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Thinking of launching a dropshipping business? You’ll need a reliable platform to set up your store.

WordPress is an excellent choice for building your ecommerce site, and the best thing is that it’s open-source. So, you have the freedom and flexibility to create your store on a budget!

It’s packed with everything you need to get your dropshipping business off the ground.

Not sure where to begin?

Here’s how to start a WooCommerce dropshipping store in 18 steps:

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  1. Install WordPress and WooCommerce
  2. Get some inspiration from other WooCommerce dropshipping stores
  3. Choose between a general, niche, or one-product store
  4. Select a WooCommerce theme according to your niche
  5. Understand the characteristics of a winning dropshipping product
  6. Decide which products you are going to sell
  7. Locate a dropshipping supplier
  8. Connect the supplier to your WooCommerce store
  9. Add products
  10. Create a dropshipping pricing strategy
  11. Add plugins to your store
  12. Create your standard online store pages
  13. Customize your WooCommerce store
  14. Configure your store’s settings and payment gateways
  15. Define customer service and refund protocols
  16. Start marketing to drive traffic to your store
  17. Keep testing!
  18. Found a product that is selling?

If these steps seem overwhelming, don’t worry. We’ll break each one down in detail throughout this guide.

We’ll also dive into finding profitable dropshipping products, setting up your store, and developing marketing strategies to attract traffic to your site.

Ready to get started? Let’s dive in!

18 Steps to create a WooCommerce dropshipping store

Starting a dropshipping business can be an exciting journey. It offers a chance to earn income, but remember that success isn’t guaranteed and comes with its share of risks.

Treat it like any real business, and you’ll be steps ahead of many others!

1. Install WordPress and WooCommerce

If you’re new to WordPress, let’s clear up some common confusion before diving into the installation of WordPress and the WooCommerce plugin.

People often mix up WordPress.com with WordPress.org, but they’re quite different.

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WordPress.com is like Shopify 一 it’s a fully hosted service. Your website lives on WordPress.com’s servers, freeing you from the hassle of finding a host or managing site maintenance.

WordPress.com homepage

However, this convenience might limit your customization and monetization options, which isn’t ideal if you’re aiming to scale your dropshipping business.

WordPress.org, on the other hand, is what many consider the ‘real WordPress.’

It’s an open-source software that’s free to download and install on your own hosting account.

Plus, it opens up a world of plugins that WordPress is famous for!

We’ll focus on WordPress.org in this guide, as it’s free and feature-rich for your dropshipping needs.

WordPress.org homepage

Now, onto WooCommerce.

This powerful plugin turns your WordPress site into a fully functioning ecommerce store at no cost.

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WooCommerce logo

It is essential for creating a dropshipping website as it provides the framework for product listing, cart functionality, checkout processes, and payment options.

With this background, let’s move on to installing WordPress and WooCommerce.

Option 1: Direct installation via the hosting provider

Installing WordPress and WooCommerce directly with your host is the hands-down simplest path.

For instance, with SiteGround, you just pick ‘WooCommerce’ during setup, and it automatically installs both WordPress and WooCommerce for you.

WordPress + WooCommerce option on SiteGround

This one-click installation saves a ton of time!

And if you hit a bump? Most hosting services offer support teams ready to jump in and assist. So, if you’re stuck, don’t hesitate to call on them.

Option 2: DIY install

If you prefer a more hands-on approach or your host doesn’t offer direct installation, you’ll be setting up WooCommerce manually.

First, make sure you have a WordPress site ready.

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WooCommerce plugin on WordPress backend

Then install WooCommerce by following these steps:

  1. Go to ‘Plugins’ in the WordPress left-side menu.
  2. Search for ‘WooCommerce’.
  3. Click ‘Install Now,’ then ‘Activate.’

After activation, WooCommerce’s setup wizard will guide you through setting up.

WooCommerce setup

The five steps include:

  • Store Details. Add your store’s address.
  • Industry. Choose the right industry for your store.
  • Product Types. Opt for ‘Physical products’ or add customizable products if you offer personalization.
  • Business Details. Share how many products you plan to list and if you’re selling on other platforms. If you’re just starting, select ‘I don’t have any products yet.’
  • Theme. You can start with the free Storefront theme or stick with your current theme by selecting ‘Continue with my active theme.’

We’ll dive deeper into choosing themes in Step 5.

2. Get some inspiration from other WooCommerce dropshipping stores

Someone searching for a niche for their business

Before we jump into setting up your WooCommerce dropshipping store, take a moment to seek out some inspiration:

And don’t just stick to dropshipping examples. Broaden your search to include ecommerce shops, not just the big ones like Home Depot, Porter & York, and UPS.

Explore smaller yet popular brands that choose WooCommerce for their online stores, such as:

  • Hepper is a brand dedicated to pet furniture.
  • Xero Shoes, a footwear brand.
  • Swagtron is known for its hoverboards and electric scooters.
  • Henry J is a brand that provides stylish and comfortable socks for every occasion.
  • Nalgene, the brand for durable water bottles.
  • Root Science focuses on skincare solutions.

Take a look at everything from their store layouts to checkout processes and landing pages 一 there’s a lot to learn!

3. Decide between a general, niche, or one-product store

One of the first decisions you’ll need to make is what type of dropshipping store you will open.

You have three main options: generalniche, and one-product stores.

And guess what? Each of them comes with its unique pros and cons!

