Zyro – is a DIY website builder, which has been in the market for quite a while, being initially presented as the product of Profis Group & Hostinger cooperation. As time went by, though, Zyro has evolved into a completely independent website builder. It now comes with a distinct and useful (although, somewhat limited) feature set that makes it worth using.
As a new platform, Zyro is currently available in the Beta version, which means that the system is on the early stage of its development. The team of the website builder is working hard to improve its feature set that eventually affects the entire system performance. However, the service is still available for testing and further use, offering multiple advantages to users. There is no need to be a coder to explore and master it – the website builder is intuitive enough to be used by first-timers as well as by web design pros.
So, how has the system improved after the upgrade? Has it acquired new features and tools that make it stand out from the crowd or nothing has changed a lot since our last review? Let’s see what exactly Zyro has to offer to contemporary users.
1. Ease of Use
The website builder is really easy to use for everyone as there is nothing complicated about its interface, editor and layout. The very process of registration is fast and simple – just provide your name, email and password to be further redirected to the template gallery. That’s really easy, quick and hassle-free.
The layout of the website builder is intuitive and easy-to-navigate, which creates quite a positive impression from the very first sight. The dashboard may even look somewhat too simple, but that’s not a problem for most first-time users.
You won’t find any needless information here – all the tools and features are at hand here and your task is to pick those you actually need to customize, manage and publish a website. This is a merit for each and every industry newbie, who’s just making the first steps in website creation process.
Zyro website builder provides a visual editor that supports drag-and-drop functionality and this is one of the highlights of the system. In fact, it works just like any other DIY site builder: there’s a toolbar containing various design elements and widgets that you can select and drag to any place on the page. Users can also see the result of their work in progress, which contributes to good result and does not require any programming knowledge at all. These are the major parameters that make Zyro an easy-to-use and convenient website builder used for the development of all types of projects.
2. Features & Flexibility
As far as the website builder is still available in the Beta version, it definitely lacks functionality. We hope that the system will be more feature-rich in the long run. Currently, there is no much you can do to customize a website and give it advanced performance.
Zyro works well for the development of portfolio websites, small business and promo sites, restaurant/cafe websites and simple one-page sites. As of today, the system does not have much to offer to bloggers and web store owners as it does not have any integrated blogging or eCommerce engines yet. Hopefully, the developers realize the importance of integrating these features and will add them to the feature list of the website builder during the next system upgrade.
Among the features Zyro can currently offer, it makes sense to highlight the following:
- Video Integration. The website builder makes it possible to upload and integrate a video file from the YouTube channel to further adjust its major settings. Jus provide the link to your Youtube video in the corresponding section to add it to your website for further customization. This will make your project more interaction and engaging for the target audience;
- Domain Name Options. Zyro offers two domain name connection options. If you already have a custom domain and wish to connect it to the website, you will have an opportunity to transfer it to your Zyro account is a few easy steps. In case you don’t have the one yet, the system will let you pick and integrate any domain name of your choice at reasonable cost. To replace a free subdomain you’ll get by default, when signing up for the website builder, you’ll be offered to purchase a domain in one of the available zones (.com, .online, etc.). The cost of domains starts with $0.99 and goes up to $8.99 per year.
- Google Maps Integration. The system allows integrating Google Maps into a website. This can be done with a few clicks only – just modify the Map Settings menu and provide the physical location of your business, which will further be pointed on the integrated map for better customer awareness.
- SEO and Marketing Features. This is one of the most impressive features of the website builder. It allows for automated filling out of the required tags for proper search engine optimization of a certain page. Additionally, the system offers simple social media integration options.
- Image Uploading. With Zyro, you can select and upload images to any section of your website. It’s possible both to pick images from the stock collection of the system and to upload those of your own.
- CTA Button Integration. If you wish to add a call-to-action button to your website, you’ll be able to do that without any problems. Just edit the button text and specify the link of the resource you wish to redirect users to.
|Number of Themes:||25|
|Free Themes||✔ YES|
|Sort by Industry:||✘ NO|
|Responsive Design||✔ YES|
|CSS Code Editing:||✘ NO|
Currently, Zyro template collection encompasses 25 templates only, but only one of them is available for preview and customization. Other themes are still under construction and are going to be available soon.
