|Rating:||4.5 out of 5 stars|
|Refund:||30 day period|
|PRO:||Lets you import and manage Aliexpress products to your wordpress store easily|
|CON:||The Woocommerce integration lacks the feature that I was looking for|
I personally used Alidropship plugin on my dropshipping store, and in this review, I will provide you the details.
If you have tried doing a dropshipping business before and get your products from Aliexpress, I bet you also gone through the following:
- process of meticulously browsing and selecting of products
- checking if the product has an epacket option for shipping
- downloading of product images which you have to eventually upload to your store
- applying prices for each items
- so on and so forth.
These gets worse if the products have multiple variants, and you have to import each variants manually to your store. Being a person who hates mundane tasks, I was only able to post 20 products on my store. This is actually one of the reasons why I stopped doing dropshipping for the meantime.
However this year, when I got the Alidropship plugin, I believe things will going to get better, that’s why I even created My Dropshipping Journey which you can follow if you want.
What is Alidropship?
So What really is the Alidropship Plugin? The Alidropship plugin is a premium WordPress plugin that can do the following:
- getting product details from Aliexpress
- downloading images and importing to my store
- checking the shipping options if it has epacket
- and many more
And this plugin can do these things automatically, with just a push of a button (I will explain this further later on).
Actually, I have already heard of this plugin last year and the features are actually quite impressive, however I was using the Shopify platform back then so I just ignored this plugin at that time. This time will be different though, since I will be using woocommerce, so the idea of getting the plugin crossed my mind again since I don’t want to experience the sufferings I encountered when I built my first store
So after a few thinking and convincing, I decided to purchase this plugin.
Downloading The Alidropship Plugin
After completing your purchase, you will be redirected to the download page where you can get your plugin. You will also receive an email with the download links and your license key.
There are actually two versions of the plugin:
- first is the standalone version
- and the other is the woocommerce integration
I installed the woocommerce integration because I will be using themes and plugins that are built for woocommerce and I have no idea if I can use these with the stand alone version.
Also, you need to take note that the Alidropship plugin is encrypted and the download files has two versions:
- one is encrypted using Zend Loader
- the other is Ion Cube encrypted
So make sure that your server is compatible with any of the two.
After installing the plugin on your store, it will ask you to enter your license key to activate your plugin. It just take a second to do this, and the plugin dashboard will appear once your plugin is activated.
The interface is pretty much simple and easy to understand, so there is not much to explain. Let’s now take a look at the plugin’s main features
Feature 1: Price Setup
This is a nice feature of the plugin because you get to universally setup your product pricing using simple math expressions, wherein the resulting prices is dependent on the actual cost of the product in Aliexpress.
In addition to this, the plugin has a neat feature of monitoring the product’s price in Aliexpress, so whenever there’s a change in the product price, the prices in your store automatically gets updates so you don’t have to do this manually…nice right?
You can update your pricing structure anytime you want and the changes will be applied to all products. So in case you found a mistake on your pricing structure and decide to correct it after you have imported all your products, you can do this easily by just changing your pricing expressions and the corrected expressions will be applied to all your product prices in your store.
You can see below how I set up my pricing structure
Feature 2: Product Import
This feature is the main reason why I bought this plugin as this will really save me a lot of time in adding products to my store. This allows you to get all the product details in Aliexpress such as the images, descriptions, prices, variations then imports it to your site without you even lifting a finger.
There are actually two ways for Alidropship to import your product:
first is within your plugin dashboard itself and this is for mass importing as all you need to do is enter a keyword, select ratings and number of orders and the plugin will import all the products in Aliexpress that matches your criteria.
The advantage of this option is that you can fill your store with products at a much less time, however, the disadvantage is that you will not be able to filter the products properly and that you might be getting duplicate products. This normally happens if same products from different stores both passes the standards you set.
Alidropship Chrome Extension
The second way, although a bit manual is the one that I actually recommend.
This is the Alidropship Chrome extension, and to use this, you have to install it to your Chrome browser. This is more of a “manual” import because you need to go directly to Aliexpress and select for individual products, though the nice thing about this is you can filter the products properly, especially since it will also tell you what products have an epacket shipping.
The advantage of this method is you will be able to filter out the products properly as well as avoiding importing duplicate products, and you can select the products with epacket shipping. The disadvantage of this method is it will take more time for you to add products to your store since you have to import each products one by one.