We often suggest starting with a niche or one-product store. Why? Because the benefits and challenges of these stores generally outweigh those of a general store.

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For instance, a niche store offers these five advantages:

5 Advantages of starting an online niche store

In short, starting a dropshipping business with a niche or one-product store can simplify the process of building a sustainable operation.

If you want to learn more about the differences between general, niche, and one-product stores, check out this article!

Note: It’s okay if you’re not entirely sure about the store type right now. You can start by selecting the products you want to sell, and then choose the most suitable store type based on those decisions.

4. Pick a WooCommerce theme according to your niche

WordPress themes page

Now that you’ve decided whether you’re launching a general, niche, or one-product store, it’s time to choose a theme that matches your niche.

Think of your theme as your website’s outfit. It sets the first impression and vibe of your store.

The good news? You can easily refresh your store’s look by swapping out your theme for a new one!

There are two ways to add a theme to your store:

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  • Select a free (or premium) theme from WooCommerce.
  • Upload a third-party or custom theme.

WooCommerce offers three themes:

  • Storefront. Versatile, works for most stores.
  • Deli. Earth-toned, great for natural or handcrafted goods.
  • Boutique. Ideal for small shops and boutiques.

Storefront is a solid choice for most dropshipping stores, though it’s pretty basic and might have limited customization options.

Storefront theme on WooCommerce setup

For more flexibility, you can choose a free third-party WooCommerce theme like OceanWP. Keep in mind that you might need to opt for a paid plan to fully customize it to your taste.

To install a third-party theme, follow these steps:

  1. Download the theme’s .zip file.
  2. On your WordPress dashboard, navigate to Appearance > Themes and click ‘Add New.’
  3. Click ‘Upload’ to add the .zip file.
  4. Click ‘Activate.’

Looking for a quick recommendation of the best WooCommerce dropshipping themes?

Take a look at 10 Best WooCommerce Dropshipping Themes in 2024.

5. Learn the characteristics of a winning dropshipping product

If you’re new to dropshipping, choosing what to sell can seem daunting.

However, this decision is not one you should rush.

Your choice of product, supplier, and marketing efforts, play a key role in the success of your dropshipping store.

It’s common to see that certain items are relatively easy to sell, while others are fairly hard to sell.

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These ‘easy’ sellers are often referred to as ‘winning products.’ They share some common features that make them stand out, like:

5 Characteristics of a winning product - Infographic

Spend some time understanding these characteristics. It can make a huge difference in your strategy.

We also suggest checking out our list of the best dropshipping products.

See if you can spot the winning traits in them. This exercise can give you a clearer idea of what to aim for in your product selection.

6. Decide which products you are going to sell

Understanding what makes a good dropshipping product is your first step. Now, it’s time to choose the products you’ll sell in your store.

One way to do this is by going to a website like AliExpress and start browsing.

But with millions of options, where do you begin?

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It’s quite challenging, isn’t it?

That’s why we recommend using a product research tool. It makes the process of finding winning products so much easier!

If you’re not sure which tool to pick, try our product research tool quiz to find one that best suits your needs.

Find your product research tool here

Not a fan of quizzes? Some excellent tools to explore include Sell The TrendNiche Scraper, and Thieve.co.

Our personal favorite among these is Sell The Trend, which comes with some amazing features.

For instance, one of our favorite features is called ‘The Nexus,’ which you can use to find a lot of product ideas:

Sell The Trend Nexus product examples

Sell The Trend does come with a subscription fee of $39.97 per month, but they free 7-day trial for you to test it out.

If you are not 100% convinced yet, take a look at our in-depth review of Sell The Trend!

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7. Find a dropshipping supplier

You may have found a product you think would be nice to sell, but that’s just half the story.

You’ll also need a dropshipping supplier to sell you the product and ship it directly to your customer:

How does dropshipping work - Infographic

Selecting a supplier is another task, but it’s manageable when you know where to look!

We’ll offer some recommendations for excellent suppliers shortly, but it’s good to know how to spot a good one:

How do you spot a good dropshipping supplier - Infographic

Got it?

Let’s explore some of the best suppliers out there now!

We’ve made an overview of them in the table below.

Click ‘Read Review’ to open a new tab with our detailed supplier assessment, including their pros and cons.

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These dropshipping platforms easily integrate with your WooCommerce dropshipping store. They allow you to browse and import products with a click of a button.

If you’re interested in suppliers in a specific region, you can find them in these lists:

These lists also include dropshipping suppliers specializing in specific niches. For instance, if you’re starting a fashion store, you might find a supplier like BrandsGateway that exclusively sells fashion items!

Tip: If you’re not sure which dropshipping supplier is the best for you, we’ve created a quiz that lets you find out simply by answering a few simple questions!

Alternatively, you can find a local supplier through a quick Google search.

In our experience, they often provide fast delivery times, which is essential for dropshipping stores.

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Choosing a local supplier can also save you from the ‘software fees’ often charged by platforms like Spocket or Syncee on their higher plans.

However, most local suppliers don’t offer direct integration with WordPress websites. So, you might have to add products and process orders manually.

Tip: Always order samples before committing to a supplier to ensure product quality.

8. Connect the supplier to your WooCommerce store

Once you’ve picked your supplier, check if you can connect it to your WooCommerce store.

Some suppliers offer a way to integrate with WooCommerce, while others don’t.

