Choosing an online solution is not necessarily easy. They all have their advantages and disadvantages but they all have their own characteristics. Some are more suitable for beginners but less customisable and vice versa. In this guide we will help you to make the choice that best suits your business and your way of working. Of course we will not forget to present you the prices to know if it is adapted to your budget or not.
The functionality of your solution will be the crux of the matter! They are all very similar, but it is the features that will make you choose one or the other.
Customisation and functionality are good. But it is also important that the price-quality ratio is there! An overpriced feature on a tight budget is to be avoided at 2000% when starting a dropshipping business.
Dropshipping is an extremely interesting and motivating project. The only problem is that there is far too much information and content on the subject. Just choosing the solution you are going to use is a real ordeal. I had a hard time choosing for a long time and I had to try several in order to really find the solution that suited me the most.
To help you I have prepared a small comparison of the 7 most popular dropshipping solutions. After having tried each one for a while I can give you my opinion and present you the advantages and disadvantages of each one.
This ranking is certainly based on the information I have gleaned from the internet but also on my personal experience, there is no guarantee that the solution at the top of our ranking is the one you prefer, we just give you the arguments to choose the best way.
Winning products are considered to have a huge potential to make dropshipping shops take off.
They do not really depend on the suppliers, you can find the same product with several suppliers or manufacturers, identical or with variations.
However, you will need to ensure that your suppliers are reliable and that they deliver on time so as not to create dissatisfaction among your customers.
For a dropshipping solution to be optimal, it must be relatively easy to set up.
Indeed, whether you are looking for a one shot shop with one product or a long term shop with your own brand, your own products etc... it is necessary that the setting up of your shops is not infernal. It is more than easy to get lost in the details and get discouraged.
That's why the more a site starts the better the solution (there are exceptions though). This is one of the criteria we used to rank the best drop-in CMS.
Installation is not everything ? Once this phase is over, it will be necessary to manage the site on a daily basis.
Some are clearly more efficient than others, being able to find all the information you need easily is a MUST for a CMS, especially if you use it every day.
On this point we would like to reassure you that most of the sites that offer to create e-commerce shops are relatively easy to understand and you don't necessarily need technical skills to understand how they work.
A good CMS is also a site that offers simple integrations with the best e-commerce applications. Those that are necessary to make a business last in time.
You should not encounter a single technical problem that your solution cannot solve (ideally), the aim is to keep it simple but above all to make you feel good when you work.
It will be your work tool on which you will spend a lot of time so it must be adapted to most of your needs and those of your customers, so look carefully if your CMS :
- Is not too slow (your customers won't convert otherwise)
- Has an optimised sales tunnel
- Integrates essential applications
- Fits you perfectly
- Is pleasant to use.
- Suggest themes and aspects that appeal to you.
Some CMS offer subscriptions while others (open-source) offer free or pay-as-you-go modules.
In all cases there is no real question of "too expensive", what really matters is whether the solutions are suitable for your budget or not.
Don't go for a cheaper website just to save money, it's a very bad idea. Invest properly in your work tool so that it is both pleasing to you and really effective.
Similarly, if the implementation of a CMS is expensive, this is not necessarily a guarantee of quality. Don't go for the most expensive one on the market thinking it's the best.
SEO optimizations are an aspect that is extremely important. In our opinion it is necessary that your CMS is SEO-friendly otherwise you will have no chance of attracting your customers even if your site looks great.
This aspect will naturally increase your traffic and allow you to spend less on advertising and SEA/Facebook advertising.
To finish on this part, don't forget to check if "AMP technology" is taken into account with your CMS, it is necessary for the pages to appear on mobile. Today, about 70% of purchases are made on the phone.
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Hellodr.tech is one of the most promising solutions on the market. It is a nugget that we believe will soon steal a huge number of customers from Shopify.
It is very reasonably priced and features an offer that allows you to pay only once €49 until you have made 10 times that amount in sales (i.e. €500).
At Dr.Tech you will find the best applications on the market natively integrated and this in a totally free way. So you'll get the best Woocommerce plugins for free with Shopify simplicity.
In a way, it is the best of both worlds combined in the same solution.
