Zoho Creator Pricing Plan & Cost Guide

Zoho Creator

Low-code platform to build custom business apps

4.3/5 (125 reviews)

Zoho Creator Pricing

Starting from: $25.00/month

Pricing model: Free, Subscription

Free Trial: Available (No Credit Card required)

Flexible Users Plan :

Professional - $25/user/month billed annually
Ultimate - $400/month billed annually, Unlimited apps and 10 users included
($25/additional user/month)

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Zoho Creator Pricing Reviews

Pros

  • If you are using other elements of the Zoho suite there are good integrations and Creator would be great for adding functionality for the likes of first-line workers in the organisation.Colin M.Read the full review
  • For the people who are planning to develop software is really useful it helps you get everything organized and reminder about the deadlines which ensured productivity and help you to get more revenue.Luis Hernando J.Read the full review
  • Easy to use and great value for money for a small business. The companion iPhone app is also excellent and you can easily enter data from the app.Verified ReviewerRead the full review

Cons

  • For most users that have no coding background it this can provide limits as DELGUGE can be difficult to learn.Verified ReviewerRead the full review
  • Form loading goes from seconds to minutes. These are serious problems that made me wish I had stuck to using Zoho strictly as a prototype.Verified ReviewerRead the full review
  • The limited features working offline or in patchy network areas was a huge problem.Verified ReviewerRead the full review
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23 reviewers had the following to say about Zoho Creator's pricing:

Jonathan K.

I love it!

Used daily for 6-12 months
Reviewed 2017-03-14
Review Source: GetApp

I started using Zoho's emails first and then gradually other features. Great company, cheap and effective. Their interface is better than Google Apps for sure - Put the two side by side and compare, you will see.

Pros
Great value for money.

Cons
Their live ticket generation system takes way too long.

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Likelihood to recommend: 9/10

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Anonymous

Best Software for creating own apps

Used monthly for less than 6 months
Reviewed 2018-07-25
Review Source: Capterra

This software saves a lot of time compared to using our own time for creating apps.

Pros
This is the best software for creating simple apps on our own for the web as well as mobile without much programming knowledge. It will save a lot of time for those who build apps with programming knowledge. Its price is also low compared to other similar apps to start with.

Cons
Look of user interface needs improvement. It is difficult for starters to make complex applications. User Interfaces of mobile apps can be much better.

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Likelihood to recommend: 9/10

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Tamás B.

Online scripting

Used daily for less than 6 months
Reviewed 2017-09-13
Review Source: Software Advice

Pros
The program language called Deluge. Deluge containts Java script, HTML, C# and some other codes. Easy to create forms, and reports.

Cons
You have limited options in design. You have to practice a lot to be expert in Deluge scripts. If you can not use Zoho creator well, the price for your Zoho apps could be too expensive.

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Likelihood to recommend: 7/10

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Wander Junior J.

Farm

Used weekly for less than 6 months
Reviewed 2021-09-05
Review Source: Capterra

Pros
Easy to use and much easier to create database

Cons
Not to many functions and price is too high

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Likelihood to recommend: 5/10

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Anonymous

a powerful DIY builder

Used daily for free trial
Reviewed 2018-12-17
Review Source: Capterra

Pros
* a simple application to create our own small apps. * its like a whiteboard with tools where you can build your own app without having a bunch of developers or techies. * low cost so it is ideal for small business/startups

Cons
* it is a bit complicated app while you start configuring your app. You can be a master on it by following knowledge base and tutorials.

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Likelihood to recommend: 8/10

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Anonymous

Zoho Creator is a very useful and reasonably priced to build business apps

Used weekly for less than 6 months
Reviewed 2018-05-08
Review Source: Capterra

Pros
It has a satisfactory user interface with no navigation issue. A good choice at this price range. less code and fast app creation.

Cons
Its initial set-up is not very friendly and has definitely some scope for improvement as far as setting up for the first time is concerned.

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Likelihood to recommend: 9/10

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Natalie W.

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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Ravikiran R.

Best way to create our own business application based on our needs and wants

Used daily for less than 6 months
Reviewed 2018-04-20
Review Source: Capterra

Easy to create a business app with the business domain

Pros
Any person with little experience on computer and good business domain knowledge is able to create a business application according to the need of the business goals

Cons
It would be great, if the price of the service is reduced, most of the small companies can use this software to move forward

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Likelihood to recommend: 10/10

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Ryan N.

Good for A Simple DB App

Used occasionally for 1-2 years
Reviewed 2019-03-29
Review Source: Capterra

Pros
It's good for building a simple DB. It has some odd limitations if you are trying to make something truly relational, but it's easy to use and, like all Zoho products, very competitively priced.

Cons
It lacks much integration with the rest of the Zoho Suite.

