Are you wondering how to get your dropshipping store online in 2020? Well, wonder no more! In this article, I’ll teach you what different options you have to host your dropshipping store, and I’ll even guide you step-by-step on how to pick a name, purchase a domain, and get a logo. If that sounds awesome to you, then let’s go!
To get your dropshipping store online, you have two options. You can go for an eCommerce platform like Shopify, or you can host your dropshipping store your self with WordPress/WooCommerce! An eCommerce platform is more expensive, but it is easier to get started. Hosting your store yourself needs some more experience!
1) Decide if you’re going for an eCommerce platform or if you’re going to host yourself
If you want to open a dropshipping store, then you can go with an eCommerce platform that includes hosting, or you can use WordPress or WooCommerce and host it your self.
These two are the most popular options that people choose when they open a dropshipping store.
Both have upsides and downsides.
This step is important because, without any hosting, your dropshipping store can’t be online, and you can’t sell any products!
Are you ready to find out which one is right for you?
If so, then let’s start with eCommerce platforms!
Picking an eCommerce platform for your dropshipping store
First off, eCommerce platforms!
You might be wondering: “What is an eCommerce platform?”
Did you ever go to something like a flea market?
Opening a dropshipping store on an ecommerce platform is basically the same as renting a stand on a flea market.
In these examples, and I recommend this eCommerce platform a lot on this blog, I will use Shopify.
Shopify is one of the best eCommerce platforms out there for your dropshipping store.
And a lot of information on how to run a dropshipping store is based on Shopify dropshipping stores!
If you want, then you can click here for a free 14-day trial!
If you don’t want to use Shopify for your dropshipping store, but you still want to host your dropshipping store on an eCommerce platform, then I suggest reading the article I linked to below!
It’s also great to look at that article to see what else is out there.
Disadvantages of an eCommerce platform
Let’s start off with the disadvantages of picking an eCommerce platform.
1) You don’t own your dropshipping store
Remember the example above about the flea market?
Well, if you stop “renting the stand”, then you can’t use it anymore, because it’s not yours!
The same goes for your store if you cancel your subscription.
You can’t use it anymore after that.
If you use Shopify, then they will remove your store if you stop paying them.
If you host your dropshipping store your self, then you have full control over it, and nobody will remove it.
2) A lot of monthly fees
If you go with Shopify, then you pay Shopify a monthly fee ($29 or more).
One of the things they will give you in return is free hosting, but yeah $29 x 12 = $348 or around $312 if you pay yearly.
On the other hand, Oberlo is free to use for unlimited orders right now, but most people do want the features that the basic plan has.
Maybe not immediately, but when they are getting more and more orders, there is a big chance that they will upgrade their account.
So, then you’re looking at $30 x 12 = $360 per year.
This means that one year of Shopify with Oberlo on a basic plan will cost you around $672!
That’s a lot!
But for some people, this is worth it. They don’t want to take care of a lot of things themselves.
3) Not much freedom
Another reason why people pick WordPress or WooCommerce over something like Shopify is freedom.
They want more freedom.
They want to decide more by themselves.
If you got a Shopify dropshipping store, then you need to live by Shopify’s rules on how something is supposed to look like.
It’s hard to change it without the help of expensive developers, or you’re lucky, and you found your perfect theme!
This is totally different from WordPress and WooCommerce.
You will have all the freedom you need to create something amazing.
But like I said above, not all people want this kind of freedom. Most are okay with the rules that Shopify laid out, but there are people that don’t like these limitations.
Advantages of an eCommerce platform
Now that you know all the disadvantages of hosting your dropshipping store on an eCommerce platform, it’s time to go to all the good things!
Let’s talk about all the advantages.
1) Easy to get started
If you’re a total beginner in the eCommerce space, and you don’t know much about WordPress or something like programming.
Then opening your dropshipping on an eCommerce platform like Shopify is perfect for you!
You can literally open your Shopify store in a few minutes and have it up and running in not more than an hour (if everything goes right).
You also have a great customer support team that will help you with anything you need.
This won’t be the case when you want to host your dropshipping yourself.
You will need to research a lot more.
