SureCart Review – Which Plan is Right For You in 2023?

Are you looking to sell digital products on your WordPress website – without the bloat that comes with WooCommerce? If so, you might want to continue reading this review of SureCart.

Selling digital products with WooCommerce can be very stressful, that’s because WooCommerce is a plugin that works directly in your virtual machine and requires top-notch hosting to handle it without slowing down your website, which can greatly increase your costs.

WooCommerce is a great plugin to sell goods, that’s why the plugin is getting nearly 200 million downloads.

WooCommerce is great for traditional businesses that sell physical goods, but for business owners that are planning to sell digital goods is not a great alternative. That’s because WooCommerce is extremely heavy and requires other plugins for example:

  • Payment gateways plugins (Stripe, PayPal)
  • WooCommerce Cart Abandonment Recovery
  • Email template customizer’s
  • Security plugins to protect your files
  • Plugins to integrate WooCommerce with other plugins & more…

All these plugins running in a single WordPress machine can break your site, and this brings us to SureCart the new biggest WooCommerce competitor.

SureCart was recently launched and it´s a powerful alternative for selling digital goods and according to its founder Adam Preiser (from WPCrafter) and his team, it will revolutionize the way of doing eCommerce with WordPress.

And let me tell you something… SureCart is a game-changer for a 100% digital Ecommerce business model!

In this SureCart review, we are going to take a look at everything you need to know about the new WooCommerce Alternative to Sell Digital Products, so you can decide if is a great platform to use in your business.

So let’s find out!

What is SureCart?

SureCart is a new headless ecommerce solution for WordPress.

It allows you to sell products and collect payments on your website through simple yet customizable order forms.

Wait hold on… a headless ecommerce solution? What does that even mean?

Headless ecommerce is a relatively new concept, and one that is still being refined.

In a nutshell, headless ecommerce refers to an ecommerce platform that decouples the front-end interface from the back-end database.

This means that you manage your order forms, customers, subscriptions etc. inside of the WordPress admin like you normally would, but all the processes take place behind-the-scenes on SureCart’s servers.

The benefits of this are:

  • Reduced load on your WordPress hosting server
  • Increased security as sensitive data is not stored in your WordPress database
  • You don’t need to worry about optimizing your database or fixing bugs
  • Easier to scale as your business grows

A headless setup like this does have its drawbacks though.

It means you have a dependency on SureCart being operational, and they need to implement proper procedures for handling your data.

That’s why developer reputation is essential.

Luckily, I don’t forsee any issues here, and I think the pros far outweigh the cons.

SureCart was created by Adam Preiser (from WPCrafter) and his team.

Having started by publishing helpful YouTube videos around WordPress, Adam has now quietly built an impressive portfolio of SaaS companies.

Some of his other companies include CartFlows, Presto Player and now SureMembers and SureTriggers.

I’ve purchased and used CartFlows on client sites, and can personally vouch for its quality.

Also on the team are Sujay Pawar from Brainstorm Force (the makers of Astra theme), Ben Bartling who has had multiple successful SaaS exits, and Andre Gagnon, a talented designer/developer who was behind ProjectHuddle.

Who is SureCart for?

SureCart is still in active development, so this list will almost certainly expand over time.

At the moment, it works really well for:

  • Creators who sell digital products such as courses, templates, and swipe files
  • Freelancers or service providers who want an easy way to collect payment for their invoices
  • Social organizations who want to collect donations from their supporters
  • Entrepreneurs selling simple one-off physical products like books
  • Event marketers who want to sell tickets to an online event

Currently, SureCart isn’t the best fit for business with tens or hundreds of products that want a traditional ‘shopping cart’ ecommerce experience.

More options for physical product sellers are expected to come later in 2023.

How SureCart Works in 2023

Getting Started

The setup process for SureCart is no different than any other WordPress plugin.

Once you’ve installed and activated the plugin, you’ll see SureCart added to your WP Admin navigation.

