In this Zyro review, I’m going to test this website builder’s features and see whether it’s a good option for you to go online with.
Allow me to start this Zyro review with a little bit of context.
The website builder market right now is dominated by a few massive names.
So, if a builder wants to seriously break into the market and upset the old dogs, it has to be seriously good.
And here comes Zyro…
Does it have what it takes to become a major name in the world of website builders and offer its users a great website building experience?
Well, I gave it a very thorough look and…
Yes. Yes, it does. Zyro offers a very cheap solution for people looking to make a simple website that both looks good and runs like it’s wearing rocket shoes.
And that’s not all!
When I did this review first – somewhere in early 2020, I noted that Zyro doesn’t have any eCommerce, and blogging options. For me, that was a bit of a deal-breaker.
Well, guess what. eCommerce and blogging are now both available. Not to toot my own horn, but that was 100% my review that made them add it. Right?
So, how does it all look like? How does the newcomer – now complete with additional business options – compares to the top dogs of the business?
Actually…It does the basics pretty well – for a price that blows the competition out of the water.
I had fun writing this Zyro review and doing my research – as this builder managed to make website building incredibly simple, fun, and intuitive.
Keep on reading – if you want to know what it was like to review one of the most exciting new website builders of 2020.
Zyro is cheap – seriously cheap. You can publish a website for free, and premium features such as extra storage space, or connecting your own domain, will cost you from $1.99/month.
Compare that to a lot of the world’s leading website builders, offering basic “Connect Your Domain” plans for around $10 a month, and the picture becomes clearer.
Zyro’s prices are one of the best ones in the market right now – and many people will find that very attractive.
Let’s have a look at the plans in more detail.
The free ($0.00) plan is merely a taster of what Zyro really has. With no additional integrations available, it includes a watermark at the top of the site and offers 500MB of storage and bandwidth – a fairly typical free plan, by industry’s standards.
The basic ($1.99) plan includes all of the premium features – and increases your bandwidth and storage limits to 10GB each.
And the unleashed ($3.49) plan includes the same things as the basic plan – but also gives you unlimited bandwidth and storage.
If you’re looking to build an online shop – Zyro will increase the prices significantly.
The price of the eCommerce plan, which is similar to the $3.49 Unleashed plan plus the sales features jumps up to a solid $14.99 a month.
And adding features such as abandoned cart recovery, multi-language shop, and product filters will increase the monthly fee to $21.99.
Is that bad?
Well, it may seem like a lot, but that’s still pretty much similar to or even lower than an industry standard.
For instance, Wix will charge you at least $23/month for the basic eCommerce features. And Squarespace’s plans start at $18/month – but will also include a 3% transaction fee from each of your sales.
So overall, while Zyro’s eCommerce is a fair bit expensive, it’s still cheaper than a lot of the competition.
Now, for the final part of this Zyro pricing review – let’s go seriously in-depth and talk about ways you can get this builder for even less.
The prices you see on this page?
They actually depict how much would it cost paying for 12 months in advance.
This means that if you were to pay monthly, you’ll pay a little bit more…But if you were to commit for a longer term…
You’re going to run into some savings.
Overall, Zyro knocks it out of the park when it comes to pricing. The prices starting at $1.99 are incredibly low already - and they can get even lower, if you're willing to accept the long-term commitment. The eCommerce plans are more expensive, but even they are below the industry standard.
“Get your business online in under an hour”, with no email required. Can you really use Zyro and easily make a website in a matter of minutes?
You absolutely can.
Zyro’s process of building a page is incredibly simple. I had a full website set up in no time – bet that you would as well.
Click “Create a Website”, on the homepage, and you’re instantly sent to select a template. One click – and you’re on the editor.
If you’re not picky, in theory, you could be editing your new site in less than 10 seconds.
There are some things you can drastically change – such as the color scheme of your website. It could turn a weird mustard yellow in a matter of seconds if that’s your thing!
The editor itself is a very simple drag-and-drop one, allowing you to place elements pretty much at will – as long as they conform to the grid of the website builder.
That’s generally a good thing – because it means that anyone could build a good-looking website with no effort.
There’s also a mobile editor available on all the templates, allowing you to see (and change) just how your website would look on mobile.
It was very intuitive to use – so, full points to Zyro here.
However, there are some issues with the editor. Your website name, for example – it’s added on the page as plain text.
You can try removing it, and replacing text with your logo, sure. However, the limiting grid system means that you might endure a few issues.
Overall, Zyro is very easy to use - if you follow the style and guidelines of the template. This website builder doesn't allow you to make massive changes, but if you love the designs you're given, it will be smooth sailing.
Zyro has a solid selection of very good looking, modern templates. There are over 80 options available, and most people will have no issues finding a suitable one.
They are separated into several different categories: eCommerce, Business, Portfolio, Resume, Events, and Landing Pages.
Of course – it’s just a starting point. You can make any kind of website with any kind of template. Online shops can perfectly be done on the Events theme and vice versa.
