Do you want to skip the read and get right to my pick in this Zyro vs WordPress comparison? The better website builder for most people is WordPress.
Introduction: Should you consider Zyro or WordPress as your next blogging and site building platform?
Everyone has an opinion, and this is why blogging – essentially journaling online – has gained such a following over the past two decades. WordPress has long been the gold standard and go-to for many bloggers who eventually shift to full-blown site creation. While it remains a favourite, there have been numerous contenders to its position and Zyro is one of the most prominent.
In this review, we see how these two platforms stack up in terms of functionality, practicality, and pricing.
Pros and Cons of Zyro vs WordPress:
If you want to dig deeper into the strengths and weaknesses of Zyro or WordPress, you can read the following:
To get things started, a quick overview of our two contenders – Zyro WordPress:
Part of the Hostinger Group, Lithuanian site builder Zyro is a relatively new player in the market, having just opened shop in 2019. Most recently, the platform gained some notoriety for one of its tools – AI Writer – which has been used to compose song lyrics and poetry.
For nearly 20 years now, this CMS-driven platform has given a leg up to numerous people from a diverse array of industries. As of mid-2021, its managed hosting site builder WordPress.com has been used to create nearly 45 million blogs, personal and professional sites, and online stores across the globe.
Ease of Use:
We’ve got to hand it to Zyro. For a newcomer, it tends to leave older blogging platforms in the dust with a user interface (UI) that is so simple that anyone – even those without the faintest smidgen of idea as to what coding looks like – can use it upon sign up. No walkthrough, no tutorials – no problem.
In our book, WordPress is easy enough to use, despite several updates. However, if you're completely new to the site building experience, you should expect a learning curve. Many beginners may need to consult tutorials or walkthroughs before getting started.
Winner – Zyro! This stage of the Zyro vs WordPress debate goes to Zyro as you can use it from the get-go.
Features and Flexibility:
Zyro’s drag-and-drop builder comes bundled with several tools. This makes getting a blog started so much easier. As it has a number of tools for aesthetic and functional customisation, users have almost complete control when it comes to design and development.
Unlike Zyro WordPress has always bucked the intuitive site builder trend by sticking to its CMS, eschewing a drag-and-drop UI for editing-by-the-block. Plugins for aesthetic and functional enhancement are available, but only for premium subscribers.
Themes and Templates:
Currently, the platform offers over 125 templates in a diverse range of categories, and offers themes for ecommerce hubs, creative portfolios, and photo galleries.
Unlike its open-source counterpart WordPress.org, WordPress.com offers just over 200 free themes. An additional selection of premium templates is offered for sale for those on premium subscriptions. Templates are organised within eight categories and 29 sub-categories; if you’re in no mood to rifle through the lot, narrow your search down through keywords in the search bar.
How does Zyro or WordPress enable you to personalise your site?
Zyro does have a roster of customisation tools to help users create a site to their aesthetic, but keep in mind that it is limited by being grid-based: any element you drag into the working area snaps onto the grid.
One of WordPress’ key selling points has always been its Theme Customizer feature which allows users to swap out themes, colour schemes, and working elements in their site layouts. The feature also allows users to preview their sites before going live, enabling them to make necessary revisions.
3rd Party Integrations:
Which allows you to interface with apps better – Zyro or WordPress?
Zyro’s Integrations page offers a wealth of tools that can make site creation and management easier, less stressful, and more rewarding for site owners and creators.
Like Zyro WordPress offers a number of third-party apps and plugins with the platform, but the most notable integrations are with Google, specifically for analytics and productivity (Google Analytics and GSuite.)
What about hosting – how does Zyro or WordPress perform in this area?
Those who want a site hosted on a very secure server will be pleased to know that Zyro sites are all hosted on a cloud server, ensuring 99.99% uptime, virtually no lag. Each one also has its own SSL certificate, ample storage space, and unlimited bandwidth – that’s if you’re on a premium subscription.
Compared to Zyro WordPress’ managed hosting (for those on its *.com platform) relies on a content delivery network (CDN.) Here, sites are hosted on numerous servers in different locations to ensure business continuity. However, this does not guarantee that loading time won’t slow down if your neighbours get an uptick in traffic.
A backup-and-restore function is already built into Zyro’s UI. As a result, it makes it much easier to save important site information and bring your site back up online in the event of a crash.
An automated backup system is bundled into WordPress’ managed hosting package, so users need not worry about how to backup their data on a regular basis.
Zyro has a built-in migration tool called Website Importer that sounds almost too good to be true. It's because all you have to do is input your current site’s URL into the entry bar and the system transfers the content to your Zyro account. However, you’ll have to do some manual editing before going live.
