TUTORIAL: AliDropship Woocommerce Store (Create a Woocommerce Dropshipping Store) UPDATED 2018
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TUTORIAL: AliDropship Woocommerce Store (Create a Woocommerce Dropshipping Store) UPDATED 2018


Hey, guys. It’s me, Sarah, here from Wholesale Ted and
in today’s video, I’m gonna be doing something that has been highly requested. I’m gonna be giving an updated, step-by-step
tutorial on how to create an AliExpress dropshipping store with WooCommerce and AliDropship. So yes, if you are one of those people that
prefers to use WordPress and WooCommerce to build your dropshipping empire, then this
tutorial is for you. This is an updated version of my 2017 WooCommerce
tutorial. In that one, I used WooDropship but these
days, AliDropship is easily the best plugin on the market for AliExpress dropshipping. This is going to be a 17 step tutorial and
for each step, I’m gonna switch over to my computer so that you can see exactly how to
complete each step and follow along with my screen. Here are the 17 steps that we will be following. If you want to skip ahead to a particular
step, then I will have timestamps so that you can jump straight to it in the video description
below. All right, the fun begins. I’m gonna switch over to my computer now and
give you a quick preview of the store that we are about to build. So here is the store that we are going to
build. It features a custom logo and a nice, big
splash image to give the store character and style. Scrolling down, you can see that we’ve created
a simple yet professional design by previewing different products listed in our store. So coming back up, let’s take a look at the
menu. We’ve got a working store menu including a
submenu under the products tab, showing off the different categories of items that we
sell. So here are the coffee mugs we’ve listed in
our store. Let’s open one up so that you can see a product
page. Here is a product page. On the right, we’ve got bullet points promoting
and selling our item, which have been proven by Amazon to be effective for conversions. We’ve also got a working image gallery on
the left and customers can check out the different photos. And this product has multiple variations. Customers can purchase either a black mug,
a blue mug, a green mug, or a red mug. Scrolling down the page, you can see we’ve
got a bigger product description, great for SEO, and related products at the bottom. Scrolling back up, let’s finish this preview
off by taking a look at how customers can purchase items. I’ve added one of these self-stir mugs to
my cart. And here is our nice, simple, yet professional
checkout page. As you can see, we’ve set it up so that customers
can pay for their items with PayPal and we’ve set it so that each item has free shipping. All right. So that is the store that we are going to
build. Let’s get started. Step 1, set up our hosting and domain name
with SiteGround. To set up our hosting and our domain, we are
going to be using a low-cost yet high-quality service called SiteGround and this has gotten
a four out of five-star rating from TechRadar. Now in my 2016 and 2017 tutorials, I recommended
that you used iPage because it was the cheapest form of hosting but now, it no longer is. And the reason for that is because as of February
this year, Google now requires that websites like e-commerce stores that collect data from
customers have what is called an SSL certificate. If you don’t have one, they will flag your
site as being unsafe, massively hurting your sales and conversions. And an SSL certificate is unfortunately not
included with an iPage subscription, however, it is included for free with a SiteGround
subscription. A one-year subscription to SiteGround will
cost you $4.95 a month paid upfront, however, sometimes you can catch it for $3.95 a month
and if you find it for that price, I would recommend that you snap it up fast. Another option is to instead choose to purchase
a one-month trial with SiteGround, however, this is not something I recommend that you
do unless you are really strapped for cash. The reason for that is they will charge you
$4.95 for that one month plus a huge $14.95 fee so just one month is going to cost you
$20. And after that, if you want to keep your site
active, then you’re going to need to purchase at least a one-year subscription plan so it’s
much better to just go ahead and do it upfront. If you would like to follow along with this
tutorial, you will find the link to how you can get a SiteGound subscription in the video
description below. Please be aware, that is an affiliate link. Here at Wholesale Ted, all of our YouTube
tutorial videos are free and affiliate links help us keep our videos free. Come and click on the Web Hosting button in
the top menu. Click the button under Shared Hosting. Come to the StartUp plan and select Get Started. Now, let’s register our domain name. Type in the domain name that you want. Make sure that you have .com selected. I don’t recommend using any other type of
URL. Then, click the Proceed button and just let
the page load. All right. Now you need to create an account. For this, you’re going to need to choose an
email address to use as your username and a password. Make sure you choose an email address that
you have easy access to and that you don’t mind receiving emails in. I’m gonna be blurring out all of my personal
details in this section to keep them private. And of course, select a strong password as
you will be using this site to make sales and collect customer’s private data so having
a strong password is crucial. All right. Once you’ve created your account, you are
going to need to fill out your personal details. You will need to give your full name, your
address, and your phone number. Other information is optional. After that, fill out your credit card details. This will be the credit card that you will
be using to purchase your hosting and domain name from SiteGround. Again, I’ve blurred out my details for this
video for obvious reasons. If your billing address is different from
the address you gave above, you can deselect this checkbox and fill in the correct details. Under Hosting Services, select the period
that you want. For most, it’ll be either the trial or the
one-year plan. As this is just a tutorial and I don’t plan
on keeping this store, I’m selecting the trial plan. And after that, just scroll down to the end
of the page, click the confirm checkbox, and select the Pay Now button. Then, just let SiteGround load and create
your account. And, done. Now just click the Proceed to Customer Area
button. Now, if you are really strapped for cash,
then you can choose to purchase your domain name through another site like GoDaddy or
NameCheap to save a few dollars but if you do do that, then you are gonna have to go
through the technical process of updating the nameservers and then pointing that domain
name at your store which is why I recommend that most beginners just purchase their domain
