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Zyro Review [UPDATED 2024]: Can It Compete with Wix?

Ezequiel Bruni Ezequiel Bruni Website Development Expert

ALERT: Since we last updated this review, Zyro’s parent company Hostinger has replaced Zyro with the Hostinger Website Builder. Although Zyro is still active for now, Hostinger is focusing all future development efforts on its new website builder. This is good news for users because Hostinger Website Builder offers all of Zyro’s great website-building and e-commerce features for a lower monthly fee.

To avoid getting locked into a dormant platform, check out our Hostinger Website Builder review.

Overview

💯Free PlanNo
💲Starting Price$2.61
📄Number of Templates100+
🔌Apps/IntegrationsNo
🛒E-commerce ToolsYes
Shared Reseller Dedicated Cloud WordPress

PLEASE NOTE: Zyro no longer exists as a dedicated website builder. Instead, it has been fully integrated into Hostinger’s Website Builder. The Hostinger Website Builder offers all of Zyro’s useful AI tools, its entire template library, and everything noteworthy about Zyro, plus some useful new additions at a lower monthly price. If you want a complete look into what was once Zyro, check out our expert review of the Hostinger Website Builder.

Can It Compete with the Big Names in Site Building?

Zyro has been around a little while, but until recently, it’s struggled to compete with bigger names like Wix and Squarespace. That’s changing, bit by bit, as new features are developed and old ones are revamped.

Here at Website Planet, we like to stay on top of those developments to make sure you always know which site builders are the best. And on a personal note, I do love me some new features.

Zyro offers cheap pricing and solid features. The platform is available in English, German, French, Malay, Italian, Portuguese, Russian, Vietnamese, and Spanish.

But are those new features good enough to push Zyro up in the rankings? Is this the service where you’ll want to spend your time and money building a business? I dove in and spent some time creating a test website with Zyro, and I can safely say that It’s got potential, and it’s a lot better than it used to be. It’ll work for some – let’s see if it’s right for you.

5.0

Templates

There Are Plenty of Them, and They’re Pretty

Zyro has over 100 templates, and from what I’ve seen, they’re good. They’re grouped into categories like eCommerce, the generic-sounding “services,” photography, portfolios, resumes, and even landing pages.

They load quickly, they’re mobile compatible, and they look good. They trend more towards minimalism, but that’s par for the course for most site builders. When you need to build dozens (or even hundreds) of website templates that all work with one system, it’s best to go simple.

What I like best is that because of how the Zyro editor was designed, these templates do not lock you into any specific content layout. What you see in the preview is more of a suggestion than a hard and fast rule.

Zyro's templates
Simple, solid, and good-looking. You can’t ask for much more.
4.0

Features

the Zyro site builder
Zyro’s editor is pretty simple to use, all things considered.

It’s All About Custom Design and Lots of Marketing

Compared to a lot of the competition, Zyro is rather minimalist in terms of features. That’s not a bad thing, as such. It’s more that Zyro focuses on a simple set of features that’s designed to get you up and running with an online business quickly and simply.

They’re good features. There just aren’t too many of them.

That said, every plan comes with SSL, SEO tools, and full access to all of Zyro’s AI tools (more on that in the Ease of Use section), plus the ability to make a blog.

From the Website plan on up, you can get a free domain for the first year (if you pay for the whole year), as well as unlimited bandwidth and file storage.

The Drag-and-Drop Editor

The actual site builder is quite flexible, with several pre-built page elements to choose from. You can just fill in your pre-generated site with content, of course, but there’s also a lot you can do from scratch with text, images, videos, maps, and forms.

You can drag and drop any element almost anywhere on the page, and it’ll snap to a grid, like so:

the Zyro site editor in action
This approach allows for a lot of creative freedom.

And then, of course, you can change the site’s overall color scheme, fonts (this is new!), and more any time you like.

While this system is in no way as advanced as what you’d get from Wix, or as polished as what you’d get from Squarespace, it combines plenty of design freedom with sensible defaults. Basically, there’s lots of potential for easily creating good-looking custom designs.

One problem I ran into was that I had trouble with making columns of images with text below them. Oh, they looked fine on the desktop view, but on mobile, everything looked out of order. This image shows the desktop view on the left and the mobile view on the right:

trouble with designing columns
You see the problem, right?

Well, turns out this is an easy fix. In the editor, you can edit the mobile view separately from the desktop view. Just hit the little “phone” button (as seen in the image below), and you can rearrange your site elements to your heart’s content.

I had to ask Zyro’s support team for help to figure this out, though.