Going through the themes, you might notice that a lot of them are quite similar, separated by very minor details and content of the preview site.
Pretty similar, right? Is that a problem?
I don’t know. It’s up for you, the prospective user to decide. Personally, I wasn’t too bothered. Modern websites tend to be minimalist and not overcrowded with certain “design solutions”. A simple approach helps to bring out your products, your media, and your images to the very top.
With Zyro, you’ll end up with a clean-looking, modern website. If that’s your #1 concern, then each of 80+ templates out there will be good for you.
With over 80 templates available, Zyro has a fairly solid library of options, suited for various projects and businesses. The themes are minimalist - and that might disappoint some people, as they look pretty similar to one another. But really, it shouldn't be a problem.
In the summer of 2020, Zyro kicked up a gear – and started offer solid blogging and eCommerce tools. On top of that, there are social media and analytics integrations, as well as AI website design and copywriting tools.
Overall, Zyro might just be a perfect buddy for your small business.
Sure, you might need to invest a dollar or two. After all, only premium plans users are going to get access to:
And you will have to purchase a $14.99/month (or higher) eCommerce package in order to sell online.
But that’s more or less expected – business features tend to be behind a paywall. So, instead of pandering more about prices – let’s have a look at what features will you get!
Zyro offers a very simple, yet a pretty powerful eCommerce solution. It allows you to build and manage everything about your shop in one place – beginners are going to like this one.
This feature is available with Zyro eCommerce (and higher) plans.
My colleagues and I have reviewed a fair bit of eCommerce solutions over the years. And perhaps by biggest complaint with most of them is how they manage to turn the easiest tasks into mazes of pain and confusion.
Editing the most basic things, like stock, or adding basic SEO can take you a whole lotta time and a whole lotta brain cells.
Zyro is different – everything about its eCommerce solution is really easy to use.
Whenever you feel like adding a shop (happens to all of us), just choose to insert a section, and pick “online shop”. There, Zyro itself will suggest you to either build it on a separate page, or embed it in the homepage.
Upon logging in, you’ll be greeted with a pretty helpful setup guide.
And then, eventually and inevitably, you’ll have to start adding your products and services. On the upper part of the screen, you’ll notice a bunch of options to choose from – this is where you can edit just about anything about the specific thing you’re selling.
For example, this is also where you can edit how your product will look like in the search engine results:
And just like that, you can now be a proud owner of an online shop.
Overall, Zyro does a solid job helping anyone sell online. It’s easy to set up, easy to master, and there are no transaction fees on any of the plans. If you’re looking for a basic online sales solution, this might be it.
This feature is available for FREE.
Zyro says that the future belongs to the AI – and so, you might just allow robots to create content for you.
Well, I am a writer. A human one, at that. And this robot is here to take my job.
How exactly does Zyro’s AI Writer work and how is it going to change you and your business?
Well, it has its good moments – but not everything is perfect.
The writer is available both on a separate landing page and in your text customization screen on the site editor.
The library of topics is fairly extensive, and I assume that a lot of website owners will find themselves there – but doesn’t include everyone.
If you don’t find your business under the topics, you may be interested in picking “Small Business” (like I did).
But it simply leads to a separate bunch of other topics.
Fine, I’ll be a bed & breakfast. So I clicked the option – and immediately, this is what the robots came up with.
It didn’t ask whether I’m British, and the location, awards, menu, room number or any other information is entirely generated.
Basically, the AI Writer won’t give you the complete copy you could just drop into your website and watch the money roll in.
So, is it still useful? Absolutely.
Think of it as a cheat sheet – if you were to replace the English B&B with a B&B of your own, it might just be something you need. It gives you the basic structure you can then use to your advantage.
And you can simply “Frankenstein” a couple of the pieces together to get something you can find very interesting.
Could it be even better? Certainly.
If there was a questionnaire before the results, just what kind of business do you have – it could include that information directly in the generated content. This would have been one of the coolest business tools around! (and I would be out of my job).
But let’s say you’re not running a B&B – in fact, you’re not running any of the businesses featured on Zyro’s list. What do you do?
The AI Writer also has a “Go Wild” function, where you can add whatever text you want and watch it get turned into website copy.
It’s interesting – but largely hit and miss. I added “My name is Edgar. I am a web designer based in New York City. I do websites and logos.” into the generator, and it got me this:
It’s a similar story to the other texts. AI doesn’t provide you with a complete copy. It gives you ideas and examples, that you can then use to craft your own copy.
Therefore, the results shouldn’t surprise you.
But that’s not it. Zyro has a couple of other AI-powered content tools, such as the Business Name Generator and the Slogan Generator.
Here’s how the business name generator did:
And here’s the slogan generator:
All in all, there are certainly some good options anyone can take and apply to their businesses – some, not so much.
