Zoho Full Review: Personalize your Website
Zoho Sites is a web service provided by Zoho Corporations. It is one of those website builders that is user-friendly, straightforward and doesn’t give you a headache. What differentiates it from other website builders is how easy it is to personalize your website as it offers all the right features for your business to expand and grow.
Creating a website for your business is a lot to handle. There would be a lot on your plate during that time, running your business, thinking of the design, managing the team, and learning how to code to create a website. Luckily, we’re in the 21st century! We can create a website within minutes. All you need to do is choose a website builder that suits you and start. Zoho Sites is one of those website builders that is user-friendly, straightforward, and doesn’t give you a headache.
Zoho Sites is one of the web services provided by Zoho Corporations. What differentiates it from other website builders is how easy it is to personalize your website as it offers all the right features for your business to expand and grow.
Who is it for?
Whether you’re a beginner or advanced user, a blogger, or a business owner, you can create a Zoho website and benefit from its top-notch features. It’s also recommended for creative people to showcase their work.
The good news is you can start using Zoho for free for the first 15 days. Then you should upgrade to one of the following plans:
|Storage||500 MB||100 GB|
|Max. File Size||10 MB||100 MB|
|Comments Section||Not Available||Available|
|Scheduled Blog Posts||Not Available||Available|
|Password Protection||Not Available||Available|
|Price/Month (Billed Annually)||$4||$15|
If you signed up for the annual plan and you’re not satisfied with anything, you have 45 days to get a full refund back.
As seen in the table above, the Starter plan offers limited features compared to the Pro plan. Other than what’s available in the table, it has element animation, message bar, mobile optimization, automatic sitemap, and more. The Pro plan offers everything in the Starter plan plus access restriction, 301 Redirect, Audio Player, and many more advanced features. So, you can choose the plan depending on the features you need.
Ease of Use
Zoho Sites is another easy-to-use website builder with a drag-and-drop web editor to make building a website as smooth as possible. Let’s start from the beginning; you choose a template to customize your site the way you like. Elements, Forms, Apps, and everything else are available in the editor and can be easily customized to suit your business’s objectives. If you’re an advanced user, you can control your website’s HTML and CSS snippets.
When it’s ready to go live, you can click on Publish, choose a domain, and Zoho will take care of the backend (hosting, SSL, etc.)
To be honest, there are easier to use website builders like Wix & Squarespace.
Care to know more? Click here to read our full Wix review.
Templates & Design
What kind of website are you creating? Is it to showcase your photographs? Is it for your business? Well, don’t worry, whatever it is, Zoho has a theme for everything. Some of the templates can be outdated, and others are modern and suitable. Unlike other web builders, you can change the theme on Zoho without losing your content.
That’s not all! Your website is responsive to different devices, so you don’t have to worry about editing or creating a mobile or tablet responsive device. And like I previously mentioned, there are plenty of customization options, and if you’re an advanced user, you have access to HTML and CSS to edit the website any way they like. Not only the font and colors like other website builders but also adding a logo and a favicon.
Customer support is vital to consider when building a website, especially if you’re a beginner. Simply because if there’s something you don’t understand, there should be someone or something you can refer to help you instantly. That’s the good news about Zoho; you can contact them on the phone for immediate help or via email, where they’re available 24 hours, five days a week.
If not, you can refer to the FAQs section, blog, community forum, or even video tutorial to guide you on what to do in case of any problem.
Let’s see other than the SSL hosting, storage, and bandwidth. What can Zoho possibly offer us? Let’s take a look:
Customize your website:
- HTML & CSS: For advanced users to edit and design templates freely
- Custom class names: To ensure styles of only one particular element is modified.
- Responsive templates: Templates are responsive to different devices.
- Auto-Save: Saves everything, and you can restore anything from your site.
- Message bar: To display announcements or essential information
- Custom domain name: Get your own domain name with your website.
- Logo & Favicon
Add anything to your website:
- Audio: You can upload music and audio files to your site
- Video: You can upload videos from YouTube or Vimeo to your site
- Code Snippet: To insert widgets and text from the source provider to your site.
- Photosets: Upload photos to your website
- LightBox: Add lightboxes to images or other elements on your website.
- Animation: Slide, bounce, fade your content.
Other than that, you can create a website from scratch or choose a template and customize it depending on your coding knowledge. Even if you’re making a blog, you can benefit from the intuitive blogging tools like comments section, social media buttons, and even scheduling posts if you’re using the Pro plan. You can even import your blog from other sites like WordPress, which is a great option.
Another feature mentioned above in the Pro plan is the Password protection membership, which isn’t available on any site builder. This way, you can limit access to individual visitors, making some pages only available for paying visitors.
Lastly, you can benefit from social media integration, SEO, and e-commerce tools. However, e-commerce is very limited and cannot compare to other website builders like Shopify.
All in all, Zoho is a great website builder for anyone. Whether you’re a small business or a blogger, a beginner or advanced user, Zoho will cover everything you need. With its variety of features, we highly recommend Zoho’s Pro plan to benefit from advanced features that will help you create the website of your dreams. The upside is if you face any problem, you can just contact customer support, and they’re always ready to help.