The popularity of dropshipping continues to grow. Already, one-third of online stores use dropshipping as their business model.
Many entrepreneurs see dropshipping as an easy way to start an online business.
Instead of investing in products from manufacturers in bulk and storing them until orders come in, you act as a middleman between the consumer and the manufacturer.
You take care of the marketing and selling aspect, without pre-ordering any products.
When an order does come in, you forward it to the manufacturer or another source, who takes care of the storing, shipping, and handling.
A common source for dropshipping purposes is AliExpress.
Unlike Alibaba, which is owned by the same parent group, products from AliExpress can be ordered in a quantity of one, which makes it perfect for dropshippers.
A number of services and plugins have been developed to make it easier to set up a dropshipping business while using AliExpress as your source.
Today, we will take a look at two of them – AliDropship and WooDropship – and see how they compare.
Both of them are WordPress plugins that are designed to automate the process of importing product details from AliExpress to your online store.
Let’s take a look at the core features of both plugins.
- One-click importing: Immediately import any product from AliExpress with one click. This will fill out all of the details of the product listing automatically, including images and the description. You can also import reviews from AliExpress.
- Customization and editing: You can edit the images before they are imported to your site with the built-in image editor. You can edit the product details at any time as well.
- Search: Find products on AliExpress to import by using filters (such as for shipping options) and search terms.
- Compatible with WooCommerce: There is a separate version of the plugin for those who have WooCommerce installed on their WordPress site and want to use AliDropship with it. This means that you can continue to use WooCommerce themes and add-ons.
- Auto-updating: Product information will update on your site automatically if any changes are made to the listing on AliExpress.
- Auto-pricing: Set a pricing markup that will automatically be applied to all products you import.
- One-click ordering: When an order comes in, you can forward it to AliExpress with a single click.
- Auto-tracking: All orders will automatically be tracked and updates will be sent to your customers via email.
- Unlimited products: Sell and fulfill as many products as you want.
- Product variations: Sell different variations of the same product (for example, different sizes, designs, or images).
- Offer discounts: You can offer discounts and promotion codes to customers.
- Email marketing: Send email newsletters or reminders to previous customers or people who abandoned their carts.
- Statistics: Get real-time statistics about your visitors, as well as your inventory and sales.
- Cash-back system: Use AliDropship’s cash-back system to make up to an additional 12 percent cash back on each item you pay for on AliExpress when you fulfill orders.
- WooCommerce compatible: This plugin is designed to work with WooCommerce stores.
- Import products: Import products easily from AliExpress.
- Customizable pricing: Set specific prices for individual products or for many products at once.
- Auto-pricing: Set pricing rules to automatically add a markup to products you import.
- Auto-updating: Product details will be automatically synced with the product details on AliExpress. In addition, your price will be updated as well if the price on AliExpress goes up or down, depending on the markup rules you have set.
- Image editing: Use the built-in app editor to edit images before they are imported from AliExpress. You can use this editor to remove watermarks from images.
- Product customization: All product details can be fully customized.
- Simple order fulfillment: Fulfill orders by adding a product to your AliExpress cart. The customer’s information will also automatically be added to the customer details order form on AliExpress.
- Product variants: Add different product variants for a single item.
Both AliDropship and WooDropship have a Chrome extension to make things easier.
The AliDropship Chrome extension is free to use when you purchase AliDropship. It allows you to import products directly from AliExpress when you are browsing products on AliExpress.com.
You can also use it to automatically fulfill orders with a single click, as well as filter products for ePacket shipping options.
The WooDropship Chrome extension does similar things. You can:
- Add products to the list of products you want to import to your site directly from AliExpress.com
- Filter for products that have an ePacket shipping option
- Fulfill orders on AliExpress so that information from your store is automatically synced to the shopping cart
Both AliDropship and WooDropship offer options for those who want to use AliExpress for dropshipping but do not have the time or expertise to set up a store by themselves.
You can get started with a free consultation if you are interested in the custom store service.
Once you place your order, you will be contacted by a personal manager, who will help you decide on a niche that can be profitable.
The AliDropship team will then set up a custom store just for you, with products already imported from AliExpress.
Once the site is finished, it will be ready to do business right away.
