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Reviews and expert opinion Zyro

Ezequiel Bruni Ezequiel Bruni Website Development Expert

I’m happy to say that Zyro has improved since the last time I reviewed it. It has simple yet solid features at fair prices, and its AI tools are intriguing. On the downside, it’s still a pretty basic service, with some third-party integrations but no add-ons or apps. The minimalist approach keeps it simple, but other platforms still provide more features for comparable prices.

Overview

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.

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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.

Templates

5.0

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.

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Features

4.0
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 Unleashed 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.

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Ease of use

5.0

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.

The knowledge base doesn’t have everything, though. Remember that problem I had earlier with the columns and the mobile view? Yeah, I couldn’t find information about that anywhere – I had to ask support for help. Still, the knowledge base covers most of your basic questions.

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

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Support

4.2

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.

Pricing

4.3

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).

Just watch out for the somewhat sneaky pricing.

Case in point: the “Unleashed” plan is now literally only a dollar more than the “Basic” plan. Clearly, no one is supposed to stay on the Basic plan – Zyro went to some lengths to make it a very unattractive option, and I kind of wonder why they bothered with it at all.

Anyway, yes, Zyro’s plans are fair, but other services offer better value for money. For very similar prices, you could get the loads of features and third-party add-ons that Wix provides.

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

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Jennifer
Denmark
December 15, 2020
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.

Zyro
December 18, 2020

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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Salim
USA
December 11, 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.

Zyro
December 16, 2020

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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Steve
Uzbekistan
December 07, 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.

Zyro
December 16, 2020

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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Devon
USA
December 04, 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.

Zyro
December 18, 2020

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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Wendy
USA
December 02, 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!

Zyro
December 18, 2020

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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Calvin
USA
November 20, 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.

Zyro
December 18, 2020

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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Dirk
Germany
November 17, 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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Mark
Canada
November 16, 2020
One of the best website building services

I just created an e-commerce website with Zyro. And I can truly say that it is an amazing product. Zyro enables anyone to launch an online shop without any difficulties for a budget-friendly price. So if you are new with websites and want to make one almost effortless, I recommend you going with Zyro services.

Zyro
November 19, 2020

Hi Mark, thank you for taking the time to share your thoughts. Your feedback means a lot to us and we are glad you are enjoying Zyro. We are developing our website builder everyday and we will keep on making it even better!

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Zyro REVIEW: BOTTOM LINE

I’m happy to say that Zyro has improved since the last time I reviewed it. It has simple yet solid features at fair prices, and its AI tools are intriguing. You could absolutely build a small, effective business site on this platform and have some room to grow.

On the downside, it’s still a pretty basic service, with some third-party integrations, but no add-ons or apps. The minimalist approach keeps it simple, but other platforms still provide more value for comparable prices.

If you’re curious about other platforms, you can go to our review of the best website builders in 2021.

FAQ

Is Zyro free with Hostinger?That’s right, Zyro is a Hostinger product. It’s actually cool to see hosting companies develop their own software for this sort of thing, so I’m interested to see where it goes. I have, as yet, found no indication that Zyro is included in any of the shared hosting plans, though. Yeah, you’ll have to get one of the Zyro-specific plans to use it. Instead of “hosting with Zyro,” you have to buy Zyro, and you get the hosting for “free.”What are some Zyro alternatives?Oh, there are many. Here are the big ones: Wix has the advantage of extremely customizable sites, tons of third-party addons, and features galore. It’s consistently our top pick, because it can be used for just about anything a small to medium sized business would need. Squarespace provides a premium experience for premium prices, but the process for creating complex, beautiful sites is highly streamlined. While it doesn’t have the massive app market of Wix, Squarespace provides my personal favorite site building experience. SITE123 is extremely simple and fast to use, as the name would suggest. That simplicity means it’s a bit light on features, though.Is Zyro a good website builder?Oh… define “good.” It’s showing a lot of potential, and has most of the basic features you’ll need to build a good looking website, quickly. It’s not bad. But against the other options I listed above, it suffers from a comparative lack of polish, and it suffers in terms of features. Look, if you decide that Zyro is right for you, I won’t be the person to say, “Don’t do that! It sucks!” because it doesn’t suck. That said, you can get a lot more for your buck (especially at post-renewal prices) with other services. Want to look at more options? We have a whole section of our site dedicated to site builder reviews.How much does Zyro cost?Initially, not very much. You can get started for as low as $2.90 per month, if you pay for the annual plan. However, that’s only for the first payment period, however long you pay for. After you renew, the price goes up steeply. And that’s for the Basic plan, which I would not recommend. The Unleashed plan only costs a dollar more (at post-renewal prices) and offers a lot more features for your money. Is that a sneaky way to get people to upgrade? Yes, yes it is. Still, you can probably get Zyro (or a plan on another site builder) even cheaper if you check out our coupons page.

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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