NOTE: You need to check:
- If you are using the latest version of Alidropship: https://alidropship.com/updates-plugin.
- If your site's default currency, the default database currency, and the currency on AliExpress are the same!
Step 1. Install Alidropship Chrome Extension.
To start importing products from AliExpress, you need to install AliDropship Google Chrome Extension. The extension makes it possible not only to import products directly from AliExpress but also to update them, collect tracking IDs, and automatically process your orders. To install the extension, you should open the link in your Chrome browser and click add to Chrome. A cart icon will appear on the top panel of your browser on your right.
Step 2. Authorize at the extension.
Once Extension is installed, click the extension's icon and authorize your domain at AliDropship Google Chrome extension by clicking 'Log in':
Once your domain name is authorized go to AliDropship => AliExpress => Import Products and click the Direct Import from Aliexpress button to import products directly from AliExpress. You will be redirected to AliExpress in a new tab.
Or you can open Aliexpress directly. On the Aliexpress Home page, you should type in a keyword in the search bar or select a category to open the Category page, then the settings of the extension will be available to you.
Step 3. Check the extension settings.
The extension panel will be available to you on the Category page. The panel has (1) the name of the site to which you will import products. If you have authorized at more than one site, you can click the downward arrow to see the list of authorized sites. Category box (2) allows you to choose the category to which the products will be imported. (3) is Bulk Import button that shows the amount of already imported products on the page (here it is 0) and the overall number of products (60). The cogs icon (4) provides access to the extension settings.
Click on the cog icon to set search filters by shipping country (any country / a set of countries), preferred shipping method, and product description type.
On the AliExpress category page, the Extension will show you the processing time (how long it takes for a supplier to prepare the item for shipping) in a grey bar at the bottom of the product image and the shipping method available for each product on a green bar at the top of the product image.
Step 4. Import products.
There are three ways how you can import products with the extension:
1. Bulk import of all products on the page
Click the Bulk Import button on the Extension panel if you want to import all the items on the page in bulk.
When you start the page, the button shows the number of products imported from the page (i.e., 60 items). If you have imported some selected products from this page (see next way to import), the button will show how many products on the page have already been imported to your store (i.e., 3 / 60 means that you have imported 3 items from this page). Clicking the button will make the rest of the products on the page be imported to the store.
2. Importing selected products from the Category page
If you need to add some particular products, click the orange AliDropship cart logo to import items one by one.
If the item has already been imported into your store, you will see a tick next to the cart icon. A grey icon will be shown in case there is no active web store found.
3. Importing single products with prior editing
On a Single Product Page, the extension panel will provide the option to import the products and allow you to edit them before importing and checking Alidropship's Seller's score.
Click on the Alidropship Seller's Score panel's buttons on the left to see more details about the seller. AliDropship Seller’s score may differ from that of AliExpress since we use a more advanced formula: it is based on such parameters as for how long a supplier has been selling goods on AliExpress, his feedback, shipping time, accuracy of product descriptions, etc. It is recommended to import products with a score higher than 90%.
If you need to edit item details before adding them to your store, click the Extension panel's Edit button.
In the modal window, it is possible to make some essential changes to the products. You can edit the product title, its permalink, and assign the item to a certain category in general.
To edit the product description, go to the Description tab. Check Remove text and/or Remove images if you want your products to be imported without text and/or images. Check Remove packaging details if you don't want them to be imported. Images can be edited with the help of Image Editor, a powerful built-in tool. Click on the pencil icon in the top right corner of an image to start editing it. For more details, refer to this guide.
To change product featured images, add new images, or edit them, proceed to Gallery.
In Pricing, you can set a new price and apply a pricing formula (product price will be recalculated according to the pricing formula you have set in AliDropship => Settings => Pricing).
In the Attributes tab, you can edit existing attributes. Click Reset to Defaults if you do not want the changes you have made to the product to be saved.
Edit or delete the product's item specifics in the Item Specifics tab.
Once you have made all necessary changes to the product, click Publish or Add to Import List if you do not want this product to be visible to your customers.
You can find the products you have imported in Dashboard => Products on your site. Please note that only Published products can be visible to customers on your site. The Import list products can only be seen by the site owner.