5 Best Website Platforms for Dropshipping Business

David Linder

David Linder

I write about dropshipping, ecommerce and marketing. Owner of www.productmafia.com the worlds best product research agency for Dropshippers.
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Choosing the best website platform for a dropshipping business is essential to dropshipping success.

 

Looking at the content available online about dropshipping, it sounds easy to set up and operate. The truth is, there are many hurdles that a newbie dropshipper faces when it comes to dropshipping, and the first one is choosing the website platform. Although both eCommerce and dropshipping businesses use the same types of eCommerce or website platforms, they have slight differences. Therefore, it is a must that dropshippers choose the right platform for their business.

To determine the platform to use, there are five factors you have to consider:

  • The ease of using the platform.
  • The speed and scalability.
  • The amount of money you have to spend on it.
  • The capability to support all dropshipping plugins.
  • The availability and efficiency of support.

There are plenty of options out there but going through them one by one will take more of your precious time. To cut down the time for research, I have prepared a comparison of the 5 best website platforms for a dropshipping business. Read on to learn the pros and cons of each platform.

 

 

OpenCart

OpenCart is an easy-to-setup free eCommerce platform. It offers many plugins and themes for dropshipping from free to paid ones.

SHOPBJPENN.COM, Built with OpenCart

 

Pros:

Open source and free to acquire

Lifetime free support and free software updates

Easy to use by non-tech users

More suitable for small to medium e-commerce businesses

Support can be reached through email or by creating a ticket.

Access to members forum for asking help from other members

Multiple eCommerce functionalities such as unlimited products and categories, integrated payment gateways, multi-currency support, various shipping methods, etc.

 

Cons:

Need a certain level of experience  in website development and website setup

Does not support business scalability

Pay for hosting platform

 

Magento

One of the most powerful website platforms for dropshipping, Magento offers two editions: Magento Open Source and Magento Commerce. While you can use Magento Open Source for free, you have to pay a license fee that starts at $24,000 per year for Magento Commerce.

SUGARFINA, Built with Magento

 

Pros:

Powerful eCommerce platform

Magento Open Source is free

Most scalable platform for dropshipping

eCommerce functionalities include fast page load speed, comprehensive site management, SEO and marketing tools, high security, etc.

Magento officials, developers, and designers assist users through the Magento official forum

 

Cons:

Complex and needs basic programming knowledge at the least

Need to hire developers to use the platform if you do not know about Magento store development

Need to install a third-party extension to integrate dropshipping functionalities

Suitable for enterprise-level retailers due to high development and maintenance costs

 

BigCommerce

There are more than 50,000 eCommerce websites worldwide running on BigCommerce. As a hosted eCommerce platform, it has a simple interface and can be set up quickly.

CAMELBAK, Built with BigCommerce

 

Pros:

Quick setup process

Simple user interface

No transaction fee

Not complex to use by beginners

Unlimited staff accounts

Free integration with wholesale suppliers like Alibaba and services like Inventory Source

15-days free trial

Support scalability with its different monthly plans

Can contact support via live chat, email, phone, and forum

All necessary eCommerce features are available such as products and catalogs creation, order and inventory management, supporting multiple payment gateways, Avalara for tax automation, etc.

 

Cons:

Must choose a paid plan after the trial days

 

WooCommerce

WooCommerce is an easy-to-install free plugin of a WordPress structure. It is widely used by eCommerce stores worldwide due to its ease of use even by non-tech users. WooCommerce has very basic functionality and hard to customize. You will need to get third-party plugins for most of its functionalities.

ALL BLACKS SHOP, Built with WooCommerce

 

Pros:

Beginner-friendly

Free and easy-to-install

More than 75,000 WooCommerce plugins available to upgrade your website

Fundamental eCommerce features include pre-installed payment gateways, product catalog, inventory management, multiple shipping methods, etc.

More appropriate for small dropshipping businesses

Tons of content on installation and support available online

Can contact support by opening a support request

 

Cons:

Most functionalities need third-party plugins

Hard to customize

Need to hire a website programmer if you’re not a developer to build a website

Might spend more for advanced features

Not suitable for a medium-to-large eCommerce store

 

Shopify

Top-rated Shopify has empowered one million eCommerce stores worldwide including dropshipping stores. One of the most powerful eCommerce website platforms out there, Shopify is the leading choice for dropshipping. With the help of the dropshipping plugin Oberlo, drop shippers can easily import dropshipping products to their stores and fulfill customer orders.

ADORE ME, Built with Shopify

 

Pros:

Extremely user-friendly for beginners

100 professional storefront themes – 10 are free

Integrates with Facebook, Instagram, and Amazon

Tons of free and paid apps available on the Shopify App store

First-rate store security with a free certificate for most pricing plans

Can build a Shopify store in less than an hour

14-days free trial

The advanced package allows you to easily scale up or down

24/7 support via email, live chat, and forum

Tons of useful features for dropshipping stores like theme settings, search engine optimization, unlimited hosting, languages and currencies, multiple taxes, etc.

 

Cons:

Must pick a paid plan that starts at $29 a month

Charge a fee from each sale if you integrate an external payment gateway

 

Final Words

Now that you know the pros and cons of the best website platforms for dropshipping business discussed in this article you can determine which would help you the most. Once you have cleared the hurdle of choosing the right platform for your business, you can then focus on other aspects like picking dropshipping products to sell, looking for dropshipping suppliers, and so on. Below are the recommended resources to help you with your dropshipping journey.

 

5 Best Shopify Apps for Dropshipping Customer Reviews

5 Free Shopify Order Tracking Apps For Your Dropshipping Store

A Beginner’s Guide to Approaching Dropshipping Suppliers

4 Strategies in Choosing the Best Dropshipping Products

How to Know If A Product Is Over Saturated Before Selling

David Linder

David Linder

I write about dropshipping, ecommerce and marketing. Owner of www.productmafia.com the worlds best product research agency for Dropshippers.

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