Testing Zoho Forms

I just blogged about the new Google Docs feature called Forms and ran across a site called Zoho.com. The Zoho Office Suite is a Web- based online office suite containing word processing, spreadsheets, presentations, databases, note-taking, wikis, CRM, project management, invoicing and other applications developed by AdventNet Inc., an Indian-based company (from Wikipedia).

I’m not sure who Zoho competes with directly.  They have so many products that it’s hard to say they’re like Google or Salesforce, for example.  Zoho Docs competes primarily with Google Docs, but it’s a lot more polished and geared towards businesses.  Their site is very sharp and impressive, but they seem to be missing that one “killer app”.  If they were able to create one app that dominates, I’m sure people would try out their other products.

I was able to make a basic form and embed it into my blog. What I thought was remarkable is that they have a feature that will shoot off an email. See below.

Sure you can get a programmer to create this pretty easily, but Zoho is very customizable and you can update it instantaneously, which is great. There is also SSL encryption available, but don’t ask me how (I set it up on this form and can not verify it’s working).

Of course, there is a free version, but your limited to 3 forms. I’m sure you can stretch these pretty far if it’s the same form on a bunch of different sites. I could be wrong. Here is their pricing for Zoho Creator.

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2 Comments

  1. The Trumplebum
    Posted May 14, 2009 at 1:08 am | Permalink

    Woah, an online web-based office-suite which can compete with gdocs? I gotta check this here out now… Thanks for postin'!

  2. tomdlgns
    Posted May 14, 2009 at 2:28 am | Permalink

    i dont think incorporating forms into a website is difficult, as you said, any programmer can do it for you. however, someone that isnt good with computers, i am not referring to you, doesnt need to pay someone to do this. also, the best part about it is that you dont have to pay for licensing. unless i missed something. licensing can get confusing and expensive.

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