Zyro is like “Baby’s First Business Site,” but it’s actually pretty good for a simple tool. If you’re looking for more complex design features and third-party add-ons, however, you should probably look elsewhere. The support is also not great.
Zyro, a brand-new website builder from budget-friendly web host Hostinger, is aiming to be the beginner’s best friend. It’s a minimalist site builder that’s designed to teach you how to use it, and it provides artificial intelligence (AI) tools to spare you from the bulk of the work.
Zyro also offers cheap pricing, solid features, and a fairly generous free plan. The platform is available in English, German, French, Malay, Italian, Portuguese, Russian, Vietnamese, and Spanish.
But can you build the site of your dreams with it, or are you better off with an established site builder like Wix, or another builder from our short list of top website builders for 2020? Well…if you don’t need much out of your website, Zyro might work for you. Read on to see exactly what I mean.
There isn’t a huge selection, but Zyro’s templates are quite eye-catching
Dozens of Templates to Choose From
Even with a free plan, I was able to access 70+ templates, all of which were both good-looking and mobile-friendly.
The free templates cover various industries including art and design, hospitality, fashion, and more. Unfortunately, you can’t customize them too much. You can change colors, but I haven’t found a way to change the fonts. And once you pick a template, you’re stuck with it on that particular site.
Overall, Zyro delivers what it promises. It just… doesn’t promise much.
There’s a Grid-Based Layout Builder
Zyro’s layout editor is designed to keep things looking good, and still give you some creative control. It accomplishes this by constraining the layout to a pre-made grid. You can drag and drop things where you want to, but the size and spacing of page elements is kept consistent.
The AI Tools Are Kind of Cool
The AI Writer will populate your website with content based on the industry/type of site you pick. Your options are somewhat limited, but it’s a quick way to get your site copy started.
Zyro’s AI Heatmap is designed to help you figure out how users navigate your site, so you can tweak your layout for more conversions.
There Are Some Third-Party Integrations
What Zyro doesn’t have is a large app market like Wix or Weebly, instead it has some basic integrations with services like Google Ads, Facebook Messenger and Hotjar analytics. All of that and more is available from the Basic plan and up.
Other site builders, like Wix and Squarespace, give you some free ad credits for Google Ads (and other platforms) with their more expensive plans. You won’t get that here.See full list of features
Ease of use
It’s Fairly Standard and Easy to Use
At no point in the process did I ever feel lost, or wonder “What does this do?” The learning curve is more like a leisurely stroll.
There Is a Variety of Business Tools
These include the Business Name Generator, Slogan Generator, and Logo Maker, and also access to a business email on your own domain (if you have a domain). Each of these tools does exactly what its name suggests. They’re just a quick way to get your site started if you have no assets or copywriters on staff.
There Is Unsplash Integration
This means you have more than a million great stock images to choose from. They’re completely free, and easily accessible in the site builder. Enough said.
You Get Free SSL, They Get Free SSL, Everyone Gets Free SSL
Every site gets SSL encryption (even on the free plan), which is a security layer that makes sure all the data sent between the site and its users is, well… encrypted. Because every site gets it automatically, you don’t have to enable it manually. That’s a nice touch.See if Zyro is Right for You
The options for contacting Zyro consist of a live chat module at the bottom of every page, and an email address journalists and publishers can use to ask for information. It’s not a customer support email, but I tried asking for help there anyway.
Well… how do I put this? Zyro’s support isn’t great. No one responded on either chat or email. At all. In two days.
One thing I do like a lot about Zyro is the pricing.
It’s darned cheap, and for someone who just needs to build the first website for their business, that’s a definite bonus.
The Free plan has nearly all the features that the other plans do, with some limitations: you only get 500 MB of bandwidth and storage, you can’t connect a custom domain, and you don’t get integration with third-party services. You’ll also have Zyro ads on your website, in a sticky bar at the top of the page.
Upgrading to the Basic plan will give you access to all the features, let you remove the ads, and provide you with 10 GB each of bandwidth and storage. The Unleashed plan simply removes the bandwidth and storage limits entirely.
These paid plans are both significantly cheaper than most major site builders.
You can upgrade very easily, and you can pay with PayPal and all major credit cards.
So complicated, uncomfortable and there is no service. Horrible. I’ve Tried a few hours to build a SUPER simple landing page, with no success at all. I’ve spent almost 3 hours with no results at all. Edventually, I choose to proceed with another website builder
Hi Amor,Thanks a bunch – your feedback is helping us improve Zyro. We are really sorry to hear that you faced some issues and that your experience wasn’t great. We are constantly improving our website builder to make it even easier to create a website.Could you drop us an email at [email protected], telling us what went wrong? We are ready to help!
Is this even a real company? do they provide any customer service at all? they claim that customer service is available 24/7 - that is not true.... you can wait for an answer for 12 or more hours, which is very bad when something does not work what was supposed to be working... because nothing works when it is supposed to be working .... and reaching customer service - mission impossible...
Silvia,Thanks for your feedback and sorry you had a frustrating time with Zyro.
We have received larger amounts of client enquiries than usual over the last months. However, we would like to assure you that even though you may have to wait a little longer, our Customer Success team will always solve all of your issues and provide you with any information you may need.We care about our customers and are always working towards improving both our product and customer support. That's why we’d really like to talk to you. Please email us at [email protected] and we will be more than happy to help.Regards,
Zyro prides itself on being a sort of all-in-one solution. If you need your very first business site for cheap, it’s a great option. If you’re looking for more complex design features and third-party add-ons, however, you should probably look elsewhere. Check out our comprehensive comparison of the best website builders for a few good alternatives.
This is like “Baby’s First Business Site,” but it’s actually pretty good. Except for the support. That’s terrible, and it can be a dealbreaker for many people.
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.