Clicking on it will start the onboarding process:

As I mentioned before, all the backend activity takes place on SureCart’s servers. This means that you’ll need to sign up for a free account:

It will ask you for your store details:

And to connect to a payment processor:

Once you’re done, it’ll give you an API key to copy over to the plugin settings:

Creating a Product

Now that we’ve got the setup out of the way, we’re ready to create our first product.

In the WP Admin, go to SureCart -> Products -> Add New.

Here you’ll get to set your product name and pricing options.

Currently you can choose from One Time Payment, Subscription, or Payment Plan (also known as Split Pay).

A One Time Payment is pretty straightforward, but there’s flexibility with how much you want to charge.

You can have a set price, or if you enable “allow customers to pay what they want,” this lets customers make a custom donation or choose their own price.

With subscriptions, you can have multiple pricing options per product.

And with the Payment Plan, you can choose how many payments are needed and the frequency of the payments.

Let’s say you run a membership site. You can charge $99 for a monthly subscription, or give them 2 months free by charging $1000 for an annual subscription.

Or if you have a Website Care Plan, you can also do something like charge $299 one-time as a setup fee, and then $99/mth after the first month.

The pricing options are quite flexible, and you have full control over what gets shown on the checkout form.

If you hover over each pricing option, you’ll notice a “Copy Buy Link” button. This gives you a quick way for someone to buy your product without needing to create a custom checkout (more on this below).

On the product page, there is also a section to upload files as a download.

Creating a Checkout Form

If you go to SureCart -> Forms, you’ll notice that there’s already a checkout form already created.

This will serve as your default checkout.

If you use the Copy Buy Link mentioned above, it will use this form.

Depending on the different products you’re selling, you may want to create a custom form.

This allows you to show specific pricing options or collect specific information.

When creating a new form, you’ll get to choose from a starter template:

Add your pricing options, and select if you’d like to use a custom thank you page:

What’s really neat about building checkout forms is that it’s all done in Gutenberg.

This gives it a familiar feel.

It also means that you can re-arrange and add fields as you’d like.

You can add headings, input fields, dividers, columns, checkboxes etc. wherever you want:

I love how much control this gives you. You can create the perfect checkout form for your product.

Selling a simple swipe file? You can just collect their name & email.

Selling a complex service? You can collect all the additional info you need.

Embedding Your Checkout Form

Now that you have your checkout form created, you’re ready to embed it on a page.

If you’re using Gutenberg, you can add the Checkout Form block and select your form.

You can embed it on pages, posts, or any other post type – including product review articles

If you’re using a page builder (like Oxygen or Elementor), you can go to SureCart -> Forms, copy the shortcode, and add it inside your page builder.

Since each form comes with a shortcode, SureCart is compatible with all WordPress page builders and themes.

Creating Coupons

Much like the rest of the platform, creating coupons is incredibly simple.

You can choose the coupon code text, whether it’s a fixed or percentage discount, the discount duration, end date, and max number of redemptions.

Viewing Customers

On the customers page, you’ll see a list of everyone who has ever bought from you.

You might notice that this list looks longer than you’d expect.

That’s because SureCart collects abandoned carts as well.

Currently there is no way to filter the list to only see actual Customers, but I submitted a feature request and was told this is something they’re working on.

If you click on a customer, you’ll see their full profile.

Their profile shows all the purchases they’ve made, their active subscriptions, and their associated WordPress user account.

You can also refund orders, cancel subscriptions, and revoke access to files from here.

Viewing Subscriptions

On the subscriptions page, you can view all the active and cancelled subscriptions.

Clicking on a subscription shows you the related orders and lets you cancel it.

Not only this, but you can fully manage the subscription as well.

You can change the quantity, add a free trial, or change the subscription to a different product entirely.

Most other ecommerce platforms don’t give you this level of control when it comes to managing subscriptions.