2) Reliable hosting
Yes, in the case of Shopify, you will pay around $29 per month, but the hosting you will get in return is great!
It will be fast and reliable, and it’s specifically built for eCommerce stores. (Source)
If you host your dropshipping store on an eCommerce platform, then you will probably not have any downtime.
3) eCommerce platforms are built for eCommerce stores
Do you understand the title haha?
eCommerce platforms are there to make the life of eCommerce store owners easier.
If you pick an eCommerce platform like Shopify, then you can have a peaceful heart that they will do everything to keep you and your customers protected.
They also guide you with what kind of legal pages you will need on your eCommerce platform. (More information about that here)
Plus, they created a whole checkout system for you, so you don’t have to worry about a security leak.
They take care of all that and much more!
For example, GDPR for eCommerce stores; they made a whole post How does the GDPR affect you? to help people be GDPR compliant.
Shopify wants to help place merchants in the best possible position to comply with the law. This article includes questions you should consider to help you assess your obligations to make sure that you have set up your store in a way that complies with the law.From Shopify
Hosting your dropshipping store yourself
So, what do you think?
Is having an eCommerce platform worth it for you?
If not, then let’s continue with hosting your dropshipping store yourself.
I will write a more in-depth guide later on for people that want to host their dropshipping store their self, but for now, this is what you will need:
- A good host.
- Knowledge in WordPress & Maybe WooCoomerce.
- Find out if you can connect your self hosted dropshipping store with your dropshipping supplier.
Let’s first figure out why people host their dropshipping store themself, and not use an eCommerce platform.
Why do people host their dropshipping store themself?
I explained most of these things in the disadvantages of using an eCommerce platform.
So, I will make a bullet point list for you so you can easily remember it:
- Fewer costs. If you’re hosting your dropshipping store your self, then you don’t have to pay that many monthly fees. For example, hosting will cost you maybe $100 per year, but Shopify will cost you more than $300 per year.
- More freedom. You can do everything you want with WordPress. This blog is made on WordPress as well, and I have the freedom to do everything I want. Sounds awesome, right?
- You own your dropshipping store. If you go with an eCommerce platform, then they “own” your dropshipping store. Because if you cancel your subscription, then they can delete your store.
Let’s start by learning how to get a good host for your dropshipping store.
1) Getting a good host
I suggest you search around a bit to see what fits you most, but I do have three great suggestions for you.
- Bluehost. This is a great hosting company for beginners, and it’s not that expensive! But, if you choose Bluehost, then I suggest switching after your first year.
- Cloudways. Great when you’re beginning to get a lot of visitors and want a faster host!
- AliDropship. They have their own hosting, which is perfectly optimized for their AliDropship plugin. So, if you’re going to use their plugin, then this might be perfect for you! (More about their plugin below)
Hosting will be, depending of course on which hosting company you go with, around $50 -- $100 per year.
So, hosting your self will cost you a bit more upfront (because you will most likely need to pay per year), but will save you money later on.
Because something like Shopify will cost you around $300 per year, remember?
2) Getting to know WordPress & Maybe WooCoomerce
As you read above, I personally didn’t write much about this topic yet, but I do have some great resources for you if you want to learn more about WordPress & WooCoomerce.
First off, I suggest you watch the video below if you don’t know what WordPress is:
Secondly, here is one more video in case you don’t know what WooCoomerce is:
Now that you know the basics, it’s time to go more in-depth:
- How to Dropship With WordPress – the Most Streamlined Way by Themeisle
- The Ultimate Guide To WooCommerce Dropshipping: Everything You Need To Build Your Business by CommerceGurus
- WooCommerce Dropshipping -- A Complete Guide for 2020 by Dropified
3) Learn how to connect your dropshipping store with your supplier
Now it’s time to learn how to connect your dropshipping store with your dropshipping supplier.
Because what is a dropshipping store without a dropshipping supplier, right?
You won’t be able to process your orders easily!
You will not have any monthly fees with AliDropship (like with Shopify and Oberlo), just a one-time payment for a lifetime license.
This lifetime license even includes lifetime support and updates! How awesome is that?