name through SiteGround. They will connect your domain name for you,
which means that you will have less technical hurdles to have to overcome, meaning that
you get set up faster and that you can start making money faster. Step 2, install WordPress. WooCommerce is a plugin for the content management
system called WordPress. Before we can install WooCommerce, we need
to install WordPress. Luckily, WordPress is free and SiteGround
makes it super easy for us to install it in just a few clicks. Let me switch over to my computer and show
you just how easy it is to do this. Come to the Members Area inside SiteGround. Make sure you are in My Accounts. Then, come and click the Launch Setup Wizard
button. From the menu, click the Start a new website
checkbox. Once you’ve done that, choose to install WordPress,
not WooCommerce. You will then need to create your WordPress
login details. Choose an email address that you have easy
log-in access to. You will also need to select a username and
a password. Don’t create a weak password. It is very important to keep your account
secure. And once you’ve done that, click the Confirm
button. On the next page, they’re just trying to sell
you unnecessary extras you don’t need, click the Confirm button again. On the next page, tick this checkbox and then
click the Complete Setup button and then wait for the page to load. This may take a few minutes. This is absolutely normal. Don’t exit. Awesome. Now just select the Proceed to Customers Area
button to return to your SiteGround admin area and you are done. Step 3, install WooCommerce. Now that we’ve installed WordPress, we can
now install WooCommerce and that is really easy to do. Let me switch back to my computer and show
you how to complete this step. Once again, start out in your SiteGround account. Make sure that you are in the My Accounts
section of it. Then come and click the Go to Admin Panel
button. Now you’re at the log-in page for your new
WordPress site. Log in using the login details that we created
in step 2. And now you’re in your new WordPress site. On the sidebar menu, click Plugins. Now, click the Add New button. All right. Now we just need to come to the plugins search
bar and type in WooCommerce. Once you’ve typed it in, the WooCommerce plugin
should show up and then you just need to click the Install Now button. It may take a few minutes to install. Don’t click away, just be patient. Awesome. Once it’s installed, just click this button. Now we need to complete our WooCommerce setup. You’ll need to select what country you live
in and fill out your address. I recommend keeping the currency to USD and
selecting that you plan to just sell physical products. Once you’ve done that, click the Let’s go!
button. Now again, we just need to let it load. This can take a few minutes. That’s absolutely normal. Don’t click away, just be patient. And that’s it. We’ve successfully installed WooCommerce. Let’s move on to the next step. Step 4, install and activate the AliDropship
plugin. AliDropship is the best AliExpress dropshipping
plugin for WordPress. It is very similar to Oberlo. Not only does it greatly speed up the process
of adding items to our store, but it is going to semi-automate the fulfillment process,
making it much easier to process our customers’ orders. AliDropship costs $89 to purchase. Keep in mind though that this is a one-off
purchase, unlike Oberlo which charges you fees once you sell 50 or more items a month. Once you purchase AliDropship, that is it. I will have a link to where you can get AliDropship
in the video description below. Please be aware, that is an affiliate link. If you would choose it, we would greatly appreciate
it. All right. So to begin with, we need to start out by
purchasing it and installing it. Let me switch over to my computer and show
you how to do this. Come to the AliDropship site. Again, I’ll have the link to it in the video
description below. Click Buy Plugin button. On the next page, click the Buy Now button. On the checkout page, enter your email address. You don’t need to add any comments. Then just scroll down and enter your credit
card details. If you’d prefer, you can choose to buy the
plugin with PayPal instead of a credit card. After that, click the Complete Order button. Now just let the page load. It may take a few minutes, that’s normal. Don’t click away, just be patient. On this page, just click the Continue button. This is an upsell page and we don’t need what
they’re selling us. Awesome. We’ve purchased AliDropship. Scroll down and find the AliDropship WooCommerce
plugin and click the Download button. When you click it, the plugin should download
to your computer. Okay, so what we’re gonna do is switch back
to our WordPress Dashboard while keeping this page open. We’ll need our license key later. On the left menu, click the Plugins button. On the Plugins page, click the Add New button. After that, just click the Upload Plugin button. On the next page, you’ll need to select Choose
File and find the AliDropship file you just downloaded and select it. Then, click Install Now. The installation process make take a few moments
and again, this is absolutely normal. Don’t click away. Awesome. Now just click the Activate Plugin button
and you’ve successfully installed AliDropship. All right. Now that we have purchased AliDropship and
installed it, we need to add our license key to it so that we can activate it. Earlier, when we purchased AliDropship, I
said to keep that purchase page open and the reason for that was because it had our license
key on it. So go back to that page now and I will show
you how to add the license key to your plugin and activate it. Come back to the AliDropship purchase confirmation
page. Find your license key and copy it. And then switch back to your WordPress Admin
area. On the left sidebar menu, click the AliDropship
Woo button. Then come and select the License button. Then all you need to do is paste in your license
key and click the Activate button. After that, it’s time to move on to the next
step. Step 5, install the AliDropship Chrome Extension. Later on in this video, in step 9, we are
going to automatically add AliExpress products to our store using the AliDropship Chrome
Extension. That means if you haven’t already, you are
going to need to get the Chome browser and install it. So if you haven’t done that already, go do
so now. To download the AliDropship Chrome Extension,
you will need to go to the Chrome web store and I will have a link to how you can get
there in the video description below. All right. Let me switch back to my computer and show
you how to do this. Come to the Chrome web store extensions. Again, I’ll have a link to it in the video
description below. Go to the search bar and type in AliDropship. When the extension appears, click the Add
to Chrome button. On the pop-up, click Add Extension. When it successfully installs, you’ll see
this success message in the top right of your browser. Close this message. Then click the AliDropship Chrome button and
