Zoho Creator Pricing, Features, Reviews & Comparison of Alternatives

Zoho Creator

Low-code platform to build custom business apps

4.27/5 (118 reviews)

Zoho Creator overview

What is Zoho Creator?

Zoho Creator offers a first of its kind drag-n-drop interface to create tables/forms, design, schedule workflows and perform a variety of automated actions.

Zoho Creator's powerful tools for data collection and management, analysis, reporting and collaboration make it the smart choice for small to large organizations to run their business online, without any additional costs, infrastructure, or software.

Zoho Creator is used by more than 2 million users, and 3 million apps have been already created. Don't let complex looking workflows and business rules scare you.

Zoho Creator is completely non-programmer friendly. Use the intuitive and feature-rich platform to build your custom database applications. Just write your business rules and let the software handle deployment and hosting. You can create your own forms/tables afresh or import data from standard formats (.xls .csv .mdb) and get your database application online within minutes, really!
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Pricing

Starting from
$15/month
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Devices

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Markets

United States, Asia, Australia, Canada, China and 5 other markets, Europe, India, Latin America, Middle-East and Africa, United Kingdom

Supported languages

English, Chinese (Traditional), French, Japanese, Portuguese, Spanish
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Zoho Creator reviews

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Rose Taylor

An Incredible Builder of Mobile Applications

Used daily for 2+ years
Reviewed 2019-01-14
Review Source: Capterra

Zoho Creator has always been one of my top softwares because of its incredible capabilities and ease of use when making simple mobile applications.

Pros
With Zoho Creator, I do not need to have the best programming skills to build a mobile app. The process is not difficult at all. Zoho Creator is a great online platform that makes it easy to build simple but excellently-looking mobile applications. I like the ease of use of Zoho Creator.

Cons
Zoho Creator continues to be my favorite builder of mobile applications. The only con I have about it is the slow support team.

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Likelihood to recommend: 10/10

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Michael Wilson

Extremely Versatile - Perhaps Too Versatile.

Used daily for 2+ years
Reviewed 2019-11-25
Review Source: Capterra

All in all, I would rate my experience as a 9 out of 10. Building basis databases and creating reports is very straightforward and by and large you can do a lot of things with their drag-and-drop interface quite easily. I do admit to not being very impressed with their support, and occasionally we've had issues with server uptime, but their pricing is fair and the tool is powerful. In spite of the shortcomings I have expressed, I still wouldn't hesitate to deploy Zoho again in another enterprise. It continues to drive our daily production schedule with hundreds of projects simultaneously in motion.

Pros
I ran a web development firm for nearly 20 years prior to moving into a different industry, so I knew the power of databases and the importance of them in day to day processes. Moving in to a startup with zero infrastructure, one of my first tasks was to get a production database going. We struggled along for awhile passing Excel spreadsheets back and forth for a few months and quickly outgrew that. I did not want to create a web app from scratch with mySQL. We didn't have the developers, time, or budget to do that. So, I started looking around for a tool that would let me do what I needed to do. Zoho Creator was a perfect match. To be honest, there's not much you can't do with this tool. It will probably handle 90% of what most mid-sized businesses need. It's totally customizable, and their Deluge programming language lets you do special things that most basic web-based drag-and-drop solutions wouldn't be able to handle. To be honest, Zoho is almost too powerful. It fits our needs and we've barely scratched the surface of its abilities.

Cons
The documentation for Zoho Creator is fair, but if you can't get your questions answered through their knowledge base, finding an expert isn't easy. Their support email is not too helpful. And while they do have a database of experienced Deluge developers that you can call on, it seems a little cumbersome to have to bring in a third party. Also, there are a couple of different versions of Zoho Creator currently in deployment. So, depending on which version your account is on, the documentation might differ - the features certainly do differ. It's a very very powerful product, but because it is a closed-source, proprietary solution, you're somewhat at the mercy of Zoho to get answers to your programming questions.

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Likelihood to recommend: 9/10

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Phill Dromgool

Security flaw within Zoho Creator

Used daily for 2+ years
Reviewed 2017-09-09
Review Source: GetApp

Pros
I've been using this app for a couple of years and a lot of my business is based around it. I would usually rave about how good it is

Cons
I have a data security issue with the app. The product claims that your user data is protected, but there is a flaw with the way the dropdown menu data is shared. Lets say you enter some data in one sheet, and want to use this data in another sheet via a dropdown menu. Not only is your data shown, but so is everyone else. This cannot be fixed by profiles / roles / filters etc. I am on the unlimited users plan and this is a serious flaw in the system for me. I have been unable to further develop my app for a month or so and take it to the next level for my business. I have communicated this with Zoho and they have acknowledged the issue and told me a developer can fix the problem. I have paid one of their certified developers to fix this for me - but he just took my money and hasn't been in touch for a month or so. I have made a formal complaint to Zoho about him, but he is still listed on their website as a certified and recommended developer. I have asked numerous times for help and have got no where. I am now just being passed from one unknown support person to the next. I am absolutely fed up. It seems that this issue could be solved in an hour or so, but I have now probably spent over 12 hours of my own time on it and still don't have a solution.

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Likelihood to recommend: 0/10

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Anonymous

Make it as simple or complex as you want

Used weekly for 2+ years
Reviewed 2020-02-07
Review Source: Capterra

I'm tracking my students, clients, payments, expenses, extra fees...all sorts of tables that can link up and form a simple database. Makes taxes at end of year and keeping up with clients balances a breeze.