The icing on the cake is that the solution is 100% French and you have a golden support at your disposal as well as an active Facebook group that answers questions from all its users.
If you are interested, I invite you to have a look right here: www.hellodr.tech.
Shopify is the best known and most featured dropshipping solution by influencers. If this is the case, it is not by chance. It is the most intuitive and easiest to set up.
A real must-have for launching shops quickly, especially single-product shops, the solution has the advantage of being very affordable compared to other competing solutions, starting at €29 per month for the first plan.
In addition, you will have a 14-day trial period if the solution does not suit you.
However, due to its large number of themes and its SEO optimisation, the solution is quite adaptable and customisable to a certain extent. The only downside is that the solution offers a large number of applications that are not free and that can quickly increase your budget.
If you want to know more about Shopify and dropshipping have a look right here.
Dropizi is a powerful French solution that is gaining more and more popularity. It is mainly aimed at beginners with no knowledge of dropshipping.
It offers 360° shop integrations with free training to fully understand the e-commerce ecosystem. Moreover, it offers native integrations with some dropshipping suppliers.
Although these integrations are really just shortcuts (requiring you to create paid accounts with the suppliers) it is more than nice to have many aspects of dropshipping in one place.
In addition, a 100% French support and a support worthy of the name. Dropizi is an excellent solution if you want to get started and customization is not the most important issue for you. The price is 32€ per month, which is about average for this kind of solution.
We are finally entering the category of open-source CMS where you will be able to modify all aspects of your online shop.
If Woocommerce is not higher in the ranking it is simply because it is less adapted to beginners than SaaS or "shop in hand" solutions. Indeed, in order to navigate easily with a Woocommerce site, you will need to be patient and willing to learn because you are truly the creators of your site.
This will inevitably take more time, but with some effort and/or cost (paying for modules) you will be able to build a 100% customizable site that looks and feels like you.
There is also a very large community of developers and agencies ready to help you in case of a glitch. It is not for nothing that it is the most widely used solution in e-commerce today, with a market share of almost 30% worldwide.
Woocommerce is for you if you are patient, have skills or are a hard worker at heart.
It is difficult to establish a ranking of CMS without talking about Wix. The solution seems to be less popular with budding dropshippers and influencers but it still has a number of advantages and interesting features coupled with ease of installation and use.
One of its great strengths lies in its simplicity to add rich content thanks to a powerful drag and drop editor. An AI also helps you and customisation is very very important through Wix.
A small drawback is that it is less optimised for SEO than some competing solutions (even if there has been progress) and pages slow down due to the rich content.
The big advantage, however, is the price, as the first plans of the solution start at only 5€40, allowing you to test the potential of a product quite easily.
How can we not mention Prestashop in a ranking of the best CMS for dropshipping? A popular solution before the explosion in popularity of SaaS services, Prestashop is an open-source solution that will allow you to modify any aspect of your site.
Its great strength is also one of its main weaknesses as it is not recommended for beginners. If you have skills and a big budget then go for Prestashop (modules have a cost) to let your creativity and improvements take over.
Because of its open-source component, integrations with third-party applications are still more complicated or expensive than competitors such as Shopify for example.
In our opinion Prestashop is more suitable for medium to intermediate sized businesses than for dropshippers who want to start up. Despite numerous improvements and new versions, the solution remains too unstable for dropshipping and will be slightly more suitable for e-commerce activities in the classical sense of the term.
To finish this ranking we will mention a solution that is not very well known in France but which is very popular in the USA. Ecwid is originally intended for all merchants who already have an online presence and wish to start selling online.
However, the offer has been adapted so that it is possible to launch a shop even from 0. The functionalities are certainly not the best but this service is offered completely free of charge. However, beware of the e-commerce "mode" which is not necessarily available with the basic version.
Overall the solution is clearly cheaper than most of its competitors but also offers less performance in terms of dropshipping.
If it is a good tool to test the potential of a product, it is not viable in the long term today for a very simple reason: SEO.
In a world where almost 2/3 of online purchases are made on mobile, it is not really recommended to use a solution that does not take AMP technology into account and that tends to produce rather slow pages.