Update: Zyro has recently improved its mobile editor to make it more accessible to users. You’ll still have to edit the mobile version of your site separately, but the editor is now faster and easier to use.
The fixed mobile view
Oh God, that’s better. So much better.

In the end, my test website looked like this:

My test website on Zyro
Not bad, huh? Might change the colors later.

eCommerce Is Here, Of Course

Want to start an online store? Well, from the eCommerce plan on up, you can do this just by picking one of the templates in that category. In minutes, you’ll have a store where you can manage inventory, customer service, order tracking, and even marketing campaigns from one dashboard.

There are dozens of payment and shipping options to choose from for international e-commerce, and you can sell your products on Amazon, Facebook, and Instagram as well.

There’s even a customer relationship management (CRM) tool included to help you keep track of all your customers. Everything you need to start a moderately sized online business, really. Oh, and you can manage your store via mobile, so you can sell stuff on the go.

The eCommerce Plus plan also allows for multi-language stores, making it ideal for international retail.

There Are Strong SEO & Marketing Features

Like any good site builder, Zyro wants your site to succeed so you’ll keep paying money for it. Is that too cynical? Whatever – it’s mutually beneficial, so I don’t hold it against the company, or any other site builder for that matter.

Zyro’s particular SEO and marketing suite includes heat maps, Facebook Pixel integration, Facebook Messenger integration (for free live chat), Google Analytics, and Google Tag Manager.

Basically, if you really want to track your users (though I don’t recommend doing too much of that), then Zyro has you covered.

Zyro Also Has Blogging Tools

Zyro’s blogging system is simple but reasonably effective. You get the usual features like the ability to set publishing dates, define post categories, have multiple authors, and so on.

You also get a lot of the same design and formatting tools for editing posts as you do with the overall site editor. No, you can’t just drag and drop things anywhere on the page, but you do get a smooth visual editing experience, which shows you exactly how the post is going to look before you publish it.

This is quickly becoming the standard for lots of blogging platforms, and it’s good to see it here, too.

5.0

Ease of use

It’s Different from Other Site Builders, but Still Easy to Use

Zyro’s way of doing things is not overly complicated, but it’s just a little bit different from other site builders. Ironically, this means that having experience with other builders can slow you down a little as you adjust to the new system.

I got my test site built in about 30 minutes, and obviously that’s not bad. Just keep in mind that I can usually do it in 10-15 minutes, because I have a process that works for most site builders already.

Still, once you learn a couple of tricks, there’s little to hold you back from creating a customized (if somewhat basic) site design. Zyro is a tool for beginners, and absolute beginners shouldn’t need more than an hour to get comfortable. If that.

Besides being generally simple, Zyro has a bunch of extra features to streamline the process for you:

There’s a Website Importer

This tool won’t design a whole site for you based on an existing site – it’s not made for that. What it will do is import all your content from another site, then let you arrange it and lay it out on your own.

Moving content can often be one of the most tedious parts of switching between services, so that’s a real bonus. And if you want to switch more than a few sites over, it’s a godsend.

There Are Quite a Few AI-based Business Tools

Zyro has a real do-it-for-you attitude, if I’m honest. The company has developed a number of tools that use basic AI (also known as machine learning) to do half your work for you.

What do I mean by “half your work?” Well, first there’s an AI business name generator (for when you want to start a business, but just don’t know what to call it). Then there’s the AI slogan generator, just because. Want to run a blog, but aren’t sure what to write about? There’s always the AI Blog title generator.

But let’s say you really get stuck. You have a business, maybe some pictures, but you’re no marketer. What are you going to say? Well, the AI writer will literally generate pages of content for you, based on details you provide (like what type of content you need and the industry you’re in). The content is pre-designed for SEO, and Zyro’s marketing team swears your text will be “unique”.

Well, that might be a stretch, but at least it gives you some ideas, right?

the AI writer
You can find some of the extra tools on the right side of the site editor.

The Knowledge Base Can Help, but Won’t Always

Want to learn more about Zyro before you really get started? Got stuck while building your site? Well, Holy Documentation, Batman! Zyro’s got a knowledge base to help you out.

While the knowledge base might not encompass all topics, please recall the issue I previously confronted concerning columns and the mobile view. Regrettably, I couldn’t locate any information about this matter anywhere. Consequently, I needed to reach out to support for assistance. Nevertheless, it’s worth noting that the knowledge base does address the majority of your fundamental inquiries.

the Zyro knowledge base
Zyro’s knowledge base needs more work, but it’ll grow with time.
4.2

Support

It’s Supposed to Be 24/7 Service, but…

Zyro’s offices are in Lithuania, so there are times when service is technically available, but slower than usual. Still, even then you shouldn’t have to wait very long for support. A couple of hours at most.

