Zoho Creator

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Key notes

  • Zoho Creator is an extensive platform that can help you design mobile-friendly applications quickly and with minimum coding knowledge.
  • Whatever your needs are, if they're even remotely connected to fast app development, Zoho Creator can probably cater to them.
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Zoho Creator is an extensive platform that can help you design mobile-friendly applications quickly and with minimum coding knowledge. You can use it to develop applications in a timely fashion and without significant efforts.

It’s possible to choose from a wide range of pre-made apps or create your project from scratch. Whatever your needs are, if they’re even remotely connected to fast app development, Zoho Creator can probably cater to them.

Zoho Creator’s system requirements

First of all, it’s quite important to mention that Zoho Creator is, in fact, a web application. This means that you can’t download it on your Windows computer and use it in a standalone fashion. However, you can use it on your Windows PC through a compatible web browser.

Which brings us to the matter of system requirements. Zoho Creator by itself doesn’t have any system requirements since it uses a web browser as a host app and runs within it. Therefore, we need to consider the system requirements of whatever web browser you might be using.

Since Google Chrome is the browser of our choice and it’s among the most popular ones on the market, we’ll list its requirements here. With that in mind, here’s what you’ll need if you want to use Zoho Creator on your PC:

  • Supported web browser: Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Opera
  • Operating systems: Windows 10, 8.1, 8, 7
  • Architecture: 32-bit and 64-bit systems are both supported
  • Processor: Intel Pentium 4 CPU or better (must be SSE2-capable)
  • Memory: at least 128 MB RAM
  • Space: 100 MBs free HDD space or more
  • Internet connection: required to use the program

As you can see, you don’t have to own a supercomputer if you want to use Zoho Creator. You just need a supported web browser, a stable Internet connection, and a supported operating system.

Overview of Zoho Creator features

    • Unify your processes, customers, and data within an app
    • Receive various notifications via SMS, email, or even push notifications
    • Create white-label apps for vendors and clients alike
    • Perform in-depth report analysis and accept payments
    • Customizable screens on mobile apps
    • Submit data to your app, even in the offline mode
    • Implement repeatable actions
    • Collect various types of data, including but not limited to barcodes, files, or even coordinates
    • Pre-fill, lookup, and validate data in an instant, thus avoiding simple errors
    • Keep yourself up-to-date with various overview options such as timelines, calendars, and even kanbans
    • Create a schedule of routine tasks and keep your focus on important operations
    • Assign custom actions to single buttons to perform quick operations
    • Create a database of users you allow to edit, access, or modify your project
    • Generate self-service portals for both vendors and customers directly within your app
    • Hierarchy- or location-based user privilege control
    • Add logos and/or domains to your portal if you want to personalize it
    • Import data from Excel sheets straight into your project
    • Convert Google Sheets into apps instantly, at the press of a button
    • Import Filemaker or MS Access databases within your app using the migration tool
    • Create an array of apps that share information between them
    • Link popular services such as Salesforce, Quickbooks, or PayPal to your app by using simple Deluge script blocks
    • Built-in REST API lets you connect to a broad range of cloud services
    • Access built-in Zoho integrations such as Invoice, CRM, or Books


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Our Review

A remarkable set of features
Compatible with several other services
The free version is heavily limited

Zoho Creator free

If you ever tried using Zoho Creator before, you probably know that you won’t be able to do it for free. Zoho Creator has various subscription plans and you’ll need to purchase either one of them if you want to use the product without any restrictions.

However, don’t fret just yet, as we have some good news for you, as well. If you’re not ready to make this commitment just yet, there’s a free version you can use. You just need to create a Zoho account, and you’ll be granted access to it, simple as that.

Know that this free version is heavily limited, so you’ll miss out on many “pro” features. Here’s a list of the free version’s limitations:

  • You can only develop one app at a time
  • There’s only one user allowed
  • You can’t build reports
  • There’s no way to share your projects
  • No Advanced and AI Fields in the Data Collection and Administration section
  • File Storage is limited to 250 MBs per user
  • You can only store 1000 records
  • No record comments available
  • There’s no offline access on the mobile app
  • You can only receive 50 email notifications per day
  • No schedules, SMS, or push notifications
  • Limited to 5000 statements for Deluge scripting
  • No multi-language support
  • Manual backup is disabled
  • No audit trial available for you to use
  • You can’t set or change permissions or roles
  • No developer sandbox
  • Scheduled backup is disabled
  • You can’t impose domain restrictions
  • Can’t send email notifications from custom email addresses
  • No domain authentication
  • Website embed/permalink features are disabled
  • No payment gateway or customer portal available
  • You can’t have any portal users and the SAML authentication for portal logins feature is disabled
  • Custom domains for the portal are disabled and customer portal permission sets are not available
  • You can’t download and publish rebranded mobile applications
  • You can’t perform external calls through your app (such as webhooks or integration tasks)
  • The Developer API is restricted to 250 uses per day
  • Doesn’t integrate PayPal, iCal Feed, Intuit Quickbooks, Salesforce, Google Calendar, Zoho Books, Zoho Connect, Zoho
  • CRM, Zoho Chat, Zoho Subscriptions, Zoho Reports, Zoho Recruit, Zoho Invoice, and Zoho Desk

As you can see, the free version is free for a reason. With so many limitations, it goes beyond the purpose to even consider using it long-term. It’s also worth mentioning that all plans come with a 15-day trial, but you’ll have to upgrade to a paid plan before retrieving it, and that means you’ll have to provide Zoho with valid credit card details.

Nice, user-friendly interface

After reaching the dashboard, Zoho Creator started to feel really familiar. Like we’ve been using it for a long time, which we haven’t. The reason for this lies within Zoho Creator’s very interface, which cleverly combines intuitive controls, and has a user-friendly approach.

The reason you’d use Zoho Creator is if you want to create a mobile app with minimum coding knowledge, and this app helps you do just that. Whether you’re a professional or a novice, this product’s design could fit your needs like a glove.

Beginner-friendly mobile app development platform

All things considered, Zoho Creator really does pack a punch when it comes to quick mobile-friendly app development for users who have limited to no coding knowledge. You can create outstanding projects in no time, while Zoho’s layout guides you through the process step by step.

Even though the product isn’t free, you’ll still be able to access a free version of it, if you don’t need the full range of features, or just want to grow accustomed to the app before purchasing a subscription.

FAQ: learn more about Zoho Creator

  • Is Zoho Creator any good?

If you’re interested in developing mobile-friendly apps with minimum knowledge, then Zoho Creator is definitely what you’re looking for. It can help you get started and finish your projects in no time.

  • How much does Zoho Creator cost?

Depending on your needs, the costs of Zoho Creator range from 10 euros to 35 euros per month. There are several plans with various features, and the prices vary depending on whether you prefer monthly or yearly subscriptions.

  • Is there a free version of Zoho Creator?

Yes, you can access a free version of Zoho Creator, but know that it’s extremely limited compared to the paid versions. You can also access a free 15-day trial, but you’ll need to provide your credit card information to Zoho.

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