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How to Create a Simple WordPress Order Form for Dropshipping

Last updated on Dec 10, 2018 by Lindsay Liedke

Do you need an order form that sends multiple notifications for dropshipping? Sending additional notifications from a single form can help save you a lot of time and keep you organized.

In this article, we’ll show you how to create a simple WordPress order form for dropshipping.

Why Get Into Dropshipping?

Dropshipping is a way to run an online business that sells products without having to hold any inventory.

There are many benefits to dropshipping over running a traditional eCommerce shop or selling products through a typical order form while handling inventory yourself:

  • Don’t invest too much money upfront since inventory, storage, and shipping of products is in the hands of your dropshipper
  • Never pay for products until they are sold, guaranteeing cash flow and preventing overstocked inventory
  • Scale your online business easily, mixing and matching products as you find ones that are viable, without too much added cost
  • Increase customer lifetimes by continuously adding new products to your shop and getting them to come back for more
  • Enjoy unlimited inventory as your business grows

When someone comes to your website and orders a product through your dropshipping form, all you have to do is notify your dropshipper of the purchase so they can ship the product directly to your customer’s door.

That’s why setting up a dropshipping form on your website is a great way to tap into online retail, without all the hassle that comes with a traditional eCommerce shop.

Step 1: Create a Simple WordPress Order Form

The first thing you’ll need to do is install and activate the WPForms plugin. For more details, see this step by step guide on how to install a plugin in WordPress.

Next, go to WPForms » Add New to create a new form.

On the setup screen, name your form and select the Billing/Order Form template.

Billing-Order Form Template

WPForms will create a simple order form for you.

Step 2: Customize Your Order Form

Once in the Form Editor, you can add additional fields by dragging them from the left hand panel to the right hand panel.

Then, click on the field to make any changes. You can also click on a form field and drag it to rearrange the order of your dropshipping form fields.

adding new field to form

WPForms comes flexible and easy to use so creating any kind of form imaginable is not only a cinch, but one-of-a-kind.

That said, here are some ideas of form fields and customization options you might want to add to your dropshipping form so you get the highest number of conversions:

  • Credit Card: WPForms integrates seamlessly with Stripe and even supports recurring payments if you have a subscription service set up for customers to enjoy.
  • Image Choices: customers like to see images of the things they’re buying. By adding image choices next to your form’s radio buttons, people can see a visual representation of what they’re buying before the make a final choice.
  • Section Divider: your dropshipping order form might be lengthy depending on the type of products you’re offering. If you want to fight order form abandonment, and make things easier on customers filling out your forms, consider dividing the form into sections.
  • Newsletter Signup Form: if you want customers to subscribe, add a newsletter signup form checkbox to your form for customers to click on. Here’s a look at all the email marketing service providers WPForms integrates with.

Lastly, you can make the decision to create a dropshipping order form that doesn’t accept payments. For help with this step, check out our tutorial on how to create a simple order form without online payments.

In addition, if you need help finding the right invoicing software to collect payment from your customers after they’ve ordered from you, check out this roundup of the best invoicing software for your WordPress forms.

Of course, these are just ideas that you might want to consider. The truth is, WPForms is a blank canvas and you can add or remove any form fields you want with a simple drag and drop.

When your form looks the way you want it to, click Save.

Step 3: Configure Your Form Settings

There are many settings to configure on your order form.

To start, click on General under Settings so you can change things like your form’s name, description, and submit button copy. You can also enable additional spam prevention features to keep your website secure from unwanted form submissions.

In the Confirmation section, you can display messages to site visitors once they submit an order form on your website.

Form Confirmations

WPForms has three confirmation types to choose from: Message, Show Page, and Redirect. You can choose one or a combination.

Lastly, you can configure your form’s payment settings. WPForms integrates with both PayPal and Stripe.

For easy step by step instructions, check out our tutorials on installing and using the PayPal addon and installing and using the Stripe addon here.

Be sure to check out our tutorial on allowing customers to choose their payment method if you want to offer more than one payment option.

Step 4: Send the Customer an Email Receipt

Lastly, and most importantly when you’re creating a dropshipping order form, you’ll need to configure your email notification settings.

Notifications are a great way to send an email when your form is submitted.

WPForms Notifications Settings

In fact, unless you disable this feature, whenever someone submits a dropshipping form on your site, you’ll get a notification about it.

But again, as the most powerful WordPress form builder plugin in the market today, WPForms makes it easy for you to send multiple notifications from the same form so that everyone that needs to know an order has been processed can find out right away.

For example, you can send an email notification to yourself, a team member, and even your dropshipping company. And of course, this includes your customers, who will want a receipt after they’ve made a payment through your site’s order form.

The great thing is, you can customize each notification to have the necessary information from the form field.

For help with setting up the different types of multiple notifications, check out this tutorial on creating multiple form notifications.

In the meantime, check out these quick steps to creating an additional notification that will go out to your customer once they submit an order from on your website.

Start by clicking on the Add New Notification button in the Notifications section.

new dropshipping order form notification

A popup modal will appear so you can name the new notification. This is for your reference only so you can name it whatever you like. Click OK.

notification name

To send this notification to the customer that filled out your order form, click on Show Smart Tags next to the Send To Email Address Field.

Form Notification Smart Tags

Then, select Email from the dropdown menu.

Form Notification Smart Tags, Email

Lastly, scroll down to the Message section and enter the message you’d like your customer to see when they receive the email from you.

To include the contents of the order form in the notification, make sure to keep {all fields} in the notification message so everything the customer filled out appears in the email.

notification message example

Creating more than one email notification from the same form streamlines your business and ensures everyone is in the loop at all times so that the order processed on your website are finalized without any problems.

Step 5: Add Your Dropshipping Order Form to Your Website

After you’ve created a dropshipping order form, you need to add it to your WordPress website.

WPForms allows you to add your forms to many locations on your website, including your blog posts, pages, and even sidebar widgets.

Let’s take a look at the most common post/page embed option.

To start, create a new post or page in WordPress and then click on the Add Form button.

Next, select your contact form in the modal popup and click Add Form.

Add Simple Order Form

Next, publish your post or page so your order form will appear on your website for site visitors to see.

And there you have it! You now know how to create a simple WordPress order form for dropshipping.

If you’re looking for ways to boost sales for your dropshipping order from, check out this helpful guide on order from optimization.

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