Guest post by Stuart Cooke from NIParcels.com
Dropshipping has become one of the most simple, accessible and profitable ways for budding entrepreneurs to make money online. Some of the key benefits are that you don’t need to buy and store your products as they ship directly from your supplier to your customer and that you don’t need a big budget to get started.
Sites like WordPress make it entirely possible to set up your dropshipping store in just a few hours and the huge range of plugins available to you make it possible to tailor and fine-tune your website and offerings. So, if you’re thinking about starting a dropshipping business or you already have one and you want to improve your store, we thought we could help.
Below we’ve pulled together a list of 10 of the best dropshipping plugins for WordPress right now.
WooCommerce is one of the most popular WordPress plugin and best of all – it’s free! The plugin allows users to handle all the aspects of their ecommerce business such as shopping baskets, checkouts, payments and more. But this doesn’t mean you’re limited to just this, there are plenty of other plugins that work in conjunction with WooCommerce to open up your options. We’ll look at some of these as we move forward.
Another popular dropshipping plugin is Dropified and it comes jam-packed with all sorts of great features. You can use this in conjunction with WooCommerce but you can also use it for other dropshipping platforms such as Shopify so you’re not limited. One of the key features is that the plugin makes it much easier to import products and put them on your e-commerce site.
It will also automatically ensure that any price changes or availability are updated so customers are always in the loop. It also lets you change the product information whilst keeping hold of the original details in case you ever need to look back at these.
3. Checkout Manager for WooCommerce
Checkout Manager is designed to work with WooCommerce and can be the perfect way to help you manage the checkout process with ease. It allows you to add, delete and re-order the billing fields when gathering customer information on the checkout page.
At this stage you can also disable any fields you don’t need or make chosen fields mandatory for customers to fill out. The initial plugin is free but if you’ve got the budget, you can purchase the premium version for more advanced options.
Another great dropshipping plugin is Dropship.me. This will allow you to easily import products from a collection of over 50,000 popular items. All the products listed are best-sellers and hand-picked by retail experts. This leaves you feeling confident that the products you choose for your store will be of good quality.
The products from this plugin also come with professional images and names so you can cut down on the amount of editing required when setting up your store. Finally, you can display real product reviews from customers that have bought the products in the past. This can be a great way to drive more sales.
If you’re using AliExpress for your dropshipping business, Ezusy could be the perfect plugin for you. This tool allows you to import any product you want to your WooCommerce store. Why is this helpful? Because all you have to do is click on a product and the plugin will do the rest, there is no need for you to do anything manually.
It is really easy to set up and similar to the Dropified plugin, Ezusy automatically updates changes in inventory and price so your store is always as up-to-date as possible. The great news is you can use this plugin with any theme and it works in conjunction with other WordPress plugins.
This is another useful plugin if you’re using AliExpress and is a very versatile plugin that helps you build your dropshipping site effectively through WordPress.
You can seamlessly important products over into your store, place and confirm orders and it supports other WooCommerce plugins too. It’s not a free plugin but it only requires a one-off (and budget-friendly) payment and you certainly get lots of useful features for your money.
A slightly different dropshipping plugin, this is a marketing tactic that can help you to increase sales and make your business a success. Not everyone that comes to your site will convert to a sale, but with OptinMonster you can build email lists and tempt visitors with sales and vouchers.
Popup notifications via the plugin help to grab the visitors attention and persuade them to sign up. You can then use your lists to segment and target your audience with marketing campaigns and help to drive sales.
8. WooCommerce Wishlists
Many big retailers now include wishlist functionality in which visitors can browse the store and save products they want in their wishlist. This way if they don’t make a purchase there and then, they’ll be persuaded to come back and buy these later.
This might seem like such a simple plugin, but again, this can be another great way to boost sales to your dropshipping business.
WooDropship is said to be the most advanced WordPress plugin for AliExpress dropshipping. It offers extensive features and integrates seamlessly with your WooCommerce plugin. This makes it simpler and quicker to important products and make sales through your eCommerce site.
It also comes with a Chrome extension so you can easily browse and add products. You can use the free version to start but this does limit you to a certain number of products. If you want to add additional products you’ll have to pay for the premium version of the plugin.
10. Woo Badge Designer
Want to run a sale or promotion on some of the products on your dropshipping site? No problem, there’s a plugin for that too! Woo Badge Designer allows you to create and add stylish sales banners and countdown timers to your eCommerce site to highlight your sale.
Running promotions can be a great way to attract customers and boost sales. The best part of the plugin is that you can choose from over 60 designs and position the badges where you want them.