If you don’t want to use AliDropship, then I suggest reading 14 Awesome Oberlo Alternatives written by me!
A lot of these alternatives in that article, you can use on WordPress / WooCoomerce.
2) Picking a name for your dropshipping store
Now that you have decided how you’re going to host your dropshipping store, it’s time to learn how to pick a name for your store.
Do you know why it is important to name your dropshipping store correctly?
Because the name is the identity of your dropshipping store.
Just like what your personal name is with you.
If your marketing is great, then that name will be “stuck” with people.
If you want to learn more about this, then I suggest reading 10 Tips to Choose the Perfect Name for Your Dropshipping Store written by me.
3) Picking a domain name for your dropshipping store
Now that you got a name for your dropshipping store, it’s time to purchase a domain name as well.
I’ll explain it for what to do when you’re going for an eCommerce platform, and what to do when you’re going to host it yourself.
Let’s begin with the eCommerce platforms:
What to do when you’re going for an ecommerce platform for your dropshipping store?
If you decide to go with a Shopify, then you can use their subdomain for free.
Which will be: store-name.myshopify.com
This means that you won’t have to spend anything on domain costs, but if you have a bit of budget, then I highly suggest you buy a domain name for your store.
Preferably a .com domain, which is one of the most popular domain extensions. (Source)
You will gain so much more trust with mystore.com instead of mystore.myshopify.com, and it looks so much better!
Below you will learn how to purchase a domain, but if you also want to learn how to add your newly purchased domain name to Shopify, then I suggest reading Connect your domain name to Shopify by me!
If you’re going with a different eCommerce platform, then don’t forget to look if they offer a free domain.
What to do when hosting your dropshipping store yourself?
If you’re hosting your dropshipping store yourself, then first look if your host gives a domain for free!
This is definitely nice if you’re on a tight budget.
For example, with Bluehost, you will get a free domain name:
How to purchase a domain name for your dropshipping store?
Now that you got your name ready, it’s time to purchase your domain name.
If you’re going with WordPress / WooCommerce, then don’t forget to check with your host if they offer a free domain!
But if you still need a domain, then I suggest you use Namecheap as your domain registrar.
I personally use them as well, and I think they are great (and cheap).
Also, I suggest you purchase the .com domain extension of your new store name.
It’s one of the most popular domain extensions. (Source)
4) Getting a logo for your dropshipping store
If you want to know why having a recognizable logo is important, then you can click here to learn more!
The first option to create your logo is to create it yourself.
But not everyone is skilled enough with Photoshop (or maybe Paint) to create a logo like that.
For those people, I suggest to check out Fiverr. You can get a logo there for around $5-$20.
5) Getting Started with Your Dropshipping Store in 2020
So, are you ready to get started with dropshipping? Or maybe you have already started, but you’re looking to get some inspiration?
If so, then I suggest reading my complete Shopify dropshipping guide!
It’s a huge article, but it contains everything that you need to know to create your own Shopify dropshipping store in 2020. It’s like a dropshipping course, but then for free!
Reading this article will surely help you to get started and to stay motivated while beginning and continuing your dropshipping journey!
Just don’t forget that success takes time. Keep improving each and every day!
And here are some of my best articles:
- AliExpress Dropshipping Complete Guide for Beginners! (2020)
- The Complete Guide: Can You Start Dropshipping Without Money in 2020?
- 12 Reasons Why Most People Fail With Dropshipping in 2020 | Beat Them!
- 17 Awesome Shopify Dropshipping Store Examples
And also, if you decided to go with Shopify, and you don’t have an account yet, then you can click here to get a free 14-day trial!
So there you have it!
Everything you need to get your dropshipping store online in 2020!
I hope this article made everything a bit easier for you, and I hope you made a decision if you’re going with an eCommerce platform or if you’re going to host your dropshipping store yourself.
If you got any suggestions for this article or if you have any questions regarding dropshipping, then let me know by commenting below or contacting me directly by pressing the “Contact Me” button at the top!
Also, what are you currently using or want to use when you’re opening your store?
An eCommerce platform, or are you hosting your dropshipping yourself?
Good luck with opening your dropshipping store in 2020!