Zyro templates work well for the development of different types of projects, while their implication and niche focus is understandable from their names. Thus, you can find here a theme that will work great for portfolios, fashion stores, restaurants and cafe websites, landing pages, event and traveling websites, sports and wedding sites as well as other personal and business projects.
Whatever niche you focus on, you’ll certainly find a theme to come up to your needs here. All Zyro templates look fresh, clean and responsive by default. However, don’t expect high degree of customization from them, at least on the current development stage. When you start customizing the selected design, your options will be limited to basic settings only. These include image and video uploading, selection of backgrounds, fonts and color palette, text editing options, Google Maps integration and some other features. That’s it.
The set of design customization tools and options definitely leaves much to be desired. What’s more, Zyro doesn’t open up source codes and there is no way to make use of your CSS/HTML editing skills. Everything is too simple, if not even primitive here.
4. Customer Support
Zyro customer support is not the system’s highlight. Even though, premium plan users are provided with 24/7 customer support, email and live chat assistance, the system still cannot offer extensive knowledge base support. Likewise, there is no direct phone support, video and text tutorials and other popular support options. The FAQ section is pretty limited as well as there are only a few questions there by now.
When working on your website layout and design customization, you will be able to get access to the Feedback PopUp tab, where you’ll be asked to rate your web design experience. This is how the developers of the service will find out your satisfaction rate and the need to improve some of the website features or elements.
5. Pricing Policy
Zyro pricing policy is more than affordable. The system has a completely free plan that never expires and includes a set of basic features. Users, who wish to get access to advanced features, can choose to upgrade to the paid subscription. Its cost constitutes $2.99/mo ($35.88/year) if billed yearly or $3.99/mo ($47.88/year) if billed monthly.
The major premium plan features encompass custom domain connection, 100 GB bandwidth, Zyro ad removal, weekly backups, unlimited number of websites, SSL Certificate connection, custom favicon, increased storage space, 24/7 customer support. Both free and paid plans come with integrated free hosting, which ensures round-the-clock availability of websites launched with the website builder.
The website builder offers a 30-day risk-free trial and money-back guarantee for those users, who will decide to cancel the subscription during this time. However, it is possible to refuse from using the premium plan any time.
The platform accepts all major credit and debit cards. These include Visa, Mastercard, American Express, Discover. All the payments made within the system are safely protected by the 256-bit SSL Certificates that guarantee total confidentiality.
6. Pros and Cons
Just like any other website builder, Zyro has merits and demerits associated with its performance, design and other clue parameters. Prior to using the system, it definitely makes sense to find out more about them to know what to expect from the platform. That’s why, we’ve decided to compile the list of pros and cons the website builder has. Here they go.
| ✔ Easy-to-use and intuitive;|
✔ Responsive designs;
✔ Drag-and-drop editor;
✔ Video, image and Google Maps integrations;
✔ SSL Encryption.
| ✘ Limited template collection;|
✘ Poor design customization options;
✘ Lack of blogging and eCommerce engines;
✘ No live customer support for free plan users;
✘ No code editing access.
Zyro is quite a controversial website builder, which is currently available in its Beta version. This is, probably, the major fact that has to be considered, when reviewing the system on the current stage of its development.
The website builder itself is easy-to-use and it works well for the accomplishment of different tasks. The system has a pretty nice potential to become a competitive website builder, yet it still requires notable improvement, especially in terms of functionality and design. Currently, Zyro cannot boast extensive integration options or design customization features – its entire feature set goes down to the availability of the basic parameters only.
Absence of blogging and eCommerce engines is a notable demerit as well. The same is about the limited choice of templates and their quality. However, there is much room for improvement and it seems like the developers of the system are going to realize its full potential in the nearest future. Frankly, we enjoyed using Zyro and we hope its team will continue developing the system. At the moment, it’s suitable for testing and creating simple websites only.