Zyro is a website builder that has recently been becoming more serious about ecommerce. And in this review we look at how good a choice Zyro might be for launching an ecommerce business. Note: If you happen to have stumbled on this page while looking for information on using Zyro for building and running a “traditional” website, I recommend instead taking a look at this Zyro website builder review.
- Pros of Zyro ecommerce builder
- Cons of Zyro ecommerce builder
- 5 special features of Zyro’s ecommerce builder that you might appreciate
- Zyro ecommerce vs some other popular online store builders
- Conclusion of comparisons: should you use Zyro for ecommerce?
- Features of Zyro’s ecommerce plans
- Questions and answers
Pros of Zyro ecommerce builder
The biggest thing that Zyro has going for it in terms of its ecommerce offering is its pricing: it is for long subscriptions a very inexpensive ecommerce builder. That as at least at the time of writing this you can get Zyro for as cheap as $8.09/month when choosing a 4-year subscription.
The second pro of Zyro is that their ecommerce themes can be quite good for certain types of stores: the Zyro themes look really fitting for stores that are selling a smallish selection of high-quality products. So, for example, fashion items. Additionally, Zyro’s templates also seem to function well on different devices – unfortunately this is not even these days the case for all ecommerce solutions.
The third pro of Zyro is that the company behind it should be very reliable. That is as Zyro is owned by Hostinger, which is a major web hosting company and based on my personal experiences also safe and secure.
The fourth thing I really like about Zyro is their customer service: I had some trouble with finding a feature that Zyro recently added to their platform and through Zyro’s live chat support I got helpful and friendly customer service within a couple of minutes.
And finally, the fifth big positive thing about Zyro is that their store builder is extremely easy to use: it is quite likely that even if you have absolutely no experience with building websites, you can build a nice online store with Zyro very quickly. Go to Zyro.
Cons of Zyro ecommerce builder
Zyro’s cons relate mainly to the fact that at the end of the day it is a website builder and not a dedicated ecommerce platform. That in contrast to, for example, Shopify and BigCommerce. That difference means in practice that Zyro is not able to focus as much on their ecommerce solution as some other companies can.
Secondly, the current templates of Zyro do not seem particularly good for running an ecommerce store with a wide selection of products.
Thirdly, Zyro does not allow you to do as much customization as some other ecommerce platforms do. Although to be fair, it does seem to be improving in this regard as it, for example, recently added a feature that allows you to embed HTML code to your site.
And the fourth con of Zyro is that there is no free trial. That is a bit annoying and even weird as all the other ecommerce builders seem to offer a free trial of some sort. However, it is good to note that Zyro does offer a 30-day money-back guarantee.
5 special features of Zyro’s ecommerce builder that you might appreciate
- Ability to easily create discount codes
- Easy to change store currency
- Customer / visitor reports
- Easy to change store’s language
- Easy to switch between mobile and desktop view – very useful for previewing design changes
Zyro ecommerce vs some other popular online store builders
Zyro vs WooCommerce
If you are mainly interested in Zyro because it is a cheap way to do ecommerce, then WooCommerce could be a good alternative to it. That is as you can use WooCommerce for less than $5/month (funnily enough maybe the best cheap way to use WooCommerce is through Hostinger, which owns Zyro).
While WooCommerce can indeed be even cheaper than Zyro, it is good to note that a lot of people find that they need to buy additional plugins to be able to properly use WooCommerce. The second possible drawback of choosing WooCommerce over Zyro is that, WooCommerce can be considerably more difficult to use. That is likely to be the case especially if you have never used WordPress, for which WooCommerce is a plugin.
On the other hand, WooCommerce is for advanced users more flexible than Zyro. So, if you are looking for a cheap way to build a good online store WooCommerce can be a good option. See Hostinger’s WooCommerce hosting offers.
Zyro or Shopify
All things considered, Shopify is in my opinion the best ecommerce platform for 2021. That is mainly because Shopify is a great combination of advanced features and of still being quite easy to use.
Additionally, Shopify is quite reasonably priced as its cheapest regular plan cost less than $30/month. However, it is good to notice that Shopify does indeed cost more than Zyro and is also more difficult to use than Zyro, so if cost and easiness are particularly important factors for you when choosing an ecommerce platform, Zyro is likely a better choice than Shopify.
While Zyro is in terms of its pricing cheaper than Shopify, it is good to know that, unlike Zyro, Shopify offers new users a free trial. Try Shopify for free.
Looking for a longer Shopify or Zyro comparison? See our Zyro vs Shopify -page.