type in the URL of your new store and click Add. And then that’s it. You’ve successfully added the AliDropship
Chrome Extension. It’s time to move on to the next step. Step 6, install the AliDropship Theme – Shopper. One of the quirks of working with the AliDropship
plugin is that it is not compatible with many WordPress themes. You need to make sure that you are choosing
a theme that is compatible with AliDropship. There are multiple themes to choose from and
you only need to use one of their free ones. You don’t need to pay for any of their premium
themes. I think that the easiest theme for beginners
to use to create a simple yet professional store is the Shopper theme so that is what
we are going to be using in this tutorial. To download and install it, you will need
to go to the AliDropship Themes page and again, I’ll have a link to that in the video description
below. All right. So let me switch back to my computer and show
you just how simple it is to do this. Start out by coming to the AliDropship Theme
page. Again, I’ll have a link to it in the video
description below. So scroll down until you find the Shopper
theme. We’ll be using this one so click it. On the Theme page, click the Download button. When you do this, it will start downloading
to your computer. When it’s finished downloading, switch back
to your WordPress dashboard. On the side menu, put your mouse over the
Appearance button and click the Themes button from the submenu. On the Themes page, come and click the Add
New button. Then on the Add Themes page, click the Upload
Theme button. Click the Choose File button then find the
Shopper theme file that we downloaded to your computer earlier and open it. And then just click the Install Now button
and wait for it to install. Awesome. All that is left for you to do is to click
the Activate button and you are done. It is time to move on to the next step. Step 7, edit the AliDropship settings. In this step, we’re gonna be doing a couple
of things. Firstly, we’re gonna be setting it so that
AliDropship will override the customer’s phone number with our phone number on the checkout
page. That means the supplier, if they need to get
in contact with us, will use our phone number and not the customer’s. Secondly, we’re gonna be adding in an automatic
note to each order that will tell the AliExpress suppliers to not include any invoices or marketing
materials with our order. This is called “blind dropshipping” and it
means that the customer will not find out how much that we originally paid for the item. We’re also gonna be setting it so that AliDropship
will check if any of our suppliers have run out of stock and if they have, it’s gonna
set our inventory to zero. So I’m gonna switch back now and show you
how to edit AliDropship settings. Come to your WordPress Dashboard and click
the AliDropship Woo button on the left menu. When the page loads, come and click on Settings
in the left menu. Now we’re gonna update the Checkout settings. First we’re gonna set it so that when customers
order an item, the AliExpress supplier will be given our phone number not the customer’s. So come to the Default phone number and type
in your phone number. Don’t worry, the customer won’t see this. Then click this button so that your phone
number will override the customer’s number. And after that, type in this custom note. This will mean that no promo materials or
invoices will be included in the package. In this industry, we call that blind dropshipping. Then just click Save Changes. All right. Now we’re gonna change the Order Update settings. Come to the left menu and click the Updates
button. Now, come to this button and click it. Change it so that when a variation disappears
or is out of stock, that the quantity for it will automatically set to zero. Keep the rest of the settings like they are. You can change these if you like though. It’s entirely up to you. Now just come to Auto Update and click the
Enable button. Keep it set to update once daily and then
just click Save Changes. Step 8, add a custom logo and update our store’s
color scheme. Adding a custom logo and giving it a custom
color scheme is gonna help give our store a brand and a unique feel. Now, you can create a logo for free using
a logo maker and I will have a link to one in the video description below. For most of you though, you’re probably gonna
get a much better logo made if you just head on over to Fiverr and get a graphic designer
to make one for you and it’s gonna cost you just $5 plus a $0.50 transaction fee. And something that you will want to do before
you go ahead to complete this step is to pick a color that matches your store’s niche. For me, I’m selling coffee accessories,
so I’m going to choose the colour brown since coffee beans are brown. So once you’ve gone ahead and chosen your
colour, follow along with me on my computer. Start out on the Dashboard. On the left sidebar, click the Appearance
button. Now click the Customize button after putting
your mouse over the Shopper Theme. Okay. Start out by clicking Site Identity. Then, click Select logo. Click the Select Files button. Now, find where you saved your logo on your
computer and open it. Once loaded, click Select. On the next page, you’ll have an option to
crop the image. I don’t need to crop my image so I’m just
gonna click Open Image. Fantastic. We’ve now added a custom logo to our store. Let’s modify the color scheme. Come and click the back button. Now, select the Color button in the left menu. Come to the Link color and click Select Color. Choose the color that you’ve already chosen
for your store. Because I’m selling coffee accessories, I’m
gonna be selecting a brown. All right. So when you’ve chosen your color, come and
click the Publish button to save it. Next, click the back button. On the left side menu, select Buttons. Now come to Background color and choose the
same color that you chose before. Almost there. Now just click Publish. And that’s it. We’ve added a custom logo and color theme
to our store. Step 9, add products to your store. For this step, we’re gonna be going over to
AliExpress and then importing products directly in using the AliDropship Chrome Extension. So, of course, that means that to complete
this step, you’re going to need to open up your Chrome browser. So go ahead and do that now and then head
on over to AliExpress. Come to AliExpress and do a search for the
product that you want to add. Let the results load up. Once the results have loaded, scroll through
the list and find the product that you want to add. Put your mouse over it and click the AliDropship
button. Wait a few moments while the product is being
added to your store. When you get the tick, it means it was successfully
added. Okay. So I’m just gonna scroll through the listings
and add one randomly. All right. So let’s choose this one. I’m gonna click the AliDropship button and
give it a few moments to add it to my store. Success. Now I’m gonna switch back to my WordPress
