Ever wanted to create a free dropship website because Shopify is a bit too expensive?
Well, You are not alone.
Beginners like you are finding it difficult to invest in Shopify and are looking for alternate ways to create a free dropship website. It’s mostly because they do not know which products sell well and which don’t.
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How to Create a Free Dropship Website With WordPress
What is Dropshipping?
Dropshipping is a supply chain management method in which the retailer, (that is You!) does not keep goods in stock but instead transfers the customer orders and shipment details to either the manufacturer, another retailer, or a wholesaler, who then ships the goods directly to the customer.
Which primarily means that you just act as a middle man.
The biggest advantage of creating a free dropship website is that you can test out different types of products and find the ones that sell well.
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How do we do it?
With free hosting and a free domain, I will be showing you exactly how you can create a free dropship website on WordPress.
Even though free hosting has its own limitations, we can easily use it for websites like these.
One important thing to keep in mind is that, once you make some sales that can cover up your Shopify subscription costs, I strongly recommend you move your dropship website there.
Because Shopify is the best platform for dropshipping and there is no denying that.
Setting Up Our Dropship Website on a Hosting Provider
There are a lot of free wordpress hosting platforms. Some of them are:-
All of them are great but some of these only accept a limited number of people per month. So make sure you sign up right now for any one of them.
I will be using 000webhost as my free WordPress hosting provider and Freenom as my free domain name service provider in this tutorial. 000webhost was the only one available during the time of writing. So, I had to prepare this tutorial using it.
First Head over to 000webhost to set up your free hosting. Sign Up for a new account there.
After signing up, click the + button to add a new website. Give your website a name and click create.
After that, you will be redirected to the 000webhosts’ dashboard. Now install WordPress by clicking on the install now button. It will take some time, so be patient.
Sometimes WordPress may not install, all you have to do is delete the databases from your website. Your databases can be seen under the tools menu on the left side of the 000webhost’s dashboard.
Now that we have successfully set up WordPress, let’s change our domain name.
A small advice – if you have some money. I recommend you pay for the hosting. This is because 000webhost is really slow. You can easily upgrade to Hostinger by clicking on the transfer now button from your WordPress Dashboard. It’s just $0.80 per month – It’s that cheap.
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Setting up your Free domain
This step is completely optional but will give your website a professional touch. You can opt for a free domain name or go to namecheap.com to purchase one.
You can get your free domain from freenom.com. But freenom offers only domain names with extensions like .ml, .tk, .ga, etc. If you want to get a .com, go to NameCheap.com
follow the series of steps:-
- Go to freenom.com.
- Register a domain by adding your domain name in the space given.
- Select an extension from the given ones and click checkout
- Ensure to change the period to “12 Months @ FREE”
- Select Use DNS Now
- Make sure you select ‘use your own DNS’
- Enter ns01.000webhost.com and ns02.000webhost.com and no IP addresses
- You will now be taken to a checkout page. Enter all the personal details and click Save.
Once you register your domain, it appears on My Domains under the services tab.
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Linking Your Host and Domain
Now that you have pointed your domain to the 000webhost website. There is one more step left. That is 000webhost needs to know that you have pointed to this domain, so you need to follow these steps:
Here’s how you can point your Freenom domain to 000webhost –
- Login to your 000webhost panel.
- Go to your website
- Select “Set Web Address” under the Tools Tab
- Then Click on “Connect a domain you already own “
- Enter the Domain name you just registered and Click on “Park Domain”.
- Find your domain in the list and it should display Ready.
- Click on “Manage” and Then on “Link Website”
- Select 000Webhost URL
- And Then Confirm that you want to use the Domain Name.
Your WordPress Dashboard will now be available at www.yourdomainname.tk/wp-admin/. Where yourdomainname.tk is your registered domain name.
Great! Now that all the basic things have been set up. Let’s now set up our dropship website.
Create Your Free Dropship Website
Go to your WordPress dashboard. Go to the Appearance Tab.
Now, Look for a great, professional theme that will set you apart from others. There is a premium theme called Flatsome which is Awesome. But if you don’t have the money, you may try the free themes.
Installing Plugins on your Dropship Website.
After setting up your theme, Install the Woocomerce plugin and activate it. The installation will take you through a series of steps. Just follow them as said.
If you are having confusions setting up Woocommerce , You may check out this guide
It’s better if you just play around with the WordPress dashboard and Woocommerce before you add any products so that you may understand how this all works.
After Installation of Woocommerce, Two Tabs comes into existence. With one of them called WooCommerce (with options for orders, coupons, reports, settings, status, and extensions), while the other one is called Products (which is where you view and add items like products, categories, tags, and attributes
Most dropshippers use AliExpress for dropshipping their products, but manually adding them is quite impossible. Aliexpress is a Chinese based marketplace with almost anything you could ask for.
Ezusy was Inspired from the Oberlo app that Shopify uses which automates the entire process of dropshipping.
This is done by linking to AliExpress and then pulling out the product and it’s information to your dropship store.
Go to the Ezusy website. Click on “Create an account”
Select the plan you wish to start with. There is a free plan available which lets you import up to 150 products and fulfil 50 orders a month. This is more than enough when you are just a beginner.
On the Next page, you will be asked to create an account. Click on Submit when you fill out everything.
Just Click “Use Ezusy Now” on the confirmations Page.
Install Ezusy Chrome Plugin To Dropship with WordPress
This Plugin allows you to easily import products from AliExpress Website to you ezusy dashboard.
To install, go to Chrome Webstore and search for Ezusy and install it.
Now go to Settings from Ezusy dashboard and add your website address(URL) and Then click on Connect.
If it doesn’t connect, just ensure that your are logged into Woocommerce.
Click the Approve button and this sends you back to the Ezusy Dashboard with two new fields for which you need not do anything. Just Click Save.
You are now connected to Ezusy and is now ready to import products from AliExpress.
Importing Products from AliExpress.
Go to the AliExpress Homepage. Either search for products by their name or choose any category that you like
Each and every product has a small Ezusy logo attached to it. So if you wish to import a product, You can just click that button.
After importing the products, Go back to your Ezusy dashboard and click on the aliExpress Imported Tab. This page will have all the products that you just imported and will have different options like stock and price auto-updates etc.
A ‘Push To Store’ button can be seen on the top right side of the page. Pressing that would push all the selected products along with their details to your store. It also connects them with the supplier for them to send out the purchased products.
After Pushing products to your store, go to your WordPress dashboard. Click on Products Tab and the pushed products will be seen there. You can wish to update, remove or add all the details from there.
That’s it, You have successfully created a free dropship website! Make sure that you have configured all the settings before you start promoting your website.
Also keep in mind that once you start making sales, Do not forget to upgrade to either Shopify or to a new hosting provider.
Thanks for Reading.