4 Essential Elements Needed To Start A Dropshipping Store

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What is hosting?  How do you get a domain?  What exactly do you need to create your own dropshipping site?  Is it hard for a newbie? Is dropshipping legal? Let’s make it clear! I’m going to help you learn about the technical side of AliExpress dropshipping  and how to pick the best solutions for your dropshipping store!  As you will see by the end, anyone can manage it and easily begin their own dropshipping  site!  Before I start, I’d like to let you know that if you don’t want to deal with the  technical part at all, you can simply order a ready-to-go dropshipping store made by professionals  especially for you, but if you want to save money then keep reading.

To launch a smoothly running dropshipping store, you need: 

  • A domain name
  • A hosting 
  • A convenient content management system (CMS)
  • A dropshipping tool\plugin\app for business automation 

Domain name

A domain name is the main part of your website’s URL address.  For example, take a look at our website’s address: “salesource.io” – that’s the domain.  It consists of 2 elements: The ‘salesource’ part is called a Second Level Domain  The ‘.com’ part is called a Top Level Domain. 

To make the process of creating your domain  name easier, go on a domain generator website, such as Namemesh. 

There, you’ll enter 2-3 words into the search bar, and press the ‘Generate’ button.  The system shows all the possible combinations of these words, so you can choose one.  However, Namemesh doesn’t sell the domain names.  To buy one, go to one of the most credible and trustworthy registrars that are actively used across the globe:  GoDaddy, NameCheap  That’s it! 

Hosting

If you don’t have a hosting, you can’t make your store content visible to Internet users.  In other words, you need to buy hosting (and pay for it every year) to ‘publish’ your  store and make sure it’s really running.  Why do we recommend creating self-hosted stand-alone stores?  First of all, it gives you great independence.  You will not have to obey someone’s ridiculous rules and policies.  You will not lose your store if your account is banned.  No one can suspend you (if your store sells nothing illegal, of course). 

To run a dropshipping site powered by SaleSource Plugin, you should get hosting that meets its technical requirements.  There is also some great news!  You can safely delegate all your hosting issues to us: if you buy SaleSource hosting, which suits e-commerce projects perfectly, we’ll set up WordPress, SaleSource Plugin and theme  for FREE! 

Well, what’s WordPress and SaleSource Plugin?  Let’s see!  

WordPress CMS

CMS is a solution that lets you create and manage content of your website. This way, you don’t need to know how to write code – you can just use the CMS and post any content you need!   Our team members always use WordPress as the most convenient CMS. As you can see from our own dropshipping experience, we prefer this platform for several reasons:

1. WordPress is recognised worldwide as a universal multipurpose CMS, and it is estimated to be one of the most commonly used platforms for online stores

2. It is free – you don’t have to pay anything to integrate Wordpress into your website

3. Easy to install, convenient in daily use, deeply customizable

4. It meets the safety standards and makes it possible for you to make your dropshipping  store secure.

But even though WordPress is an awesome CMS, it lacks some functions that are specifically required to run an online store. This is exactly why your WordPress-based dropshipping store needs to be complemented with the SaleSource tools we have mentioned above! 

SaleSource Plugin

The SaleSource plugin helps your plain WordPress site become an online store.  All the more, this store will be perfect for dropshipping needs (dropshipping products).  You can do the same operations that the Plugin performs manually, but it takes hours and days to copy products from AliExpress and publish everything by hand, while the Plugin  can do it in a few clicks. 

You don’t want to spend your life doing the same routine operations day by day, do you?  The Plugin automates these daily dropshipping business operations: 

  • importing dropshipping products
  • importing reviews 
  • creating pricing markup formulas
  • updating price and stock 
  • processing orders
  • sending shipping notifications

With the Plugin, you won’t need any additional tools to start selling dropshipping products  and earn money.  What’s better is that you pay for the plugin just once, and no monthly fees will occur!  So, it’s all clear now!  To launch your own dropshipping store, you need to buy a domain and hosting, then install  WordPress on your website, and add the SaleSource plugin to it. 

Your big dropshipping journey starts now!  What else do you need to know?  And what will be the next steps?  I recommend you check out our dropshipping blog to find all the necessary information!