Only 5 Wallet-Friendly Kajabi Alternatives (Sep 2020 Picks)

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Let us discuss some of the best Kajabi alternatives, that comes at an affordable price.

Kajabi is one of the best platforms for running your entire online business. It comes with a suite of products enabling you to run your blog, host your courses, build landing pages, pipelines, email marketing, and many more.

Here are some of the downsides of Kajabi you may want to consider:

  • It comes at a very high premium price. The beginner plan starts at $149/month and it comes with a lot of limitations like 3 products and 3 pipeline restrictions. For a beginner, the pricing seems to be more. They don't have a free plan, unlike some other Kajabi alternatives I'm gonna present you.
  • With Kajabi, similar to some other hosted platforms, you have limited design and customization possibilities. If you've worked with WordPress, then the options provided by Kajabi seems quite restrictive.

I’ve researched and tested some of the Kajabi competitor products, and hopefully narrowed my review to a handful of products for you to choose.

If you are looking for good alternatives to Kajabi, hopefully, this blog post will give you some insights.

Top 5 Cheap Kajabi Alternatives

ProductUSPPricing
PodiaA cheap expert-centric all-in-one platformStarts from $39/month
TeachableMost advanced course platform with no membershipsFree and starts from $29/month
LearnWorldsThe best all-in-one learning management system Starts at $29/month
ThinkificA decent alternative to Teachable with a more generous free planFree and starts from $49/month
LearnDashThe most advanced learning management system for WordPressStarts from $199/year

When selecting any of these alternatives, the first question you need to ask is – “Do I want an all-in-one platform?”.

Kajabi alternatives mindmap

If the answer is yes, then you can go with Podia or LearnWorlds. They don't come with some features of Kajabi, in that case, you can also want to consider Kartra (review) or some other ClickFunnels alternatives that are focused more on the marketing and funnel side of things.

If the answer is no, and you already have a system of for email marketing, blogging, set in place you need to ask – “Do I need membership feature?”. If no, go with Teachable or Thinkific.

1. Podia – Cheaper all-in-one platform

Podia

If you love the fact that Kajabi comes with dozens of products forming a suite, you’ll surely love Podia.

Podia is a great platform that allows you to sell online courses, memberships and also digital products for a small monthly fee.

These features don’t have limitations. That means you get unlimited courses, unlimited products, unlimited students, unlimited storage and emails even with their beginner plans unlike Kajabi which has severe limitations in their beginner plan.

On the other hand, in the case of Kajabi you’re only allowed to create 3 or 15 products in their basic or growth plan.

Features offered by Podia

You can see all of their plans come with ability to create unlimited courses. This is really good compared to Kajabi which has restrictions on the number of products you can create.

Memberships of Podia

When it comes to memberships, you can offer multiple plans, offer them in bundle, coupons, etc.

Once you create an account in Podia and login, you’ll see the following screen.

Logging into Podia

In this case, if you are creating your online course, after giving it a name, you can see a screen like this.

Creating a course

Here, you can add sections and lectures (files, videos, text, quizzes) inside each section.

The interface is very straightforward and streamlined. It’s very easy to expect the right features at the right places even with little online experience.

Along with the above features, Podia also offers you access to “Podia editor” that lets you customize your storefront greatly.

Customizing the course page

It lets you customize your storefront and as well as the course page. You can add modules to boost conversions, match the colors to your brand, and much more.

Similar to Kajabi, Podia also comes with built-in email marketing feature which comes with support for broadcasting emails and also setting drip campaigns.

Along with email marketing, Podia allows you to set up your own affiliate program and let your audience promote your products.

Upsell and coupon functionalities for selling products

Along with these features, Podia also comes in with upsell and coupon functionalities when selling your products. These features are huge conversion boosters when used correctly.

It also comes with an embedded form feature that lets you add checkout forms on your site so that people can make the payment without ever leaving your site. But the kicker is that this feature is only available on their higher Shaker plan.

Podia comes with similar features to Teachable when it comes to marketing. But you need to note that as Podia or Teachable are not funnel or marketing-centric platforms like Kartra or ClickFunnels or even Kajabi, you can't expect advanced marketing features in them.

Podia has great native integrations with various email marketing software like ConvertKit(review), GetResponse, ActiveCampaign, Drip(review), etc.

It also has Zapier integration that allows you to connect Podia with various other apps you may use.

 Zapier integration with Podia

As of writing this post, in Zapier they had one trigger – “New Sale”. The Zap will be triggered whenever a new sale occurs on Podia or in any of its products.

If you ask me, Podia is a great affordable alternative to Kajabi. It gives the best value for money than Kajabi and Thinkific.

