In this blog post, I’ll be presenting some of the best alternatives to Podia.
Podia is a good all-in-one digital product selling platform. It lets you sell your online courses, memberships, and also digital products. It has been loved by many people due to its creator-centric nature of business.
But, Podia may not be for all.
There are some downsides of Podia, that you may need to consider.
- The memberships feature is only available in Podia’s Shaker plan which costs $79/month.
- Podia has limited customization features and is lacking in design versatility.
- The ability to use 3rd-party codes like Facebook pixels, and tracking codes, is only available in their Shaker plan.
- Lack of some advanced marketing features like funnels, and also behavior-based actions. (Compared to Podia, Kajabi excels here.)
So, when looking for Podia alternatives, you need to consider the products that are affordable, that have good customization features, and also don’t hold back any basic features like 3rd-party code support even in their paid plans.
I reviewed LearnWorlds previously. It is a great course creation platform that has powerful features like a website builder, custom mobile app, certificates, question banks, etc. It is really easy to use with its various features arranged in the sidebar.
The UI is really good and advanced. Within its dashboard, you can easily access the various features within 2-3 clicks.
You can also customize the appearance of your school by uploading your logo and changing the colors. Compared to Teachable, the customization option are really good.
The LearnWorlds course editor will allow you to create sections and activities in an easy-to-follow layout.
This will help to organize content and keep students from becoming overwhelmed. To get started, simply click the + sign to add sections and activities.
You can even pick a course template under Layout.
When it comes to marketing, it has features like upselling, cross-selling, customizable checkout pages, high-converting sales pages, 1-click funnels, course bundling, subscription trials, coupons, etc.
It integrates with Zapier, Zoom, AWeber, ConvertKit, MailChimp, Facebook-Pixel, Google Analytics, etc. LearnWorlds is a great Podia alternative for creating courses.
Pricing for LearnWorlds is a bit higher than some of the other platforms, but they do offer a few different options depending on your needs.
The lowest plan costs $29/mo, but you have to pay an extra $5 for every course sale.
The next is the pro trainer plan costs $99/mo and includes unlimited courses and landing pages. The highest plan costs $299/mo, but if you choose annual billing you can save 20% on each of the plans. Compared to tools like Kajabi, LearnWorlds is cheap.
Unlike Podia, it’s not all-in-one.
But indeed with Thinkific, you can create online courses and also membership sites.
In order to implement memberships in Thinkific, you will be combining their product bundling and membership pricing features. You can even create multi-level subscriptions for effectively selling your content.
If you compare Podia vs Thinkific, Podia has limited integrations. Whereas, Thinkific integrates with an array of different products ranging from eCommerce, automation tools, analytics, email marketing, and much more.
Thinkific is a freemium platform.
Unlike some other platforms like Teachable, their free plan too doesn’t come with any transaction fee. But it comes with a limitation of up to 3 courses and much more as you can see in the screenshot above.
One thing you need to realize is that similar to Podia some features like membership pricing, bundling, certificates, etc are only available in their pro plan.
But indeed, all of their paid plans come with the support of unlimited courses and students.
- Thinkific comes with a really good free plan that allows you to create up to 3 courses and doesn’t charge you any transaction fee
- It comes with some different content types like surveys and narrated presentations as lessons.
- It comes with better integrations with other leading softwares than that of Podia.
- It comes with really good site templates and also customization options
- Thinkific doesn’t come with drip email marketing similar to Podia
- It doesn’t come with the ability for you to sell digital products
Thinkific is a great platform for you to consider if you want a generous free plan and also powerful online course-related features. But if you are looking for superior email marketing features and memberships, Thinkific may not be for you.
I reviewed Teachable previously. It is the most popular online course platform in the world.
Unlike Podia it’s not an all-in-one platform. Similar to Thinkific, it pioneers only in the course creation side of things. You can’t sell digital products and downloadables with Teachable easily.
Some unique features of Teachable compared to Podia or Thinkific are it’s superior inbuilt course completion certification and also course compliance mechanisms.
Similar to Thinkific, you need to make use of product bundling and subscription pricing options to implement membership site features on Teachable.