As a demonstration, I tried to search for a Harry Potter necklace in Aliexpress and you can see below the result of my query. Notice the products with epacket option are highlighted with a neon green border
When clicking any product, you’ll be sent to the product page, but there’s a button to import the data to your store.
Just click that button and all the product details will be imported to your store including the following:
- product images
- variants (if any)
- product description
- prices (which is converted based on your pricing structure)
Just make sure that you are logged in to your woocommerce store or else this won’t work
Those are the main features of the Alidropship Woocommerce Integration.
Alidropship Standalone Plugin
The standalone plugin is actually packed with more features like
- Abandoned Cart emails
- Capturing buyer’s emails
But I really can’t talk about those because my information is limited since I’m not using the standalone version.
The Alidropship plugin is currently priced at $89 but the vendors give some nice discounts. I got mine with a 35% off by using the code XMAS35. I just don’t know if this will still be working i because I believe it’s just one of their promos.
What I Like About Alidropship
The interface is also very intuitive and easy to use. The chrome extension is a bit of a manual process, but still much better compared to adding products without it. I have been using it for only about 7 days but have already imported more than 200 products to my store. I was working only for around 2 hours per day. Just imagine 200 products, and most of them have product variations too!
Just keep in mind that even though you have imported your products, you still have to edit the product titles to make it a bit unique and readable.
Also, make sure that you double check the product images because some of it have watermarks from Aliexpress. You will need to edit those to make your site more professional looking because you don’t want to promote other stores where your customers can buy items at a much cheaper price.
These are the tasks that you have to do manually because the plugin can really do nothing about it.
To sum it all, the Alidropship plugin is a great investment for any dropshipping business. It will significantly decrease the time you spend on adding products to your store so you can use it on more productive tasks.
If you want to try the plugin, just click on the button below and you will be sent to the Alidropship salespage.
You can also try the code I used to get a discount but if its not already working, I actually have talked to their support and asked if they can give me a discount coupon code that I can share to my WPisLife readers, and they gave me one!
Here’s your discount coupon code – “GETPLUGN25” for a 25% discount.
The discount coupon is not as good as the one I used, but hey, it still better than nothing! Also, its not written on the sales page but they also provide a 30-day money back guarantee. In case the plugin doesn’t meet your expectations, just request for a refund and you’ll get your money back.
Already have the plugin? What can you say about it? Share your experience by commenting below
which is better, woocommerce or shopify?
depends on you actually. shopify is much easier to use but the cost is a bit steep, and most of the useful apps are not free either so the costs pile up
I just made a post comparing the two platforms. Check this out to learn more about my post regarding alidropship vs shopify
also bought this several months ago, really a time saver. nice review by the way
What I don’t like about this is it’s encrypted, but aside from that, it’s a really helpful plugin
Yeah! I actually encountered a problem with this. glad I have vaultpress. https://www.wpislife.com/vaultpress-backup-plugin-review/
your discount code is still working. just bought mine using your code. Thanks!
You’re welcome 🙂
You should have used the stand-alone plugin and not the woocommerce integration. Really much better in terms of features
Amanda Fristrom says
How does the stand-alone plugin work? I’m having troubles navigating the options before buying.
Is alidropship working for you? I’m planning to start my own store too
As of today 5.22.17 the discount code XMAS35 was not working but this one worked for a 30% discount: EASTER30.
Better hurry, it may not work too much longer.
30% discount code: EASTER30 still working as of today 08.06.17
Kerri-Ann Bryan says
This is my first week using the plug-in and I was wondering if there is a way to update the product and not change my prices. I would prefer my prices to remain as it unless I change them manual? Its there a setting I need to enable?
Additionally, is the plugin compatible with any WP theme or just Rembrandt, Da Vinci, Michelangelo? I’m currently using Da Vinci and really would like change it since again according to Alidropship the layout cannot be changed.
Are you using the stand alone plugin or the woocommerce integration? If you’re using the woocommerce integration, you can update the product without affecting the prices.