Mind you, a couple of hours can be a lot when your business is on the line, so I’d recommend having all your problems earlier in the day if you’re in North America. Or better yet, try to have them during Lithuanian business hours.

Was that… too mean? I watch so much sarcastic British TV, I can’t tell anymore. Anyway, when I did get service, it was polite and mostly helpful.

Email (Which Is Also the Live Chat?)

Okay, I sent an email support request via the email form on Zyro’s website. And then the live chat popped up with the question I’d just sent in. Well, I got my response via both channels, so it worked, I guess.

Supposedly, the ETA for email responses is 1-2 days, which is a huge amount of time. Fortunately, I got my response in 2 hours, which is certainly better. Under-promise and over-deliver, I always say.

Anyway, I asked if the content generated by the AI writer was copyrighted, and if I could still use it if I moved my site elsewhere. Turns out you can:

Zyro's email repsonse
Yup. The email system is definitely connected to the live chat.

Live Chat

After that, I just bypassed the email form, because what’s the point?

Next up, I asked, “Which TLDs are supported with the free domain that comes with yearly plans? I mean, .com and .org, sure, but what about .works, .blog, and the like? Are there any limits on that sort of thing?”

Although I got a response in minutes, the tech did NOT directly answer my question. All I got was a, “Go look at our domains page. If you can find it, you can have it.” That’s not particularly helpful, and I was unsatisfied with this response.

first chat conversation with Zyro
I understand the urge to say, “Look for yourself”, but it’s still not helpful in this case.

Even so, I did what he said. Fun fact: .link domains are not available at Zyro.

Zyro domain search results
Well, there are plenty of other options.

Lastly, I asked about the issue I was having with laying out columns of content on the page. This time, the tech was not only prompt but had exactly the answer I needed. So I was quite happy this time around.

my second Zyro chat conversation
Prompt, polite, and helpful. Gotta love it.
4.3

Pricing

Zyro’s initial pricing is quite cheap, all things considered. You can pay monthly or yearly, and all yearly plans come with a significant discount, as well as a free domain for the first year. Of course, after your first payment period, the price goes up quite a bit.

These higher prices are still fair, though, especially if you manage to make some money off your site (which is sort of assumed to be the idea when you make a site on Zyro). Each plan includes a free domain name for one year and four months of free hosting — even if you opt for the entry-level Website plan.

Plus, paying upfront for a longer amount of time comes with significant discounts.

Cancellations & Refunds

There’s a dead simple 30-day money-back guarantee on all paid plans. Cancel in the first thirty days, get your money back. Done.

This is particularly useful with Zyro – because unlike most other builders, Zyro doesn’t offer a free trial or plan.

Comparison

How does Zyro match up to the competition?

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Zyro REVIEW: BOTTOM LINE

Once again: Zyro has rebranded since the last time we reviewed it, and it has now fully integrated into the Hostinger Website Builder.

Hostinger Website Builder, formerly known as Zyro, is an affordable, efficient, and easy-to-use solution for creating all sorts of websites. It even provides powerful AI tools to help you optimize your site and make the building process easier.

It doesn’t offer third-party integrations like other website builders do, and its e-commerce services could still use some polishing. But, if you’re looking for creative control, plenty of functionality, and straightforward pricing, the Hostinger Website Builder is worth a look.

If you’re curious about other platforms, you can go to our review of the best website builders in 2024.

FAQ

Is Zyro free with Hostinger?

Way back when, Zyro used to be a standalone website builder that came free with Hostinger. Now that it has fully rebranded as Hostinger Website Builder, however, it’s “free” with Hostinger in the same way that Wix is “free” with Wix or Squarespace is “free” with Squarespace. In other words, if you sign up to any Hostinger website hosting plan, the website builder is included for free.

However, Hostinger’s website-builder-specific plan is remarkably affordable and offers all of “Zyro’s” functionalities for a single price point.

Is Zyro a good website builder?

Before Zyro rebranded to Hostinger Website Builder, Zyro had a lot of promise, but a lot of room for improvement too. Now that it has fully integrated into the Hostinger Website Builder though, I can confidently say that what used to be Zyro is now an outstanding website builder if you’re looking for functionality and creative control at an affordable price.

In particular, the Hostinger Website Builder stands out for its impressive AI-powered features to help you build, grow, and market your website.

How much does Zyro cost?

Now that Zyro has been fully integrated into the Hostinger Website Builder, you can get access to every one of its features for just $2.49 each month. Not only is this exceedingly affordable, but unlike other builders, the starter plan includes access to each one of its e-commerce, marketing, and branding features.

