How to set up a dropshipping store

Dropshipping allows you to sell online quickly and easily without worrying about shipping, fulfillment or inventory management.

After you have weighed the benefits and cons of dropshipping and selected products for sale, now it is time to set up your foundation. We’re here to help you navigate this process from beginning to end.

1. Select a platform

Your online store platform should be your first choice. There are many options available, and which one is best for you depends on your needs and budget. These are some considerations along with reasons WordPress and WooCommerce are the best choices.

  • Ownership. Amazon and other marketplaces technically own your store. They have full control over your content, layout, and design. If they find you are violating their terms, Shopify or another proprietary eCommerce platform like Shopify may remove your website and products. WordPress and WooCommerce allow you to grow your business on your terms.
  • Flexibility. A platform should allow you to create and implement anything you want. You may not be able to do everything you want, especially if your platform isn’t for developers. WooCommerce offers unlimited flexibility regardless of whether you are a novice or an expert coder. To customize your store, check out our extension collection.
  • Functionality. Dropshipping functionality is essential. Is the platform you are considering allowing you to connect with your fulfillment center to manage shipping and inventory? It can it notify suppliers automatically when an order has been placed. Is it possible to assign specific products each supplier? This is possible with the WooCommerce Dropshipping extension.
  • Price. Many platforms charge monthly fees, or take a portion of your sales revenue. What price can you afford? And what are the benefits of that price? WordPress and WooCommerce both offer a free service and take no commission on your sales. However, you will need to purchase the WooCommerce Dropshipping extension ($49.00USD per year).
  • Scalability. Your platform will grow as your business expands. WooCommerce offers all the functionality you need to create a quick online store with unlimited customers, products, and sales. Find out how to scale your store.
  • Community and support. Is there a support team that can answer your questions? What is the response time? WooCommerce provides live chat support to all paid extensions. There is also an active support group for everything else. There’s nothing like the WordPress and WordPressCommerce community. You’ll find friendly developers and shop owners who are passionate about helping you succeed. You can take advantage of meetups and Facebook groups as well as Slack communities.

Learn more Learn more about selecting an operating system and compare WooCommerce to Shopify Magento Etsy and other marketplaces.

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2. Your foundation is built

It’s time to begin building your WordPress or WooCommerce store foundation.

Select a domain name

domain name is the URL, such as https://woocommerce.com, that customers will type in to access your website. Choose something memorable and easy-to-spell that is associated with your industry or business name.

Select a host

Hosts store your website files and display them to visitors all over the globe. A detailed guide has been prepared to help you choose a host . However, we recommend that you start with one of our preferred WooCommerce hosting solutions.

Install WordPress

WordPress is the platform for building a website that can be used as the foundation of your online shop. Many hosting providers offer a one click WordPress installation. Others have it installed already.

Install WooCommerce

WooCommerce gives you all the tools to sell online. You can add products, collect payment, create customer accounts and many other features. It is easy to install in . The setup wizard guides you through the entire process.

Select a theme

Your site’s design and layout will be influenced by the WordPress theme. You’ll find something that you like with hundreds of paid and free options. You should ensure that the layout you choose is compatible with WooCommerce and looks great on all devices.

You can read more about choosing the right theme for your WooCommerce store.

3. Make website content

Now, it’s time for you to create your pages. Your business will determine the pages you need, but here are some good places to start:

  • Your Home Page that summarizes your products as well as their benefits.
  • About page that provides information about your company and mission.
  • Contact page with multiple ways to reach customers.
  • FAQ page to answer the most frequently asked questions from customers.
  • Privacy Policy Page with information about how to handle customer data.

WordPress has a visually-oriented block editor which allows you to create beautiful, interactive pages without having to modify any code. In just a few clicks, you can add text, images and buttons to your pages.

Are you looking for inspiration? See examples of WooCommerce stores that have been successful in our showcase.

However, products are not created using the block editor. They are instead customized for online selling, including prices, inventory levels and sizes. You can create two types of products: simple products (elements that are straight forward and have no options) or variable products (products that offer options for customers, such as size or color).

Find out how to create products using our documentation, or how to import product CSV to your dropshipping supplier.

4. Configure store functionality

WooCommerce Dropshipping

WooCommerce Dropshipping offers all functionality that you need to connect to your suppliers. It takes only a few steps to get started:

  1. Install the extension.
  2. You can add suppliers to your shop.
  3. Assign products and services to suppliers.
  4. If applicable, import supplier inventory
  5. You can set up email notifications to notify your suppliers when an item has been purchased.

To simplify and automate your dropshipping process, you can integrate directly with dropshipping providers like AliExpress and Amazon. For a complete walkthrough, please refer to our documentation.

Select a payment gateway

A payment gateway accepts credit card payments and then transfers the money to your bank account. WooCommerce can integrate with over a dozen payment gateways so you have many options, regardless of where you are located.

Consider the following:

  • The fees that you are willing to pay.
  • The currencies that you can sell in.
  • What type of checkout your customers need.

Our blog post How To Choose a Payment Gateway guides you through the various considerations and helps to make a decision. WooCommerce payments is a great place to begin. This extension lets you manage refunds and payments right from your WordPress dashboard.

Set up taxes

Sales tax may be required depending on where you live and the laws in your area. WooCommerce not only allows you to set the tax rates default but also provides the WooCommerce tax extension that automatically calculates the correct sales tax depending on where you ship to.

You may consult an accountant or lawyer before launching your website. This will ensure that you have the correct tax structure for your business.

Dropshipping Store

You are now ready to open your online shop and begin selling! You can reach the entire WordPress and WooCommerce communities for help via support forums or Facebook groups or our ticketing system.