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.
Zyro is not the household name in the website builder market. It’s fresh, new, and joining the ranks of several other recent products, aiming to take the business away from established names in the market.
In order to break into the market and upset the old dogs, any new builder would have 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?
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.
But to be truthful, it still has a fair share of limits. Zyro users won’t get some features, such as eCommerce, blogging, or scheduling/booking options.
And yet, it does the basics incredibly 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 finally, the unleashed ($3.49) plan includes the same things as the basic plan – but also gives you unlimited bandwidth and storage.
But the monthly prices you see here – they are not final.
The prices you saw earlier actually depicted 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.
“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.
With templates being such an important part of any website builder experience – let’s dedicate this part of the Zyro review to see just how good they are.
In short – Zyro has a solid selection of very good looking, modern templates. You wouldn’t have any issues having that as the face of your portfolio or business.
However, there’s one small thing that I have noticed.
Zyro offers templates for various types of businesses and causes.
There’s a template for wedding invitations, bed & breakfast, resume, modern art. You can also find a template for pet care, fashion, craftsmanship, and so on.
But putting all of those together, you’ll find that Zyro has only a handful of templates available.
Not to mention, that some of these templates seem a bit too specific to matter to the general audience.
But there’s no need to panic. Consider this – any kind of website can be made with any Zyro template, as none of them include any business-specific features. So simply choose the one that looks good and start building.
Zyro does not offer bookings, eCommerce, or blogging. So, from first glance, it doesn’t look all that good for business.
However, not everything is doom and gloom.
If your business doesn’t rely on automated sales, or is more centered on social media, Zyro has enough tools to help you get started.
With social media and analytics integrations, as well as AI website design and copywriting tools – Zyro might just be a perfect buddy for your small business.
Premium plans allow for some external integrations, meaning you can connect your website to analytical and social media platforms, such as:
And that’s not it. There are a few other business features you might enjoy.
Let’s dive deeper and see what those business features are:
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.
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 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.
And another major feature is this – 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.
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.
Zyro passes the eye test when it comes to performance – and then it passes the test of website optimization.
A Zyro website that I made loads in just over 3 seconds – a solid result and the GTMetrix test reveals that this 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.
Zyro also passes the test when it comes to server performance and reliability.
For several days, I’ve been tracking my Zyro 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 a very cheap way to make a fast, beautiful website. You can also create AI-generated content, make a logo, and create a heatmap of your website – entirely free of charge.
However, all of that comes with certain sacrifices. There might be not enough templates to please everyone – while the library is growing, it’s still quite modest. Also – businesses won’t find a way to do bookings and sell online.
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.