Being able to connect your supplier to WooCommerce will make it much easier to do tasks like:

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  • Importing products from your supplier to your store.
  • Syncing the stock levels of the products.
  • Fulfilling your orders.
  • Checking the status of your orders with your supplier.
  • And much more!

The good thing is, for most suppliers in the table above, you’ll find an app (on the WordPress plugin store) that lets you hook up that supplier to your store.

For example, here’s the one for Spocket:

Spocket WordPress plugin page

9. Add products to your store

Someone writing a product description

After choosing a supplier, it’s time to add products!

In our experience, it’s best to enter the essential details about your products now. This way, you can get a sense of how your store is taking shape before you dive into customizing it.

If you’re using a dropshipping platform like CJdropshipping or Syncee, you can simply add a product from their catalog with a single click.

Dealing with a local supplier? You’ll probably be adding products yourself.

If you’re familiar with WordPress, you can bulk upload your product details using a CSV file directly into the platform.

For those adding products one by one, check out this detailed WooCommerce guide on adding and managing products.

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10. Create a dropshipping pricing strategy

Pricing strategy for dropshipping

By now, you should have a clear understanding of how your dropshipping store will function, the product(s) you’ll be selling, and the supplier you’ll be partnering with.

But before you can be sure the product you’ve picked is a good one, there’s one more important thing to check一its selling price.

When deciding on the price of your product, it’s not just about choosing a number based on gut feelings.

You need to factor in costs such as product costs, marketing expenses, taxes, hosting fees, app costs, and psychology.

For example, let’s say you buy a product for $5 from your supplier and sell it in your store for $20.

While this might seem profitable, you also have to account for additional expenses such as:

  • $2 shipping per product
  • A $10 cost per purchase for your marketing costs
  • A $1 transaction cost for your payment provider
  • $50 in monthly plugin fees

Plus, other extra costs!

So, you need a pricing strategy to ensure you are profitable!

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Creating a pricing strategy can be an extensive topic, so it’s best to do it according to our complete dropshipping pricing strategy guide!

Once you have a pricing strategy, you can also test it using our profit margin calculator:

Calculate your profit margin here

11. Add plugins to your store

WordPress plugins page

Your WooCommerce store gets even better when you add plugins. You can add features like pop-ups, size guides, and memberships using plugins.

The best part is that almost all of the 55,000+ WordPress plugins are free or follow a freemium pricing model.

To start, check out these essential (and free) WooCommerce plugins for your dropshipping website:

Once your dropshipping site is up and running, you can continue to add more features.

You can then do your own research and install plugins by navigating to Plugins > Add new through the WordPress dashboard.

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But you should know that the more plugins you add, the slower your website can get.

Also, always install plugins from reputable companies to avoid the risk of hacking or being locked out of your own dropshipping store.

12. Create your standard online store pages

An image of a checklist

Next, let’s add content to your dropshipping store by creating the standard pages that any ecommerce store needs.

Think about your FAQs, return policy, and shipping policy pages.

Although these pages might seem a bit boring to create, they are crucial for every online store!

If you want more insights into these standard pages and how to create them, this article will surely help!

13. Customize your WooCommerce store

To customize your dropshipping store, you need to:

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  • Design your logo
  • Add content
  • Style your store

Let’s start with your dropshipping logo!

Your store’s logo is as crucial as your store name—it sticks with your visitors.

For tips on designing a logo that stands out, take a look at this guide:

How to Get a Logo for Your Dropshipping Store? (5 Options)

Now, let’s style your store!

From the WooCommerce dashboard, go to Appearance > Customize. The ‘Customizer’ provides a live preview of your store as you make changes.

WooCommerce Customizer on the left side

Here’s what you can personalize:

  • Site identity
  • Header
  • Footer
  • Typography
  • Buttons
  • Product catalog
  • Product page
  • Checkout

For more details on managing layout, store notice, and more, read this detailed article here.

14. Set up your store’s settings and payment gateways

Fantastic progress! You’re almost set to welcome your first customers to your WooCommerce store.

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The only thing left to make your WooCommerce store ready for sales is setting up your shipping, payment gateways, and tax settings.

Let’s set up your shipping!

It does look complicated, but don’t worry; we’ll simplify the process for you.

WooCommerce Shipping on WordPress dashboard

First, you need to set up shipping zones.

These are the regions where you’ll ship goods. For example, a ‘Domestic’ zone can cover all US states, or a ‘West Zone’ for just the western ones.

Next, add shipping methods to the zones. WooCommerce supports three primary shipping methods:

  1. Flat rate
  2. Free shipping
  3. Local delivery

You can assign different methods to different zones depending on your needs.

And finally, you need to apply rates to your shipping methods.

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Finally, apply rates to your shipping methods. If your supplier charges a $10 shipping fee for any US state, you could set a flat rate of $10 or more for all zones.

To access these settings, go to WooCommerce > Settings > Shipping in your dashboard.

For a more detailed walkthrough, check out this free guide.

WooCommerce tax plugin

Next, let’s do your taxes!

Setting up taxes is straightforward with WooCommerce, especially if your customers are in the US, Australia, Canada, the UK, or Europe.

Just use the WooCommerce Tax plugin, which is free and automates sales tax calculations at checkout based on the customer’s location.

If you’re in another country, explore country-specific tax plugins in the WordPress Plugins store.

