Are you searching for an easy way to connect all your WordPress websites, plugins, and external apps effortlessly?
Well, I sure am!
As a WordPress site owner, I understand the importance of having a solid tech stack to support my online business.
For instance, integrating a checkout form with your Learning Management System (LMS) might seem doable.
Still, making the LMS sync seamlessly with your Customer Relationship Management (CRM) based on enrolled courses can be a bit tricky.
Thanks to automation platforms such as Zapier, Uncanny Automator, Make, and AutomatorWP, simple automation is possible. However, some of them can be expensive, lack deep integration with WordPress, or even slow down your website by consuming too many server resources.
When I came across SureTriggers, I had to wonder how it compared to its competitors. I’m going to review SureTriggers in this review to see if it could be the automation platform we’ve been looking for.
What is SureTriggers?
SureTriggers is a tool I’ve come across that helps automate tasks on my WordPress websites. It’s like an alternative to Zapier but with a key difference: it operates in the cloud.
SureTriggers is an easy-to-use tool that helps you make things happen automatically without needing to know any fancy computer programming stuff.
What that means is that all the automated tasks I set up with SureTriggers run on their servers, and I use a connector plugin on my website to make it work with WordPress and my plugins.
Imagine you’re a busy content creator like me. You write articles for your blog, share them on social media, and also send out email newsletters. Now, every time you publish a new blog post, you want to:
- Automatically share it on your social media accounts like Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn.
- Send an email to your subscribers letting them know about the new post.
- Update a spreadsheet where you keep track of your published articles.
If you had to do all of this manually each time you published a blog post, it would be time-consuming and prone to errors. But with SureTriggers, you can set up a workflow so that when you hit the “publish” button on your blog:
- SureTriggers automatically shares the new post on your social media accounts.
- It sends an email to your subscribers with a link to the article.
- It updates your spreadsheet to record the details of the new post.
All of this happens like clockwork without you having to do a thing! It’s like having a helpful assistant to handle these tasks for you, and it works with a wide range of apps and services to make your work more efficient.
Isn’t it simple? TIME SAVING and making your work so organized? Excited to know more, let me explain its features below.
Key Features Available in SureTriggers
You can enhance your automation experience with SureTriggers’ powerful features. Here are a few highlights:
Internal Tools to Create Advanced Workflows
1. Schedule App
SureTriggers comes with built-in tools, and one of them is called the “Schedule App.” This app helps you set up tasks to happen automatically at specific times or intervals.
For example, you can tell it to:
- Send you a reminder every day.
- Create a report for you every month.
- Do certain tasks on particular days of the month, like paying bills on the 1st of each month.
2. Delay App
The Delay App in SureTriggers is like a timer that you can use to make things happen at specific times or after waiting for a certain period.
Let’s say you want to send an email to your customers, but you don’t want it to go out immediately. You can use the Delay App to wait for a specific amount of time before sending the email. This delay can be in minutes, hours, or even days.
With this app, you can manipulate and format data within your workflows. The text can be modified, data types can be converted, mathematical operations can be applied, and various transformations can be performed to ensure that your data is structured according to your needs.
Using the Branch app, you can create conditional logic for your workflows. It is possible to create different paths based on different conditions, allowing you to take different actions depending on the outcome.
You can sort and filter your data with the Filters app. Based on the results of the filter, you can perform actions according to the extracted information.
Connecting and integrating with external systems and services is possible with Webhooks. With HTTP requests, you can send and receive data across platforms seamlessly.
7. API Apps
You can interact with external APIs using SureTrigger’s API app. The API endpoints provided by third-party services allow you to fetch data, send data, and perform actions.
8. Multi-step Workflows
The SureTriggers workflow feature allows you to perform multiple actions simultaneously based on a trigger event.
Your team members can receive emails when a form is submitted so they can add customers automatically to their email marketing tools.
Adding multiple actions to your workflow will allow you to accomplish this.