Dashboard to show you it’s been added. I’m gonna come and click on the Products button
and look, there are the products that we selected. So go through now and add each of the products
you plan to sell from AliExpress. Step 10, how to add product categories. Come to the left sidebar menu and hover your
mouse over the Products button and select Categories from the submenu. All right. So I’m gonna add in one item category, coffee
mugs. So I’m gonna come to name and type in coffee
mugs. Next, I’m gonna add in a Slug. If you don’t know what this means then don’t
worry about it. It is optional. Now I’m just gonna scroll down the page and
click the Add new category button. And then that’s it. Coming here, we can see that my coffee mug
category has been successfully added. I’m now gonna pause in the video and add in
two extra categories. Done. I’ve gone and added two new categories, coffee
spoons and travel mugs. So go on and add your product categories now. Step 11, how to create an About Us page. On the left WordPress menu, click the Pages
button. Then come and click the Add New button. Come and enter a title. A simple title like About Us works great. Now you just need to enter your content. I’ve already written up some filler content
for this video. I’m also going to use an image as part of
my About Us page. I’m going to set it so that the picture is
on the left side of the page with the text I’ve prepared in advance written around it. Don’t stress too much over your About Us page. It’s important to have one as it creates trust
and legitimizes your store but a simple page with three to four paragraphs is plenty in
the beginning. I find that a lot of beginners overthink things
like the About Us page and put too much emphasis on it. You can make a better page later, once you
are making sales. Once you’ve finished adding content, click
the Publish button. And then that’s it. We’ve successfully created our About Us page. You can preview it by clicking the Preview
Changes button. It’s time to move on to the next step. Step 12, how to add a Contact Us page. On the left sidebar, click the Plugins button. Now, click Add New. In the search bar, type contact form. Click Install Now next to Contact Form 7 and
let it install. Once install, click the Activate button. Come back and click the button titled Plugins. Click the Settings button under Contact Form
7. Come and copy the shortcode on this page. Then click Pages. Click Add New. Type in a title. Contact Us works great. Now paste in the shortcode that we copied
earlier. Then just click Publish and you are done. You’ve successfully created a contact form. Messages from it will be sent to the email
address you created with your WordPress account. Step 13, how to add free shipping. For this tutorial, I’m gonna keep it nice
and simple. I’m gonna set up one shipping option and that
is free shipping. It means that all of the products in your
store will be eligible for free shipping. This means that you’re going to need to be
keeping this in mind when you’re pricing your products since you need to absorb the cost
of the shipping into the price that you are charging. Luckily though, shipping costs on AliExpress
are very, very cheap. Something else that is very important to note
is that for this tutorial, I didn’t specify any particular countries so my shipping was
applied worldwide but I don’t suggest this for most people. As I explained in my video “10 Things to DO
BEFORE Dropshipping,” I recommend that beginners stick to countries that have fast, efficient
shipping options. And the absolute easiest country to begin
with is dropshipping to the USA. I recommend that beginners just start out
focusing on the USA market because they have a very fast, efficient shipping option called
ePacket. All right. Let me switch over to my computer and show
you just how easy it is to do this. On the left menu, hover your mouse over WooCommerce
and then click the Settings button. Then come and click on the Shipping tab. Now come and click Add shipping zone. Name it Free Shipping. You can also select which countries you want
to ship to in the Zone regions. If you don’t select any countries, it will
be a worldwide shipping option. Once you’ve done that, click Add shipping
method. A pop-up box will appear. From the dropdown menu, select Free shipping
and then click Add shipping method. And then that is it. Something important is that if you selected
particular countries, this shipping option will only apply to those countries and people
from other countries won’t be able to order from you unless you create a shipping option
for them. This is a good way to limit which countries
you ship to. Step 14, how to set up PayPal. To keep this tutorial and accessible for people
worldwide, I’m gonna show you how to set up your checkout with PayPal. To accept payments, you’re going to need a
business PayPal account. Luckily, turning your personal PayPal account
into a business one is free. Another good payment option is Stripe. Now, if you are eligible to use Stripe while
having your currency set to USD, I highly recommend that you add this to your store. But for this video, we’re just gonna be adding
in PayPal. Let me switch back to my computer and show
you just how easy it is to do this. On the left menu, hover your mouse over WooCommerce
and then click the Settings button. On the Settings page, click the Checkout tab
at the top of the page. Now just scroll all the way down to the bottom
of this page. At the bottom, click the PayPal button. All righty. So enabling it is simple. Just click the Enable checkbox. This will enable PayPal. Then, add your PayPal email address in the
PayPal email box. After that, just scroll down to the end of
the page and click the Save changes button. And once you’ve clicked that, you are done. Now customers will be able to pay for their
items using PayPal. There are other options on the Checkout settings
like Direct bank transfer and Cash on delivery but because we haven’t checked to enable them,
they won’t show up for the customer. Step 15, how to customize your homepage. It’s a myth that you need a super fancy store
design to make sales. Having a simple, clean design with a bit of
a unique feel is all you need for a profitable store. So we’re gonna keep this tutorial nice and
easy. We’re gonna, first of all, add a big splash
image to our homepage and then we’re gonna set it so that we’ve got a title and a subtitle
overlaid on top of it. And next, we’re gonna set it up so that we’ve
got different products that we’re selling in our store previewed on our homepage. It’s a really nice, easy way to keep our store
looking professional. Okay, come to the left menu and click on the
Pages button. Then come and click on the Add New button. All right. So what we need to do is create some headline
text for our page and some subtext that will go under the headline. The headline text should be typed into the
Title box and the subtext should be placed in the big text box. I prepared some text in advance. Just a quick note. While I’m writing worldwide free shipping,