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As for payment gateways, here’s an overview of the best payment gateways for WooCommerce:

15. Define customer service and refund protocols

This step may seem small, but many merchants get stuck here.

Understanding how to manage refunds and returns with dropshipping suppliers can impact the success of your dropshipping venture.

These two parts are super important if you want to keep your customers happy.

Remember, happy customers mean fewer complaints! You definitely don’t want to end up in a situation like the dropshipping store in the example below:

Messages on Attitude Today Facebook page
Source, their Facebook page is currently offline though

Like the step before, if you want to learn more about this, we suggest checking out these articles.

Keep in mind that these articles above are long, but they cover everything you need to know about each topic!

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16. Start marketing to drive traffic to your store

Someone holding an Ad

Once you’ve set up your WooCommerce storefront, it’s time to kick off marketing!

Remember, marketing is an ongoing process. It’s not a one-time task; you need to be consistent and persistent.

That being said, there are lots of different ways to market your store. Again, the best ones depend on what you want to achieve.

If you’ve identified your niche, product, and target audience, you will find your best marketing method in this article!

For a quick guideline on which marketing method suits you, check out the following infographic:

How to pick the right marketing method for dropshipping - Infographic

Again, marketing is a big subject, so this article about marketing for dropshipping will definitely help you further!

Once you’ve decided on your plan, you’re ready to launch your WooCommerce dropshipping store!

17. Keep testing!

If you’ve made it to this step, congratulations!

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Many people don’t reach this point because it demands a lot of effort. But if you’re reading this with determination, we’re proud of you!

This step is all about ongoing testing until you find products that work well for you and your dropshipping store.

Continue with product research, test new products, and tweak your WooCommerce dropshipping store to improve conversion rates.

Think about using a Heatmap tool like Hotjar to see what your visitors do on your store.

Implement split testing for elements such as colors, descriptions, and more. (Learn how to track your store visitors here.)

Hotjar homepage

We’ll write more articles about this in the future, but for now, we’ve got some great resources for you from other people:

18. Found a product that is selling?

A person tracking his profits

That’s awesome!

Now, it’s time to scale the product and maximize your earnings from it!

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While we haven’t covered this topic extensively on the blog yet, we do have some fantastic YouTube videos for you to watch if you want to learn more about scaling your WooCommerce dropshipping store:

Meanwhile, keep testing new products because that product could become unpopular in seconds. It could all change the next day!

Someone might discover your product, replicate everything (but at a lower price), and run similar advertisements.

If your product is selling well, consider importing it in bulk to your location or using a fulfillment center like Amazon (although other options are available).

Buying in bulk provides more flexibility, such as customizing the package design, adding additional products, and including a business card.

If you want to learn more about transitioning from dropshipping to buying in bulk, we suggest watching this informative video below:

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Should you dropship with WooCommerce?

First of all, starting an online store is a smart move as online shopping is one of, if not the fastest-growing segments of the retail industry.

Look at the growth of retail ecommerce sales worldwide:

Retail ecommerce sales worldwide - Data Infographic

You can see that sales are surging.

But why should you start a WooCommerce store in particular?

Simply put, WooCommerce is one of the best overall ecommerce platforms. Not surprisingly, it’s the second most popular shopping cart in the world!

Ecommerce Usage Distribution in the Top 1 Million Sites
by BuiltWith

With over 5.8 million stores and a presence in more than 175 countries, WooCommerce offers dropshippers valuable features like:

  • Built-in payment processing.
  • A large library of plugins and themes.
  • Customizable checkout options.
  • Local customization.
  • Ability to list unlimited products and product images.
  • A large community of dropshippers, developers, and other users.

If you’re not sure if WordPress (with WooCommerce plugin) is the best platform for you, take our quiz here for a personalized recommendation based on your specific needs.

Not sure which ecommerce platform to pick?

3 final tips for dropshipping with WooCommerce

Now that you know how to create a WooCommerce dropshipping website, here are some amazing tips that will help you take your store to the next level.

1. Start for free, pay for progress

Someone trying to figure out what a good profit margin is

You can start a WooCommerce dropshipping store with a minimal budget.

However, operating without some investment is not realistic, especially when you’re just learning the ropes.

While dropshipping is more cost-effective than traditional retail, you’ll eventually need to invest in software, website design, and paid plugins as your store expands.

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For a deeper understanding of the financial aspects of running a dropshipping store, refer to this comprehensive guide:

Complete Guide: Can You Start Dropshipping Without Money?

2. Don’t install too many plugins

A woman losing money

Just like too many apps can slow down your phone, excessive plugins can have a similar effect on your site.

They not only impact site speed but also require careful management for updates and compatibility.

Plus, plugins can have security vulnerabilities. The more plugins you have, the higher the risk of security issues.

To maintain a healthy WooCommerce site for your dropshipping business, install only those plugins that are absolutely necessary for your operation.

3. Backup your store data

A persona shopping with buyer protection

Just like a physical shop can face unexpected events like storms or power outages, your online store needs protection from its own digital disasters like hacking, faulty updates, or accidental data losses.

To safeguard your WooCommerce store, read this free guide on how to back up and restore data for it.

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FAQs about WooCommerce dropshipping

If you have any more questions about WooCommerce dropshipping, take a look at these FAQs:

Does WooCommerce allow dropshipping?