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Likelihood to recommend: 10/10

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Kristen C.

Versatile and dynamic software

Used weekly for 2+ years
Reviewed 2018-05-15
Review Source: Capterra

Pros
I like that it's very easy for someone like me to create my own database. I was also able to embed the form into my website and receive automated email notifications every time a client or service provider submitted a new request or their details. All for a reasonable price.

Cons
There are some components of the software that are too technical and complicated for even me to understand, so they go unused.

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Anonymous

Be careful before choosing.

Reviewed 2014-04-12
Review Source: GetApp

Building an application takes a tremendous amount of time to perfect and grow. Starting on the right application that will allow long-term development is critical. For a DIY database, Zoho Creator has features that I could not find with another option. Their customer service though, will have you asking for MUCH more. Several times I dealt with significant problems that left our organization crippled and got ZERO response or consideration from customer service. Every time the problem was with their servers or software. I could go WEEKS struggling with an issue and get no help from customer service. When your organization's core application is down, you do not want to be with Zoho Creator. After struggling with issues and no help from Zoho, I realized that my growing company had to leave Zoho Creator. I found an open-source CRM called Zurmo. You NEED to check Zurmo as an option. Being open source, you can install it, modify the source code and it's free! They also have a paid version where they provide support and premium options. We have spent the last couple months building our new application in Zurmo and we love it. Overall, it's taking much less time than starting in Zoho Creator. Best of all, we aren't at someone else's mercy if the application has an issue. We can fix everything we want and host our own database. Although it takes a little more know-how to start on Zurmo, it was probably just as easy as Zoho, because accomplishing some things in Zoho was overcomplicated.

Pros
- Easy to use - Cost effective - Dynamic customization

Cons
- Customer services sucks - Might cripple your company operations with no solution - You will eventually need to leave Zoho if your company continues to grow - Can't use Javascript or customize themes (use Zurmo instead)

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John

No more $15 plan

Reviewed 2012-09-02
Review Source: GetApp

It is a pretty good product based on my use of the free plan. Was about to upgrade to $15 per month plan when I discovered that the minimum plan is now $25 per month. I think they made a mistake dropping the $15 plan. Based on the price rise, I'll stick with the free plan for now.

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Steve S.

The BEST Online database development platform bar none...

Used daily for 6-12 months
Reviewed 2016-08-17
Review Source: Capterra

We built solutions in days (NOT MONTHS) and had staff working on custom solutions in no time at all. The support is excellent and you can build a database for nearly anything you can think of in no time. Wow Wow Wow

Pros
Easy drag and drop form and table creator Extensive reporting Works on Web and Native apps Very affordable

Cons
Interface was a bit older looking but they have just upgraded that...

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Likelihood to recommend: 10/10

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Jacob F.

Customizable and easy to use when set up

Used daily for less than 6 months
Reviewed 2018-02-06
Review Source: Software Advice

Good for someone that needs something very specific that they cannot find, but cannot afford a completely custom built solution.

Pros
You can customize it all, eliminated necessary components and making an easy to use work flow. Stable apps with easy to use interfaces

Cons
It is a bit time consuming to set up, but once you do it is really nice. Not as many features as lots of other similar non-customizable solutions.

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Likelihood to recommend: 8/10

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Kevin H.

Super simple to start, then can get overwhelming!

Used weekly for 6-12 months
Reviewed 2016-12-01
Review Source: Capterra

Needed a simple database to keep track of media inventory. I created something simple, which worked, but after a demo by a zoho expert I am upgrading the whole system through a zoho consultant. This system seems to be able to do anything (that's the overwhelming part) but if you do your business requirements and use cases carefully it is a great value.

Pros
Great value. Very simple to start, but super powerful if you need it to be.

Cons
Beyond the "simple" stuff, if you want to take advantage of all the power of the system you'll need assistance.

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Likelihood to recommend: 9/10

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Anonymous

Decreases Product Time-to-Market

Used daily for 1-2 years
Reviewed 2018-12-03
Review Source: Capterra

Pros
- Low/No-Code Application Development - Easily and quickly build applications to match internal use-case of client specifications - Identify issues quicker and make faster changes to rules or form layouts

Cons
- You become highly dependent on the subscription of Zoho Creator. - Scaling (internal users or customers) with Zoho Creator can prove to be very costly.

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Likelihood to recommend: 7/10

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Jessica N.

Cost-effective App Builder

Used daily for 2+ years
Reviewed 2019-01-21
Review Source: Capterra

Fantastic experience with Zoho Creator. Easy to use and cost-effective.

Pros
Zoho Creator is an effective tool for building applications for your business. We like using it because we do not have to be experienced in programming and other sophisticated tools to start using it for building apps. The apps we always build with Zoho Creator are great and they boost our daily operations.