that is a more advanced tactic. I recommend beginners start out by just dropshipping
to the USA. Once you’ve added some text, come to Page
Attributes. From the dropdown menu, select Homepage. Next, we need to add a splash image. This image should be at least 1080 pixels
long and 500 pixels high. A good place to find a splash image for your
site is Google Images. Be sure to search for images that are free
to use and edit, even for commercial purposes. If you don’t use images that have a license
that lets you do this, then you will risk being sued. For more information, watch my video, “How
to Not Get Sued When Dropshipping,” which I will include a link to in the video description
below. Being sued may sound scary but don’t worry. It’s very easy to avoid this happening to
you as long as you follow my advice. Once the image has finished loading, click
the Set featured image button. Awesome. We have now added our homepage splash image. Now we just need to click the Publish button. Now we’ve got to go and set this page as our
homepage so on the left menu, come and hover your mouse over the Settings button and then
click the Reading button. Next, to your homepage displays, click the
static page checkbox. And then from the dropdown menu, select the
page we just created. After that, click Save Changes. Almost done. Now just come and click on the Appearance
button in the left menu. Then click on this Customize button. Now click on Home Page. Here, we can choose which product categories
we will preview on our store homepage. If you have all of these showing, the page
will get cluttered. Remove two different previews and remove the
product categories and blog preview from the homepage. And that’s it. We have successfully customized and updated
our homepage design. As you can see, it’s got different product
previews that we chose to keep and we no longer have the categories or blog posts listed on
the homepage. To finish, just click the Publish button. Fantastic. I’m now gonna open up the homepage on my full
screen so that you can take a better look at the design. All right. So here is the homepage. As you can see, our splash image is at the
top and it has the title text that we wrote and the subtest that we created is on here
too. And, of course, scrolling down, we can see
the product previews we chose are here as well. We’ve created a nice, simple, clean homepage
design. It’s time to move on to the next step. Step 16, update the product pages. For this step, I’m gonna be editing two different
products. I’m gonna be editing the self-stir mug, which
comes in multiple color variations. The second product that I’m going to be updating
is this camera lens travel mug and it comes in a single variation and that is black. I’ll also show you how to set a product on
sale using the self-stir mug and I’m gonna show you how to set a product to not be on
sale using the camera lens travel mug. Now, this part is easily going to be the most
time-consuming part of setting up your store. Creating unique product descriptions can certainly
be quite time-consuming but it’s well worth it. So let’s go ahead and edit our product pages. All right. So come to the left menu and click on the
Products button. So the first product that we’re going to edit
is the self-stir mug. It’s a product with multiple variations so
I’ll show you how to delete the ones you don’t want and edit the ones you want to keep. First things first though. Delete the product title and enter your own. Next, delete the description and enter your
own. I’m gonna be pasting in a description I have
prepared in advance. Now scroll down the page until you come to
the short description box. In this box, write some bullet points that
promote and sell the item. I’m gonna be pasting in the ones that I’ve
prepared in advance. Okay. So next we need to edit the product data. Don’t worry about changing any of this in
the Inventory tab and you don’t need to change anything in the Shipping tab either. And you can optionally choose to link products
for upsells and cross-sells. Something we do want to edit though is the
Attributes. For the Color Attribute, I’m deleting the
colors I plan to remove, the sky blue mug and the yellow mug. And then after I’ve done this, I’m going to
be going through and hiding some attributes that I think look clunky and unprofessional
to include. I’m gonna be hiding these because they’ll
show up on our product page. This data has been pulled directly from AliExpress
and a lot of suppliers on there have awkward English, which leads to these clunky attributes. And in addition to hiding them, you can permanently
remove them or you can even edit them. But all of these are optional. You may disagree with me and want to include
some attributes but hide others and that is absolutely okay. These attributes won’t be in the main section
of your product description. They’ll be in their own separate tab. Once I’ve finished editing this self-stir
mug, I’ll show you where they appear. And I’ll be honest, setting up product listings
is one of my least favorite things to do but you need to make sure that you don’t take
shortcuts. It’s important that you edit them to make
them look professional and engaging and it’s at this point that a lot of people get bored
and they give up. Don’t be one of those people. Dropshipping requires more than just throwing
money at ads. We need to do our best to convince the customer
that not only should they buy this item, but that they should trust us as well. And having professional-looking product pages
helps to go a long way in getting them to trust us. Fantastic. We’ve updated our attributes. Now we’re gonna click on the Variations tab. This sky blue mug is a variation that I don’t
want so I’m going to remove it. Cool. It’s been successfully removed. I’ll now show you how you can update the prices
of the variations that you do want to keep. I’m gonna be putting this mug on sale from
$19.99 down to $14.99. All right. So as this is quite a long process to watch,
I’m now gonna pause this video and remove the variations of the mug that I don’t want
and update the prices on the variants that I want to keep. Done. Okay, after you’ve edited the variants, click
the Advanced tab. Untick Enable reviews and then that is it. We don’t need to update the Supplier info
or the Review tab. Then come and click the category that the
item fits into. And then just click Publish. Perfect, we’ve updated a product with variations. I’m gonna preview this page now so you can
see what it looks like. So on the left is the image gallery and on
the right are the bullet points from our short product description. Down here, you can see the main description
that I added. And if we click on Additional Information,
you’ll see the product attributes that we chose to have are visible. All right. So let’s switch back and update the camera
lens travel mug. On the left menu, come back to the Products