Yes, WooCommerce supports dropshipping. Many dropshipping businesses use WooCommerce as their platform due to its flexibility, customization options, and wide range of available plugins.

Is WooCommerce good for beginners?

No, you need some technical expertise to run a WooCommerce store. While adding plugins might be easy, handling security, backups, and troubleshooting requires experience. However, there are tutorials available to help beginners in navigating these technical aspects.

Is dropshipping still profitable in 2024?

Yes, dropshipping is profitable in 2024, especially with the right mindset focused on building a genuine business rather than a ‘get rich quick’ scheme. Success in dropshipping relies on a strategic approach and a commitment to delivering value to customers.

Summary

Before we go, we’ve created a quick summary of this article for you, so you can easily remember it:

  • Finding the right product and dropshipping supplier is crucial; take your time and don’t rush this process.
  • Opt for a theme from the WooCommerce theme store rather than sticking with the standard Storefront theme for better customization.
  • Explore the WordPress Plugins store to enhance your store’s functionality with various plugins.
  • Avoid the temptation to install an excess of plugins. Just as too many apps can slow down your phone, numerous plugins can impact site speed, compatibility, and security.
  • Marketing is an ongoing effort for your online store; it’s a process that never stops. Keep promoting and reaching out to your target audience.
  • If you discover a successful product, consider scaling it to maximize earnings. Explore options like importing in bulk to your location or utilizing fulfillment centers like Amazon.
  • Establish clear procedures for customer service and refund requests.

Final thoughts

That’s a wrap! Now you have the key information to kickstart your WooCommerce dropshipping website in 2024.

Remember, success doesn’t happen overnight, so keep at it and avoid falling for the ‘get rich quick’ idea.

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In fact, our blog doesn’t endorse paid dropshipping courses; they’re why we started this resource in the first place.

Curious about our take on why these courses are a waste of money? Check out our thoughts here.

Good luck with setting up your WooCommerce dropshipping store!

Want to learn more about dropshipping?

Ready to move your dropshipping store to the next level? Check out the articles below:

Plus, don’t forget to check out our in-depth guide on how to start dropshipping here!

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It’s easy to assume the e-commerce ship has sailed when you consider we have giant outfits like Shopify, WooCommerce and Wix dominating the sector. But the opportunity for e-commerce platforms that cater to brands remain vast and fertile, since so many smaller businesses continue foraying into the internet in the wake of the pandemic.

Further evidence of this has surfaced in the form of one of the largest fundraises by a startup in Turkey, given that the average Series A usually comes in at below $15 million. E-commerce platform ikas has raised $20 million in a Series A funding round as it seeks to expand its operations into new markets in Europe. The company currently operates in Turkey and Germany, and says its platform simplifies store management for companies that want to have a digital presence.

The investment was led by the International Finance Corporation (IFC) fund, a venture arm of the World Bank Group.

ikas’ co-founder and CEO Mustafa Namoğlu told TechCrunch that the company would be using the new funding for international expansion in Eastern Europe and the DaCH region.

“Most of Europe is predominantly neglected or underserved by those U.S.-based giants,” he said. “The global platforms lack customer service in local languages. It looks easy to start with, for example, a Shopify. But once you start, you need to add other plugins, and you may even need an agency to run it.”

Namoğlu said ikas can win customers against other platforms because it’s more of a “fire and forget” platform. “The first reason our merchants pick us over others is storefront speed, which gives them higher conversion rates. You get this out of the box, even if you pay us €30 per month. The second reason is customer service. Thirdly, we bundle the payments and the shipping labels into our core product, which means you don’t need to go and negotiate with payment providers or shipping labels. You’re immediately ready to go,” he said.

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Namoğlu previously founded MUGO, a fashion distribution and retail company, and launched ikas in 2017 with co-founders Tugay Karaçay, Ömercan Çelikler and Umut Ozan Yildirim.

The IFC invests directly in companies as well as through PE and VC funds.

Also investing in ikas is Re-Pie Asset Management, which has grocery delivery startup Getir in its portfolio. The round saw participation from ikas’ existing investor Revo Capital, best known as the first institutional investor in Getir, Param, Midas and Roamless.

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When it comes to website-building, WordPress themes set your site up for success by providing stylish, preselected options for fonts, colors, and layouts. Even though themes provide the overall aesthetic, you still need to build out the posts, pages, and templates on your site. That’s where block patterns come in!

The WordPress.com Pattern Library is your new go-to resource for finding any kind of pattern for your beautiful WordPress website. With hundreds of pre-built patterns to choose from across over a dozen categories, you’ll be covered no matter your website’s specific needs. 

What are patterns?

Block patterns are collections of blocks made to work seamlessly with our modern themes. Need an “About” page? Check. A gallery? Check. A testimonial? Check. How about a newsletter? Check. We have just about anything you’ll need. 

Best of all: for each pattern, the fonts, colors, and spacing will adapt to your theme’s settings, making for a cohesive look. Still, patterns aren’t locked or static either—after you’ve added the pattern to your post, page, or template, you can tweak it however you like. 

A tour of the Pattern Library 

This new public Pattern Library allows you to browse, preview, and easily share or implement whichever design speaks your tastes. Let’s take a look around. 

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Are you looking for a landing page builder for your WordPress site but are not sure whether to choose Thrive Architect, Divi, or Elementor?