It means you can upgrade a customer from your Basic to your Pro plan and prorate the change in pricing – all without your customer needing to lift a finger.

Configuring Your Customer Portal

Having all these controls on the back-end is great, but what if a customer wants to manage their own account?

After all, you probably don’t want your customers emailing you every time they want to change their subscription or update their payment method.

That’s where the Customer Portal comes in.

And it once again delivers.

By default, you’re given a beautiful looking dashboard where users can manage their account:

It’s fully self-service, meaning they shouldn’t ever need to contact you in order to make a change.

However, there might also be cases where you don’t want your customers to have free-reign over their subscription.

For example, you might not want a hosting customer to cancel their subscription before having a chance to tell them what would mean for their website.

Or you might not want an email marketing client cancelling their subscription if they’re in the middle of a 12-month contract.

Luckily SureCart let’s you decide what your customers can and cannot do:

You can turn off subscription changes, quantity changes, and cancellations.

Aside from managing their account, the Customer Dashboard is also where users can go to view their orders, see their invoice history, and get access to their downloads.

Much like creating checkout forms, you once again have full control over your customer dashboard using the Gutenberg editor.

You can create new tabs and add your own content.

Each section of the dashboard is its own Gutenberg block, so you could actually create your own custom dashboard from scratch if you wanted to.

SureCart Integrations

Payment Processors

SureCart currently supports both Stripe and PayPal.

They’ve said that they plan on integrating with many more payment processors over the coming months.

Third-Party Apps

Integrations are going to be a big selling feature for SureCart.

It already has a few core integrations built directly in the app, along with a whole separate platform called SureTriggers (coming soon) if you want to take things further.

Currently, when someone purchases a product you can add them to a LearnDash or TutorLMS course, assign them a WordPress user role, and add them to a SureMembers or MemberPress membership.

The idea is that SureCart will let you connect your products to the rest of your WordPress site.

If you want to perform more complex actions like adding customers to a Google Sheet, sending Slack messages etc, then that’s where SureTriggers will come in.

SureCart Advanced Features

Upsells, Downsells, and Order Bumps

These are not available in the beta version, but will be added as part of a Pro plan in the coming months.

Funnel Management

It hasn’t yet been decided if you’ll be able to use SureCart to manage your funnels in the future.

In the meantime, we love using Happy Files to manage our pages.


There are screenshots in their FB group of a reporting dashboard, but this is not currently included in the beta.

Tax Calculation

SureCart comes with free tax calculation built-in.

It uses TaxJar – which has cost per usage – so the fact that SureCart is including it for free is a fantastic bonus.

SureCart Ease of Use

One of SureCart’s core tenets was creating a product that is easy for everyone to use.

I think they did a great job of it.

The UI is intuitive, responsive, and looks really clean.

I felt like I understood the platform within a few minutes after first using it.

And if you do get stuck, SureCart is already pretty well documented considering that it is still in beta.

Most of the documentation currently only comes in video form, but a more in-depth knowledge base will be added closer to the official release.

SureCart Support & Service

In my experience with SureCart thus far, the support has been top notch.

After uncovering a couple of bugs in an early beta release, one of the developers reached out to me the same day and resolved the issue within 24 hours.

However, early beta testing vs. support at a mass scale are two different ball games.

I’ll continue to monitor the level of support over the comings months as SureCart is rolled out to more users.

Given the developer’s reputation, I don’t see support becoming an area of concern.

SureCart Pricing

For the initial release, only a free version of SureCart is available.

The free version is really quite generous. It has everything you need to start selling products and collecting payments on your website.

A Pro version is expected to come out in either Q3 or Q4 2022, and will include more advanced features like order bumps, one click upsells, an affiliate platform and more.

Given where the product is at with the free version, I’m excited to see all that the Pro version includes.

Do I Recommend SureCart?

It’s early days, but I really love where SureCart is headed so far.

Because of the bloat and resource usage, I’ve always been hesitant to use WooCommerce to just sell a few simple products.