button and click it. Now, I’m just going to find the camera lens
travel mug and open it. This item will be different to edit as it
has no variations. Again, the first thing we want to do is delete
the title and put our own one in. Next, just like before, we want to delete
the description and write our own. And then come to the Product short description
box and write some bullet points promoting the item. Coming back to Product data, just like before,
we don’t need to make any changes to the Inventory or Shipping tabs but you can optionally add
upsells or cross-sells if you’d liked to in the Linked Products tab. Once again though, we need to go through the
attributes and hide or remove any that we don’t want. While I’m doing this, I want to take the opportunity
to talk a little bit about my product description. I wrote that product description as an example
of one that is optimized for search engine optimization traffic, that is why the description
is very long. However, if you’re planning on running paid
ads to it, then don’t feel you need a long product description. A short two to three paragraph description
along with stuff like a shipping disclaimer and trust lines like Secure Checkout with
Mastercard and Visa should be more than enough. That product description was just filler. Don’t copy it. I just wrote some text to help people visualize
what theirs could look like. Once you’ve updated the product attributes,
click Save attributes. Now, if we come to the Variations tab, you’ll
see that it looks very different because there are not multiple variations of it but we still
need to come to this page to update the item price. I’m not going to put this mug on sale so that
you can see what an item looks like when it’s not on sale. All right. And just like before, we’re gonna come to
the Advanced tab and turn reviews off. And we don’t need to make changes to the Supplier
info or Review tabs. Tick the correct category for the item. I accidentally ticked coffee mug instead of
travel mug, whoops. And then click the Update button. And that’s it. We’ve updated the page. I’m gonna preview the product listing now
so you can see what it looks like. So we’ve got the image gallery and the bullet
points at the top and there is no sale price this time. And scrolling down, you can see that the description
I added in is here along with related products at the bottom. And if we click the Additional Information
tab, the attributes we chose are visible. Looking at these closer now, I think that
I would edit some of these since the values in them are wrong but luckily, as I’ve shown
in this section of the tutorial, updating them is easy. So go on, edit your product pages and we can
then move on to the next step. There are a couple of things that I want to
note. Firstly, I accidentally said that my items
would arrive within one to two weeks. If you are doing AliExpress dropshipping with
ePacket as your shipping option, I would recommend telling the customer that it’s gonna take
two to four weeks to arrive. And again, I really don’t recommend that beginners
start out by dropshipping worldwide. If you are new to this, then I recommend just
focusing on USA and only selling items that have ePacket as a shipping option. I also forgot to show you how to edit images
in the image gallery. It’s pretty simple though. You can delete images and reorder them in
this gallery section here. All right. We are almost done. Congratulations on making it this far. Just one final step to go. Step 17, create a store menu. All right. Now we just need to create our store menu
and on it, it’s gonna have a link to our homepage, our About Us page, our Contact Us page, and
a link to all of our products. And we will also be creating a submenu that
contains links to our different product categories. All right. So let’s switch over to my computer and complete
this final step. On our left menu, hover your mouse on Appearance
and then click the Menus button. We’re only gonna be creating one menu, the
main menu. Come and type in a name for it. The name Primary Menu works well. After that, just click Create Menu. Awesome. When the page loads, click Primary Menu as
the display location. After that, click the Save Menu button. All right. Now come and tick the pages that I am. The first page on the list should be your
homepage. Don’t worry, we will be changing the name
of it for our menu. Once you’ve selected all of these, click to
Add to Menu. Perfect. Let’s change the funny name of our homepage
to to say Home. I’m typing in caps because as part of the
theme design, all menu items get capitalized anyway. I also like changing Shop to the name Products
since I think it’s more descriptive. People will know that if they click it, they’ll
see a list of our products. After that, it’s time to add in categories. Unfortunately, we have to add to add these
URLs in manually so in another window, open up your Product Categories page. Now you’ve got two options. You can either right-click the View button
under the category you want to add and click the Copy Link Address button to get the URL
or you can open up the page and you can copy the URL in the browser screen. Some people might find that easier to do. Once you’ve got the URL, come back to your
Menu page, under Custom Links, paste in the URL. And then in Link Text, type in the name of
your category. Then just click Add to Menu. Perfect. Now come and click the category and drag it
so that it is both under the Products tab and indented like I’ve done here. This turns it into a submenu item for that
Products button. Okay. So what I’m gonna do is I’m gonna pause this
video and then add in my two other categories. Awesome. So you can see, I’ve added in my two other
categories to create the submenu. So what I’m gonna do is show you a preview
of the site so that you can see how the submenu looks. All right. So if we come to the Home button, you can
see it takes us to the homepage. And if we hover over the Products button,
you can see that our submenu pops up. And by clicking on the different items in
the submenu, we can go to their respective categories. And if we click About Us, you can see that
that works. And finally, if we click Contact Us, it takes
to that page as well. Well, everyone, that’s it. We’ve completed the final step. Congratulations, you’ve completed your very
own AliExpress dropshipping store using WooCommerce and AliDropship. And that is it. We are done. Congratulations on creating your new store. Now there are still several things that you
can add to it to make it even better. For example, I recommend that you add links
to your different social media accounts in the footer and I also recommend adding a refund
policy page. And I would highly recommend going in and
updating the metadata of your store, in particular, the title. But for now, if you follow this tutorial,
you can set up a nice, basic, semi-automated dropshipping store that works. Now, if you would like to get even more free
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90 Comments