Because, along with being a course platform it offers much more features at a low monthly fee.

They mainly have two plans the Mover and the Shaker.

Podia pricing

All of these plans come with unlimited everything. But the Shaker plan comes with features like embedded checkouts I described above, affiliate marketing feature, and also free migration.

But the downside is that with mover plan, you won’t be able to add any 3rd party code.

Pros

  • Dozens of features for the price
  • Ability to sell memberships and digital products
  • Embeddable checkout forms
  • Zero transaction fee even on their basic plans
  • Email marketing broadcasts and drip campaigns
  • Quizzes
  • Affordable pricing
  • Unlimited courses even in their most basic plan unlike Kajabi

Cons

  • Lacks the customer survey feature (although you can email them)
  • The membership and 3rd party code feature only available on Shaker plan that costs $79/month

Bottomline: If you’re looking for an all-in-one Kajabi alternative Podia is right for you. I've reviewed Podia in detail in one of my previous blog posts. Although it may lack in some aspects of marketing compared to Kajabi, it has really competitive pricing compared to Kajabi and also has good email marketing features.

2. Teachable – Most advanced for course creation

Teachable

Teachable(review) is one of the best platforms when it comes to online course creation.

It cannot be really treated as an all-in-one product. It’s created to do one job good – creating online courses.

If you already have a platform for list building, email marketing, have a website, and only are looking to host the courses, Teachable is the best. If this is the case, Kajabi feels like an overkill.

If you were considering Kajabi only for online course creation, you can give Teachable a try as it is hands down, the most advanced in course creation. It comes with really advanced features like course compliance, certificates, revenue sharing with other instructors, course engagement, per-student analytics, etc.

It doesn’t come with full-fledged membership or digital product downloads feature, although you can sell your courses in the form of membership by combining bundling and subscription pricing,

For online courses, it comes with features like:

  • Quizzes
  • Discussions
  • Superior course-compliance features
  • Course-completion certificates
  • Student feedback
  • Coupons and promotions
  • Own affiliate program
  • Analytics
  • Student segmentation
  • Reporting

There are various other features that I’ll discuss in the later sections.

When it comes to online course creation, Teachable comes with more features than Podia. Podia comes with more features along with course creation like memberships, digital product downloads, etc. But as you saw, Podia it quite shallow in course-related features.

The interface of Teachable is very straightforward.

Creating your new course

In the sidebar, you can see the courses section, where you can create your new course.

After creating a new course, it’ll ask you to enter in the course name and details.

Adding sections and lecturers to courses

Here, you need to add in the sections of the course and also add lectures to those sections. The lectures can contain any file type.

The basic customization options provided by Teachable can be found under “Theme” section of your site.

Customization options provided by Teachable

Here you can change the site-wide font, colors, palettes, background colors, etc.

Teachable also has a drag and drop builder for you easily build sales pages.

In the navigation menu, you can alter the items in the navigation bar.

The power editor you can see in the above screenshot is only available in the professional plans of Teachable and lets you customize the HTML and CSS of your site. It’s preferably helpful for you if you are a developer.

Or else, the basic customization features offered by Teachable should be enough for you.

The customization options are really better with Teachable compared to Kajabi.

With Teachable, you can have multiple pricing options. You can make your course free, subscription-based, one-time purchase, or also have a payment plan.

Pricing options of Tecahable

Added to it, you can also create coupon codes for promotional purposes.

Create coupon codes for promotional purposes

You can create either amount-based or percentage-based coupon codes for promotion of your courses. You can also set the number of coupons or set the expiry date for the coupon codes.

These coupon codes will be very helpful if you are running marketing campaigns or webinars for the promotion of your courses.

Similar to Podia and Kajabi, Teachable also comes with affiliate platform that lets you turn any of your course students to affiliates for promoting your courses.

Teachable has integrations with various platforms like Segment, Mailchimp, Google Analytics, Sumo, Vizia, ConvertKit, and many others.

Teachable integrations with various platforms

It also has Zapier integrations that enable you to integrate Teachable with any of your favorite apps.

With Teachable there are mainly three plans.

Teachable pricing

The basic plan costs you $25/month, and you need to give 5% of your earnings as transactional fees.

However, the professional and business plans do not come with a transactional fee and come with advanced features like graded quizzes, advanced theme customization, advanced reports, course completion certificates, and others.

All the above plans come with support for unlimited students, bandwidth, courses, similar to Podia.