I really don’t know if the plugin is compatible with any wp theme but in my case, I am using the jessica theme by studiopress for my store and the alidropship woocommerce integration works like a charm
Kerri-Ann Bryan says
Thanks for the prompt reply. I am using the stand alone version…which unfortunately is only compatible with three themes. I guess the manual update feature would be my best bet. Thanks again.
yeah. i think the stand alone version is only compatible with the themes they provide. that’s why I opt to use the woocommerce integration for me to be able to use a different theme
Amanda Fristrom says
If I use the WooCommerce integration version, can I add items to my store that are not from Aliexpress?
yes you can still add items that are not from Aliexpress. it’s just like adding normal products in woocommerce. hope that helps 🙂
Osama Bin Arshad says
Which one is best AliDropship vs AliDropship WooCommerce Plugin.
I can’t speak for the stand alone plugin because I have not used it. though I believe they are both good. The only advantage of the woocommerce plugin is that you are not limited to the themes provided by the stand alone version.
Anyway, once you have purchased, you will be given download links for both version. you can test both to see for yourself so you’ll have an idea which one will suit you best
Which hosting company do you recommend?
For ecommerce, it should be fast loading, so I do recommend Siteground for that matter 🙂
their shared hosting is relatively fast and also cheap, which really helps especially if you’re just starting out, so you might try to check it out
By the way, Alidropship provides their own hosting. you can check it here > https://go.wpislife.com/alidropship-hosting/
I haven’t really tried it but since its their own hosting, you can be sure that it’s well optimized for the plugin
Will the alidropship plugin for woocommerce work with any theme? I typically build WP sites with Beaver Builder framework.
I believe it should work unless the theme is incompatible with woocommerce itself.
Thanks for the quick response, I do appreciate it. Beaver Builder has lots of add-ons for Woocommerce products, so lots of support there. It just isn’t clear on the alidropship site about what themes you can use.
if that’s the case then I really see no problem 🙂 though you can still confirm with alidropship support team regarding that. just email their support at firstname.lastname@example.org
Hope that helps
Sharon Tang says
Do you register your company’s name before importing the products into your E-commerce site?
I didn’t register mine
Thanks for the review. I bought mine with the discount code: EASTER30 as of 08/21/17. Happy dropshipping.
No problem. Glad to be of help 🙂
I am using Digitalworld woocomerce theme and i purchaed alidropship woo plugin. But when import products in bulk it takes too much time. for 20 products they take 30-40 min which is too much.
Is it normal or not?
If not then how i can make it faster
I can’t really tell you about the bulk import as I have not used it. What I did before was to use the manual importing using the chrome extension. I did it this way because you will be able to eliminate the duplicate products properly and you can also choose from these products which one you like the best (e.g. cheapest or with most orders and reviews)
Hi I am using shopify for now and I am facing issue with payment gateway as I choose 2checkout as a processor but it is still not yet approved and this is really making me sad, please how do I get a provider or if there is any service to buy.
I’ll be so thankfully for your help
when I used shopify before, I only used the shopify payments and the paypal express checkout for the payment gateways. You can try the paypal express checkout as i believe it’s easier to apply there
Hope that helps
I buy plugin set up all,but what when i get first order.Do i need manually to buy from aliexpres?
You can do it manually from aliexpress or you can do it from your product order page of your store whenever you get an order. It’s just that when I first tried to do it automatically, I encountered some errors so I resorted to ordering manually from aliexpress
Hi, i am very keen to start dropshipping but as i read more about it its making me confuse would you please guide me where do i start. Somewhere i read you just pay and Ali dropship will handover your store to you whem ready. Im totally at lost and need guidance.
Will be very greatful to hear from you.
Alidropship has a package where they will make the online store for you. check this to learn more about their custom packages https://go.wpislife.com/alidropship-store/
hope that helps
I am looking for a cheaper shopify alterative. Is alidropship a good one?
In my opinion, yes it is. It’s cheaper and saves you the monthly fee and highly customizable as well
Does the plugin comes with SSL? Is it difficult to set up the payment gateway?
the SSL does not come with the plugin as they are not really related. Though alidropship provides a hosting service which comes with a free SSL
Regarding the payment gateway, I used the woocommerce extension and setting it up is easy since I only use paypal for my gateway
Hope that helps
just got mine and i’m loving it!
New discount code from Alidropship. Get 35% Discount by using the coupon code 11DOT11 on checkout
Hurry! This is a limited time offer 🙂
I am planning to sell clothing. will it import the clothing sizes colours etc??
if it is part of the variants in the aliexpress store, then yes it will all get imported
Liesel Riddick says
Will this work on a MacBook Pro? Or do you have to use a desktop? Can you also operate/manage AliDropship with an iPhone?