  • Wholesale Ted

    What platform do you want to create your store with? Woocommerce? Shopify? Wix? What is your favourite? 😀

  • Thomas Coughlin

    Hello!!! 🙂 This is awesome and so well done. I have a quick question! 🙂

    I downloaded the alidropship woo plugin and it downloaded as an alidswoo folder and has a alidswoo.php file instead of a alidswoo_ion.zip
    When I select the alidswoo.php file, I get an "error unpacking the file" after I read it.

    Do you know what may have gone wrong? Does any one else get this error?
    -Tom

  • Ricardo Canha

    Hello. Great tutorial.
    I had run into a problem. When setting up the home page, the home page template does not appear, there is only the blog option to show . Do I need to pay any for a plan or that option is free?

    Thanks

  • Kristina Vision

    Dear Sarah, how to add colors to cell phone and tablet menu? Is it black background with white letters the only option ?

  • CrypticBlueHue

    Okay so no monthly fees, but what's the grand total for initial startup? Cause the whole reason I can't do monthly fees is a lack of cash starting out. If it wasn't for a major lack of cash I'd totally be fine with the fees lol

  • m98794

    im having problem for installing alidropship woocommerce saying
    Ooops! ionCube Loader Not found.
    so how to solve it please
    and also my phpinfo.php not exist how to fix it
    thanks in advance

  • Tulbezus

    Hi there, amazing tutorial! I was wondering, is the AliDropship plugin that necessary to run your WooCommerce dropshipping website? Can't find any appropriate answer, Thank you in advice. 🙂

  • Jesriel Alsonado

    Is there any ways/plugin/settings to detect the shipping method+fee of a product imported from aliexpress for a particular customer country/address? just like in Aliexpress? because my concern is what if the product has no available option for the buyers address or if there is, it has high fee. Because checking per product is very much hassle and time wasting.
    My store is powered by woocommerce+alidropship woo.

  • Lynette Knight

    Do you have a video showing AliDropship Woo and how to customize product purchase at zero and shipping for $7.95 or $8.95, etc…? I haven't found a step by step to help me with this. And it's a great idea on your part. I just don't know how to execute.

  • Mubarak Al Dhaheri

    As usual what you are showing in your channel is priceless,,,, people pay money to programmers to do this.
    Thank you Sara

  • Why Me

    Something major that hasn’t been covered is money. How do the Ali express sellers get paid? Do we need to email the sellers the orders? Does the plugin do this? Does PayPal pay the sellers and pay us the profit margin? Etc etc.

  • Why Me

    Can only import products with USD prices even though changed currency in Ali Express to AUD, please provide a solution, very frustrating, thanks 🙂

  • Kristine M

    Made a website following your tutorial before, using woodropship and I just switch to alidropship plugin with this current tutorial !
    WordPress, Woocommerce and Alidropship …I think this is the best – Thanks a lot Sarah

  • Derek Doherty

    Hey. Liking your videos. Would you recommend Woodropship also? trying to figure out whats best to work with WordPress for dropshipping. Thanks

  • Scott K

    Don't I have to link the plugin to my aliexpress account or to a payment method somehow? How else can it place order on AliExpress automatically?

  • Charlie U.K.

    Any chance you have a video elaborating further on the Woo Commerce setup that begins at 9:38 in your video, showing how to setup the "Payment", "Shipping", "Extras", etc tabs?
    Thanks for the great videos!

  • Praveen Reddy

    Hi Sarah

    Another great video.

    Request you to clarify my following doubts,I am in big confusion.
    – Does Alidrop sets automated order system or we need to it.
    – Can I sell my products along with AliExpress products
    – I am from India which payment gateway do you recommend? I want focus in India as well in USA,Canada market too.
    – some products I sell of my own,in that case how can I stop others for not ordering,because I have a shipping issue.
    – I want use avada theme and I Saw some videos along with alidrooship plugin they are offering themes too.
    – Must Have plugins for this store,pls let me know.
    – How to handle returns in this case.
    Thanks in Advance.
    Pls share your number I am a business consultant,looking for good business partner in USA.

  • Daniel Andrade

    Hello Sarah, I'm Daniel and Brazilian, my English is not very good.
    I have some questions, can you help me:
    1 – How to contact suppliers after a sale?
    2 – How is the resale process? When the customer buys a product what exactly do I have to do? Contact the supplier, buy the product,
    inform the customer's purchase location and their data
    and ask for the product tracking code to inform the customer. How do you explain the whole process?
    3 – Which suppliers to choose?
    4 – How do you contact suppliers?

    Excuse me, my English is not so good.
    Your tutorials are amazing, congratulations.
    Won one more subscriber.

  • Frederic Cook

    …..Wordpress is incredible!…..Wix is good also……..Sarah's Videos are to the point….No wild stories…engaging you into something you cant afford…The easiest to understand IMO for new users……

  • DKay

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  • Divine Stanley

    Hi W Ted
    Being battling with starting Dropshipping. Thank you for your Tutorial has ging me a great idea of where to start. However, I have a big problem with my chosen Nich because of various sizes. It has to do with bra sizes. I'm not very sure on how to create the sizes on my store. Please I need advice

    Thank you
    Divine

  • De Racketclub

    I wasted many days to only get the licensing working and it still don't work. The Alidropshipping company is not answering my messages and so I didn't even try the product that I bought for usd 89, which is not expensive but it is when it can't even licensed. The company should contact to solve these problems because this is a problem between the company and the hosting provider. When the problem is working, it might be great but here is the real problem of this product. I am very disappointed about it because I wasted already several days!

    By the way, the videos of you are great and made me buy this product but a product is only great when it is working and the company alidropship.com is not helping you with it.
    Now try to find some other product, that maybe is not as good as Alidropship but hopefully is working!

  • Ben S

    For those doing this in 2019…

    I'm having issues with the ionCube loader. Wasn't addressed in this video. But you will have to enable this on your account to be able to use the alidropship plugin.

