How to get started dropshipping
To begin dropshipping, you will first need to decide on the platform you would want to bring your products or services to potential buyers on the internet. The 2 most popular platforms to date would be Shopify and WooCommerce.
Both WooCommerce and Shopify have their own advantages and either would be the perfect solution for you to build an eCommerce store with. Let’s look at both of them;
Shopify is an all-inclusive online selling platform and is a great option for small businesses of all sizes. For a monthly rate, businesses or individuals can create and develop an online store to promote, sell, and ship products.
Shopify is thought to be easier to use. Unlike WooCommerce, you don’t need to have an understanding of code, nor do you need to install extra software that allows you to sell online. With Shopify, all the necessary ecommerce features are built-in. Coding is the biggest difference when it comes to Shopify vs WordPress.
Shopify is a great option for those just starting in the world of e-commerce.
- Easy to start with
- Access to a wide range of features
- Low learning-curve
- Easy design options from available themes
- Limited customizations
- Harder to scale as business grows
- Can get expensive
- Shopify charges a fee per transaction
- E-Mail hosting is separate
WooCommerce is an open-source (free) e-commerce plugin for WordPress. It is designed for small to large-sized online merchants using WordPress.
Because it is free, versatile, and customizable, WooCommerce remains the most popular e-commerce platform. Since it is an open-source plugin, you don’t have to pay anything to use it. Many of its extensions, themes and compatible plugins are also free.
Although it has a slightly steeper learning curve, WooCommerce is best if you intend for your dropship operation to grow. It can handle more traffic and is more customizable for your store to stand out from the competition!
- WooCommerce and WordPress is free
- Has the most features of all e-commerce platforms due to the sheer amount of plugins available
- Thousands of themes available, and they are all customizable
- Huge community of developers and users for support
- Greater flexibility. Highly customizable
- While WooCommerce is free, it has to be hosted on a server to be accessed by your customers. Expect hosting fees and domain registration fees to use WooCommerce
- A steeper learning curve may put you off if you are new to e-commerce
- The sheer amount of customizations may may overwhelm if no proper planning is made
Our preferred platform is WooCommerce, and we seriously urge you to consider this option for reasons written here.