Data Mapping with Static Data & Dynamic Data
Data Mapping in SureTriggers is a smart way to decide how information should move from one app to another. It’s like giving instructions on where each piece of data should go.
Whether you’re dealing with data that changes all the time, like customer names, or data that stays the same, like the text in an email, SureTriggers can handle it smoothly. It makes sure that the data from one app goes exactly where you want it to in the other app.
Notifications & Alerts
As soon as important events occur in your SureTriggers account, SureTriggers sends you emails so you can take action.
The following are some of these events:
- Failures in workflow
- Alerts regarding task consumption
- Reminders for payments
- Announcement of updates
Automation History & Data Logs
As soon as SureTriggers is triggered, the data sent to other applications and received from the trigger is automatically recorded and presented as Workflow History.
Error Handling by Auto-Replay Failed Steps
A failed step in your workflow will automatically be retried six times until it succeeds using the auto-replay feature.
Your workflows will not fail with this auto-reply feature.
Change Data & Manually Replay Failed Steps
SureTriggers now has a helpful feature called “auto-replay.” It’s like a built-in system that automatically tries to do certain tasks again if they don’t work the first time.
But sometimes, even after trying six times, the task might still not work. Here’s an example: Imagine you set up a system to send emails to people who fill out a contact form on your website. If someone types in an incorrect email address, SureTriggers can’t send the email because the email address is wrong.
In such cases, you can look at your history logs (which are like records of what happened) and manually tell SureTriggers to try doing that specific task again, but this time with the correct information.
So, it’s like giving it a second chance to get things right when something went wrong before.
How Does SureTriggers Work?
It can be overwhelming and complicated to integrate your apps. With SureTriggers, you can do it in three simple steps using their user-friendly interface.
Step 1: Select Your Apps
First, you need to tell SureTriggers which apps you use regularly. It could be things like your email, e-commerce platform, accounting software, or Slack. You just pick the ones that you need to connect.
Step 2: Choose a Trigger
A trigger is like the starting point of automation. It’s when something specific happens in one of the connected apps that you want to use as the trigger for your automation. For example, if you get a new order on your e-commerce platform, you can set that as the trigger event.
Step 3: Add actions
Actions are the tasks you want to happen when the trigger event occurs.
So, when you receive a new order on your e-commerce platform (the trigger), you can set up actions like sending an email to the customer, uploading an invoice in your accounting software, and notifying your team on Slack.
SureTriggers makes it easy to automate all of these steps.
Who is SureTriggers for?
SureTriggers is a helpful tool for pretty much anyone who wants to make their work easier by automating repetitive tasks and making different apps work together. Here are a few examples:
E-commerce Businesses: If you run an online store, SureTriggers can help you automate things like adding new products, keeping track of inventory, and sending order confirmation emails.
eLearning Businesses: If you offer online courses, SureTriggers can automate tasks like enrolling students in courses, sending out course materials, and keeping track of who’s finished a course.
Web Design Agencies: If you design websites for clients, SureTriggers can help you with tasks like backing up websites automatically, sending project updates to clients, and managing project management tools.
But really, it’s useful for lots of different jobs and industries.
If you use a bunch of different apps, websites, or tools and you want them to work together more smoothly, SureTriggers can be a handy tool to help you do that. It’s all about making your work more efficient and saving you time.
SureTriggers can connect with many different tools and services you might use in your online business. Here are some of the main categories and examples:
E-commerce: If you run an online store, SureTriggers can work with platforms like WooCommerce, ThriveCart, CartFlows, ClickFunnels, SureCart, and FunnelKit to help you manage your products and sales.
Form Plugins: If you use forms on your website to collect information from visitors, SureTriggers can integrate with plugins like Gravity Forms, WP Forms, Fluent Forms, Ninja Forms, Google Forms, Jotforms, Typeform, and Formidable Forms.
Page Builders: SureTriggers works with popular page builders such as Beaver Builder, Elementor, Divi, and Spectra to design your website.