Choosing the right page builder will allow you to customize your website and landing pages for better user experience and flexibility. This can help generate leads, increase conversions, and boost your site’s SEO.

In this article, we will compare Thrive Architect vs. Divi vs. Elementor and show you which page builder is best for your needs.

Which Is Better: Thrive Architect vs Divi vs Elementor

Brief Overview of Our Contenders

Thrive Architect, Divi, and Elementor are some of the best WordPress page builders on the market that come with drag-and-drop editors. They let you create attractive pages for your website without using a single line of code.

Thrive Architect is a powerful and beginner-friendly page builder that comes with 352+ pre-designed layouts and conversion-focused elements like buttons, countdown timers, and lead generation forms.

It also offers built-in SEO features, dynamic text, and A/B testing.

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Plus, the tool is part of the Thrive Themes Suite and can easily integrate with their other plugins like Thrive Optimize, Thrive Theme Builder, Thrive Leads, and more.

Divi is a visual page and theme builder that has an extensive library of over 2000 premade layouts.

It is part of the Elegant Themes family and offers amazing features like split testing, lead capture forms, mobile responsive design, and fast loading times.

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Finally, Elementor is also a popular website builder that was launched in 2016.

It has 100+ premade templates, form builders, and dynamic content, and comes with SEO tools to optimize your pages for search engines.

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Having said that, let’s compare these WordPress page builders to see which one is better. We’ve broken down our comparison into the following sections:

Thrive Architect vs. Divi vs. Elementor – Ease of Use

When choosing a page builder, it is important to pick one that is beginner-friendly and super easy to use. The plugin should be designed in a way that even non-technical users can easily get the hang of it.

These tools must allow you to customize and create your landing pages without writing any code.

Let’s see how these three page builders compare to each other in terms of ease of use.

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Divi – Ease of Use

Divi offers a drag-and-drop builder that allows you to create or edit your WordPress theme and landing pages.

It has more than 100 premade layouts and lets you edit your WordPress site on the front end. This means that you can see different elements as they are added to your website in real time and make changes accordingly to them.

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However, a major downside of Divi is that it does not show you a menu with different blocks including text, image, or video like the other page builders in this article.

Instead, the builder lets you choose a layout for the section you want to add and then lets you pick an element.

Overall, Divi is fairly easy to use, but it will take some time for beginners to learn its landing page customization and editing process.

Elementor – Ease of Use

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Elementor has a powerful drag-and-drop builder that displays different block elements in the left column of the screen with a landing page preview on the right.

It also allows you to design mobile responsive pages by switching to mobile, desktop, and tablet views for the landing page.

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Additionally, the builder lets you view your revision history by clicking the ‘History’ button at the bottom left corner of the screen.

However, the only downside of the tool is that it does not offer an easy way to undo or redo the changes you made to the page, except for going through the revision history and reverting your changes.

Elementor can be a bit overwhelming for beginners due to so many features and elements, which can cause choice paralysis. But once you get the hang of it, the tool is reasonably easy to use.

Thrive Architect – Ease of Use

Thrive Architect’s drag-and-drop Architect is super easy to use. It lets you design your pages from scratch and even allows you to edit and customize the pages already published on your website.

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You can add different elements to your page by clicking on the ‘+’ icon in the right corner of the screen. After that, you can edit the block’s position and layout in the column on the left.

You can also determine the scrolling behavior of the page and add animations and shadows to different elements on the screen from here.

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With Thrive Architect, you can also design your pages for different devices by expanding the ‘Responsive’ tab to configure the element’s visibility on mobile, desktop, or tablet.

You can also import/export your page content, set conditional logic, view the revision history, and revert previous changes by clicking the clock icon in the bottom left corner of the screen.

Plus, the tool lets you group related landing pages together and manage them as a unit, which can help if you want to share design elements or track conversions across multiple pages at the same time.

The page builder is also super fast and designed with speed in mind. This means that Thrive Architect won’t affect your website performance.

Winner – Thrive Architect

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All three plugins offer a drag-and-drop builder and were built with beginners in mind. These page builders make it super easy to create landing pages without using any code.

However, Thrive Architect is the winner in this category due to its easy revision history and ability to revert changes in seconds.

Thrive Architect vs. Divi vs. Elementor – Customization Features

Another important factor to remember when choosing a page builder is the customization features offered by these different plugins.

You should choose a page builder that offers complete flexibility and creative freedom over the appearance of your pages.

Let’s take a look at the customization features offered by Divi, Elementor, and Thrive Architect.

Divi – Customization Features

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Divi has around 2000 layouts and 200+ elements that you can use to create landing pages and themes.

It even comes with a full website pack for WordPress sites that includes templates for the homepage, contact page, and sales pages.

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Additionally, the tool has the Global Colors feature and lets you structure your content with unlimited sections and rows.

Other than that, Divi lets you add an accordion, CTA, contact form, filterable portfolio, testimonials, maps, post navigation, and social follow. It even comes with special elements for WooCommerce stores like breadcrumbs, cart totals, checkout information, and shipping.

The builder provides you complete control over each element by letting you change the font color, add hover styling, use filters and effects to enhance the appearance of any element, or use custom CSS.

Elementor – Customization Features

Elementor has over 300 premade templates for different niches and purposes, including eCommerce, coming soon, education, events, products, thank you pages, and more.

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Additionally, it lets you create custom headers and footers and add advanced effects like parallax scrolling, transitions, and animations.

