In this tutorial you will learn how to create a dropshipping website or store with WordPress using the WooCommerce plugin.
When starting a dropshipping business, it’s true you don’t have to worry about the high cost of setting it up. This is right because you won’t have to invest in product inventory or worried about product fulfillment.
All you need do is sell the products, receive orders and make some cool profit. Unfortunately, as good as it may sound, there’s more to it than just sell and receive orders.
To successfully run a dropshipping business you need to have a standard e-commerce website. And in other to do this there are 3 ways to create your dropshipping website. They include:
- Using a software builder like Shopify to create your website
- Or order for a ready-made website for a one-time fee from Alidropship or contact a freelancer to build one for you at a bargained price.
- And lastly creating your website yourself with WordPress using WooCommerce plugin.
Benefits of creating your own dropshipping website
- Creating your own dropshipping website gives you the freedom to do whatever it is you want with your online store
- It saves you cost of running the website, for example, Shopify basic plan cost $29/month and $348/year
- You will have access to various WooCommerce plugin to supercharge your dropshipping business, both paid and free.
- Unlimited designs and themes
- You can sell as many products as you want on your own dropshipping website at no cost etc.
If you plan on selling more than one various products and you don’t want to pay a monthly recurring fee to website builders! But you prefer to own your personal e-commerce website. Then this tutorial is for you.
How to Create a Dropshipping website with WordPress Using WooCommerce Plugin
Before we begin let me quickly clarify the difference between WordPress and WooCommerce.
WordPress is a CMS (Content Management System) that is built in PHP and MySQL. It’s an online open source website creation tool.
While WooCommerce, on the other hand, is a free e-commerce plugin specifically built for WordPress. The plugin allows you to create a beautiful online store with just a few clicks.
According to ‘Builtwith’ research, it is stated that over 39% of online store worldwide are built with WooCommerce. This makes WooCommerce a number one solution tool for building online stores.
I believe that settles it, so let’s get started.
Step 1. Get a Domain name and Web Hosting
First thing first, what you need to do now is to get a domain name for your website, and the best place I can recommend is NameCheap.
Domain name is your store’s unique address. Something like, “www.mystore.com.”
While web hosting is a remote server that stores your website data and then makes it accessible to whoever wants to visit your site. Your web hosting is more like the house you are living, while your domain name is the address to the house.
There are hundreds of different hosting and domain name providers but you should know your personal domain and hosting provider as a lot to do with the success of your website. So it’s highly important you choose the right one for your business.
I can gladly recommend NameCheap and Hostgator I use them and they offer a great customer service. Most of my website installations are done by their customer service. Even if you don’t know much about coding and you have issues with your website – just chat with them and they will fix it in no time.
The next thing to do now is to head over to 👉 NameCheap.com and get your domain name. I always recommend catchy and easy to remember domain name that has to do with the product you are selling.
Once your domain name is available, scroll down to view your cart. NameCheap will add a free domain name privacy to your order. This could cost close to $10 from other domain name providers.
The next thing you have to do is to confirm your order, create an account and enter all your billing address.
Now your domain name is ready. What’s next is to host your website. One of the reasons why its good to use a different domain name and hosting provider is to avoid locks.
There is a high chance probability that your domain name could be locked with web hosting provider if they are the same. This often happens when you decide to change your hosting provider.
In other to avoid such it’s better to keep them separate.
Besides when it comes to domain name Namecheap is one of the best and they also offer one the cheapest price. While HostGator just like their name is known for a reliable hosting service.
To begin hosting your website, just go to 👉 HostGator.com.
Upon your visit to HostGator.com, you will see three different plans, like the above image. You can choose any of the plans but the business plan is always the best.
This plan will allow you to build a secure e-commerce website with unlimited monthly visitors compared to the remaining plans which are meant for regular websites with no secure connections.
Since I’m familiar with HostGator I’ve been able to get a price discount for my blog readers.
Using the discount link will get you a discount on your purchase up to 50%.
Once you’ve chosen your plan, it’s going to take you to the next page where you can enter your domain name. Click I already have a domain name and enter your domain name from NameCheap.
Next, enter your billing information and make sure you unchecked the add-on boxes they’re good but not necessary.
This will also prevent you from paying an extra fee and reduce your cost of purchase.
If you use the discount link, your coupon code will automatically validate.
After this, you can pat your self on the back we just😁 finished step one.
STEP 2. Install WordPress
Upon your check out in Hostgator, you will receive two welcome emails from HostGator. Open the second email to access your C panel.
Once you are in your Control Panel dashboard locate the WordPress icon and click it to install WordPress on your website.
After clicking it, you should see a page with the free WordPress install. Click install WordPress and fill all the required options.
After installing the WordPress, the next page will notify you that your “Install is complete”. Click on “my install” to reset your WordPress Admin password. Always go for passwords with letters, numbers, and special characters.
Once you’ve successfully reset your WordPress password to login go to… “yourstore.com/wp-admin”.
