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The most popular platforms for drop shipping are Shopify and WooCommerce. Which one to use is mostly based on your current skill level. If you are already technically savvy I would suggest going for WooCommerce, but if you are just starting best would be to use Shopify. Have a look at a more detailed comparison down below.

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SHOPIFY

We all know Shopify as it’s been on the market for years. I remember the first platform. It was exclusively Facebook-based and remember the alluring advertising with 14 days trial I believe.. as far as I remember. As I am always eager on trying new stuff I got tempted twice to try but really didn’t know what to do with it and was just wasting my trials as I either didn’t have time to focus on that or learn or just e-commerce and all related was very new for me. I guess this was 10 years ago.


Then Shopify changed and then drifted almost apart from Facebook and became a leader on the market. The idea of Shopify was to start from the small to the big: from the small physical shop to convert them to online stores; from the average person to the big corporations.

Shopify made a lot of people a real success. Some of them became billionaires.

USER – FRIENDLY

The platform is so user-friendly: there’s no specific need to know to code in order to operate with it. There’s no need to be a fantastic marketer to use it. It is for everyone out there who has got something to sell or dropship.

SPEED 

Each e-commerce platform should be fast, otherwise the visitors’ loose temper and leave the website. This is something that Shopify does care about.

HOSTING AND DOMAIN

They also give you hosting, so no need to search one, if keen on buying a domain from them it is also possible, but rates are higher than if you do proper research and find the best offer.

THEMES

Unfortunately, the free number of themes is limited, but in most cases, they work well. My advice is to check them all in regards to the speed they run with. Do not neglect the paid ones if you need a good working theme and you can afford and invest.

FREE TRIAL

 Shopify can be used freely for two weeks.

PRIVACY, COOKIE, TERMS & CONDITIONS, REFUND POLICIES




All are included in the package so you shouldn’t care about.

A HUGE VARIETY OF APPS

 There’s a huge variety of apps free and paid included in the platform. I guess easier to set up and run for a beginner than the WordPress plugins.

OBERLO FOR DROP SHIPPING: If you dropship, Shopify is a better option as Oberlo is free at least up to a certain amount. This app connects your online store with Aliexpress. It helps to calculate the shipping, estimate delivery, etc.

FRAUD ANALYSIS That’s a really great plus as the platform warns against fraudulent activities and blocks them.

PRICING

Prices start from as little as $9 per month but keep in mind this is just the initial Facebook integration from the past which I discussed already. The most used plan costs $29 and allows partnering with a coworker. It’s perfect for beginning or small business. Then $79 for bigger enterprises with more working people, with bigger discounts for shipping expenses, access to mail, the POS app allows including working shifts etc and finally the $299 which is for 15 people staff and includes all features.  But that’s not all. Shopify experts are very friendly for huge enterprises allowing more than 15 people. It is called Shopify Plus and it is tailored according to your needs.

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WOOCOMMERCE/WORDPRESS

I am a fan of it and use it for 8 years so far. The thing is that to use it you should be already possessing some knowledge and experience.


DIY SITUATION

As I mentioned above the platform requires some knowledge of how it works technically or at least to try first with Shopify and then to migrate to WooCommerce and Shopify. The reason for that is that Shopify as a paid one has it all so you can actually learn from it and then to move to WooCommerce.

SPEED

This is one of the WordPress cons as speed is not easily achievable if you not necessarily use a developer. But still, if you select the right theme or optimize the images and cache it won’t be such an issue.

HOSTING AND DOMAIN

These are components that give much more freedom here. You choose the hosting plan, you choose the domain, so basically it will be much cheaper than with Shopify. Eg : domain – $2/year ; hosting : $6/month. If you are looking for no-contract hosting and affordable domain Interserver has got the right solution for you. No contract solution is best as it allows us to suspend the provider at any time.


THEMES

The variety is massive from free to paid, but also you should have already a practical knowledge on how to customize them or start learning. You can start with a free but if you can afford paid ones, it will give you better quality and freedom.

FREE TRIAL

There’s no such a term here as it is open source and it is completely free.

POLICIES

There’s no such a service here and it is required from you to do research and either find an expert to write them up or use online generators. Keep in mind that most are paid. Cookies warnings are included in WordPress, but they are not enough to cover the specific requirements.

PLUGINS AND WIDGETS

Replace apps here. There’s a great variety of them, most free or inexpensive. In the past was very common to keep plugins which literally destroy a website in a new version. Now by the looks of it, this problem has been somehow solved.

ALIEXPRESS PLUGIN

This is the alternative of Oberlo here. It reminds a lot of it, but it’s more limited in terms of the amount of freely included items. But it works and it works well.

FRAUD ANALYSIS

This is not something that is native to the platform. But there should be a plugin for that. I am sure that with good research one could be found. There are plugins for everything.

PRICES 

As I mentioned above, WordPress is an open-source platform, which means that it belongs to everyone who would like to develop it, hence free of charge.

The plugin WooCommerce is a totally free, and open-source content management system (CMS).

The cost which you might need to cover is for additional not really necessary features and extras.

Conclusion

If you are an entrepreneur who really starts with no experience, use a Shopify as a kick-off. When you reach the status of ‘know it all’ move on to WordPress and WooCommerce.