Cons
Unreliable customer care support team. No other valid reason to complain about Zoho Creator because it has been good to our team.

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Likelihood to recommend: 10/10

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Anonymous

Automate your business processes!!!

Used daily for 6-12 months
Reviewed 2018-09-01
Review Source: Capterra

Overall, very happy with the solution. We use it to manage our QC and RMA processes.

Pros
Zoho creator is intuitive and a great tool to automate business processes. We are a manufacturer and use this for QC and RMA management. I love that whatever you create can work on phones, tablets, and the web. They also have great support and they have conferences you can attend to get one on one with the developers and experts and get your questions answered. You can't beat the price either!

Cons
Creator was upgraded to creator 5 relatively recently and all of the help documentation has not yet been updated accordingly.

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Likelihood to recommend: 8/10

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Tesh V.

To be honest, the application is confusing and expensive

Used daily for less than 6 months
Reviewed 2018-01-19
Review Source: Capterra

Pros
What not to take away from the team Zoho, so this is an excellent technical support. The guys came to help at any time of the day and night, explained the nuances, helped to set up the project.

Cons
In our company, several people tried to understand the software in detail from Zoho, but the interface seemed rather complicated. In addition, the application is quite expensive.

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Likelihood to recommend: 7/10

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Michael W.

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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Anonymous

Best Database software for beginners

Used daily for 1-2 years
Reviewed 2019-09-18
Review Source: Capterra

Easy to use and great value for money for a small business. The companion iPhone app is also excellent and you can easily enter data from the app. The iPad app is perfect as a POS (Point of Sale) companion.

Pros
The things I like about this software are - 1. It is best for beginners who don't have much knowledge of building complex databases 2. It has a superb way of building databases from the excel sheets. I used to use excel sheets before and when I switched to Zoho, it turned my excel sheets into forms and tables with data in no time at all 3. The types of variables are very good. Every variable a small business owner would need is there. And it automatically selected the best variable type from my excel sheet. 4. The reports are also there easily and are very customisable. 5. There is an excellent knowledgebase also for support

Cons
The UI could be better. It still feels clunky like a 90s software. Does not take away from the ease of use and functionality, but this is not the software I look forward to using. The colours and general design could be better.

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Likelihood to recommend: 9/10

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Colin M.

Zoho Creator - Rapid App Development

Used weekly for 1-2 years
Reviewed 2019-04-24
Review Source: Capterra

Mostly this has been used for prototyping and proof of concept for larger projects that end up being developed on other platforms. It's great value for what you get. If you are using other elements of the Zoho suite there are good integrations and Creator would be great for adding functionality for the likes of first-line workers in the organisation.

Pros
Zoho Creator is an application development tool sold as a stand-alone SaaS product or as part of the Zoho One Suite. Zoho Creator is a quick way to create applications without writing code. You can create forms, reports, pages and workflows largely through a drag-and-drop interface. There is a custom scripting language available for more complex requirements, but most users will be sticking to the no-code features. This is a good solution for collecting data on web forms and presenting it in meaningful reports. Completed apps can be embedded on websites or made available to users within or external to the organisation. Apps created are responsive and designed to display well on desktop, tablet or smartphone. Typical use cases are collecting data for surveys, tests and managing assets. With a bit of practice, you can create functional apps with triggers for email notifications and the like. Zoho Creator can be a good tool for agile teams to use for proof of concept for larger projects that may be developed further on other platforms.

Cons
Could be dangerous in the wrong hands - ease of use is a double-edged sword. You'll still want to retain control of these kinds of tools; it's easy for enthusiastic amateurs to get carried away!

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Likelihood to recommend: 8/10

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Colin M.

Powerful App Builder for Non-Programmers

Used weekly for 2+ years
Reviewed 2018-10-13
Review Source: Capterra

We have used Zoho Creator for both internal and public facing apps. It is probably the quickest way to get data collection forms on a web page. Power users can make use of Zoho Creator for simple data collection and reporting apps that need more than a spreadsheet but don't warrant the involvement of the development team. Great value, especially when included as part of the Zoho One bundle. Good solution for the right business applications.

Pros
While there is a bit of a learning curve, Zoho Creator can be used by non-programmers to create quite sophisticated applications using a drag and drop form builder and report builder. There is also a scripting language for more sophisticated requirements, but many simple apps can be created with no coding at all. Customer support is generally good and responsive. If you are already familiar with other Zoho products (CRM, Survey, Forms etc.) you should be able to get productive right away.

Cons
Can be tricky to brand exactly as you might like; lots of settings and interface isn't as intuitive as it could be. You'll likely want some oversight from the development team for anything that will be public facing, but that would be the case for any app in the wild.

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Likelihood to recommend: 8/10

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