To sum it up, AI Writer is promising – very promising – but it’s not going to write this Zyro review, nor it’s going to fill up your website with great content just by clicking one button. That being said, it absolutely has its uses, and you should most definitely give it a go and see what it can do for you.
Zyro’s AI Heatmap is a slightly-less-revolutionary tool, offering everyone a free look at how users might see your website in the future.
This feature is available for FREE.
However, Zyro’s tool advantage is that it can show you a website’s heatmap even before you launch it – potentially helping you to perfectly optimize your website on day one.
For example, here’s our old homepage:
Here’s how people respond to Google’s homepage.
And here’s the heatmap of BBC Sport, a site, understandably more focused on individual, constantly-changing breaking news stories:
Who is going to benefit from this feature?
I’m willing to bet that a lot of small business owners will be interested.
Small business owners might benefit from this feature – by scanning their page, they might just see whether the users look into things they’re supposed to look at.
If your business needs an identity, you could get started with a logo.
Zyro logo maker is a very simple, free-for-all tool, that can help anyone make a simple logo in seconds.
This feature is available for FREE.
I had to simply choose a title, add an optional subtitle, pick an icon from a vast library of options and voila! – I was done.
You get to download a high-quality, transparent .png file of your logo for free – with no watermarks or anything else that would hint at the logo’s origin. It’s all good.
However, I would’ve enjoyed it more if Zyro allowed me to combine several icons together. A magnifying glass on a computer screen would’ve been a very decent logo – however, that simply wasn’t possible.
As with many things here, Zyro follows a similar pattern of making things as simple as possible for the end user.
Looking to share your thoughts with the entire online world? For that – you’ll need a blog. And Zyro offers it.
This feature is available for FREE.
The builder’s blogging features aren’t all that advanced. It’s not exactly WordPress.com, where you can make your website all about your content – but if your page requires a blog post or two, this can be a great option.
To get started, you’ll simply have to choose a purple icon on the right hand side of your page.
And…that’s kind of it? You’ll be sent straight into the editing interface. It’s not bad: you can edit pretty much everything about your blog. In addition to all visual elements about your post, you’ll also be able to edit its style, layout, etc.
But for me, it feels just a bit rushed and beta-like. There’s no such thing as a central blogging interface, with all of your posts sorted into categories – no such thing.
There’s only one design your post can be in, too. So, overall, it’s nothing groundbreaking. And I wouldn’t go out of my way to recommend Zyro to bloggers.
But if blogging is only one of the many things you’ll be using your website for, it’s a pretty serviceable solution.
Zyro offers a solid array of business features. Not all are perfect, but they're interesting additions that might turn out to be very useful. eCommerce is solid, blogging is minimalist at best, and the AI tools might grow into something major later on.
Zyro passes the eye test when it comes to performance – and then it passes the test of website optimization.
I used GTMetrix – basically, a test for website loading speed and optimization – to measure my test page. And the results were encouraging:
A Zyro website that I made loaded in just over 3 seconds – a solid result. Also, the builder has everything sorted out when it comes to performance.
The only small issue is that the images are seemingly not scaled to perfection – but a regular user is very unlikely to spot the difference.
For the second test, I used Pingdom to check Zyro’s server performance and reliability.
For several days, I’ve been tracking my test site – and it hasn’t been down once. The response times were around 1 second, with noticeably better results in the North American region.
That is a good result – 100% uptime is obviously brilliant, and stable response times will mean that users all across the world will find your Zyro website pretty fast.
Zyro is fast and reliable. It passes the performance tests - and even if some of them spot certain issues, they don't convert to real-life problems. Overall, if you want to make a fast website - Zyro will be a great option.
Zyro is a very cheap way to make a fast, beautiful website. It has a solid array of templates and is very easy to use. And there’s a solid array of extra features that simply can’t be ignored.
I loved the idea that you can use the builder to create AI-generated content, make a logo, and do a heatmap of your website – entirely free of charge.
Sure, not all is perfect. While blogging is available, it certainly lacks the advanced features of some other builders, and the smart business tools could use some refining, too.
out of 10
Zyro is going to be perfect for people looking to build simple websites. It costs several times less than a lot of the main competitors - and it's an absolute champion of value.
If you love what this builder offers, but for some reason are not ready to commit to it, don’t worry – there are plenty of options to choose from.
Popular, and for a reason – Wix website builder offers building options for users of all skill levels. With over 500 templates available, it also has one of the most diverse libraries around. And that’s even before adding all the possible functionality from a massive in-house application store.
GoDaddy Website Builder is laser-focused on businesses looking to build a simple online presence. Complete with plenty of GoDaddy-own business tools, it’s a nice all-in-one option for small businesses looking to promote themselves or sell online.
Would you rather do literally anything else than spend time making a website? For people like you, there’s SITE123 – perhaps one of the simplest website builders I’ve ever used. The process is simple: choose a preferred style, and just put a website together using over 130 separate “page blocks”, containing different functionalities. Pretty simple – for pretty much anyone.