Internet provides amazing opportunities for business. Rapid growth of ecommerce sites demonstrates that the chances of success in this field are rather good. One of the most promising options is launching a WooCommerce dropshipping store. Let’s see in detail how you can profit from this business.
Why choose WooCommerce
Lots of ecommerce entrepreneurs all over the world have chosen dropshipping model for their business. No wonder – dropshipping does not require large investments, stocks, dealing with inventory and delivery matters, etc. What is more important, dropshipping processes can be easily automated – for example, if you integrate WooCommerce into your online dropshipping store.
WooCommerce ecommerce platform is great for online stores in general and for dropshipping in particular due to its numerous benefits:
- It is free and open source
- It is flexible, easily customizable and user friendly
- It has easy and effective design options
- It provides high security
- It is good for analytics and SEO
- There are 1K+ themes for WooCommerce
Perhaps the main reason for such great popularity of WooCommerce is the widest range of available plugins to automate each ecommerce step.
As you can see, WooCommerce is rightly considered to be one of the best solutions to launch dropshipping business. Let’s take a look what you need to easily and quickly make your own dropshipping store that will look great and bring you profit.
How to make an online store with WooCommerce dropshipping plugin
So, what do you need to launch your own dropshipping store?
Your “starter kit” for WooCommerce dropshipping will include:
- domain name
- WordPress CMS
- DropshipMe plugin
Domain name. Your domain name is the first thing that your potential customer will see, so you should choose it carefully. Try to include some keywords in your domain name. You can use any of the popular registrar services to pick the most suitable domain name for your store: Iwantmyname, GoDaddy, BlueHost, NameCheap, and others.
Hosting. A suitable hosting provider for an ecommerce store should guarantee high performance and speed, stable customer support and strong security. It should support your CMS and ecommerce software.
Choose any popular and reputable hosting service like BlueHost, GoDaddy, HostGator, etc. It is good if the chosen hosting is optimized for WP-based dropshipping stores and provides a free SSL certificate, like AliDropship hosting does.
WordPress. It is an open-source universal multipurpose content management system and a highly popular platform for ecommerce stores. So, your next step is to download WordPress from its official Download Page on WordPress.org and install it on your hosting.
WooCommerce. You already know why it is the most popular plugin for ecommerce. So, go to Plugins section in the admin area of your site, click Add new and enter “woocommerce” in the search field. Then install and activate the plugin.
DropshipMe. It is another WP ecommerce plugin, and it is also free. The plugin is compatible with all standard Woo themes and can be downloaded either on WordPress.org or on DropshipMe website.
DropshipMe database includes thousands of bestselling and already perfectly optimized AliExpress products from the most trustworthy suppliers. All product information like titles, descriptions, images, variants, and so on is handpicked and manually edited. With DropshipMe base, you can fill your store with goods in a couple of clicks and start selling them immediately – without editing.
To install and activate DropshipMe plugin on your site, log in to your WordPress site’s Dashboard. Go to Plugins and click Add New. Enter “dropshipme” in the search field. Click Install Now button, then click Activate. This plugin provides the access to the product database via API, so you need to have an API key. To activate the plugin, visit this page, enter your email, click Get my plugin now and copy your free API key. After that, go to DropshipMe activation section, enter your API key and click the Activate button. That’s it! Now you can select and import products. Start package includes 50 free product imports from DropshipMe database.
Dropship with WooCommerce like a pro
What can you do to make your WooCommerce store look more professional and trustworthy?
- Select your niche
Unless it’s Amazon, eBay or AliExpress, niche stores inspire more confidence that general ones. To simplify this task, you can choose a suitable category or subcategory from DropshipMe. Whatever you may prefer – cosplay merch, pet grooming items, sleeping bags, Islamic clothing, and what not – you’ll be able to find suitable products for your niche in DropshipMe database.
- Import products
To start adding items to your store, go to Import Products section. Select category and subcategory from the dropdown menu. You can look for the necessary products using keywords. You can also filter out products by price, number of orders, by warehouse location and shipping destination.
Before starting importing products you can select a category to add items to and apply necessary import settings. For example, you can remove product attributes, publish the imported products right away and import products with recommended prices.
You can import products one by one using Import button. If you want to import more than one product at once, tick the boxes or select everything, choose bulk action ‘Import selected’ and click Apply button.
- Import reviews
Reviews from real customers always make product look more trustworthy. So, you can use an option in DropshipMe plugin and import customers’ reviews and product rating. Go to Import Reviews section. Choose settings from the dropdown menu – star rating and the number of imported reviews per product. Select necessary or all categories, apply settings you need and click Import.
- Place orders
If you don’t have any special tools for orders redirection and auto-filling like AliDropship Woo plugin, you’ll have to place the orders manually. To view the link to the product and the supplier’s store on AliExpress, go to Import Products section, choose a product, click View Details button and open Product Analysis tab. (To get this information, you should have AliDropship Chrome extension installed and be signed in on AliExpress.)
The seller’s info can be found in the Products section as well. In Supplier info there are links to the product on AliExpress and to the store.
As you can see, there’s nothing supernatural in WooCommerce dropshipping. Using special automated solutions, you can easily add products to your store and start selling them immediately, even without tiresome niche research and product information editing.