Zyro vs Wix
These two platforms are very similar to each other, but Zyro is a bit easier to use and at least usually also a bit cheaper. Thus it is, in my opinion, easy to conclude that Zyro is in 2021 better choice than Wix for building an online store.
Zyro vs BigCommerce
BigCommerce is a more advanced ecommerce platform than Zyro is. That is obviously a plus. However, then on the negative side BigCommerce is also more difficult to use than Zyro and using it also costs more.
As such BigCommerce can be a good Zyro alternative for those who have big ambitions and a good budget for launching an ecommerce business, but others making a choice between these two platforms would likely be wise to choose Zyro.
Conclusion of comparisons: should you use Zyro for ecommerce?
I would say that Zyro can be a great choice for ecommerce if, for example, you are looking for a particularly cheap online store builder. Additionally, thanks to how easy Zyro is to use, it can be a great ecommerce platform if you don’t want to invest lot of time on creating your store. And thanks to how cheap and easy Zyro is, it is actually our number one recommended platform for ecommerce beginners.
While Zyro can be a good choice for many ecommerce store owners, it is likely not an ideal choice for those who are looking to build a huge ecommerce business. And indeed founders who have big aspirations might be better off choosing, for example, BigCommerce or Shopify as their ecommerce platform. Open Zyro account.
Zyro’s pricing for its ecommerce plans
Zyro has two different e-commerce plans: one that is called simply “Ecommerce” and one that is called “Ecommerce Plus”. And whichever you pick, you can choose to be billed monthly, yearly, every 2 years or every 4 years. The current per month discounted prices for all 8 of the possible Zyro’s ecommerce plan combinations are shown below.
Zyro pricing table
Comments: The differences in monthly costs are quite significant between choosing a 1 month or 1 year subscription, and as such it seems like a solid idea to pick at least a 1 year subscription if Zyro seems like a good fit for your ecommerce needs. On the other hand, the per-month price differences between 4 and 2 year subscriptions are quite small, and as such choosing a 4 year subscription might not be ideal. Thus, I would strongly consider choosing an annual or biannual Zyro subscription.
Good to note: The listed prices do not include VAT as that can differ based on the buyer’s country.
Zyro discount code
While Zyro is cheap even without any type of a discount code, at least at the time of writing this it is possible to get (additional) discounts on the 1, 2 and 4 year “Ecommerce” and “Ecommerce Plus” subscriptions by using the coupon code SAVENOW. With that promo code the per month price can drop to just $8.09/month. Go to Zyro and use the code.
For more information about the Zyro discounts, see our page: Zyro promo code.
Features of Zyro’s ecommerce plans
Both of Zyro’s ecommerce plans include, for example, hosting, the ability to accept online payments and gift cards. So in other words the things that are really important for running an online store.
However, there are also some differences between the plans, and the two that I would pay a lot of attention to are that the “ecommerce plus” -plan includes on top of the “ecommerce”-plan’s features product filters and abandoned cart recovery. The first of those can be very important for customer experience and the second one can be useful for generating a good amount of extra sales.
Additionally, it is good to note that Zyro’s cheaper ecommerce plan allows you to list at most 100 products to your store, while the more expensive plan allows you to list an unlimited number of products. But obviously, this might not be a big issue for most Zyro users as Zyro is really ideal for selling a small selection of products.
Which Zyro ecommerce plan should you choose: As the difference in price is quite small between the plans, I would strongly consider the “ecommerce plus” -plan if you are serious about ecommerce. Pick your Zyro plan.
Questions and answers
Which payment gateways can I use for my Zyro store? There are over 50 payment processors that should work with Zyro. However, for most users, the best choices will likely be PayPal and/or Stripe.
Is it possible to connect a domain name located elsewhere to a Zyro store? While Zyro makes it possible to register new domains through their site, you might already have a domain name that is located on some other service provider and which you would like to connect to your Zyro store. As such, it is nice to know that Zyro has simple instructions on its site that should be helpful for connecting an existing domain name to your Zyro store.
Can you do dropshipping with Zyro? Zyro makes it possible to use Printful with it for dropshipping. You can find Printful from Zyro’s admin panel by following this path: Store manager -> Apps -> App market -> Dropshipping -> Printful. In order to successfully connect Printful with Zyro, you need to open a Printful account. Printful itself is free.
While Printful can be a reasonably good choice for dropshipping, it is not the world’s most advanced dropshipping app and as such it is unfortunate that it seems that it is not currently possible to use Zyro with any other dropshipping apps.
So, if you want to use, for example, Oberlo for dropshipping, you will need to choose some other ecommerce platform than Zyro. You can find platforms recommended for dropshipping from this page.