Pros
I love that they have a free mobile app. Great for when I'm out an about away from my computer. Customer service is outstanding. It covers all my needs but I know it could get as complex as a wanted in the future (with all the css, extra add ons, and functions to call out).

Cons
It can be a little daunting at first if you haven't built anything before (too many options can be intimidating).

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Likelihood to recommend: 10/10

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Natalie Wilks

Just what we needed!!

Used weekly for less than 6 months
Reviewed 2020-03-27
Review Source: Capterra

A cost-effective way of designing your own CRM, great for non-profits who need to store specific information relating to their service users.

Pros
We had been looking for a CRM to meet out needs for a long time, trial and many errors left us frustrated and with limited funds, we didn't have the money to have one designed for us. We then met Zoho Creator...WOW! we were able to make our own customised CRM that is exactly how we want it, using forms and subforums. Affordable subscription, ability to make any changes to the layout and always the option to upgrade or add moe users.

Cons
It took us a while to get to grips with the layouts and moving around fields but once we checked the tutorials we were well away.

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Likelihood to recommend: 7/10

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Zoho Creator pricing

Starting from
$15/month
Pricing options
Free
Free trial
Subscription
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Flexible Users Plan : (Suitable for Small & Medium Enterprises)
Forever free plan (No Credit Card Required) - 1 App / 1 User / 1000 Records / 250MB per user Storage
Basic = $15 /user/month - 3 Apps / 25000 Records
Premium = $30 /user/month - 50 Apps / Unlimited records
Ultimate Plan = $35 /user/month billed annually - Unlimited Apps / Unlimited Records
(Available only in yearly plan)

Zoho Creator features

API
Access Control
Activity Tracking
Automatic Notifications
Collaboration Tools
Data Import/Export
Drag & Drop Interface
Monitoring
Real Time Data
Third Party Integration
Workflow Management

Activity Dashboard (187 other apps)
Alerts / Escalation (100 other apps)
Auditing (102 other apps)
Compliance Management (102 other apps)
Data Visualization (95 other apps)
Permission Management (89 other apps)
Real Time Monitoring (115 other apps)
Reporting & Statistics (137 other apps)
User Management (88 other apps)

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Additional information for Zoho Creator

Key features of Zoho Creator

  • 24*7 technical support
  • API
  • Applications Management
  • Automated workflow
  • Chat
  • Collaboration
  • Collaborative Review
  • Custom Development
  • Custom Forms
  • Customer portal
  • Data Import
  • Data Import/Export
  • Data analysis and reporting
  • Document Storage
  • Easy drag and drop interface
  • Email notification and schedules
  • Enterprise Applications
  • Expense Claims
  • Hire an expert
  • Indexing
  • Marketplace & developer community
  • No programming expertise
  • Order Approval
  • Purchase Orders
  • Real Time Reporting
  • Record summary
  • Single Sign On
  • User Access Controls
  • Users & profiles
  • Web Forms
  • Web mobile and native mobile access
  • Webform
  • Workflow Management
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Benefits

Zero Infrastructure

When you use Zoho Creator you don't have to worry about anything technical - you can just create your databases and put them into production right away. We take care of all the security, uptime, backups and upgrades. You can stay focused on what you're good at and we'll handle the rest.

Mobile Apps for iOS, Android

Any app created on Zoho Creator is readily available as a mobile app with no mobile-specific development. Your team members and clients can also download the Zoho Creator mobile app and can access real-time data all the time. Zoho Creator helps you to stay connected to your data all the time.

Time to Market

Zoho Creator provides a flexible and easy-to-use platform to build databases over the web that significantly reduces the development time. Zoho Creator helps you achieve your time to market by offering intuitive drag-and-drop interface to build forms/tables without coding. You can create your database either by importing data from your spreadsheet or from your MS Access database (.mdb) file.

No Database Complexities

Zoho Creator platform takes away all the database complexities with creating tables, modifying the structure of the tables and maintenance headaches like - Storage, Availability and Security. Zoho Creator offers admin(who creates) flexibility to modify table attributes and transform both data and table structure, while allowing users(who access) full access to the database. All the changes and modification are made instantly without any delay or patch.

Flexible and Agile Development Process

Zoho Creator offers intuitive drag-and-drop interface to create tables/Forms and add business rules. You can build custom databases without coding. Zoho Creator's flexible and scalable approach enables admin to modify the structure of the database and the data while allowing users full access to the database. You can create custom databases in quick time that scales with your businesses.

Workflow and Business Rules over the web

Zoho Creator is incorporated with Deluge Script, a easy-to-use scripting language that lets users to design business workflows and perform a variety of automated actions based on the criteria specified. No programming skills required, just drag-and-drop actions, triggers. Deluge Script makes it easy to create powerful database apps quickly.

Secure Database Hosting

Zoho Creator platform provides highly available, scalable and secure hosting infrastructure. All Zoho Creator applications and the informations within the application are remotely stored and hosted on Zoho web servers, which are monitored 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. We employ industry-standard practices like SSL encryption, around-the-clock security of our data center, back-up and recovery systems. Refer the Zoho FAQ section for more info

Active Developer Community

Zoho Creator has built a strong community of independent developers and ISV's who can help you in your database development process. Zoho Creator Forum is the place to share knowledge, ideas with each other and also to post questions, issues and get help from the experts. Zoho Creator team (the guys behind the platform) also pitch-in to provide solution and help you to solver your problem.