details

You need to specify the ways of getting in touch with you.

Email, phone number, WhatsApp, Skype – whatever is convenient for you! (Yes, it will mean that you need to be ALWAYS accessible through these channels).

Also, it is a good idea to mark your location – people trust a store more if it has a physical address.

  • Adjust payment settings

First of all, choose the store currency. Think about your target audience – which currency do these people use and prefer, most likely?

Also, make sure to set up the necessary payment gateways. They also heavily depend on the characteristics of your potential customers.

Don’t worry, though – WooCommerce supports a HUGE number of various payment gateways, so you will surely find the nicest solution.

Step 7. Add and manage products

And finally, we’re coming to the most interesting part.

Products.

Yay!

Here, we would like to cover 3 vital aspects.

  • Descriptions and images

AliDropship Woo lets you add hundreds of items automatically, but, since they are imported directly from AliExpress, their description is most likely not perfect.

Here you can find our guide on making a product page look awesome – pay special attention to writing catchy product descriptions and choosing good-looking images.

Alternatively, if you don’t want to bother yourself with endless product search and editing, you can source the hottest items thanks to our DropshipMe plugin. Simply speaking, it’s a database of 50,000+ AliExpress products (the list is growing every day) that have a good commercial potential. We didn’t simply conduct a market research to make this list – we have also edited product details of each and every item in this database. So, just in a couple of clicks, you can import highly demanded items with the perfect product pages, and enjoy the surge of profits in your store. And, what’s especially awesome, you can import up to 50 pre-edited products for free – read all about it here!

  • Product categories, tags, and attributes

These tiny features are extremely helpful both for you and for your potential customers. Using them properly, you can:

– Make it easier for your clients to navigate the store and make a purchase decision

– Achieve nice results in terms of SEO

To learn more about categories, tags, and attributes, please read this article.

  • Related products, up-sells and cross-sells

Your ultimate goal is to motivate your store visitor to make a purchase.

But what happens if the desired product is currently out of stock, or the necessary modification is now unavailable, or something?

It’s sad when people leave your store empty-handed. Offer them items that are somehow similar to their preferences!

To learn how to handle such settings right, please read this article.

 

So, now, when you know the basics, why not start your WooCommerce drop shipping journey with us?

If you have any questions left, feel free to leave them in the comments section below!

 

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By Olga L.
Olga is a content creator at AliDropship, and she aims to explain the most complicated drop shipping concepts in the simplest terms possible.
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16 Comments
Anucha Petra August 3, 2017 2:35:20

1. In case of buying the plug in, Do I still have to buy domain and get hosting on my own inaddition?
2. Do I have to buy and install word press inaddition before I start dropshipping?
3. Do I have to responsible for all sort of taxs related with my revenue and my ordering of goods or product?
Thank you
Anucha Petra

    yaros August 3, 2017 4:19:32

    1. Yes of course, you need a domain and hosting for your store.
    2. Yes, you need to have WordPress installed since WooCommerce and Alidropship Woo plugin are built for WP. WordPress is free.
    3. Your customers are responsible for any custom fees.

Rashidi August 9, 2017 6:15:27

Hi,
Do you have any suggestion for theme which is compatible with this woo commerce plugin?

    yaros August 9, 2017 8:13:22

    Hi, actually you can try any Woo theme.

Help January 12, 2018 11:32:14

Hi I already purchased the plugin but i dont know how to install, i have my own website . please contact me via email for more infor. TQVM

Tonda Novak January 24, 2018 19:13:21

Hi,
I would like to know which languages does plugin supports.
I mean aspecially currency. I am from Czech republic and we have Czech crown as a currency, so will be possible to have prices with Czech crown (like: PRODUCT_XY – 129Kč)
Does the plugin supports another currencies?
Thanks
Tonda

    Yaroslav Nevsky January 25, 2018 4:17:08

    Hello, the plugin supports any currencies and you can add several currencies to your store if needed.

Fairoze MM March 16, 2018 19:07:40

Hi,
I am using “Appthemes.com” classipress theme for classified ads and hosting with Blue Host (www.bosslk.com).

I would like to know is this AE dropship plugin works with Classipress theme? Your earliest advice is much appreciated, before i buy this plugin.

Thanking you.
Fairoze MM

    Yaroslav Nevsky March 17, 2018 18:39:46

    Hello, unfortunately we are not able to test the plugin with all existent themes, but if it is a Woo theme then it should work.

Radu-Ioan March 16, 2018 21:17:23

hi,
I get a domain on wordpress.com. My question is ; the plugins work or I need to transfer my domain to wordpress.org?
They say if I upgrade to a business plan the plugin will be accepted but I’m not sure about woocommerce plugins.
thanks,Radu

    Yaroslav Nevsky March 17, 2018 18:42:16

    Please note that WordPress.com and CMS WordPress that is available here WordPress.org are absolutely different things. If you are using a WordPress plugin you need to download CMS WordPress from WordPress.ORG. Here you can learn about the difference between these platforms: https://alidropship.com/codex/wordpress-org-vs-wordpress-com/

Gilbert Chanza April 30, 2018 21:44:20

I want to set up a dropshipping store with AliExpress

Marcos May 19, 2018 16:39:48

Hi, i wonder how can i set the shipping rates with the plug in according to the shipping rates showed in aliexpress

thank you

    Yaroslav Nevsky May 19, 2018 20:35:17

    Actually, there is no point to offer all shipping options that exist on AliExpress. It’s better to offer FREE shipping and epacket shipping option (that costs $1-$3) for all your customers

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