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Elementor also offers over 100 widgets, including share buttons, countdown timers, post titles, and WooCommerce widgets. Other than that, you can use custom CSS to further style different page areas.

It also has some advanced customization features like conditional logic, global styles, adding custom code, or importing your fonts and icons.

Thrive Architect – Customization Features

Thrive Architect offers 352+ conversion-optimized templates for your landing pages. It also comes with smart color technology that lets you change the color scheme of your entire page in just one click.

It has premade templates for product launches, webinars, email capture pages, personal branding, coming soon pages, and home pages.

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Additionally, the plugin has global site options where you can centrally manage all your important data and links such as contact information, social links, and logos.

Thrive Architect ships with numerous blocks that you can use to customize your website, including pricing tables, lead generation forms, progress bars, post list filters, audio, image gallery, Google Maps, Facebook comments, and so much more.

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Thrive Architect also offers a vast library of Google Fonts from where you can select custom icons and fonts that are unique to your page.

Plus, the tool has special WooCommerce elements to help you build an online store, including product grids, single product pages, category pages, scarcity triggers, and social proof displays.

It also lets you add parallax scrolling, hover effects, and precise element spacing to create attractive landing pages. Other than that, the plugin allows you to add HTML attributes and custom CSS to different blocks easily.

Winner – Tie

Thrive Architect, Divi, and Elementor all provide a lot of different customization options that give you complete creative freedom over your landing page design.

You can select from any of the premade templates and further edit the appearance of each block by clicking on it. Additionally, you can perform advanced customization with custom CSS and code snippets.

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Thrive Architect vs. Divi vs. Elementor – Performance

Your website’s speed and performance have a crucial role in boosting your SEO rankings.

If it takes a long time for your page to load, then most users will leave your site frustrated, increasing the bounce rate.

To test the performance of each page builder, we created a simple landing page with a headline, an image, and a button using Divi, Elementor, and Thrive Architect. After that, we used Google’s PageSpeed Insights tool to test the loading time for each landing page.

That being said, we will focus on the mobile page speed scores for this review because Google typically uses your site’s mobile version for indexing content.

Let’s see how the page builders perform.

Divi – Performance

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Once we had created a landing page with Divi, we tested it using the PageSpeed Insights tool, and it displayed an overall score of 90 for mobile.

This is an excellent score showing that your landing page loads quickly and users will not be leaving your site frustrated.

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Elementor – Performance

The landing page that we created using Elementor had an overall mobile score of 81, which is also good.

However, compared to the other two page builders, Elementor’s performance is slower. This means that your page may face slight delays in load time.

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Thrive Architect – Performance

Upon testing our landing page created by Thrive Architect, the PageSpeed Insights tool showed an overall score of 91 for mobile. It is an amazing score that confirms that your site won’t be slowing down when using this builder.

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Winner – Thrive Architect

Thrive Architect performed slightly better than Divi and Elementor, scoring 91. The page builder avoids bloated code, which leads to faster speed and page load times.

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Thrive Architect vs. Divi vs. Elementor – Integrations

Integrating your landing pages with third-party tools can enhance your website’s functionality and add more features.

For instance, you can connect with live chat software to provide live chat support to your customers, connect with email marketing services to capture leads, or accept payments directly by integrating the page builder with Stripe or PayPal.

That said, let’s take a look at the plugins and tools supported by Divi, Elementor, and Thrive Architect.

Divi – Integrations

Divi can easily integrate with numerous email marketing services like Constant Contact, AWeber, and Brevo (formerly Sendinblue).

It also connects with WooCommerce and offers built-in WooCommerce blocks like add-to-cart buttons, cart notices, product ratings, and more.

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Other than that, the page builder integrates with Facebook, Google Fonts, HubSpot, FunnelKit, Twitter, and Google Maps.

Overall, it offers many integrations with all kinds of platforms, including social media, email services, and contact forms, making Divi a great choice.

Elementor – Integrations

Elementor offers a vast collection of third-party tools that you can integrate, including Constant Contact, Drip, ActiveCampaign, ConvertKit, and AWeber. It also connects with WooCommerce and LearnDash if you have an LMS system.

However, a major downside with the page builder is that to choose an integration, you must first enter the API key for your preferred service in the Elementor plugin settings.

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Apart from that, Elementor can also integrate with WPForms, YouTube, Vimeo, Google Maps, SoundCloud, and Slack.

Thrive Architect – Integrations

Thrive Architect offers third-party integrations with a huge number of email marketing tools, including ActiveCampaign, Contant Contact, Drip, and ConvertKit.

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Other than that, you can easily connect with Slack, Facebook, Twitter, Dropbox, reCaptcha, SendOwl, HubSpot, Mailchimp, and many other tools.

Thrive Architect can also integrate with Zapier, which can be used to connect your landing page with over 5000 tools and automate your workflow.

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You can easily integrate the page builder with any third-party tool by visiting the Thrive Dashboard page. From here, select the ‘Active Connections’ section.

You can then choose a tool to integrate with from the dropdown menu and add its API key to connect it with Thrive Architect.

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Winner – Tie

When it comes to integrations, all three page builders offer a lot of variety and also make it super easy to connect your landing pages with other third-party tools.

Plus, you can also connect any of these plugins with Zapier to access a huge number of other tools for integration.