The service includes:
- Niche and market research
- Domain name (.com domain)
- Custom design
- Mobile responsive site
- Google analytics set up for you
- The AliDropship plugin
- On-site SEO optimization
- Social media marketing
There are three packages you can choose from:
- Basic @$299: With this plan, you will get a site with 50 products. Social media marketing will include a Facebook page. The store will be ready in 10-13 business days.
- Advanced @$499: You will get 100 products on your ready-to-go store. You will get Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter profiles. Delivery time will be in 13-18 business days.
- Ultimate @$899: You will get 200 products on your site. You will also have a Youtube channel set up for you and an article for your store’s homepage. Included will be a special promotional video as well as a social sharing tool that will allow you to share your products directly to your social media profiles.
Delivery time will be in 18-23 business days.
You can add their hosting service to all plans at an extra $48/year so that you do not have to get your own hosting provider, but it is not automatically included.
You will get lifelong support for your store.
WooDropship also has a custom store option. It only costs $99, which is cheaper than AliDropship’s cheapest option.
The service includes:
- Setup: Complete store set up in the niche of your choice
- WooCommerce: WooCommerce will be installed and set up on your site
- Hosting: One-year free shared hosting with 100 GB of storage will be automatically included
- SSL: Your hosting will include a free SSL certificate
- Domain name: A free .com domain name will be automatically included (you can choose which one you want as long as it’s available at a standard price)
- Customized logo: You will get a free custom logo for your store
- Payment gateway: Supply your PayPal information to set up payments with PayPal
- WooDropship Pro: You will get one month of WooDropship Pro for free (it usually costs $29/month)
Turnaround is much quicker than AliDropship – your store will be ready in only 48 hours.
Add-ons, Plugins, and Tools
Here, we’ll take a look at any add-ons or extra tools that may be available when using either plugin.
“Social Rabbit” Plugin
There are a number of add-ons, both free and premium, which are available from AliDropship. Most are compatible with WooCommerce stores.
Here is a complete list:
- DropshipMe (Free): Get a list of 50 pre-selected products from AliExpress that are likely to perform well.
- GA Enhanced Ecommerce (Free): Get detailed analytics about your ecommerce store’s performance in Google Analytics.
- Abandoned Cart (Free): Send email reminders to customers who abandoned their carts.
- Customers Gallery (Free): Add a gallery with testimonials from happy customers.
- Reviews Page ($29): Add a reviews section to your products.
- Promo Banner ($19): Add promotional banners at the top of your site to showcase specific products or sales.
- My Suppliers ($17): Get a list of all of the suppliers you are working with, along with crucial stats and data that will allow you to see which relationships are worth your time.
- Upsell ($37): Display additional related products to customers when they are buying a product.
- Google Merchant ($27): Advertise your products on the Google advertising network.
- Social Rabbit Plugin for WordPress ($69): Promote and share your products on social media. It also helps you promote your Instagram account and find popular curated content to share on social media.
- Facebook Business ($27): Quickly create product catalogs on Facebook.
- Countdown Timer ($19): Add a countdown timer to offers to create urgency.
- Recent Sales Pop-Up ($29): Display a popup on your site that shows visitors the most recent purchases. This creates social proof.
You can also get the Add-On Bundle for $145. This bundle includes the following add-ons:
- Countdown Timer
- Facebook Business
- Recent Sales Pop-Up
- Google Merchant
- Social Rabbit
By getting the Add-On Bundle, you will save $63.
WooDropship does not offer any additional add-ons. However, since it is compatible with WooCommerce, you can use WooCommerce add-ons and tools.
AliDropship “Da Vinci” Theme
AliDropship offers six free themes that you can use with your store and the AliDropship plugin.
For those using the WooCommerce version of the plugin, they offer three free themes and two premium themes (of course, you can also use any WooCommerce themes).
WooDropship also offers a number of themes you can use. You can also use your own existing theme.
Let’s take a look at other services provided by AliDropship and WooDropship, other than setting up a custom store and hosting.
Here are the services offered by AliDropship:
- AliDropship Plugin Setup ($57): This is useful for those who do not have the time to set up the AliDropship plugin themselves. This service includes setting up email notifications, the currency converter, a pricing markup formula, and more.
- Social Rabbit Plugin Setup ($79): They will set up the Social Rabbit plugin, including connecting it with the major social media platforms, uploading images to your media gallery, setting up sharing times and frequencies, and more. This does not include the actual plugin.
