Based on using/testing both Zyro and Shopify in 2021, I can say confidently that both of them can be great choices for building an online store. However, which one you should pick depends, in my opinion, on exactly what you are looking for from an online store builder. Keep reading to find out more.
Summary of our Zyro vs Shopify comparison
Good to know: If you are wondering if you should choose Zyro or Shopify for building a traditional website (and not an ecommerce store) you should always choose Zyro. That is because Zyro can be great for running “traditional” websites and Shopify, on the other hand, is not really suited for it.
Ease of use, Zyro vs Shopify
Zyro is certainly easier to use than Shopify. I am not saying that Shopify would be a particularly difficult to use ecommerce solution, but it can at least initially be a bit overwhelming. While on the other hand with Zyro, the odds are that even as an ecommerce beginner you can pretty much instantly figure out how to do things.
Zyro vs Shopify pricing
Zyro ecommerce and Shopify are quite similarly priced when paid for on a monthly basis. That is as the cheapest Zyro ecommerce plan costs normally $24.99/month and the cheapest regular Shopify plan costs normally $29/month.
However, Zyro gives considerably more lucrative discounts for those who opt for a long-term subscription: while with a Shopify discount the price of their cheapest normal plan can drop to $21.75/month, with a Zyro discount it can drop to just around $8/month. So if you want to keep your long-term costs down, it is a good idea to choose Zyro over Shopify.
Good to know: Shopify offers new customers a 14-day free trial, while Zyro offers a 30-day money-back guarantee, but no free trial.
All of Zyro’s themes are free and Shopify offers free themes in addition to their paid themes. And both of their themes also look modern. So both of the platforms do well in those areas. However, I would say that Shopify’s themes are on average a bit higher quality than Zyro’s. Additionally, Shopify also offers a wider selection of ecommerce templates.
Good to be aware of: It is at least at the time of writing this bit tricky to change the template of your Zyro store – it is possible but not nearly as easy as with Shopify.
Apps and settings
Shopify is by far the best ecommerce platform when it comes to apps: there are at the time of writing this over 5000 apps/plugins that you can connect with your Shopify store. Zyro on the other hand, works with a quite limited number of apps. At least for now. So Shopify is clearly the better choice for those who would love to use different apps to add features to their store.
When it comes to store settings, both Zyro and Shopify offer the most important ones, such as the ability to change the store currency and language. And thus, in my opinion, there is no big difference between Shopify and Zyro in terms of settings.
Zyro vs Shopify reliability and safety
I have never experienced any downtime with either Zyro or Shopify nor other issues with either service’s reliability. So, whichever company you pick, you should expect extremely reliable service. And the same goes for the platform’s safety: Shopify is listed on the New York Stock Exchange where it at the time of writing this has a market valuation of more than $130 billion and Zyro is owned by a web hosting company that has more than 29 million customers.
Shopify and Zyro both offer, for example, Stripe and PayPal integrations. Additionally, Shopify also has its own payment solution, although unfortunately it is only available for selected countries.
This is an area in which Zyro is by a wide margin better than Shopify: Zyro doesn’t charge any additional transaction fees on purchases made from your store, while Shopify can charge up to almost 3% of each transaction.
Zyro vs Shopify customer service
In my experience both of these two platforms offer extremely good customer service. And whichever platform you pick, I predict that you will be happy with its customer service.