Zoho Creator Software Review: Overview – Features – Pricing

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Zoho Creator is an online database platform where users can build database applications easily and quickly. In the past, companies hire programmers to create input forms and reports that fetch data from their database. Now, they can simply upload their database and then create the forms, reports and other online database applications using a simple tool that can be used by non-programmers. What usually took a long time can be done in a matter of hours or minutes.

Features, Benefits, Product Strengths

  • Simple Drag-and-Drop Tool – Zoho Creator allows users to build forms and tables easily by clicking a database component from a menu, and drag-and-dropping it to the form. It provides many choices as to the types of fields and components to build a database. Some of these are input fields to hold single or multi-line texts, email IDs, numbers and percentage. A form can have different modes of input such as radio buttons, checkboxes, dropdowns or lookups. All these can be made without high programming skills but only with an idea of what needs to be done.
  • Custom Workflows, Rules-based Logic, Business Automation – Aside from a user-friendly forms and table builder, it also has a script builder to create codes with the same drag-and-drop action. These scripts help to customize workflows, validate inputs, and automate processes by initiating action triggered by the input of data. Therefore, web applications not just simplify data entry but also put logic and intelligence that can streamline the whole business process.
  • Smart Reports, Integrations, Collaboration – Zoho Creator allows users to create meaningful views and reports with beautiful graphs and charts through online database applications without paying more for it. No additional software or programmers are needed. It also provides different criteria, sorts and filters to produce the information needed. APIs allow other programs and websites to access the database. It also has features to manage users, viewing levels, access permissions and logins. It can send notifications, alerts and reminders. Users can access, input and retrieve data with their mobile devices. Ready-made applications are also available in the Zoho Marketplace.

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Zoho Creator offers Regular plans and Express plans. Regular plans are further divided into Standard, Professional and Enterprise plans. For instance, the Standard plan include for 5 users, 10,000 records and 1 GB storage at $25 a month. The Professional plan at $45 a month include for twice the users, records, storage, and schedules with mobile access. The Enterprise plan at $175 a month allows for 50 users, 100,000 records, 7 GB of storage with 50 SMS credits and a client portal. Express Plans also have the Standard at $49 and Professional at $99 monthly both with unlimited users. It also has a forever free plan, discounts for non-profits, add-on services, and a 15-day free trial period.

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Target Market

Zoho Creator is ideal for individual entrepreneurs, SMBs, and non-profit organizations. Any employee can use its simple app builder to create web applications, but those who understand the company’s processes and data can maximize its powerful script builder and rules-based logic to customize and automate workflow. Large enterprises can also take advantage of its attractive pricing plans that offer unlimited applications.

Supported Language

This online database platform supports English.

Some of their Clients

Clients include HP, Harvard, Oxfam, Sony Music, DHL, Purdue, United Way for Southeastern Michigan, PayPal and NASSCOM.

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Tim Lauer of Lewis Elementary School stated that Zoho Creator provided him a quick and very easy tool for creating business applications to gather data.

Cassie Leik of Cora Boutique breezed through the setting up of the database app. She described the reliability as tremendous and the support staff to be very quick to respond.

Why Zoho Creator

Web-based software brings many advantages including big savings. Zoho Creator multiplies these benefits by providing the ability to create online database applications as needed, tailored-fit to specific needs instead of having a one-size, fit-all solution. Starting from scratch is just as easy with migration features, third-party integrations and ready-to-use solutions available in the app marketplace. So, for example, if Zoho Projects does not fit quite right for a company’s requirements, creating their own web applications is another direction to go.

Company Info

Zoho Creator is a product of Zoho Corporation, a privately held IT and services company based in Pleasanton, California. It was founded in 1996 and has been offering web-based applications that include Zoho Office, an online office suite; ManageEngine, an enterprise IT Management solution; and WebNMS, a customizable network management system. Zoho Office Suite, where Creator is a part of, was launched in 2005 with an online word processor. Other applications such as spreadsheets, presentations and CRM followed after. It uses an open application programming interface to work with other applications and is delivered as software-as-a-service.

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Jose Maria Delos Santos

Jose Maria Delos Santos

Jose is a subject matter expert and member of the writing team for Project-Management.com and Bridge24. He has written hundreds of articles including project management software reviews, books reviews, training site reviews, and general articles related to the project management industry.

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