What are some Zyro alternatives?

There are many alternatives to Hostinger Website Builder (formerly Zyro) that could work better for you depending on your particular needs and preferences. Though Hostinger’s Website Builder offers plenty of useful features and near-complete creative control, there are builders that offer more specialized, straightforward, or beginner-friendly editors.

If you’re not sure about which option is best for your site, I recommend that you check out our top 10 list of the best website builders in 2024.
Ezequiel Bruni Ezequiel Bruni
Ezequiel Bruni is biologically Canadian, legally Mexican, and self identifies as a total nerd. He’s been a web and experience designer off and on since he was a teenager, and loves sharing the kind of beginner’s advice he really wishes he’d had when he first started. He also loves video games, tacos, open source software, video games, sci-fi and fantasy in all their forms, and video games. He does not love writing in the third person.
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Affordable yet very powerful and easy to use

This is great for many reasons, the easy deployment is one of the best at with a fair price is awesome. The integratios works right away with only a few clicks that is good too. The templates are easy to work with and the AI tools are a good complement

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Manuel, Mexico
November 08, 2021
5
10/10

I have tried only the Squarespace website builder before moving to Zyro once my friend recommended it. And it was the right choice. Zyro has lower prices, more customizations, quicker support, and a more user-friendly interface overall. So I rate them 10/10.

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Jennifer, Denmark
December 15, 2020
5

Hello Jennifer, thanks a lot for your comment. We are glad you are satisfied with our services, we are happy to have you! Regards, Zyro team

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Zyro , Latvia
December 18, 2020
cheap prices

Zyro offers cheap prices compared to other website builders. So I decided to create my portfolio website with them. They have nice templates and I was able to design them how I want. Also, their logo maker and AI writer really help fill out the website content if you're having trouble. However, they could offer more integrations.

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Salim, USA
December 11, 2020
4

Hello Salim, Thanks a lot for your feedback. We have noted your comments - it's a great way for us to improve our services. We are constantly developing our website builder and adding new features, so watch this space for new updates soon :) Regards, Zyro

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Zyro , Latvia
December 16, 2020
Powerful and budget-friendly

With Zyro, I was able to create a professional-looking website for my business in several hours. The most time-consuming part was preparing the content because customizing the website was super easy with the drag-and-drop builder and the intuitive grid. I would only recommend improving their logo maker as it took me longer than expected to get the wished results.

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Steve, Uzbekistan
December 07, 2020
5

Hello Steve, Thanks a bunch - your feedback is essential for us to make our website builder even better and easier to use. We are working hard to improve Zyro every day, so rest assured we'll keep on looking for new ways to develop it. Regards, Zyro

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Zyro , Latvia
December 16, 2020
Friendly tool for begginers

I have tried several website builders, including the most popular ones. But from my experience, Zyro has the friendliest interface. Zyro lets you fully customize the templates, and the intuitive grid helps to maintain the structure.

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Devon, USA
December 04, 2020
5

Hello Devon, thanks a lot for sharing your kind feedback with us. Your insights are essential for us to improve. Regards, Zyro team

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Zyro , Latvia
December 18, 2020
Fantastic support team

Zyro has a live chat feature, which came in handy for me when I ran into some problems while creating my blog. I was amazed that the support helped me with every problem in less than 10 minutes. Besides the support team, Zyro prices also left me a good impression. I believe they are offering one of the best services for the lowest price in the market. I truly recommend them!

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Wendy, USA
December 02, 2020
5

Hello Wendy, thanks for such nice words! Rest assured our Customer Success team will always be there to assist you with any issues you might have. Regards, Zyro team

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Zyro , Latvia
December 18, 2020
Zyro is so easy to work with

I have tested several website builders, but by far I like Zyro the most. For example, unlike other builders, Zyro provides a wide variety of free quality pictures that you can freely move and edit their size. Zyro also has some compelling AI tools and a logo maker, which can come in handy while customizing your website.

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Calvin, USA
November 20, 2020
5

Hello Calvin, you've just made our day! Thanks for such amazing feedback. Rest assured we'll keep improving and making our website builder even better. Regards, Zyro team

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Zyro , Latvia
December 18, 2020
Zyro is actually decent now

I first stumbled upon Zyro in July, and at that time, the product was only half-finished. So I decided to look for something else. But recently, I was looking for a budget-friendly website builder for one of my projects and came across Zyro once more. They improved so much. There are far more templates to choose from, bugs are fixed, and the building experience is pleasant. However, they still offer fewer features for the websites compared to several competitors.

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Dirk, Germany
November 17, 2020
4
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