Finally, we need to point your domain name from Namecheap server to your hosting account – HostGator.
To do this, go back to your NameCheap account and log in. Under the “Dashboard” section you will see your domain name. Click on “Manage”.
After clicking the “Manage” button, scroll down to the “Nameservers” section.
Click on the drop-down menu and select “Custom DNS“.
Your HostGator Nameserver details will be in the email sent to you.
All you need to do is copy and paste the Nameserver details and paste in NameCheap.
When you are done adding the Nameservers, click on the green checkmark to save the changes.
Your domain is now pointed to HostGator.
Step 3. Install WooCommerce Plugin
Now, creating your online store is getting more interesting.
Here is the breakdown of what you need to do in other to install the WooCommerce plugin.
- Login to your WordPress Admin dashboard. You can do that by going to your “storename.com/WP-admin”.
- Go to Plugins >> Add New.
- Search for “WooCommerce“.
- Select “Install now“
- Click “activate” and follow the setup wizard to build your online store.
Next, you will see the WooCommerce on-screen setup wizard that makes the whole process super easy. All you need do is follow the procedure step by step.
The first page will ask about the location of your store and your currency.
Additionally, It will also ask the kind of goods you want to sell and if you will be selling in person.
The next page is for payment option.
Two of the most popular payment gateways are at the very top, PayPal and Stripe. They are both highly recommended for integration with your site.
Additionally, you could also install and add a different payment gateway that seems to make sense or available in your country.
Finally, you can opt to accept offline payment by toggling the arrow below PayPal, which opens a panel.
Next, is the ‘shipping page‘.
Here, you need to select unit of measurement for weight and dimension.
After this, you can proceed to the next page ‘Extras‘.
This page is about the Storefront Theme and Automated Taxes.
WooCommerce can automatically install and activate the free Storefront theme for your online store but I recommend a premium theme in other to have a standard e-commerce store.
Additionally, it can also calculate your taxes automatically if you check the box.
Finally, click ‘Continue’ to proceed to the next page to activate free Jetpack plugin for site enhancement.
Finally, click ‘Create a product’ to add your first product.
Step 4. Install a New Theme
Normally, WooCommerce automatically installs the free version of the storefront theme if you check the box while installing WooCommerce with the setup wizard.
Alternatively, if you want to install the Premium theme, you can follow this procedure.
As a matter of fact, if you want a standard e-commerce store then you need to get a premium theme.
The Themeforest Template I recommend is EnFold.
It’s a highly responsive WooCommerce theme for online stores, a multi-purpose theme to be precise.
To begin with, you need to purchase the theme at ThemeForest and download the file.
Once you’ve downloaded the theme, login to your WordPress Admin area and click on ‘Appearance‘ >> themes.
Next, once you’re on the themes page click on ‘Add new’ button at the top of the page.
After this, click the upload button at the top of the page to upload the theme file.
The next thing is to choose the zip file you downloaded earlier. Select the file and click install now.
Once the theme is installed click on the activate button and your theme is successfully installed.
Step 5. Add your first product
In order to have a fully functional website, you need to add some products to the database.
To add your first products, go to your dashboard >> Products >> Add Product.
Once you’ve clicked the Add product, you are going to see the WordPress content editing screen.
- Your Product name.
- This is the main product description. You can enter as much info about the product as you wish.
- The product data. This is where you get to set the type of product that you are adding.
- Product short Description. This is a short summary of what the product is.
- Product Categories. Create a category for similar products. E.g., “ladies top”.
- Product Tags. This works just like the standard WordPress tags. It also helps you organize your product database.
- Product Image. This is the actual product image.
- Product Gallery. You also get to add additional product image to display your product awesomeness.
Once you’re are done with the above setting, click the big Publish button and your first product is published!
After adding few products to your database, the products sections should look like the image below.
Additionally, here, is over 10 dropshipping plugins and add-ons to accelerate your dropshipping business.
Further Recommended plugins to Supercharge your online store
Besides the dropshipping plugins, you can also use other free WordPress plugins to futher supercharge your online store. You can check the following:
- Force Regenerate Thumbnail. Allows your website to load faster by resizing all your images.
- Enhanced Media library. Allows you to add your product images in seperate Categories.
- Yoast SEO. You get to improve the SEO of your whole website.
- Contact form 7. Allows your visitors to contact you directly.
- UpdraftPlus. Back up all your site content.
Congratulation! You just created your dropshipping website.
How to create a dropshipping website in summary
As you can see, creating a website with WordPress isn’t as difficult as it seems.
Although, at first it might be daunting but going through it a step at a time makes the whole process super easy.
Here is the breakdown:
After that, install your theme either free or a Premium theme and finally Add your first product.
Make sure you get yourself the 50% discount from HostGator. You’re the reason i put everything together.
In case you have any questions, you still the reason i set everything up. Ask and you will hear from me immediately.