WordPress.com’s migration feature is only available for those on either the Business or Ecommerce subscription plans. Regardless of which one you’re on, this will also require the installation of the Jetpack plugin.
Winner – WordPress! in this Zyro vs WordPress ‘Features and Flexibility' comparison.
SEO and Mobility:
How does either Zyro or WordPress help you win the search engine results race?
Clueless about SEO? No problem. Indeed, Zyro’s AI-driven interface already takes the guesswork out, generating the relevant – and effective – metadata to make your site searchable.
WordPress’ powerful SEO toolkit is only available for those on premium subscriptions. It’s certainly a pity as using these go a long way towards ensuring high search engine rankings for your site. Still, WordPress ranks among the best site builders for SEO.
Zyro may not have its own app, but its interface for mobile browsers offers much of the same functionality as on a desktop, making it easy to create, deploy, and monitor a totally mobile-optimised website.
WordPress is available for both Android and Apple devices, but note that its functionality is limited. The mobile edition is mostly for blogging and podcasting. If you’re going to use it for site or store management, it’s not so handy.
Zyro sites load within an acceptable 1.90 seconds.
WordPress blogs are still slow compared to sites built on other platforms, and these usually clock in at 3.22 seconds.
Winner – WordPress! in this Zyro vs WordPress ‘SEO and Mobility' comparison round.
Even at its most basic, Zyro is an ecommerce-ready building platform: all you really need to do is select an online store template, or click the shopping cart icon in the builder UI. Afterwards, all you have to do is add your products, set up a payment gateway and delivery channel, and you’re all set.
No, ecommerce functionality is not built into WordPress per se. However, those in the Business and eCommerce subscription tiers can add ecommerce functionality to their sites by downloading the WooCommerce plugin which adds basic ecommerce tools to the builder’s UI.
Winner – Draw! in this Zyro vs WordPress eCommerce round.
Support and Resources:
Which between Zyro WordPress helps you build a better online store?
We’ve particularly noticed how friendly and personable Zyro’s customer care team is even on live chat. Likewise, Zyro’s online resources page is chock-full of technical and aesthetic advice for site creators and ecommerce managers.
The platform promises personalised technical assistance for its users. Also, its round-the-clock live chat support team delivers for the most part. WordPress’ customer service system is supplemented with its well-researched and maintained knowledge archive which offers everything from onboarding tutorials to how-to guides for various aspects of the platform.
Winner – Zyro! in this Zyro vs WordPress ‘Support and Resources' comparison round.
Unfortunately, Zyro isn’t one of those platforms that give you free-forever accounts: this platform doesn’t even offer a try-before-you-buy deal. But we have to admit that the price range ($1.30 – 19.99 monthly) is pretty sweet. They also have a 30-day money back guarantee if you’re not happy with the service.
Standard subscription plans range from $4.00 for the personal plan to $45.00 for the ecommerce plan, though you can use WordPress.com for free. Note that features such as the SEO toolkit and the WooCommerce plugin are only available for those in the Business and Ecommerce subscription tiers.
Winner – Draw! It’s a close call, so we’re calling this Zyro vs WordPress ‘Pricing' match a tie.
Comparison Winner: Zyro or WordPress?
The Zyro vs WordPress battle is one that’s hard to call. On one hand, WordPress – being the leader in the blogging scene – still offers a lot of bang for your buck in terms to site building capabilities.
Taking that into consideration, we plump for WordPress as Comparison Winner in this Zyro WordPress derby.
Conclusion and Recommendations:
To wrap up this Zyro WordPress battle of the site builders;
What is Zyro best for?
Zyro is great as an all-rounder, but we are recommending it as a great basic builder for creative blogging and e-commerce.
What is WordPress best for?
WordPress is still a working classic, but it’s one we would now recommend to those with more advanced knowledge of CMS and whose focus is more for creative endeavours.
If you want a builder that grows along with you as your business or corporate persona grows, we would recommend Squarespace. Not only does it offer extensive options for ecommerce, but it also has its own pretty solid blogging platform.
We may have given WordPress the win in this Zyro WordPress comparative review, but we recommend you take a good look at the available options for blogging and site building and make your own comparisons for a platform that suits your needs.
Does Zyro offer a free trial?
No, when the platform updated to its current release, it did away with both its free edition and its free trial.
Is WordPress.com different from WordPress.org?
Yes. WordPress.com, which we reviewed in this article, offers managed hosting for its users and you can work on it from your browser. WordPress.org, on the other hand, is an open-source site building platform you need to install onto your desktop and it requires a separate hosting platform.
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