    Be sure to check what version of php you have. That will affect what version of Alidropship you use.

    Edit: Everything looks a little different than in the video. But it still follows the same procedure.

  • Ezekiel Attah Ocheja

    Hello Sarah,

    Something always confuses me – what is the difference between woocommerce and alidropshipping plugin ? Thank you .

  • The Doppleganger

    Great video, as always. I really appreciate your journey through all the facets of dropshipping and you sharing it with us. Few YouTubers have been in this game as long as you have, and it shows. Yours and Franklin's videos always go one step beyond.

  • Chandra Ellington

    Hi, your video was very helpful. There were some parts of the tutorial that didn't appear on my screen. For example, Step 7. Also, what store address should I enter? I just purchased the Alidropship Woo plugin, along with the WooCommerce theme. Please advise and let me know if you another store setup video that I can watch. Thanks in advance.

  • Travis Dulaney

    I went through this whole tutorial! thanks! …..do i have to sign up for a aliexpress account? you didnt mention that. also, if i do, how to i link it?

  • Caribbean_soaring

    Sarah, I need a video on how to setup free shipping on some dropship items and still offer flat rate for Printful items with WooCommerce.

  • The Profetas

    Hi. Thanks for this tutorial. Just want to know if I need to remove all products that come in a demo import prior to importing the "real products" I am going to sell. I don't know if it changes the layout.

  • Minister Fay

    Hi Sarah, Love your channel. I have had nothing but technical issues sense I started this program and the Start-ware reps act as though they don't want to be on the phone. There are so many updates sense you did this video. I'll keep trying.

  • MYRSINA GOURAS

    I can't seem to see AliDropship Woo Plugin on the side of my wordpress. I can see it says Ooops! ionCube Loader Not found. But so does it on your screen so I'm assuming thats not the issue. Do you have any suggestions?

  • Clario I

    Hi Sarah, thanks for the great info. In step 14 you said if you're eligible to use US dollars on Stripe you'd recommend doing that. I can't find much info on that. Do I need to set up an LLC to be able to do it if I live outside the US?

  • Adam Biz

    Great video. A question. Do we need to speak to suppliers before hand or we can just select & add products to our website and just submit order to supplier mentioning its a dropshipping order.
    The only challenge i think is if we have 100s of items do we need to speak to every supplier before hand?

  • J C Bywaters

    Did you add your own price to an item then immediately reduced it in a sale price before having that actual item for purchase in your store at the main price for certain amount of time or researching and quoting the actual RRP in another store ? . That's false misrepresentation misleading bad practice , and , totally illegal.

  • Mr.F

    Day 5 : this video works if you dont run into any other issues in other areas and trust me youll run into a few issues

  • Sarah Dulat

    I came here to see if you had this problem as well, I can't seem to see AliDropship Woo Plugin on the side of my wordpress. I can see it says Ooops! ionCube Loader Not found. But so does it on your screen so I'm assuming thats not the issue. Do you have any suggestions?

  • Ion Cerga

    Hi, newbie here. Was trying to open a dropshipping website. Followed your videos since then. 2016 videos. And I used iPage, WordPress and now on the process of adding plug in for Alidropship. Unfortunately it shows its active but doesnt shows at the left hand side-bar of my screen where it suppose to be after you activate it. It says from error message : Error! ionCube Loader Loader not found. Alidropship plugin can't be activated. i got stuck here, tried to resolve many times ,seen some related videos and doesnt have someone solve my issue. Called iPage and they said to contact alidropship, ask help from wordpress people and they want to charge me first hundreds of dollars which I said no thanks. If you can please, please have idea how to solve this. Would really appreciate it . Thanks

  • Ion Cerga

    HI, Newbie here, Im just wondering, me and my wife is using the same laptop but we did purchase each a alidropship. My question is, will it work to use the same computer? I dont know how it works but when I try to import product even if Im using my personal account the account showing in my aliexpress is not mine but my wife. and import doesnt work in my account

  • Sanadha Jayasuriya

    Hi Guys! Any idea how she customized her title "BUY CUPS & MUGS……." ?? Mine looks totally different :/

  • Andrew Norman

    Are there any significant advantages using alidropship plugin with woocommerce over alidropship stand-alone?

  • Ben Kruiger Koren

    do you know what could be wrong if i dont see the same setting you have in the Alidropship Woo > settings?

  • JB Bang

    I've been watching tons of video tutorial on you tube but this one is the best of all ' It a real and honest video I've ever seen . Thank you very much Sarah for sharing this to people like me that know nothing about everything . Thanks again . God bless

  • Eddie Gega

    Hi. I love all you videos and thus i subscribed without hasitation. I have a concern which i need your opinion. I have a zodiac signs site with about 6000-7000 organic visitors a month and growing. So i thought to add woocommerce and Alidropship as subdomain (e'g shop.mywebsite.com) to extra monetize. The products which i am thinking to sell would be zodiac signs accessories like jewelry and/or t-shirts etc. Here is where i need your opinion.
    1- Do you recommend selling these items?
    2- Will it work selling/using subdomain linking on menu from main site?
    3 – will the items (which i'm planning to sell) do well bearing in my mind my first investment of buying the Ali plugin?
    4 – what can you recommed i could do to make this work?

    Thanks in advance

  • 1969jmac

    NOPE!..I've had an Alidropship store for a year now and since the start it has been nothing but problems and has cost the loss of many sales. The store only half way functions and then only sometimes. It has become more of a burden than an asset im constantly trying to find others that can correct the issue in the site long enough to process a sale. There are other options out there for a pre-made eCommerce store . I would look into something else if your looking for a functioning site that can turn a profit.

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