Teachable also comes with an unadvertised free plan, but it is more restrictive than Thinkific’s free plan. Their free plan has a lot of limitations and also you need to pay 10% of your sales as transaction fees.
You can also see that even their basic plan charges you 5% as transaction fees.
If you don’t want to pay these transaction fees, you can consider Thinkific, Invanto, or even Podia. But most of these don’t have a free plan.
Teachable also holds back certain features like quizzes, advanced reports, certifications, course compliance features, and also affiliate marketing only to their pro plans.
- Graded quizzes
- Most-refined certification mechanisms
- Advanced course compliance features so that you can ensure that your students actually finish the courses properly
- Advanced marketing features like one-click upsells, affiliate marketing, email marketing, etc.
- It comes with a very advanced power editor that allows you to edit almost any part of your Teachable site. This is something that’s lacking in Podia and other platforms.
- Even Teachable’s beginner plan comes with 5% transaction fee
- It doesn’t come with digital product selling features like that of Podia or Invanto.
I recommend you Teachable if you want absolutely the most advanced features when it comes to online course creation.
Some key features of LearnDash include:
- Sell Your Courses
- Drip-Feed Content
- Reward Your Learners
- Engagement Triggers
You can deliver certificates, points, badges to your students to further encourage them to learn actively. You can also interact with them based on the actions and engagements they take on your website.
It doesn’t come with digital product selling features. But you can implement membership features through subscription pricing.
One great thing about LearnDash is that it comes with a lot of their own and also 3rd party addons to extend the functionality and integrations of LearnDash.
Some WordPress industry-leading products like Astra Theme, MemberPress, EDD, Memberium, integrate seamlessly with LearnDash.
When I was writing this blog post, there was a new update discount running on LearnDash.
Plans are based on the number of sites you plan to use the plugin on. Unlike some other cloud platforms in this list, it doesn’t hold back any features.
The purchase will be one-time unless you want ongoing updates and support. Unlike other WordPress, LearnDash doesn’t provide you with any renewal discounts.
- As it’s a WordPress plugin, there’s a lot of flexibility.
- It comes with a lot of 3rd party addons which you can use to extend the functionality of the plugin.
- It comes with many gamification and engagement triggers
- It doesn’t come with the ability for you to sell digital products. If that’s the case, you may need to make use of EasyDigitalDownloads
- It’s not a cloud platform, and you need to make use of Vimeo or Wistia for hosting your videos
LearnDash is a great plugin if you are on WordPress. Unlike some other WordPress plugins, the learning curve is easy with plenty of documentation and support.
Unlike Thinkific and Teachable, Memberful is just meant for membership site creation. If the lack of membership feature in Podia’s beginner plan is preventing you from getting it, you’ll surely love Memberful.
It comes with easy member management and also other features like:
- Transactional & dunning emails.
- Free trials.
- Custom branding.
- Analytics and conversion tracking.
- Collect taxes.
- Add staff.
- Ship physical goods.
- Sell group subscriptions.
- Test payment mode.
- Upgrades and downgrades.
- Powerful API & Webhooks.
- Native integrations.
- Include file downloads.
Also, Memberful integrates with a dozen email marketing and other software including Zapier. It also has API and webhooks functionality.
They have their free plan and it comes with a 10% transaction fee and also their beginner plan charges you a fee similar to Teachable’s plans.
Selling group subscriptions and the ability to remove Memberful branding are only available in their Premium plan that costs $100/month.
- Memberful comes with a powerful membership feature that you get only with Podia’s highest plan
- It integrates with a lot of apps, Zapier, and also comes with API/webhooks functionalities.
- It comes with a WordPress plugin for easy implementation if you have a WordPress site
- It comes with a limited free plan similar to Thinkific and Teachable
- It doesn’t come with course selling features
- Their free and beginner plan both come with a transaction fee similar to teachable
As I told you, Memberful is a great Podia alternative if you are looking for memberships feature on a budget. But it doesn’t come with course selling features.
I hope you found some of these Podia alternatives helpful.
It’s very important to prioritize the features and potentially make some tradeoffs to consider a perfect solution for you.
If you have any doubts do let me know in the comments section below.