ThriveCart has been great, but isn’t WordPress-based and can sometimes feel disconnected from the rest of my website.

SureCart solves both of these issues, and provides an ecommerce experience that is simple, looks great, and is fun to use.

How to Download SureCart

SureCart is officially now available for download on the SureCart website.

That’s all for this one.

Hopefully you found this SureCart review helpful, and be sure to let me know in the comments section below if you ever decide to try it out.

Thanks for reading!

FAQs about SureCart 2023

What technology powers SureCart?

SureCart uses the same tech stack as Shopify, StripeSlackTwitterGitHub, and other big businesses you know. Their infrastructure is the same as Salesforce, Kajabi, ClickFunnels, Product Hunt, and other Fortune 500 businesses. You can be confident that SureCart will scale with ease.

Does SureCart store credit card payment details in 2023?

No, SureCart functions exactly like other e-commerce platforms where we store no credit card payment details in their system. In fact, the credit card details never touch our platform and are passed directly to the payment gateway in an encrypted session.

Is SureCart GDPR compliant?

Yes, SureCart is fully GDPR-compliant and as soon as their website is live, you will be able to read through their full privacy policy.

Does SureCart have integrations?

SureCart is more than just eCommerce, it also has a full automation engine to automate what happens after purchase or refund events. This means you can automatically have a series of actions happen such as enrolling in courses, memberships, etc. It’s truly the secret sauce to SureCart.

SureCart vs WooCommerce which is the best in 2023?

Both SureCart and WooCommerce are great platforms, but SureCart is a platform that brings everything to you to start selling your products, you don’t need to learn a lot to put your product selling, while WooCommerce needs to be compatible with your theme to have a better user experience, you need to install more plugins to add functionality to your products and sometimes it is difficult to customize the product page, it needs external plugins to customize the checkout.

So it loses in these aspects because SureCart has these functions and more.

What is SureCart?

SureCart is an Ecommerce platform that was built using the same technology as Shopify, Stripe, and Twitter.

Its main purpose is to make Ecommerce much easier without installing many plugins on your site. SureCart is a hosted platform, meaning that it uses it’s own infrastructure that connects to WordPress through a plugin.

Unlike WooCommerce, products and checkouts are created within your WordPress Dashboard, but transactions are performed on the SureCart platform.

In this way, according to the team, you will not compromise the speed of your website and you don’t need t install many plugins we mentioned above because the features of many of these plugins already come with SureCart.

How much SureCart cost in 2023?

SureCart is a new platform and as it needs to gain popularity, so the SureCart team decided that SureCart is going to be free

However, they will introduce 2 affordable Pro Plans with advanced features such as an affiliate marketing platform, subscription saver, multi-currency, and other revenue-boosting features.
The free version is really quite generous.

It has everything you need to start selling products and collecting payments on your website.

Who is SureCart for?

SureCart was built for people who want to sell digital goods without compromising the security of your files.

SureCart is great for:
> Content creators – who want to sell digital products such as courses, templates, and swipe files
> Service providers / Freelancers – who want an easy way to collect payment for their invoices
> Social organizations – that want to collect donations from their supporters
> Entrepreneurs / Companies – who want to sell subscriptions
> Marketers – who want to sell physical goods.

SureCart Review 2023 Summary

SureCart is new, but is powerful is extremely powerful.

Selling digital goods using this platform will not require you to buy a top-notch hosting.

If you are someone that wants to make sales without having to download more plugins you certainly would download using WooCommerce, process your payments instantly, manage orders in one place, use email marketing that is already integrated with SureCart such as ConvertKit, FluentCRM, etc. Then SureCart is a great choice for your business.

Want to learn more about eCommerce platforms? Check our Shopify vs WooCommerce comparison where we bring the key pros and cons of using each platform.

Hope you find this review helpful! if you have any questions, just comment below and I’m going to answer as soon as I possibly can.

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