Pros

  • More features in course creation
  • Bundling of courses and products
  • Online summits every year
  • Sell ebooks, services, and conferences in Teachable
  • Set up your own affiliate platform
  • Free plan
  • Own payment gateway
  • Has an iOS app
  • Video compliance feature (unless a video is watched 90% it’ll not be marked as complete)

Cons

  • The free and basic plan charges you 10% and 5% transaction fees respectively
  • Power editor only available in professional plans

Bottomline: If you are planning to create only online courses, Teachable is the best for you as it has more features when it comes to creating online courses. However, with Teachable it’s not flexible for you to sell digital products or memberships like that of Podia.

3. LearnWorlds – Best course-centric all-in-one alternative

LearnWorlds Logo

LearnWorlds is a really feature-rich learning management systems out there. It is an LMS-centric Kajabi alternative.

Along with the basic course creation abilities, it has really good features like memberships, quizzes, certificates, course compliance, blogging, community feature, etc. 

LearnWorlds interace

I found the interface of LearnWorlds to be quite overwhelming with a lot of features jammed together tightly unlike Podia and Kajabi which comes with the best user interfaces in the industry.

LearnWorlds course features

Coming to the features, some really good features that stood out for me is the support for surveys and SCORM/HTML5 support in course content. This means migrating in/out of the platform with a click of a button will be really easy.

Unlike other Kajabi alternatives I've mentioned here, it also comes with a really powerful community feature to create your own private social network. It comes with all the essential features like new posts, comments, polling, and also profiles for the users.

Added to this, you also get unlimited hosting and free SSL certificate features for your site. By default, the school will be under example.getlearnworlds.com. You also have the option to host your school under a custom domain name. 

When it comes to marketing you can add one-click funnels, upsells, and cross-sell offers.

One feature I really liked the most is the ability for you to offer free lessons of your course for helping people to decide whether the course is right for them or not similar to Udemy.

I was pleasantly surprised by looking at the sheer number of features this platform has got to offer you. But the main downside is that most of these advanced features are only reserved for higher plans.

Coming to the pricing plans, their Starter plan costs you $29/month.

Unlike Teachable which charges you a transaction fee in the percentage of the sale, they charge you a flat fee of $5 on every sale in the beginner plan.

LearnWorlds pricing

Their next plan is the Pro plan it costs you $99/month or $79/month when paid annually. It doesn't come with any transaction fee and also comes with dozens of additional features like memberships, website builder, blog, customizable checkout page, SCORM, affiliate management, etc.

You can even go with their Learning Center plan for interactive videos, Whitelabel, auto-subtitles, and much more.

Pros

  • It comes with a dozen of advanced features across different areas like courses, memberships, blogging, and community management.
  • The customer support provided by LearnWorlds is excellent but similar to Kajabi their 24/7 instant support is not available in their Starter plan.
  • Their recently introduced interactive video content feature is excellent.
  • It comes with white label functionality in their higher plans.

Cons

  • Poor cluttered user interface
  • A lot of features are held back in their Pro plan
  • It lacks of some advanced marketing automation and checkout features
  • Lacks many marketing features compared to Kajabi

Bottomline: LearnWorlds is a really good all-in-one alternative to Kajabi that's more focused on course-creation side of things with a ton of features to play with.

4. Thinkific

Thinkific

Thinkific(review) is a great alternative to Kajabi and as well as Teachable for creating online courses.

Similar to Teachable, Thinkific is not an all-in-one platform. It is only meant to be an online course platform.

In Thinkific, it’s possible for you to create your course, create sections and add lectures.

There are options for you to create private courses, drip schedule content, cohorts, expiring content, membership sites, etc.

All of their paid plans come with access for you to create unlimited courses and have unlimited students in your platform.

You can see that the interface of Thinkific is quite straightforward.

I personally think that interface of Thinkific is pretty dated. They certainly need to think refining their UI/UX for a more premium-feel.

Interface of Thinkific

When you first login to your account, you can see the main options present in the left sidebar of your screen.

Here, you need to head over “Manage learning content” to start creating your courses.

Creating courses
Creating several types of courses

Here you have the options to create several types of courses like:

  • Blank
  • Mini-course
  • Flagship course
  • Pre-sell
  • Downloads
  • Membership resource library
  • Webinar replay

In this example, let me create a new flagship course.

Creating a  flagship course

Here you get access to the curriculum page, where you can add the lessons inside the sections.

There are also options for you to bulk import the content, set drip content options and also set the pricing.

Course customization

Under the branding section, you can add the site logo, banner, and also site styles. There are also options for you to change the site colors, and add a favicon to your site.