CRM (Customer Relationship Management): If you need to keep track of your customers and communications, SureTriggers can connect with CRMs like ActiveCampaign, ConvertKit, FluentCRM, Mailerlite, MailChimp, and Sendinblue.
Membership Plugins: If you have a membership site, SureTriggers can integrate with plugins like SureMembers, Restrict Content Pro, MemberPress, and Wishlist Member to manage user access.
Learning Management Systems: If you offer online courses, SureTriggers can work with Learning Management Systems like LearnDash, LifterLMS, and TutorLMS to help you manage course enrollments and progress.
Miscellaneous: SureTriggers can also connect with various other tools and services like Google Drive, JIRA, Google Sheets, Twilio (for sending SMS), Twitter, BuddyBoss (for online communities), Notion (for notes and collaboration), Intercom (for customer support), WP Amelia (for appointment scheduling), Presto Player (for video), Vimeo (for video hosting), and Zoom (for online meetings).
Ease of Use – My Honest Opinion
I’m quite impressed with the SureTriggers user interface. It looks sleek and modern, and creating automation is pretty easy to figure out.
What I like is the visual canvas they offer. It’s a big advantage compared to some other platforms. With SureTriggers, you can see your actions and conditions in a flow chart, which makes it a lot simpler to understand what’s happening.
This is unlike Zapier, for example, where you can only make straight-line automations. SureTriggers’ visual approach helps me get a clearer picture of how my automation works, which I find helpful.
I haven’t needed to reach out to SureTriggers support yet, but my overall experience with the ‘SureCrafted’ family of products has been really good so far. Their video tutorials have been super helpful for understanding things.
In the past, when I’ve had questions or needed help, I’ve always received responses within 24 hours, and the answers were genuinely useful.
I’ll keep you updated in the next few months as I interact more with them and talk to people in my social circles. But based on the developer’s reputation, I don’t anticipate having any concerns about their support.
There are different plans suiting all kinds of business owners; let me briefly describe them.
This one is free. It’s good for people just starting. You can use it on one website, set up five automations, and do up to 1,000 tasks a month.
Pro Plan ($9 a month)
This plan is great if you need more than the free one offers. For $9 each month, you can use it on five websites, do 5,000 tasks, and you get some extra cool features. This plan is really good for businesses that are growing.
Agency Plan ($19 a month)
This is the biggest plan. It costs $19 every month. It’s perfect for really big businesses or agencies. You can use it on as many websites as you want and do 20,000 tasks a month, and it even has some new features coming soon for teams.
Also, for Pro and Agency plans, there is a 7-day trial period and 3-day money-back guarantee. And, there are animal and lifetime plans available which surely HELP IN SAVING BIG.
Key Pros and Cons of SureTriggers
- Connects with many WordPress plugins and external apps.
- Easy-to-use interface with a visual flow chart for automation.
- Suitable for various industries, from e-commerce to eLearning.
- Offers scheduling, delays, formatting, branching, and filtering.
- Free plan available; reasonably priced Pro and Agency plans.
- Reduces load on your website, ensuring smoother performance.
- Supports both static and dynamic data mapping.
- The free version has a cap on the number of automations and runs.
- Might be challenging for beginners to set up complex automation.
- Relies on SureTriggers’ server performance and uptime.
- Only a 7-day trial and 3-day money-back guarantee for paid plans.
When suggesting new plugins, there’s always a bit of a gamble. They can change a lot over time, and you might end up not liking the changes. But SureTriggers has been around long enough for us to confidently say it’s a great automation plugin to use.
One of the best things about SureTriggers is that it doesn’t hide its integrations behind extra costs. Even with the free version of SureTriggers, you can create workflows that use any supported plugin or app.
The only catch is that you can only make a few automations, and they can only run 1,000 times a month. But for a free plugin, that’s quite a lot and should be enough for many websites.