Thrive Architect vs. Divi vs. Elementor – Customer Support

When creating a landing page, you may come across an issue or get stuck and need help.

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This is where customer support comes in. You might need to chat with a support team member, access documentation, or watch tutorials to easily fix your issue and move forward with the page creation process.

Here’s how Divi, Elementor, and Thrive Architect stack up when offering support to users.

Divi – Customer Support

Divi offers support with a detailed knowledge base including FAQs, troubleshooting guides, hosting, and billing issues.

It also allows you to submit a contact form directly to Divi’s support team or use the live chat feature on their website.

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For complex issues, Divi also has a remote access feature where their support team can access your website and troubleshoot the problem for you.

Elementor – Customer Support

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Elementor offers great customer support to its users by providing detailed documentation on different topics like installation, billing, hosting, Elementor editor, glossary, and known issues.

Its help center is also super organized, making it easier for users to browse through it.

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Additionally, you can join the Elementor Academy to access video collections, webinars, and tutorials that will help you master the page and website builder.

If you currently use the Elementor Pro plan, you will also get 24/7 premium support. All you have to do is submit a support ticket, and a support representative will respond to your query.

Thrive Architect – Customer Support

Thrive Architect offers amazing customer support and has a knowledge base containing comprehensive articles, tutorials, and FAQs about the plugin.

Other than that, it also has Thrive University, where you can sign up to access online courses. It also offers other videos on how-to tutorials, tips, and product news.

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You can also visit the Thrive Help Center to get advice and answers for your plugin issues directly from the Thrive Themes team.

However, if you don’t find your answers in the documentation, then you can easily open a support ticket, access live chat support, and get phone support from the team during limited hours.

Winner – Thrive Architect

Overall, all three plugins offer excellent customer support. However, Thrive Architect is slightly ahead of others with its detailed documentation, video tutorials, courses, live chat support, tickets, and phone support.

Thrive Architect vs. Divi vs. Elementor – Pricing

When selecting a page builder, a crucial point to consider is pricing. LetLet’ske a look at the different pricing plans offered by Divi, Elementor, and Thrive Architect.

Divi – Pricing

You can buy a subscription for Divi for $89/year. However, to upgrade to the pro plan, you can buy Divi Pro for $287/year. This plan has advanced features like Divi AI, unlimited cloud storage, and 24/7 premium support.

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Alternatively, you can buy a lifetime plan for Divi for $249 and Divi Pro for $729. This will be a one-time fee that will give you lifetime access to Divi.

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Elementor – Pricing

Elementor offers four pricing plans, starting with the ‘Essential’ plan for $59/year.

However, if you want to use the page builder on more than 1 website, then you can upgrade to the Advanced plan for $99/year. It allows you to add Elementor on three sites, offers 84+ widgets, and has a popup builder.

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Similarly, you can opt for the Expert plan for $199/year to activate Elementor on about 25 websites or choose the Agency plan for $399 per year, which offers 1000 website activations.

Elementor also comes with a free plan that you can use to test the plugin before buying a subscription.

Thrive Architect – Pricing

You can get Thrive Architect for $99/year, and this plan comes with Thrive Automator, which is an amazing WordPress automation plugin.

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Alternatively, you can buy the Thrive Architect & Thrive Optimize plan for $199/year. You can then use Thrive Optimize to A/B test different variations of your landing pages to see which one performs better.

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You can also buy the Thrive Suite for $299/year. It has 9 different plugins to help build a website, manage testimonials, configure comments, add quizzes, build an email list, sell online courses, and more.

Winner – Tie

In terms of pricing, all three page builders offer affordable pricing plans that show excellent value for money.

Thrive Architect vs. Divi vs. Elementor: Which One Is Better?

Thrive Architect, Divi, and Elementor are some of the best WordPress page builders on the market.

However, we believe that Thrive Architect is the better plugin for building custom landing pages that are optimized for conversions.

It comes with an easy-to-use drag-and-drop builder, numerous premade templates, amazing customer support, various integrations, and amazing pricing plans.

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Plus, the plugin is also a part of Thrive Suite, which contains plugins like Thrive Leads, Thrive Theme Builder, Thrive Ovation, and Thrive Quizzes. You can use all these plugins together to create an amazing website.

For more information, see our complete Thrive Architect review.

Bonus: Choose the Right Form Builder for Your Site

Once you have chosen the right page builder for your site, it is time to decide on a form builder. You will need a form plugin to add different kinds of forms to your landing pages.

For example, if you have a membership site, then you will need to add a registration form. Alternatively, if you run a restaurant, then you must embed an online order form.

Even if you have a simple WordPress blog, you will still need to add a contact form so users can reach out to you.

We recommend choosing WPForms because it is the best WordPress contact form plugin on the market. It comes with a drag-and-drop builder, over 1500 premade templates, and complete spam protection, allowing you to create amazing forms for your website in just a few clicks.

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For more information, see our complete WPForms review.

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However, if you need an advanced builder to create complex forms, then Formidable Forms is an ideal choice. You can use it to create solution-focused forms like mortgage calculators, directories, or listing forms.

For more information on this, you may want to see our comparison between WPForms vs. Gravity Forms vs. Formidable Forms.

We hope this comparison between Thrive Architect, Divi, and Elementor helped you pick the right page builder for your website. You may also want to see our comparison between Elementor, Divi, and SeedProd for the best website builder and our expert picks for the must-have WordPress plugins.

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