And…Are you able to access all of AliExpress products or are you limited? I can’t seem to find the product variety I’m looking for using Oberlo. I can find the items on AliExpress, but when I search for them via Oberlo, I cannot find them. Has anyone else experienced this?
it is a wordpress plugin and I believe it can be accessed on any device. You just need a website running the wordpress platform to use this
Regarding product search, you can find all products in aliexpress. if you want specific products, you just need to use chrome browser and install the alidropship chrome extension to browse in aliexpress in order to import the products you want
I am looking for a service that can build my e-store. Do you know someone that can do this thing?
Actually, Alidropship has a service like that. you can check this link for more details https://go.wpislife.com/alidropship-store/
Article is great, Thans.
Is it better to Alidropship build the site for me or buy the plugin and do it me self, what would be the difference in features and service?
thanks! glad you liked it.
regarding your question, if you’re comfortable doing everything on your own, then by all means just build it yourself. the only difference is that you’re going to save some cash if you’ll do it by yourself. but if you’re going to use their service, you’ll be able to save time and effort because they will be the one to setup everything including product import. you can learn more about their service here – https://go.wpislife.com/alidropship-store/
Thanks for review alidropship plugin.
you’re welcome 🙂
I was thinking about trying it out but going to wait for a coupon to become available. Do you know if any are out now?
You can try PLUGIN35 if it’s still working. if not, you can try my exclusive discount code WPISLIFE15
What is the difference between alidropship plugin? and woodropship? Please help out. Thanks
Alidropship and woodropship both makes your woocommerce site dropship ready. I cannot speak for woodropship because I haven’t really used it but one of the difference that I can see is that alidropship is one time fee while woodropship comes in monthly subscription
Hope that helps
Nice review. Just have a question, can the alidropship plugin be used in multiple sites? thanks!
hey Tonnie, alidropship plugin is a single use license and cannot be used in multiple sites, though I believe its transferable to another site but you have to uninstall it first from your previous store. If you need additional license, you have to buy it separately.
Hope I answered your question
hey their,i allready buy alidropship plugin but the problem is i can’t install alidropship in to wordpress,i use domain nama and hosting from godaddy.so can you give some tips how i can solve this problem…??
Hi! what does the error say when you install the plugin?
Carrie Defoor says
I am complete newbie and I have always wanted to start my own online store as a side business, with the hopes of it becoming a full time business and my main income. The problem is that I don’t have much capital and see that this plug in is very affordable. Do you suggest that someone new like me use this? I already have a niche, and have a few others if my first one doesn’t go as planned. I am so excited to start my own business, and would spend all my time trying to get it going.
I think the decision is still up to you if you want to use this or not. Since you said you’re a complete newbie, I would suggest you go do more research first and see if its really the one you really fit to your needs and not just because its affordable. Try to go to the Alidropship community and learn from others and get some tips.
Wonderful article, thank you. I purchased the plugin from Alidropship about a month ago so I am still very new to all of this. I was having some issues which I corrected and were just one of those miscommunication things that can happen. I feel so much better about doing this after reading your article today.
The only real issue I found hard was the time difference between me and support and waiting for a reply. Once everything was working it was fun and easy to set up. So I give them a 4.5 **** as it is the best price and so much more flexible than Shopify/Oberlo. Also, no recurring fees as you said. Thanks again and so nice to meet another Dropshipper.
Akisha peters says
Hey the previous discounts codes not working. Any new ones
Hi Akisha! you can use WPISLIFE15
Thanks for the review. I’m in the process of starting my first dropshipping business and I’m heavily leaning towards this plugin. The previous discounts codes are not working. Any new ones?
I’m glad I could help and goodluck to your dropshipping venture. You can use the code WPISLIFE15 for the discount.
Thanks for the review. I want to start an online store soon. I have been doing research for months. Do you have a new promo code since your WPISLIFE15 is not working anymore?
Hi, you can use the code STARTER15 for the discount. thanks and welcome aboard!
Hi All! For Black Friday / Cyber Monday Discount code for Alidropship, please use code “BLACK35” at checkout to get a 35% discount for the plugin