We have been hearing about Dropshipping everywhere for a few months or even a few years. It’s a great way to get started in e-commerce, without having to have a huge budget. The ease of access to Dropshipping is also made with e-commerce platforms which have adapted by offering offers to start their business, sometimes without any technical knowledge. Let’s see this in detail …
The various e-commerce platforms for Dropshipping
There are several platforms that each offer interesting and “turnkey” offers.
The best known, most publicized platform is without counting Shopify.
Everything “turnkey” makes sense since the site offers a Saas offer. It is a platform that hosts the entire structure and offers you, for a monthly rental, your online store.
You will be able to buy your domain name and then you will have nothing to worry about, because hosting is included in the offer.
You have the possibility to modify anything you want. You can also sell what you want in the theme you like.
Everything is configurable.
However, be aware that Shopify has an attractive offer to create its online store, but that the note can very quickly rise when you are going to use applications. These are modules that you will add to your e-commerce. Most of these “apps” are chargeable, often with free trial days to test them.
Shopify is used with apps like Oberlo (free) to simplify the task of importing and selling Dropshipping products.
You will also be able to modify the theme (template) of your shop, as you wish by customizing the colors, the writing styles.
Dropizi is the little brother of Wizishop. This French company, established on the market for many years with its Saas Wizishop solution, launched last year, a clone of its script called Dropizi.
With them, the rental offer is also offered, with a turnkey offer. You will not have any applications to add. Everything is already included.
Their solution is rather powerful since it really offers a complete package, be it in terms of marketing, sequence of reminders, etc.
The store is easy to handle, and the icing on the cake, compared to Shopify, everything is in French.
They also have a small free app, which you can use with your “Chrome” browser to source your products and automatically include them in your store.
The big plus of their platform is that you have business coaches at your disposal. They will always respond and help you if you have any concerns.
I like to talk about Woocommerce because this solution, well configured, offers real prowess, and at a lower cost to build a real online store.
Woocommerce is a plugin that you will install over WordPress. (Blog). It will cost you the domain name as well as the hosting.
Let’s say that for the Woocommerce solution, it will take some knowledge to install all of this.
However, be aware that there is no need to be an IT pro. Installation and configuration take a few minutes.
The great thing about this solution is that it is very inexpensive. Apart from the domain name and hosting, you will not have much to spend on anything else, if it is time.
Time to install some plugins (free) and configure Woocommerce.
If you want to automate the entire Dropshipping process on your site, it is advisable to use the (paid) Alidropship plugin.
It’s convenient and you save a lot of time. You can then source any product and automatically add it to your store.
The big plus of the Woocommerce script is that it references quite well in Google and quite honestly it is quite easy to learn.
Why deprive yourself of it?
A little more robust and more complex to handle, Prestashop offers a real solution. Maybe a little too much for Dropshipping.
The script requires some knowledge to take control of your E-shop and succeed in obtaining an e-commerce site in your image.
Although using Prestashop is free, you will have to buy your domain name, your hosting and integrate paid modules to make your life easier.
And finally, to make it easier for you, you will need to use the Alidropship plugin (Prestashop version) to add your product, source your items, adjust shipping costs, etc.
Prestashop is a very good script but can be a bit “heavy” to use to sell in Dropshipping, especially when you know the existing competing solutions.
To conclude in the choice of e-commerce platform
Access to Dropshipping is quick and easy, which is why I will tend to direct you to solutions like Shopify or Dropizi to simplify things. However, be aware that you will have to pay a monthly fee.
If you don’t mind going into a slightly more technical field, then I would say that a solution like Woocommerce is great because you will have no monthly fees and you can create a real store that belongs to you.
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