- Add-Ons Setup ($10): Includes setting up and configuring an add-on other than the Social Rabbit Plugin.
- Product Data Entry ($2 per product): Includes finding good suppliers, uploading products, and editing product descriptions and images.
- Custom Design ($20 per hour): Custom design for logos, images, social media posts, websites, and more.
- Theme Switching ($69): Includes setting up a theme, adding categories and menus, including widgets and other elements that were present in your previous theme, and professional design.
- Website Installation ($37): Includes setting up a website, including installing a database, AliDropship, WooCommerce, and more.
- Custom Development ($30 an hour): Any additional customizations to your website.
- Social Media Setup ($19): Includes setting up and integrating your social media profiles, along with custom design.
- SEO Starter Pack ($69): Includes basic SEO services, such as an article for your website, on-site optimization, backlinks creation, and more.
- SEO Copywriting (Starting at $20/article): Includes professionally-written SEO content.
- Promo Video Creation ($69)
- Banner Ads Design ($29)
- Facebook and Instagram Ads ($29)
- Email Marketing Setup ($69)
- Niche research ($49)
- Dropshipping Store Review ($49): Includes a professional review of your site, along with recommendations for improvements.
- Marketing Services Bundle ($269): Includes a review of your store, advertising services, and email marketing setup.
WooDropship does not offer any additional services, other than setting up a custom store for you.
AliDropship offers hosting to people who are using the plugin on their site. The hosting service is optimized for websites that have the AliDropship plugin installed.
AliDropship’s hosting uses a cPanel and PHP 7.2. All plans include a Free SSL certificate and unlimited bandwidth.
Plans are as follows:
- $48/year: 3GB disc space, 20 email addresses, up to five websites
- $86/year: 8GB disc space, 40 email addresses, up to 10 websites
- $129/year: 12GB disc space, 40 email addresses, up to 10 websites
- $220/year: 17GB disc space, 80 email addresses, up to 30 websites
Various hosting-related services are offered, starting at $20/hour. For server related services and configurations, the price starts at $40/hour.
WooDropship offers one year of shared hosting for free when you purchase a custom store. This includes 100 GB of storage.
Support and Resources
AliDropship has an extensive knowledge base with articles covering common topics and issues that will come up when installing and using the plugin.
In addition, there is the AliDropship Dropshipping Forum. This is a place where dropshippers come together to discuss topics related to the plugin and dropshipping in general.
AliDropship also has a number of helpful guides, quizzes, and articles with useful information to help you succeed with dropshipping.
AliDropship is also available in Spanish.
To contact the support team, you can send them an email via the contact form on their website.
WooDropship also has a help center with useful articles, as well as a blog with tips and tutorials.
To contact the support team, you can either send them an email or chat with them via the live chat box on their site.
While we have discussed pricing options for various add-ons and additional services, here we will see how much the actual plugins cost.
AliDropship costs a one-time fee of only $89. This includes unlimited products and lifetime support and updates.
Although there is no free trial available, you can see a live demo of both the regular version and the WooCommerce version of the plugin, along with add-ons installed.
WooDropship has several pricing options:
- Essential @$14.99/month: Import up to 3,000 product variants and fulfill up to 100 orders per month
- Pro @$29.99/month: Import up to 15,000 product variants and fulfill up to 500 orders per month
- Advanced @$49.99/month: Import up to 60,000 product variants and fulfill an unlimited number of orders every month
There is also a free seven-day trial available. During those seven days, you can import up to 1,500 product variants and fulfill up to 10 orders.
AliDropship Vs WooDropship – Which Is Better?
AliDropship is the clear winner here.
They offer a one-time fee, which will save you money in the long run.
In addition, they have more features and many different add-on tools and services that you can purchase to take your store to the next level or outsource your store setup or marketing.
The benefit of WooDropship is that in the beginning, it will require a lower startup fee, both for the plugin itself and for the custom store (which includes hosting for one year).
Thus, it may be a better option for smaller businesses who are just starting out. In addition, some may find their interface easier to use.THIS POST MAY CONTAIN AFFILIATE LINKS. PLEASE READ DISCLOSURE FOR MORE INFO.
Benjamin Levin is a digital marketing professional with 4+ years of experience with inbound and outbound marketing. He helps small businesses reach their content creation, social media marketing, email marketing, and paid advertising goals. His hobbies include reading and traveling.