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Zoho Creator Review

Simone Johnson
Simone Johnson

Zoho Creator is our choice for best low-cost app maker because its starting price is just $10 per month, yet it gives users everything they need to create a mobile app for their businesses. It's also easy to use, with a drag-and-drop interface that allows you to click, move, and add features and content to your app easily.  

Zoho Creator

Zoho Creator

The Best App Maker and Development Solutions of 2020

The Verdict

Zoho Creator, our choice for the best low-cost app maker, offers options for app developers of all skill levels, whether you want a ready-made business app or prefer to build your own from the ground up.

 

Pricing

Zoho Creator is ideal for startups and budding businesses because it's much less expensive than many of the other programs we looked into. Many app makers have starting prices between $100 and $300 a month – which isn't always feasible for new business owners. Zoho Creator offers three subscription tiers and has a 15-day free trial that you can use to see if it's the right app maker for your business.

  • Basic: $10 a month per user, billed annually. You can create up to three apps on this plan, choosing from more than 50 ready-to-use apps that you can customize. It supports third-party integrations, collaboration and sharing tools, and up to 25,000 customer records.

  • Premium: $20 a month per user, billed annually. You can create up to 50 apps with this plan. In addition to everything in the Basic plan, it offers unlimited record storage, a customer portal, a developer sandbox, a backup of your apps, payment gateway integrations and multi-language support.

  • Ultimate: $35 a month per user (10-user minimum), billed annually. There's no limit on the number of apps you can create with this plan. It includes everything in the Premium plan, supports 1,000 customer portal users, allows you to download and publish rebranded apps on iOS or Android, and has active directory integration and user provisioning.

  • Plus: $40 a month per user (10-user minimum), billed annually. This plan is for businesses that want Zoho Flow (an integration platform to automate all your workflows) and Zoho Analytics in addition to Zoho Creator.

Features

Zoho Creator gives you autonomy over your applications and provides the services you need to monetize and organize your content. From white-label apps for clients and vendors to internal apps that streamline workflows, you can build and deploy your own tech tools with ease using Zoho Creator.

Apps built with Zoho Creator allow you to send and receive emails, SMS and push notifications; accept payments from clients; analyze reports; collect information like barcodes and location coordinates; and manage workflows. At higher subscription levels, you can create multiple apps and share data between them, customize them with your company logo, and even connect them with third-party services like PayPal, Salesforce and QuickBooks.

The smooth implementation process is an additional benefit of using Zoho Creator. You can easily import data from Excel or Google Sheets, and if your business currently uses legacy systems, Zoho's team can help you migrate your data.

Zoho Creator offers everything a small business would need to build an app at an affordable price. However, it does not allow you to embed your entire application on your website or blog; you can only embed individual forms and views.

Ease of Use

Zoho Creator is ideal for entrepreneurs without previous coding expertise or extensive IT support. The variety of app skins and intuitive drag-and-drop and point-and-click building tools are approachable enough for even the least tech-savvy users. Not only is Zoho Creator inexpensive, it also makes it a breeze for you to create a unique and quality application.

While this won't affect users who just want to create simple, code-free apps, Zoho Creator uses a proprietary language called Deluge on the developer side. The language is generally intuitive for developers to learn, but it is an extra step in the dev process.

Customer Support

When you need help with Zoho Creator, you can speak with a representative over the phone, email or live chat. Zoho also offers support for users through a team of Zoho Creator experts who can work with you to meet all your app needs and answer all your questions.

In our testing process, we spoke with a Zoho Creator representative over the phone. We found them to be extremely helpful. They were polite and answered all our questions about Zoho Creator's features in detail.

Zoho Creator

Zoho Creator

The Best App Maker and Development Solutions of 2020

The Verdict

Zoho Creator, our choice for the best low-cost app maker, offers options for app developers of all skill levels, whether you want a ready-made business app or prefer to build your own from the ground up.

Simone Johnson
Simone Johnson,
business.com Writer
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Simone R. Johnson was born and raised in New York City. She graduated from the University of Rochester in 2017 with a dual degree in English language media and communications and film media production. She has been a reporter for several New York publications prior to joining Business News Daily and business.com as a full-time staff writer. When she isn't writing, she enjoys community enrichment projects that serve disadvantaged groups and rereading her favorite novels.