 Theme library of Thinkific

Under the theme library, you get access to three themes, which you can select and customize. In this area, Thinkific certainly takes an edge over Teachable and even Kajabi which is quite rigid in terms of design customization.

With Teachable you’ll be stuck with the default theme although you can use the power editor for editing HTML and CSS.

Altering the appearances

You can alter every aspect of the appearance of your site is this section.

Page builder for adding sections

It also has a great page builder that enables you to add sections to your homepage, course page and also for pages.

There’s a separate section for you to access the marketing and selling options.

Accessing the marketing and selling options

Here you can create a coupon, sales widgets, orders, integrations, and also set up your own affiliate programs for promoting your courses.

These options are only available in paid plans of Thinkific not their free plan.

Thinkific has integrations with various tools like Stripe, PayPal, MailChimp, Constant Contact, ConvertKit, Aweber, Google Analytics, Sumo, etc.

Thinkific integrations with various tools

It also has Zapier integration for you to easily integrate Thinkific with various other tools in the market.

Thinkific pricing

Thinkific comes with four plans – free, basic, pro and premier. None of these plans come with transaction fee like that of Teachable which is a great upside.

Features offered by various plans

The basic plan comes with features like coupons, drip content, custom domain, and unlimited courses and students.

However, the pro plan comes with additional features like membership, bundles, certificates, advanced pricing options, and assignments.

Considering that the free plan doesn’t come with option to create unlimited courses, coupons, etc. you may need to go for their basic plan which costs you $49/month when compared to Teachable which costs you $29/month.

Pros

  • No transaction fee
  • The free plan
  • Different types of courses
  • Embedding the course sales widget

Cons

  • Lacks some marketing features that Kajabi and Teachable comes with
  • Premium price

Bottomline: Thinkific is a great alternative to Teachable for creating online courses. It offers great features like that of Teachable. However, this is not an all-in-one platform like that of Kajabi.

5. LearnDash – Most advanced WordPress LMS

LearnDash

LearnDash is the most versatile learning management system for WordPress. If you are already using WordPress and know the technical side-of-things, choosing LearnDash gives you more freedom and room for custom development.

But unlike Kajabi is not an all-in-one platform. It comes with only:

  • Course creation
  • Membership creation (groups feature)

It doesn't come with email marketing, marketing automation, digital product selling, and other functionalities. 

LearnDash addons

But the main strength of LearnDash is its addons that let you add more power of features to LearnDash. The features they can add range from payment processors, enhancing customer engagement features, customization options, etc.

The web design and customization options with LearnDash are potentially endless. It is compatible perfectly with Elementor and many other popular WordPress builders and themes.

The LMS will be implemented under your own domain name, unlike other services like Teachable where you need to bo in their premium plans to get access to custom domains.

LearnDash's pricing starts from $199/year for 1 site license. If you want access for 10 sites including their Propanel access for advanced analytics, it would cost you $229/year. You need to renew the plan at the complete price if you want ongoing updates and support.

Their support is really good. Along with the regular customer support they also have a highly-active Facebook group to solve all your queries.

Pros

  • LearnDash is extremely versatile as a WordPress plugin. Almost all the popular WordPress plugins work seamlessly with LearnDash.
  • It is really a cost-effective yet powerful solution for your learning management system needs.

Cons:

  • It involves a lot of learning curve if you are not familiar with WordPress as a CMS.
  • LearnDash involves some tech and WordPress experience. 
  • It doesn't come with marketing automation, email marketing, and superior marketing features unlike Kajabi or Teachable. It lacks a lot of customization and design options right out of the box. You need to have basic HTML/CSS knowledge or you can make use of 3rd-party apps.

Akshay recommends:
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3. How to Find and Validate Online Course Ideas? (with Real-Life Examples)

Wrap up

There are a lot of platforms for course creation and memberships.

If you need a good all-in-one platform you can go with Podia or LearnWorlds.

If you don't want memberships and want only course creation – Teachable won't disappoint you and it also excels in the marketing side of things.

I've done my job of comparing the different alternatives to Kajabi, it's up to you now to decide by weighing different features.

If you have any doubts leave in the comments section.

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1 thought on “Only 5 Wallet-Friendly Kajabi Alternatives (Sep 2020 Picks)”

  1. Your post is really an outstanding one and you have very well listed in detail about some of the alternatives to Kajabi. As you said Kajabi price is high as many start ups cannot opt for it. Your explanation about clickfunnels is good but I guess will that be a right Kajabi alternative? BrainCert is one of the powerful platform that comes with innovative features and best value for money. Coupons & Promotions, Quizzes, Test, Assessments, Course creation everything is possible. Kindly take a look here.

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